You don’t have to smoke your cannabis in order to reap the benefits of THC or CBD. In fact, there are any number of ways besides smoking to ingest the compounds. Some methods are more for relief of pain and other symptoms and will not provide the psychoactive effects that smoking a joint or a bowl will provide. Other methods can provide both the “high” and the relief of symptoms. Below, you will find five of the most common methods of ingesting cannabis. Choose the one you think will best fit your consumption needs.
Edibles are coming in so many forms and in varying doses these days that if you can’t smoke or vape your cannabis, it is one of the best ways to consume it. From brownies to gummy bears to cannabis-infused chocolate – edibles are all the rage and come in so many different, edible forms that you’re sure to find something that will tickle your taste buds’ fancy. Edibles can come either being infused with cannabidiol (CBD) or tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). CBD works great for relieving pain and other symptoms without the psychoactive effects of THC.
Topicals are marijuana-infused lotions, patches, balms, and oils that are absorbed through the skin. They provide localized relief from pain, soreness, and inflammation. There’s none of the psychoactive effects with this method of consumption, so it is perfect for patients who want relief without the high that comes with other methods of ingestion. Topicals work by binding to CB2 receptors – the receptors that are activated by the body’s natural endocannabinoids or by cannabis compounds known as phytocannabinoids. When activated, these receptors help to relieve symptoms. It should be noted, however, that patches can be used to get the psychoactive effects as well as the non-psychoactive relief.
Vaporizers, whether they are a pen vape, a more advanced vape mod, or a desktop vaporizer, are an excellent way to consume cannabis. Traditional smoking methods carbonize many of the cannabinoids that a smoker wants – whereas vaporizing the cannabis activates more of those phytocannabinoid compounds to get it into your system faster – and with less product. Dry herb vaporizers come in many styles and sizes – from the dry herb vape pen to the dry herb desktop vaporizer.
Tinctures have been around for a very long time and were readily available in the United States until cannabis prohibition. They are commonly alcohol-infused – but the great upside to cannabis tinctures is that they are very easy to dose. Store your tincture in a cool, dry location and they can last for years. Tinctures are generally taken by adding a few drops under the tongue, but you can also utilize them by adding them to recipes for juices and meals. However, the under the tongue method is much faster than adding it to food or drink.
Dabbing is a method of ingesting cannabis using concentrates, commonly known as wax, shatter, or dabs. They can vary in texture and consistency from a hard, thin brick to a waxy substance to an oil. Dabs are typically consumed by vaporizing them in a concentrate pen vape or mod or by using a dab rig. If you choose to use a vape pen or mod – make sure that the heating chamber or tank is specified for concentrates or oils. Not all vaporizers are meant to handle dabs.
With so many methods of getting cannabinoids into your system, one is bound to work better for you than others. While you can always choose to smoke your cannabis the traditional way, other methods deliver more of the compounds that provide the relief and/or the high that you seek. Some methods are strictly used for the relief of symptoms of pain, inflammation, and soreness. Choose the method that suits your desires and needs best – or choose several different methods just to switch things up on occasion.
Michael is a marketing and creative content specialist at GotVape.com with primary focus on customer satisfaction. Technology and fitness combined healthy lifestyle obsession are his main talking points