Do you remember the first time you smoked marijuana? I remember my first experience and it wasn’t ideal. I was left with a burning throat. You might like smoking, but it’s not for everyone, especially if someone needs to use cannabis regularly. Smoking cannabis couldn’t have been avoided in the last millennium, but it’s a different story as we enter the next decade.
If you have had the opportunity to visit 420 dispensaries or shop for products online, you’d know what I mean. So it’s safe to say that the cannabis industry has been working really hard to provide consumers with a plethora of products. And with much success, we witness a new form of administering cannabis every few days. Be it transdermal patches or vaginal suppositories, you can expect a new product around the corner.
Smoking cannabis can be fun for some people but a lot of us can’t tolerate smoke, especially people with respiratory problems like allergies or asthma. Fortunately, there are many ways in which you can consume cannabis without smoking it. And if you are looking for some health-conscious options, here’s a list of some of the other ways to consume cannabis.
One of the best alternatives to smoking is vaping. It has gained a lot of popularity in recent years as being a healthier alternative to smoking. While smoking, cannabis gets combusted at high temperatures. This releases various harmful chemicals and smoke. While vaporizers heat cannabis more gently and at low temperatures. This way you inhale the beneficial cannabinoids like THC and CBD and the more dangerous chemicals are left behind. Cannabis gets its unique smell and taste because of a compound known as terpenes. Vaporizers keep these terpenes intact which can improve the flavor of cannabis. They also work fast, making them the perfect choice for someone looking for quick relief from stress. You can find various types of vaporizers on the market, which are very affordable too.
Just like vaping, dabbing also produces vapor instead of smoke. But, it’s not entirely the same. This method includes flash-vaporization of cannabis concentrates and offers intensely potent effects. The concentrates or dab is placed on a heated water-pipe attachment and then inhaled. This attachment can be a glass or metallic nail, which has to be heated with a butane torch. With dabbing you get to enjoy a clean experience that would be free of any plant material. But, if you are a first-timer, I would suggest you try other options on this list. For dabbing, you need to have some experience with cannabis.
If you are a foodie, you will love this! Many people find vaping and dabbing similar to smoking, so they can eat their cannabis (not directly, of course) but through edibles. Cannabis-infused edibles are tasty, and they are versatile. You can also experiment with edibles yourself if you like to cook. But, there are some things you must know before you start with these edibles:
This is probably the easiest way to consume cannabis. Tinctures are extracted using alcohol and are applied sublingually. You just have to put some drops under your tongue and that’s it. This way, cannabinoids enter your bloodstream immediately, offering effects quickly. You can find tinctures with various flavors, potencies, and cannabinoid profiles. Buy according to your medical needs and doctor’s recommendation.
Ingestible oils are cannabis concentrates, that you can consume orally. You will find these in the form of capsules or plastic applicators, and you can consume them directly or add to your food or beverage. These ingestible oils also offer powerful effects but can take time to kick in. So, just like edibles, be careful with the dose.
Another great way to use cannabis is with cannabis topicals. There are a lot of cannabis-infused creams and ointments on the market that you can use for medical purposes. These are perfect for people suffering from skin conditions or pain. You can directly apply these topicals to the affected area. Just clean the area, and apply your topical. Then massage gently for a few minutes.
The last one on the list is transdermal patches. These are comparatively new to any other method of consuming cannabis but have some advantages over them. With transdermal patches, cannabis is delivered directly into your bloodstream via your skin. Also, the effects will last longer, giving relief for several hours. Another advantage of these patches is that they are discreet. Hence, no smell of weed and you can also hide them under your clothes.
Smoking has been related to cannabis for a long time now. And you cannot separate the two from each other. But, not everyone is comfortable with smoking, and as people became more familiar with cannabis, they came up with these alternatives so that everyone can enjoy the benefits of this magical herb.
You also need to see if you qualify for using concentrates without a doctor’s note. If not, you can easily get a medical marijuana card in Los Angeles and shop for products at your nearest dispensary. So, choose your favorite method according to your needs to start enjoying the benefits of cannabis.