How do you consume Cannabis?
Cannabis is an increasingly popular medicine which can be used not only medicinally but also for psychological and emotional release.
There are more and more scientific studies showing that cannabis is a safe and effective cure for many modern ailments, including those for which pharmaceutical products have failed to soothe.
What most people do not know is that cannabis does not need to be “smoked” in order to enjoy its various benefits. Indeed, smoking is one of the most popular methods of consuming this plant but there are many other ways as well.
Some like to smoke it, others like to eat it – there are numerous ways of consuming this plant and everyone needs to experiment with different methods in order to discover which one is best for them.
In this article we will explore the best ways to consume cannabis, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each one.
Let’s start with the most obvious one…
Cannabis Consumption Method #1 – Smoking
Smoking is the most popular way of consuming cannabis. The advantage of smoking cannabis is that it reaches the central nervous system faster (by being absorbed by the lungs), hence offering a fast and powerful high.
In the same time, the major disadvantage is that there are numerous toxic compounds which are unhealthy and damage the lungs’ inner surface. Another disadvantage is that the high disappears rapidly, as quickly as it occurred.
As usually, different methods yield different results, as you will see shortly…
The most common way to smoke cannabis is by smoking a joint. The advantage is that it is easy to make and you do not need too many materials for it. The downside is that most of the toxins which occur due to the burning process are absorbed by the lungs.
There are also other alternatives to the joint – especially the bong, the pipe and the bubbler. They do require more “specialized” equipment but they also increase the absorption of THC in the lungs, which guarantees a stronger high.
Recently a new method of smoking has been developed which may downsize the risks while increasing the benefits of this type of cannabis consumption. This method is called vaporization.
Basically you would need a vaporizer (which is well worth your investment if you plan on frequently smoking cannabis). The difference between vaporizing and plainly smoking it is that the vaporizer uses a much lower temperature to burn the plant material, hence lowering the quantity of toxic compounds absorbed by the lungs.
A UK study has shown that vaporizers can eliminate up to 95% of carcinogens from the plant material, which is much safer than plainly smoking it.
Even more, studies have shown that vaporization increases the absorption of antioxidants which protect the lungs surface from smoke carcinogens.
Basically, if you care about your health on the long-term and wish to get the best out of both worlds while smoking cannabis, I would suggest to take up vaporizing. You are much more likely to experience a pure, deep high while still maintaining the health risks at a minimum as well as enjoying an improved taste.
Cannabis Consumption Method #2 – Eating
Eating cannabis is another effective way of consuming this plant.
Make sure that you are consuming the right type of cannabis, as there are different types and products of this plant. For example, hemp seeds are very nutritious as many studies have proven but they do not contain the THC and CBD cannabinoids which are responsible for the health benefits of cannabis (as well as the psychological and emotional high).
If you are looking for the much touted health benefits (or psychological effects) then make sure you eat the right type of cannabis.
Eating cannabis can mean eating a pot brownie, a pot cookie, eating cannabutter or consuming cannabis infused oil items. All these products will be absorbed by the digestive system slowly but surely.
The difference between eating cannabis and smoking cannabis is that eating gives you a much more intense experience. Many individuals have exaggerated with the doses, especially if they did not know what or how much they were eating (as this Forbes article suggests about children consuming pot brownies)
Another factor which might contribute to the intense experience is the fact that it comes up much slower compared to smoking. It might take 30 to 40 minutes until the full effects kick in – but when they do, hold on to your pants because you are in for a ride!
In conclusion, if you want to eat cannabis make sure that you are careful with the dosage and the specific type of cannabis you are consuming. Start with small doses and build up from there if you want stronger experiences.
Cannabis Consumption Method #3 – Mucuous Application
Tinctures are still used today especially by the more senior demographics. The greatest advantage to this is that you would need small doses strategically applied in key areas of your body where the tincture would be absorbed fully.
One of those areas is under your tongue. Another area is your colon via rectal administration – that is why some people do coffee enemas or other types of colonic treatments. The biggest advantage to this type of administration is that it bypasses the liver metabolism, hence it is absorbed much faster and in a higher quantity compared to eating it, as scientific studies have shown.
That is why cannabis suppositories can be a great tool for healing, for which you can use cannabutter, a cannabis tincture, a cannabis topical solution and so on. The biggest advantage to mucuous application is that the quantity absorbed is much higher compared to plainly eating it.
Naturally, there are other ways of consuming cannabis – from using topical solutions and putting them on your skin to creative ways of smoking it. However, everybody needs to decide for themselves which method is ideal for their needs and goals.
What is your preferred method of consuming cannabis and what was your experience with it? Let us know in the comments below!