November 3, 2021
There are many cannabis consumption methods — From smoking flower or vaping THC distillate to ingesting tinctures, and so much more. Cannabis consumption methods generally fall into one of four categories, and different methods provide different experiences. What kind of high are YOU looking for?
The days of smoking weed out of an apple are over — if you want them to be! With the legalization of cannabis and the growth of the market comes a myriad of ways to consume it, whether you prefer taking it low and slow with edibles, the convenience of your favorite vape pen, or passing the pre roll around the campfire. Let’s take a look at some of the ways consumers around the nation are enjoying that sweet bud, and why you might choose some methods over others.
Some might consider inhalation the most recognizable way to consume cannabis — but, these days, it takes different forms: smoking AND vaping.
Smoking: Light the flower, and inhale the smoke.
The main difference between glass and a vaping device is the convenience factor - choosing something portable for sessions wherever you want, or an always-impressive table top rig.
Vaping: Heat your flower or concentrate to right below the point of combustion (between 356℉ and 374℉) and inhale the vapor.
Vape pen or vaporizer? There’s a subtle, but potent, difference between using a vape pen and a vaporizer.
There are two main battery types for vape pens: 510 Thread (CCell Palm) and Pax Era Life/Pax Era Pro.
With smoking and vaping, you can measure your dosage based on the (often immediate) effects. There are a few key differences between smoking vs. vaping, and vaping is a great alternative to smoking (but we think there’s something special about consuming fresh flower, too!) As with many things in life, it’s good to find a balance.
Cannabis tinctures and pills offer a great, calorie-free way to get precise when it comes to dosing (and microdosing) with cannabis - doses are measured in milligrams. You can also DIY the dose by infusing beverages with tincture, or cooking with cannabis!
Edibles: The world of cannabis edibles has expanded quite a bit in the past decade.
Tinctures: Similarly, tinctures can be absorbed through the digestive tract or consumed sublingually (a few drops underneath your tongue should do the trick). Tinctures are liquid cannabis extract and alcohol (or other fat-soluble liquids, such as vinegar or glycerol) used as the solvent. When consumed sublingually, tinctures have a more rapid onset of effects, but you can always drop it into your favorite warm beverage, or use it in your cooking for that extra kick!
Some cannabis lovers might choose edibles over smoking or vaping because they’re more discreet, or because they prefer the slower onset of effects. But if you’re asking yourself “How long do edibles take to work?” just remember to start low, and go slow. You’ll get the hang of it!
Topical methods of cannabis delivery don’t induce psychoactive effects, but they’re worth mentioning due to their healing and soothing effects when applied directly to the skin. Topical cannabis products come in salves, balms, gels, butters and lotions and are great for treating pain, dry skin, muscle aches and much more! Keep an eye on our medical menus for body balm during gift giving season!
However you interact with cannabis, if you’re consuming it regularly, you’re building up a tolerance. All this means is that cannabinoid (CB1) receptors in your brain slowly deplete and become more resistant to the active components in weed, such as THC. That’s why you need to gradually increase the dosage to obtain the same effect you’re used to. But research shows that taking a break from THC will gradually increase your CB1 receptors. Everyone’s biology is different, so it could take anywhere from a few days to 2-4 weeks to reset your tolerance.
Don’t be shy when it comes to mixing and matching how you use cannabis! From consuming to help anxiety naturally or for helping you sleep, to cooking with cannabis, sharing flower with friends and family, or hitting the bong solo while playing video games — there’s no “wrong” way to consume cannabis. Choose the right consumption method for you! And remember, Temescal Wellness associates are always happy to make suggestions and help you find what you enjoy most!