7 Unique Ways to Consume Marijuana
Published on May 17, 2016
For decades, smoking has been the most common way to consume marijuana, but a growing number of people are changing the way they use the drug. Smoking is still an easy and effective way to administer cannabis, but a variety of other options are available for those who find smoking unpleasant. In this article, we'll cover seven of the most common ways to consume marijuana and the benefits of each. If you're a marijuana user or medical marijuana patient, it's a good idea to know and understand these methods so that you can choose which option is best for you. Different bodies respond differently to smoking, eating, teas, tinctures and vaporizers. You may need to experiment a little in order to make the right choice for yourself.
Smoking is the oldest and most common method for administering cannabis. It's been popular in America for decades, and can be a quick, effective way to experience the effects of marijuana. Many people today avoid smoking because they are concerned about lung cancer, but you don't need to worry. Studies have shown that there is no correlation between smoking marijuana and developing lung cancer. One potential drawback of smoking is the smell- marijuana has a very distinct odor, so many users prefer not to smoke. The choice is up to you. Smoking is definitely the fastest and easiest way to consume marijuana, but you may choose another method if you experience discomfort during smoking or want to avoid the odor.
Vaporizers are becoming more and more common among marijuana users, and for good reason. Vaporizers work by heating dried cannabis plant or oil at a lower temperature than smoking. This creates a light vapor that doesn't contain as much tar and smoke and is easier to inhale. Vaporizers come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some are large and intended for home use, while others are smaller and more appropriate for travel. Marijuana vapor has a lighter odor than marijuana smoke, although the odor is still present. Patients and users who find smoking difficult will often have success with vaporizers, which can be easier on the respiratory system.
Cooking with marijuana has been popular for decades. Eating the plant has a similar effect on the body as smoking, although many users report a different "body high" produced from eating that doesn't result from smoking. Cooking with marijuana can take some time and effort. Traditionally, the oils and resins are extracted from the plant into an oil or butter before being added to food. Depending on your preferences, you may like or dislike the flavor of cannabis. A variety of recipes and cookbooks are available to help users create tasty, effective edibles at home. In some places, edibles are available for sale, so you may be able to skip home cooking.
4. Hashes and Oils
Hashes have been around for centuries. In a nutshell, hash is the concentrated resin collected from cannabis leaves. There are a variety of methods for collecting hash, and it can be used in a variety of ways. It is almost as versatile as the raw plant material. Hash can be smoked, eaten and vaporized just like the buds from marijuana. Cannabis oils are also extracted from the raw plant material, but the finished oil is a liquid instead of a solid resin. Oils have grown in popularity during the past few years because of their success in treating children with epilepsy and other seizure disorders.
Marijuana tea is a traditional remedy used in cultures around the world, however, it's not as simple as just adding hot water. The main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana is THC, and THC is not water-soluble. Instead, you first have to make an infusion of cannabis into an oil-based substance like butter or coconut oil. You then add the infused oil to a tea to create a chai or latte-type drink. Many people love drinking cannabis teas and believe they are one of the healthiest ways to ingest marijuana.
6. Tinctures and Tonics
Tinctures and tonics are highly-concentrated infusions of marijuana, and they often contain alcohol. They're usually difficult to make, so those who use them typically buy them from an experienced craftsman. You can certainly make them yourself, but it may take several attempts before you master the process. The effects of using a tincture are similar to the effects of edibles. Tinctures and tonics give you the ability to combine marijuana with other beneficial plants and herbs for a balanced, individual treatment.
7. Topical Application
Lotions, salves, oils, creams and even patches are relatively new to marijuana culture in America, but they have extraordinary potential for those who wish to use cannabis without the psychoactive side effects. Topical marijuana is an excellent treatment for pain, soreness and inflammation, so those using cannabis for muscle and joint pain may benefit from this option. Creators of these wonderful products are including other beneficial ingredients like essential oils for additional pain relief and skin care.
Your options for using and consuming marijuana are extensive and adaptable. Now that you have more information, you can choose the method that works best for you, no matter what you're trying to treat or what your circumstances are.