For many, cannabis also referred to as medical marijuana, can be a confusing product to understand. In our newest blog series ‘High Definitions’ we seek to educate and demystify this powerful plant so you can make educated decisions along your canna-journey. In this series, we’ll review all the different ways people use cannabis (or medical marijuana). From flower to tinctures, edibles to suppositories, there are many methods for enjoying the benefits of THC.
Let’s start with the foundations: Flower. The cannabis plant has both a male and female gender. Only the female produces the flower used in the manufacturing and sale of most cannabis products. Flower is also the most traditional way to consume cannabis, and for many, it’s the most enjoyable. Smoking cannabis flower can provide quick onset of effects and a more intense high compared to other methods. Many people enjoy the ritual of rolling their own joints or packing a bowl in a pipe or bong. Flower is a great choice for those who prefer a fast-acting, customizable experience.
Next up, tinctures. Tinctures are liquid extracts derived from the flower that can be added to food and drinks or taken directly under the tongue. Tinctures are often preferred by those who want to avoid smoking or have respiratory issues. They provide a more controlled, precise dose and offer a discreet method of consumption.
Topicals are a non-intoxicating way to consume cannabis. These products are applied directly to the skin and are absorbed through the pores. They can provide localized relief for pain, inflammation, and skin conditions. Topicals are great for those who want to experience the benefits of cannabis without the psychoactive effects.
Edibles are a popular option for those who prefer a longer-lasting, discreet method of consumption. They come in a variety of forms, from gummies to baked goods to beverages. Because edibles are processed through the digestive system, they take longer to kick in than smoking or vaping. It’s important to start with a low dose and wait at least an hour before consuming more.
Vaping involves heating cannabis oil or flower to create vapor that is inhaled. Vaping can provide a fast onset of effects without the ‘smoke’. It’s a popular choice for those who want a more potent experience or for those who want to avoid the discomfort sometimes associated with smoking.
Lastly, we have suppositories may seem like an unusual way to experience the benefits of cannabis, but they offer unique benefits. When inserted into the rectum or vagina, suppositories provide a direct route to the bloodstream, resulting in rapid onset and long-lasting effects. They are ideal for those who cannot ingest or smoke cannabis due to health concerns or personal preferences.
There are many ways to enjoy the benefits of cannabis (or medical marijuana), and each method offers unique advantages. Whether you prefer the quick onset of smoking or vaping, the long-lasting effects of edibles, or the targeted relief of topicals and suppositories, there’s a cannabis product out there for you. As with any cannabis product, it’s important to start with a low dose and talk to your healthcare provider before using it for medicinal or recreational purposes.
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