When it comes to marijuana consumption, the second-most important thing to consider after choosing the strain itself is the delivery method. This point is often ignored, as most consumers have limited their experimentation to only one or two methods. If you find yourself within this category but aspire to become a comprehensive cannabis consumer, let this be your guide. Note that maximizing the mental and physical benefits of marijuana is largely dependent upon how it’s consumed, as each method provides a unique experience and host of effects. This article looks at methods of marijuana consumption. There are basically three delivery methods which include: inhalation, oral, and topical. Under these basic methods are various techniques that serve unique functions, each appropriate for different occasions.
Inhalation delivery methods
When marijuana is inhaled, the gases enter the lungs before absorbing into the bloodstream. There are currently two popular types of inhalation methods which are smoking and vaporization.
Different ways of smoking marijuana
The traditional and ancient way of consuming marijuana is by smoking. However advances in vaporization technology have offered marijuana smokers an alternative method with fewer health side effect since the effects associated with smoking are widely debated, but health professionals are in a consensus that smoke free methods pose less risk and are medically preferred.Marijuana smokers have a wide range of devices at their disposal, such as hand pipes, water pipes, rolling papers, hookahs, and homemade one-time use devices. Each of these devices provides different experiences and influence the grade of smoke inhaled.
–Hand pipe: These are probably the most common smoking device in circulation today and generally preferred due to their convenience as they are small, portable, and simple to use. they have grown into an artistic expression and are available in countless creative forms and styles, both for decoration and functionality (examples include disguise pipes that imitate everyday objects). Hand pipes operate by trapping the smoke produced from burning marijuana, which is then inhaled by the user
Water pipe: they come in slightly different variations, including but not limited to bongs and bubblers. Similar to hand pipes, these come in a variety of styles and designs but increase in sophistication by incorporating water. However the health benefits associated with the addition of water has aroused debate as water cools the smoke, but it’s uncertain whether it acts as an effective filter for harmful constituents.
Rolling papers: these are generally used to smoke weed joints or blunts. Joint s are marijuana rolled in a paper, the composition of which varies across an assortment of plants including but not limited to hemp, bamboo, and rice while blunts on the other hand are marijuana rolled in cigar paper made from the tobacco plant and contain nicotine. Blunt smokers often prefer the flavor and combined effects of the nicotine and marijuana; but is should be noted that the medical risks linked to nicotine deter most health-conscious cannabis consumers.
Hookahs: This is one of the less popular methods of smoking marijuana and is generally associated with the herb. This method is not good for economically-conscious smokers, as large quantities of marijuana are needed to yield the same results as other smoking methods. To resolve this, marijuana is usually sandwiched between tobaccos, introducing the same health concerns associated with blunts. However, one advantage with the hookah is that it allows multiple people to smoke at the same time, thus significantly changing the smoking experience
Vaporizers: They are the logical choice for moderate to experienced and/or health-conscious marijuana consumers. A vaporizer steadily heats herbs to a temperature that is high enough to extract THC, CBD , and other cannabinoids from a marijuana plant, but the temperatures are too low for the potentially harmful toxins that are released during combustion. It should be noted that vaporization minimizes the health risks associated with smoking thus equally significantly reducing the in odor, which is generally the first acknowledgement of first-time vaporiser users. There are range of vaporizers in the market whith designs distinguished by multiple elements such as portability and product. The form of marijuana product is the other primary component: many vaporizers take marijuana concentrates which come in a range of forms such as oil or wax. These vaporizers can be added manually or using cartridges, depending on their design. However the prevalence of concentrate vapes is explained by their mechanical simplicity as fewer vaporizers take flower, which require a heating element to accomplish vaporization, thus requiring a more sophisticated design
Another younger delivery method that is a point of contention amongst the marijuana policy makers is dabbing. It is a form of vaporization in which potent marijuana concentrates are dropped on a heated nail, creating vapor that is trapped in a glass globe and then inhaled. Although several health benefits accompany clean concentrates over combustible flowers, health concerns arise from dabbing due to the intense effects of high-THC extracts
Oral Cannabis Delivery Methods
Oral delivery includes all techniques that are administered through the mouth, such as tinctures, ingestible oils, and cannabis infused food/drinks. Most often people assume that oral delivery denotes ingestion through the digestive tract before entering the bloodstream, but this is not always the case as Tinctures are essentially a topical application and are administered through the mouth, and they are immediately absorbed into the bloodstream unlike cannabis edibles or drinks
Cannabis Tinctures are a liquid marijuana extract used by consumers looking for dosage control and fast-acting effects without the health risks associated with smoking. Alcohol is commonly used as the solvent but other fat-soluble liquids such as vinegar or glycerolcan equally be used. To administer it, three or four drops of the tincture are placed under the tongue, where it’s absorbed into the body or they swallowed and digested. When ingested, tinctures are immediately absorbed in an empty stomach but require time to process through the liver, as such reducing dosage control.
There are also Ingestible oils which are a happy medium between edibles and concentrates. They are swallowed and digested like an infused product, but often have the consistency of oil. It should be noted that these oils can either be eaten or put in easily-ingested capsules. One of the most popular oil is Rick Simpson Oil, which originated in 2003 when Simpson used concentrated marijuana to treat his skin cancer. This oil is made by extracting the therapeutic compounds of marijuana with alcohol and then evaporating the solvent, leaving behind a tar-like substance looking like oil
Marijuana can also be consumed as Edibles. Eating or drinking marijuana provides significantly different effects from delivery methods that immediately enter the bloodstream, such as smoking or vaping.cannabis edibles can be defined as any food that contains cannabis, whether or not the cannabinoids are bioavailable. Cannabis edible products have longer onsets and tend to cause powerful full-body, psychoactive effects. Cannabis Infused food and drinks can be made a range of ways depending on the dish. Most often, edibles are infused together with a staple infused ingredient high in fat such as butter or olive oil that enable extraction of the plant’s therapeutic compounds. Generally, cooking with marijuana flower can be difficult because of the complication associated with cannabinoid activation such as sensitive heating temperatures and times, and sufficient solvent fat
Topical Cannabis Delivery Methods
Topical marijuana administration utilizes full cannabis extract which consist of a thick decarboxylated oil to activate cannabinoids and thus absorbed through your skin. Topical effects differ from other cannabis medicating methods in that they don’t provide the cerebral stimulation that users describe as “being high.” Because of this, topicals are appropriate for consumers needing a clear head and localized relief for condtions such as muscle aches or soreness.