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A Guide to Cannabis Consumption

As the legalisation of cannabis continues to rise in the US, so too has its popularity among an increasingly broad audience. This growing appetite for cannabis-based products has generated a boom of unique products to hit the market allowing the consumer to pick and choose. But with so many products on the market, it can be confusing to know what is right for you. In this guide, we’ll take a look at the top 4 methods of cannabis consumption, including the popular products currently on the market.

1. Inhalation

A popular method of consuming cannabis, smoking or vaping involves the burning (or vaporising) of dried cannabis flower. When you inhale cannabis, all the active compounds are absorbed into your bloodstream via your lungs creating an almost instant high. There are a variety of ways to smoke cannabis, however, a popular option for most is either via a pipe or a joint. As for vaping, vape pens or vaporisers are commonly used by heating up liquid until it turns into a vapour that you inhale. Despite being the most popular, it is also the most harmful to your lungs so it’s important to see your doctor if you experience any associated chest pain or breathing difficulties.

2. Sublingual

Cannabis oils are concentrates derived from extracting cannabinoids, such as THC and CBD, from cannabis plants. CBD oils are popular for those seeking relief for pain, sleep, mood disorders, hormonal conditions, and various other ailments. By placing a few drops of CBD oil under your tongue, the CBD will dissolve and enter your bloodstream through the tissues in your tongue. Once taken, you will begin to feel the therapeutic effects usually within 10-15 minutes. If you decide CBD oil is for you, make an appointment with your doctor to discuss what the right dosage is for you.

3. Edibles

When people hear ‘edibles’ they usually think of brownies and cookies. However, cannabis-infused edibles come in a wide variety of foods and beverages, including gummies, chocolate, mints, popcorn, and even tea and coffee. Like other cannabis products, edibles can be infused with THC, CBD or a hybrid of both, meaning you can choose the desired effect. Unlike smoking or vaping, edibles enter the stomach, are broken down and eventually absorbed in the intestines. Edibles also take longer for the effects to kick in and depending on the dosage can take between 30 to 60 minutes. If it’s your first time, just remember to consume in a comfortable space and take it low and slow.

4. Topicals

Relatively new to the market, topicals are cannabis-infused creams, balms and lotions which are absorbed through the skin for short-term relief of muscular pain and inflammation. Popular among those seeking the medicinal benefits of cannabis (regardless of the THC percentage) and for those who want to avoid the high that comes from smoking or ingesting. Consider cannabis topicals if you are experiencing mild skin irritation, inflammation and arthritis, psoriasis, youthful skin or after localised pain management.

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