Cannabis, also known as marijuana or weed, can be consumed using various methods. Some common methods of consuming cannabis include smoking, vaporizing, edibles, tinctures, topicals, dabbing, and suppositories.
Smoking is the most popular method of consuming cannabis, involving rolling the cannabis flowers into a joint or packing them into a pipe or bong, and then igniting them. However, smoking cannabis can have harmful effects on the lungs and is not suitable for everyone.
Vaporizing, on the other hand, involves heating cannabis to a temperature that releases its active compounds (such as THC and CBD) as a vapor that can be inhaled. This method is thought to be less harmful to the lungs than smoking and can offer more precise dosing.
Edibles are food items that are infused with cannabis, such as brownies, gummies, and chocolates. The effects of edibles are slower to onset than smoking or vaporizing but can last longer and offer a more intense high. It’s important to note that proper dosing is critical with edibles, as it can be easy to consume too much.
Tinctures are liquid extracts of cannabis that are typically taken sublingually (under the tongue) or added to food and beverages. They offer a discreet and convenient way to consume cannabis and are often used for medicinal purposes.
Topicals are cannabis-infused products such as creams, lotions, and balms that are applied to the skin. They are typically used for localized pain relief and do not produce the psychoactive effects of other methods of consumption.
Dabbing involves heating a small amount of concentrated cannabis extract (such as wax or shatter) and inhaling the vapor through a dab rig. This method can offer a very intense high and is not recommended for novice users.
Lastly, cannabis suppositories are inserted rectally or vaginally and are typically used for medicinal purposes such as pain relief. They offer a discreet and effective way to consume cannabis without the need to inhale smoke or vapor.
It’s important to remember that the effects and duration of cannabis consumption can vary depending on the method used, the potency of the product, and the individual’s tolerance and metabolism. Always start with a low dose and go slow when trying a new method of consumption.