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How you consume cannabis greatly influences the effects you receive. So, it’s necessary to choose the right way to deliver cannabinoids into the body.

Most consumers prefer smoking marijuana, but it’s not safe, especially for individuals with lung problems. You can talk to a licensed MMJ doctor to seek professional help for what are the best ways to use cannabis.

In this post, we are going to discuss the different options for cannabis consumption, how each method works, onset and duration, etc.

Inhalation Methods

Inhaling cannabis allows you to deliver cannabinoids directly into the bloodstream. That means you can receive medicinal effects immediately.

At medical dispensaries, you can find a wide range of cannabis flowers and concentrates. Check the THC and CBD levels carefully before buying these marijuana forms.

Smoking

It’s the most popular way to use the herb for medical purposes. Consumers use different devices and methods for smoking cannabis. These include joints, blunts, hand pipes, and water pipes.

Joints are cannabis rolled in papers. You can roll a joint in different styles, such as basic, pinner, oversized, and cross joint. How to consume—just burn the joint and inhale the smoke. Blunts are similar to joints, the only difference is the use of cigar wraps, which contain nicotine. Additionally, blunts are larger in size than joints, thus contain more flowers.

Hand pipes are small, compact pieces for smoking cannabis. They have a bowl-shaped container for holding cannabis flowers. You can burn the flowers and inhale the smoke from the other end. When buying pipes, you can choose from a wide range of styles, shapes, and designs.

Bongs or water pipes are the special devices, which use water for cooling the smoke before it enters the lungs. However, many believe that water also filters harmful chemicals, thus providing a safe, smooth smoking experience.

Is smoking safe?

Not exactly! 

According to the American Lung Association, smoking marijuana is linked to lung problems. Combustion of any material (wood, tobacco, or marijuana) generates toxins and carcinogens. And, smoke generated from burning marijuana contains many of the same toxins as tobacco smoke.

Vaping

This is another popular marijuana inhalation method, which involves using the latest technology for extracting the active ingredients. A vaporizer is a special device, which generates vapors comprising cannabinoids. In other words, cannabis compounds are inhaled in the form of vapors.

One major advantage of vaping over smoking is that cannabis is heated below the point of combustion. In other words, the active compounds such as cannabinoids and terpenes are transformed into vapors and inhaled through the mouthpiece.

Vape pens are small devices, which contain cannabis cartridges. They are equipped with battery elements for heating marijuana. Just switch on the button and inhale the vapors. It’s very simple!

Some modern technology vaporizers come with temperature-control features. So, you can adjust the vaping temperature to receive the desired effects.

Dabbing is a popular form of vaping. Dab hits are stronger than what you receive from pipes or bongs. The reason is marijuana concentrates contain higher percentages of THC and CBD than flowers. Research says that the average potency of THC in flowers is about 20 percent, but it is 40-80 percent in the case of concentrates.

There’s some evidence that long-term exposure to high-THC may deliver adverse effects on mental health. Additionally, it increases the risks of cannabis addiction. So, always talk to a licensed doctor to seek professional help for dosage and strains.

Oral Methods

Consuming cannabis orally allows you to receive the medicinal effects of marijuana without inhaling the smoke. It’s often considered as ingesting the herb and absorbing the cannabinoids through the digestive system. Here are some popular ways of oral delivery of marijuana-

Tinctures

Tinctures are marijuana extracts infused with alcohol or glycerine. They come in dropper bottles and are perfect for patients looking for dosage control. They contain a decarboxylated form of cannabis. Decarboxylation is the process of activating important compounds, such as THC.

When buying cannabis tinctures, you have a wide range of options to choose from. The most common types of tinctures are—high CBD tinctures, high THC tinctures, and balanced THC and CBD tinctures. CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, which doesn’t deliver high. As per the Farm Bill of 2018, hemp-derived CBD products (with less than 0.3 percent THC) are legal across the United States.

Tinctures are usually absorbed sublingually. However, you can also mix them with foods and beverages. How you consume tinctures impacts the effects you receive.

Edibles

These are brownies, chocolate bars, coffees, pizzas, ice-creams, gummies, and beverages containing cannabinoids. So, you can eat cannabis to receive its medicinal effects. You can buy edibles with different concentrations of THC and CBD. 

What sets edibles apart from other consumption methods, is that they don’t provide instant effects. Instead, you have to wait for some time to get relief. Medical experts believe that edibles kick in after 20-180 minutes after you consume them. Major factors influencing the onset time are levels of cannabinoids, dosage, and metabolism.

Additionally, edibles last longer than smoking or vaping. Thus, doctors usually prescribe cannabis-infused foods and drinks to patients who need long-lasting relief. Again, the duration of effects depends on the factors discussed above. 

Topical Methods

The topical market is all set to explode, according to the recent Civilized Culture Poll. Topicals contain significant amounts of cannabinoids to provide relief from a variety of physical symptoms, such as pain, inflammation, etc. They are popular for providing localized relief from pain and minor aches.

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At medical dispensaries, you can purchase a wide range of cannabis-infused lotions, balms, creams, etc. with varying levels of THC and CBD.

Topicals work by binding to the receptors in the body’s endocannabinoid system. Most topicals don’t reach the bloodstream. They provide relief by penetrating through the skin. Topicals usually won’t make you high, even if you use high-THC levels.

However, transdermal patches deliver active ingredients to the bloodstream, thus can cause psychoactive effects.

How to Buy Marijuana Products Legally?

Before you buy flowers, edibles, concentrates, topicals, etc., make sure you check the local marijuana laws. Currently, medical marijuana is legal in 33 states, and each state has its own regulations. To access state-licensed dispensaries legally, you require a medical cannabis card Lancester signed by a licensed doctor.

However, you can see a doctor online using telemedicine. It’s very simple. Just fill a form and a professional doctor will connect to you over a safe platform online. The doctor will ask you a few questions about your condition. After you are approved, you will get a digital MMJ rec letter instantly. You can take a printout of the letter, and use it at a local dispensary.

Conclusion

When it comes to cannabis consumption, most of the consumers prefer smoking. You can smoke marijuana through joints, blunts, pipes, or bongs. Smoking may damage the lungs, so many experts recommend vaping, in which cannabis is heated at a low temperature.

Some smokeless methods of marijuana consumption are edibles, tinctures, and topicals. Unlike smoking, they don’t generate toxins and carcinogens, which cause health issues. It’s important to talk to a licensed doctor to learn more and seek professional advice for choosing the right delivery method.
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