Don’t Want to Smoke Cannabis? Discover New Ways to Use

Don’t Want to Smoke Cannabis? Discover New Ways to Use

Smoking cannabis isn’t the only way to benefit from it’s use. In fact, it lots of places smoking is restricted or forbidden. There are different effects to consider with each method. Let’s take a closer look…

Inhaling

Inhaling or smoking is the fastest acting way to use cannabis. It’s the best solution if you are in need of immediate refined. Depending on the strain and potency, you feel a range of psychological and physical effects immediately. It stimulates brain cells to release chemical dopamine upon ingestion. While the effect is immediate, it is not long-acting. The effects can be experienced for 2-3 hours.

However the negative effects on cardiovascular function can be a deterrent from this methodology. Smoking can be harsh on the lungs and throat, and can impede lung function. Breathing smoke straight into your lungs maybe linked to causing cancer similarly to cigarette use. Heavy cannabis inhaling can cause damage and precancerous changes in your lungs. Smokers also risk other lung symptoms including coughing and wheezing.

Using a vaporizer- commonly referred to as “vaping”- you still gain the immediate effect of cannabis use with less risk. Vaping minimizes smoke, odor, congestion and carcinogens.  

Vaporizers offer portability and temperature control. Vapes utilize three different forms of cannabis- oil, wax, and shatter. Burning these types of cannabis with a vaporizer offers the ability at a lower temperature ensuring Cannabinoids and terpenes reach their optimal effects.

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Ingesting

Ingesting cannabis through stomach acids, intestinal absorption and liver metabolism leads to longer and stronger effects. Edibles come in various forms. They can be bought at dispensaries or homemade with cannabis-infused butter or oil. There are lot of appetizing recipes for everyone’s palate and dietary needs. Eating marijuana produces a high that’s more evenly distributed through the body.

 Edibles are quickly becoming the most popular way to use cannabis, but there are somethings to consider about this methodology. While this method offers a long-acting medicine, any ingest too much. Eating infused foods can be delicious but difficult to measure the dosage of cannabis. Ingesting cannabis can also take a hour or more to take effect. It’s recommended to start slow with a low dose and give at 90 minutes to feel the effects. Please note that effects aren’t always consistent from does to does. Foods ingested before or after eating medicated foods can influence the cannabis’ effects.

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Transdermal Patches

For those would rather not add calories to their long-acting cannabis use, there are transdermal patches. They are generally discreetly placed on venous area of the body- the wrist or dorsal part of the ankle- for systematic absorption. The medicine is absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream. Most patches come in 10 mg dosages and offer a variety of cannabinoid blends. This methodology also contributes to the purity of the strain. The effects of patches are quick-acting and can last up to six hours with a slow timed release.

Transdermal patches are thought to be the best way to try cannabis for the first time. However, it’s not for everyone as they are not absorbed the same.  

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Capsules

Those who want their cannabis intake to be unlike any other medicine often opt for cannabis capsules. The common method of administrating medicine can be achieved with cannabis. Capsules can be taken orally or as a suppository. They provide the most reliably consistent dosing and are considered an excellent choice for new users.

Similarly to edibles, capsules effects have a slower onset. However capsule take a little longer than edibles as it take time for the pill to dissolve. Liquefying the capsule changes the absorption but other methods are better utilized. Anyone with difficulty swallowing or keeping foods down, will want to opt for other forms of cannabis.

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Oils

Cannabis oils are best for those who need a stronger medicine. The oil is actually a concentrated dose of cannabis. This often has about a 30 minute onset. Keep in mind hemp oil and cannabis oil are not the same. Many CBD products on the market are made from hemp and do not have the same quality or effect as cannabis oil. Note- if you getting oil on the internet or in a state where cannabis is not legal, you’re using hemp oil.

While oils can provide a concentrated medicine to it’s users, it can likely create a higher tolerance than using other forms of flower.

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Topicals

Topical cannabis is applied to the skin and is very effective for muscle spasms and local areas of inflammation. Ultimately localized pain is best treated by topicals. Salves, liniments, sprays and massage oils can be used on joints and other points of pain. Concentrated topical oils can be used to treat skin conditions as well. Topicals are non-psychoactive and come in gels, creams, and ointments. Psychotropic effects are not common from salves or topical oils.

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Tinctures

Tinctures are a great alternative to smoking or ingesting. Absorbed into the bloodline by simply putting a few drops under your tongue for 1-2 minutes. If you want to double it’s effects, you can swallow your tincture, but it’s not always recommend as the best way to manage your dosage. Dosing to best managed by milligram per drop. Make sure to read the packaging to understand it’s best usage. Tincture are an intermediate-acting medicine with a less than 30 minute onset. Tinctures are also know to have the longest shelf life of all cannabis products.

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So that’s an overview. There’s still more to know… Keep in mind, if the effects you feel are too much for you, use some CBD! If you have question, please feel free to ask them in the comments!

 

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  1. Interesting – I’ve been seeing a lot about CBD lately – I suspected it was hemp oil so nice to find out I was correct!

    1. Hi Pam! CBD is present in both cannabis and hemp oil! There are great benefits from both! You’ve also hit on a point I’ll soon be covering in another blog post! Keep an eye out!

  2. My friend is using CBD oil with her disabled grandson with great success.

    1. I’m SO glad to hear that! Please let me know if they’d be willing to be interviewed! I’m looking for and happy to share anecdotes and stories of cannabis users!

  3. Every time I read one of your posts I learn something! I have heard that the cannabis oil can be used to calm anxious dogs, do you know anything about that?

    1. Hi Melissa! Thanks for your continued support! Yes, I do know a thing or two about cannabis for dogs! I’ll be writing a blog entry about dogs soon! Stay tuned!

  4. I use a topical solution for a form of osteoarthritis I have. I absolutely helps my achy hands and joints when needed.

  5. Thanks for the info! Personally looking into CBD oil for chronic migraines.

    1. Stay tuned Rachel! Info about cannabis & migraines are yet to come!

  6. I bought some hemp oil, the under the tongue delivery type. I think it works!

  7. I didn’t know about all of these ways to take cannabis. Thanks for the detailed information!

  8. This a very informative read. I didn’t know there was so much beyond smoking and edibles.

  9. I didn’t realize that there are so many health benefits from using cannabis, I appreciate you educating us on this subject.

  10. My hub=sband is adamant that marijuana is a gateway drug and should not be legalized but even he admits it has helped many people we know.

  11. I had no idea there are so many forms! I have two friends who have been using edibles and oil for chronic pain. They love it!

  12. I’ve actually been reading about CBD for both my husband (degenerative spine pain) and for our dog (a rescue) who suffers from many anxieties. I am looking forward to reading the post you mentioned above about pets. Good information!

  13. I didn’t know you could use it as an oil too. I wonder where I could get some for my mom who suffers from body aches and pains from lupus.

  14. I live in a state which allows recreational and medicinal uses of marijuana. While I have no desire to partake myself, this is such a helpful blog for learning about a drug which has so many unnecessary stigmas.

  15. Very interesting post. I personally don’t use any form of Cannabis but have heard many good medical uses for the plant.

  16. I’ve actually tried it as a topical and it did relieve some muscle pain from exercise! We were vacationing in Colorado and purchased some edible cookies and chocolates. I took a very small piece at night, perhaps 1/4 of the cookie, right be fore bed; and it was fabulous for relieving tight achy muscles from hiking all day.

  17. I’m actually not co-ordinated enough to smoke anything, but I’ve always been intrigued about brownies and these other options. (Please don’t think I’m being flippant, I understand its a viable pain relief/maintenance thing). I have CP, and never really considered myself to be in chronic pain until now, in my 30s. I just use sports massage, but have many friends with various conditions who use CBD.)

  18. I really enjoyed your post! It’s quite amazing the unique connection we share with the plant kingdom. You did a wonderful job informing inquiring minds of the different ways this sacred plant can aid those who embrace it.

  19. Interesting info!

  20. great to know their are healthier alternatives.

  21. It’s amazing how many different forms there are now!

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