When it comes to marijuana consumption, it’s easy to overlook your methodology. However, there are various different ways you can consume weed, each providing distinct effects and experiences. To put it in the simplest way, there are three ways to consume cannabis: you can inhale it, you can take it orally, or you can topically apply it to the skin.
The inhalation method is, of course, the most obvious one. Most people, when they think of cannabis, relate it to smoking joints or hitting a bong. With this method, the cannabis enters the lungs before the bloodstream absorbs it, but it's still an extremely quick way to consume cannabis.
Most people, when they think of cannabis, relate it to smoking joints or hitting a bong
Marijuana can be inhaled in numerous ways, and one of the most common ways (excluding joints and bongs, we all know what they do) to inhale it is a vaporizer. Vaping is a new trend that swept the globe and has had a tremendous influence in the cannabis community too. A vaporizer heats up the herb steadily to a temperature just high enough to extract its THC. Essentially, vaping your weed helps to reduce health risks that are associated with smoking – you also don’t need to add tobacco or whatever else you’d otherwise use to dilute your smoke.
Eating or drinking marijuana
The oral method is also widely used by the cannabis community, and a very prevalent way to orally consume cannabis is through food. Eating – or drinking – your weed has proven to have considerably different effects compared to inhalation methods. The word for cannabis products which can be eaten in this way is called edibles. Edibles are incredibly popular because their effects tend to last much longer, and these effects tend to be powerful, affecting the whole body. Most people have heard of pot-brownies, but in most cases, its actually the butter or the oil that’s used to make the brownies that’s infused with the cannabis.
Applying marijuana in a topical fashion isn’t very common at all amongst recreational users – this is because it doesn’t provide the ‘high’ feeling, the feeling most people are chasing when they use weed. Instead, topical cannabis is more suited to those needing localized relief, which is why it is popular amongst people with muscle soreness or stiff joints.
As you can see, and I haven’t even mentioned half of them, there is a myriad of ways to consume your cannabis. Whether you are chasing a high, struggling with pain, or simply just want to relax, there’s definitely a method out there that’ll be perfect for you. It's understandable that a lot of people don’t want to be at risk of the health hazards so commonly associated with smoking, which is why I hope this guide is helpful in aiding anyone who wants to try something different – or entirely new.