What are the considerations?
Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore. Who gets hits off of a bong these days? With so many different consumption methods on the market and more coming, why not explore and experience the wealth of our times? From cannabis edibles including chocolate edibles to pain relief patches and creams there is something for everyone. But how do you pick what is right for you?
Before deciding and buying you need to think about why you want to use cannabis. What is your end goal? Do you want to enjoy the experience? Do you have a chronic pain? Anxiety? Do you need all day relief or just looking of some instant enjoyment at a movie or concert? All of these variables matter because each method of consumption affects the intensity and duration of the high. So, before you grab those chocolate edibles or other cannabis edible think about these questions:
• What is your desired effect?
• What is your desired onset time?
• Do you have a preferred intensity?
• How long do you want it to work?
• Do you have any personal preferences on the methods?
Smoking is by far one of the most common and tradition methods of cannabis consumption. It generally consists of using a bong, pipe, or joint paper to burn the plant and inhale the smoke. This causes a near immediate effect of the cannabis, which makes high control easier. Too much? You can stop. Not enough? You can take a few more hits. For more advanced users you can wrap the joint in a thin cannabis concentrate that adds more THC to the mix increasing the high. This is called twaxing.
Vaporization incudes any method that instantly heats the bud to 315-440°F (157-227°C), which, based on the name, vaporizes the oils into a gas that is inhaled. Similar to smoking it delivers a near instant high.
Edibles and Oils
Edibles and other foods made from oils are as diverse as any cookbook in your library. The extract from the cannabis plant is mixed with an oil and used in the cooking process. Most cannabis edibles like chocolate edibles are sweet but there is no reason why you couldn’t make your own savory dishes with THC or CBD oil. However, because the oils through food consumption are dealt with in the liver, it can take a few hours before the effects start, but they will last significantly longer.
Tinctures are one of the oldest forms of consumption of medicines dating back before modern society and before the refrigerator. Tinctures use a base oil like coconut or olive oil mixed with CBD or THC or both to deliver the compound to the blood stream from under your tongue. You only need to place a few drops under your tongue for the effects to be felt quickly due to the fast absorption by the arterial blood supply.
Transdermal Patch & Topicals
Transdermal patches and topical creams are great for sustained relief from localized pain and cramps. Placing them on the location of the issue targets the relief. Due the blood stream absorption through the skin these treatment can be fast acting and sustained over time.