As cannabis becomes legal in more states, people are learning even more about this amazing plant. There are strains that can help alleviate all kinds of symptoms from amnesia to migraines and pain management to helping increase focus. Smoking has been a traditional way to consume cannabis, but those who want to receive the benefits of the plant without smoking, there are other options that are much more desirable.
Eating cannabis is an easy and popular option, with the most well-known being brownies. Other food and drink can be infused with cannabis, including pre-made lemonades, crackers, and more in dispensaries. Those who prefer to make their own infused treats can use cannabis oil, crushed edible flowers, or cannabutter (ground cannabis mixed with butter) in a recipe. The tricky thing about edibles is that they have a delayed kick-in, which means users can easily overuse. Start with low doses and wait for it to get digested. Once it starts working, the cannabis can have intense, psychoactive effects.
Cannabis oil is created with a concentrated amount of cannabis and taken orally. These are available in capsules and plastic applicators, taken like pills. If swallowing pills isn’t great, you can add the oil to food and drink too. Again, since the cannabis is coming through the digestive system, it takes a while to kick in, so be cautious with dosing and be patient.
Breathing in cannabis is a great way to benefit from the plant, but smoking isn’t the only option. The chemical compounds can vaporize at a lower temperature, meaning it doesn’t have to be lit on fire. It is easier on the throat and lungs to breathe in the vapors of cannabis with a much more pleasant taste too. There are special vaporizers available in different sizes for setting on a table or carrying with you in a purse or bag.
A tincture is an infused liquid that you can apply under the tongue and is a quick way to get cannabis into the body. It isn’t hard to make your own tincture mixture with whatever strain of cannabis you want to use for different tastes, potencies, and benefits. To infuse the liquid, place the cannabis plant into alcohol and let it sit for a long time. This extracts the compounds and leaves the alcohol with the chemicals of the plant for use. Putting a small amount under your tongue in this form gets the chemicals into the bloodstream almost immediately. For those looking for a quick benefit or more control of dosing, like those suffering from pain or need quick focus, this form of consumption is a great option.
For those looking to relieve pain, soreness, and inflammation on the skin, lotions, creams, and balms infused with cannabis are a great way to provide localized relief. Using this form of cannabis is ideal for users who need to treat symptoms but don’t want to experience any psychoactive side effects.
This way of using cannabis involves flash-vaporization for fast, potent effects. It is done by dropping properly refined cannabis concentrate on glass or metal then heated with a butane torch. This creates vapor, not smoke, that is inhaled by the user. While this may seem sketchy to some, it is suggested for those more advanced at using cannabis.
Cannabis is still being explored for its benefits and uses. As more research is done and people find relief from using it, more modes for use will become available. No matter which method you prefer to receive the benefits of cannabis, there is an option that is right for you and your lifestyle.