When someone says cannabis or recreational marijuana, smoking is usually the first method of ingestion that comes to mind. Smoking may be the most popular use of cannabis but there are actually several other ways to use this newly-legal product.
Oils are essentially cannabis at an extremely concentrated level. They’re taken orally and depending on which kind of concentrated oil you take, some can cause you to become high. Using dried marijuana flowers, two different kinds of oils are extracted — THC and CBD. THC is the main psychoactive compound in marijuana, which makes you “feel high,” whereas CBD is a non-psychoactive compound that doesn’t produce the “high” that THC does. Cannabis oils are the most potent form of medical cannabis currently available and come in a small, glass vials, capsules, or plastic applicators. They can be either consumed directly on your tongue or mixed in food and drink.
Cannabis topicals are non-psychoactive and are a versatile way to take advantage of the benefits of cannabinoids. Coming in lotions, patches, creams, sprays, lubricants, and balms, topicals are absorbed through your skin for localized relief. They can also enhance sexual pleasure, treat skin irritations, alleviate psoriasis, heal burns and bacterial infections, keep skin youthful, and reduce inflammation and arthritis.
Edibles have come a long way from the days of cannabis-infused cookies or brownies. Edibles are a popular way to consume cannabis, coming in many shapes and forms such as gummy candies, baked goods, and even in chocolate. Edibles should be consumed responsibly and in moderation, as it can be difficult to figure out a satisfactory dose. Since cannabis can be added to virtually any food through butter or oil, you can really get creative with what you cook and bake.
The legalization of cannabis is still in its infancy and because of this, government-regulated edibles will not become legalized and sold until next year. Nevertheless, in Canada, people can make edibles for personal use. Just ask about the details of your cannabis product from dispensaries such as Starbuds so that you know how much THC or CBD will be going into homemade edibles. How much information does your dispensary give you? If you want to learn more about both recreational and medical cannabis available from licensed dispensaries, check out Starbuds for further information.
In the last couple of years, using a vaporizer has become one of the most popular methods of using both recreational and medicinal marijuana. Though similar to smoking marijuana, vaporizers use heat to extract the active ingredients, and the user experience is quite different. The cannabis heats up at a far lower temperature, tastes different, and is easier to inhale than smoke. The only real downside to using a vaporizer is that the cost to purchase one is rather steep.
Cannabis consumption has evolved quite a bit over time and with the legalization of marijuana in October, it’s safe to assume we’re only going to see more discoveries and innovations.