Vape vs Smoking

When it comes to the consumption of cannabis, users now have more opinions than ever although the “best” method depends on your preferences and how you want to prioritise price, strength, health and convenience, etc. Smoking is the oldest practice but vaporisers are now becoming popular. Along with oils, sprays and practically any food we desire with THC included in it.

Inhalation

Smoking would be the most common method of consuming cannabis today as it is the quickest way to get the THC into your system. The cannabinoids enter the body via the lungs and pass directly into the bloodstream. Once the THC reaches the circulatory system it then takes only a few seconds to reach the brain. Joints would be the most well known of cannabis delivery system. Users like to fill their joints with tobacco and cannabis for an apparent extra high but either way one hit of a joint and you start to feel the effects instantly.

Vaporizers

vaporizers

Vaporizing is similar to smoking but instead involves heating the marijuana rather than burning it actually making it the healthier option because it eliminates the potential pain in the lungs that comes from the exposure and heat of normal smoking. Vapes are handheld and can conveniently fit in your pocket. Another advantage to vapes is that they can also use oils that contain up to 80% THC compared to the 5-25% for buds. This indicates that the oils obviously have a stronger effect.

Blunts

Blunts are also very similar to joints but are usually thicker and will hold more weed, therefore making them more strong in addition to joints which are smaller and thinner.

Hand Pipes and Bowls

Compared to joints, pipes and bowls are an even quicker way to smoke marijuana and are greatly favoured today for their convenience. They are small, simple to use and of course portable. They operate by trapping the smoke that is made from burning the cannabis and is then inhaled by the user. Bowls usually need to be lit up once for each hit, this can help if you want to same some for later.

Water pipes

bongs

Like hand pipes, water pipes come in slightly different variations but not limited to bongs and bubblers. They increase in sophistication by incorporating water. Like bongs smoke is forced into a holding chamber and can be smoked ar your leisure.

Bubblers

Basically a miniature bong that can be small enough to fit your pocket. Quite like bongs they allow time for the smoke to cool down before it reaches the lungs. This makes it easier to take bigger hits.

Hookahs

This is one of the more less common ways to smoke cannabis. Cannabis is not often smoked alone in a hookah because as they are usually used to smoke tobacco, the low water content causes the cannabis to burn faster than it can be inhaled which is a waste. To help with this, like joints and blunts, cannabis is put between tobacco instead.

Dabs

Dabs (Butance hash oil BHO) are a potent extract of the cannabis plant. It is to be smoked in a rig, not unlike a bowl but instead of using a simple light you actually have to use a blowtorch. Dabbing has similar effects to vaporising only twice as strong and because the dab is a concentrated extract, inhaling those vapors will get you super high in a very quick time.

If you feel as though any of the above are not for you, fear not! As there are still many more methods of consumption. Not only can cannabis be put into your food but now there is capsules, sprays, tinctures and even drinks! It regards to edibles it is important to remember that the time it takes for the cannabinoids to work their magic will be longer and for that matter also stronger. Oral consumption is an ideal method for people using cannabis for long lasting chronic pain as you do not have to consume it as often.

Snacks

Think of a meal and it’s almost guaranteed that somewhere there is a weed recipe for it! Popular options are brownies, cookies and cakes.

Capsules/Pills

Capsules tend to be very potent and concentrate. They are considered a happy medium between edibles and concentrates and are digested as an infused product but will still often have the consistency of oil.

Tinctures

This is one of the most underrated ways of getting your daily dose of cannabinoids. Tinctures are a liquid concentration/marijuana matter. It works by placing a few drops on your tongue. The effects after ingestion then take between five to fifteen minutes.

Sprays

Sprays are basically the same as tinctures only inside a spray bottle. Usually one or two squirts of the spray is all you need.

What can also be tried is Topical creams. These are lotions that are infused with cannabis to help relieve pain, soreness and inflammation. One benefit of topicals is that they can be applied directly to the skin, therefore you can get right the area you’re looking to target. Topicals make use of the medicinal properties of the cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD) and becasue CBD does not affect the brain like THC would, topicals do not provide you a psycoactive high. This means they are ideal for suffers of pain, anxiety, paranoid or even PTSD.

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