With the waves of change happening across North America as cannabis becomes legal, there are corresponding changes to the amount we know about the plant and the way people consume it.
Legalization has caused stigma to gradually fade away, which is changing cannabis consumption. Whereas before, people who consumed cannabis did so primarily through smoking, it’s now increasingly common to find people ingesting it in other ways. Let’s look at some of the different ways people are consuming cannabis today.
1. Vape Pen
Vape pens are an extremely convenient, quick, and discreet way to consume marijuana. Like the name suggests, a vape pen is a light cylindrical object which has roughly the weight and shape of a pen.
Vape pens can either be loaded with marijuana, marijuana oil, or CBD oil. It’s a healthier way to consume these substances because no smoking is required — users of vape pens inhale less carcinogens than people who smoke marijuana in joints.
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a compound found in cannabis which has a particularly mellow and lucid effect. There’s a lot of hype around the CBD pens and products, as more people catch on to its benefits. You can vape cannabis or CBD without using a pen too, but the pens are rapidly gaining popularity.
Oils are a simple concentrate which can be derived from different strains of cannabis, or CBD. All you need to do is drop the right amount under your tongue or fuse it with food or drinks you like, and the oil will do its work! This saves you from the inconvenience of having to roll a joint, and no smell fills the room after you consume oil.
Oils are a common way for doctors to prescribe and administer cannabis to patients. Medical patients often find that oil is a particularly clean way to ingest cannabis.
Edibles are also a healthier way to consume cannabis than traditional smoking, but you still need to be mindful when you partake in it.
When you consume an edible, always make sure you understand how much THC you’re ingesting! You can look at a quantity of marijuana and see how much you’re putting inside a joint, but you can’t look at a gummy candy or a cookie and know how much is in it.
Also, it can take a while before the high kicks in. If you ingest an edible and don’t feel high after half an hour, wait and be really cautious before taking more. You don’t want to consume too much cannabis because you took a second dose after wrongly thinking the first one didn’t work. Be patient, and be safe.
Whether you want to consume cannabis for recreation or as medicine, you should know about the different options available and do what suits you best. What’s new now will soon become perfectly ordinary: as legalization proceeds, and our knowledge about cannabis increases while the stigma continues to disappear, these three alternate forms of cannabis consumption will become only more normalized.
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