Marijuana is not only a useful industrial crop and a source of raw materials for medicines, for various groups, but also a light drug that has been legalized in many individual countries.
Most often, weed is used to experience euphoria and a burst of creative energy or, conversely, to relax and free one’s mind. For many, marijuana consumption is the best way to rest and turn off your head after a hard day’s work. So, how is marijuana used most of the time?
The most famous method of cannabis use is smoking. In European countries, it is common to smoke a mixture of marijuana and tobacco. In Jamaica, Canada, and the United States, pure marijuana is preferred. But there are various methods of cannabis consumption. Feeling the effect and freeing your mind from worries can also be done differently. One can use vape pens, chewing gum, or even baked goods with cannabis. Let’s take a look at the six most common ways of marijuana consumption.
Method #1 – Vaporization
Vaporizing weed and its active ingredients are considered healthier than smoking weed even from a medical point of view. The smoke from vaporized weed is considered so smooth that even asthma patients find it quite pleasant. Moreover, this is the only non-carcinogenic method of weed consumption. It is also an advantageous, cost-saving option – you will need fewer hemp cones to achieve the desired effect. And that famous taste of marijuana is still preserved.
It may be necessary to spend money on a special device, but, as practice shows, one can move forward without it. Jamaicans have long learned how to evaporate hemp with a tin cup (which can be easily replaced with foil), raw bamboo stalks and hot coal. Modern artisans use a light bulb. There is one rule – the finer the grind of the raw material, the more active the evaporation and the quicker the psychoactive effects – you will be high within 15 minutes.
This method, however, has its drawbacks. Vaporized weed is more likely to cause insomnia than ingested cannabis. Also, if you use marijuana for medical purposes, the psychotropic effects of this particular method may not help you. Those who need constant help will have to vaporize cannabis every 2-3 hours to maintain its healing effect. Finally, when using poor quality evaporators, there is a chance of chemical poisoning (burned plastic).
Method #2 – Smoking
This is the most common method of getting high. What could be easier than a joint? Marijuana smoking is a great way for novices and those who use hemp recreationally to get high. Smoking and vaporization may appear similar; however, there is a huge difference between them. Smoking cannabis provides the user with rapid relief and has a more active effect compared to other methods of consumption.
On the other hand, this method is rather harmful to one’s throat and lungs and does not have a long-term effect. While smoking, the plant gets burned at a temperature of roughly 2,000 degrees, which makes the smoke carcinogenic. Finally, it’s often difficult to get rid of the lingering odor after smoking a joint.
Method #3 – Tinctures and Sprays
Tinctures or oral sprays help to strictly control the dosage of the drug. Once buried under the tongue, the substance is absorbed by saliva. The effect of this application is not as fast as through smoking or evaporation, but it is more economical, especially if there is a need for small doses. If you want to experience a gentle medical effect, without getting high, a marijuana tincture or marijuana spray are your best options.
This method provides a long-lasting effect and more rapid relief, compared to smoking weed. Moreover, tinctures and sprays are better at preventing accidental use, than edibles or joints. The opposite side of this method is its high cost – tinctures can be rather expensive. Another drawback is the unpleasant taste of THC-containing sprays and cannabis tinctures.
Method #4 – Extracts
Cannabis extracts can be used in different ways. Patients who want a potent and long-lasting effect will find this method the most convenient. However, the National Institute on Drug Abuse has a lot of health concerns about using dabbing weed as medicine. This form of cannabis is extracted from the plant by solvents such as propane, butane, isopropyl alcohol, CO2, hexane, and water. Dabs, unlike plant matter, are heated at much higher temperatures – they need heat and pressure. This way is rather cost-efficient and potent; however, there is another side to this coin.
The adverse effects of this method can be hard. For example, dabs are 100% not for you, if you suffer from nausea or insomnia – they will only make things worse. Also, it can be dangerous for a novice consumer to use a blowtorch. There’s a chance the solvent will not be purged properly, which can adversely affect the medical and recreational properties of cannabis.
Method #5 – Edibles
Marijuana edibles are deservedly considered the second most popular method of consumption after smoking. Such a decision excludes the formation of harmful compounds in the body. Nevertheless, the probability of overdose is high, because in this case, it is much more difficult to calculate the dosage. Any weed edible (it can even be a chocolate bar) is the simplest method of consumption; even for novice consumers. If you’re not interested in sweets or baked goods with cannabis, you can try a weed gum. It is a non-carcinogenic and safe way to get long-lasting relief.
On the other hand, it can take a good two hours to feel the effect of cannabis-infused foods, which also often induce a couch-lock situation. It is also not the best option for patients suffering from nausea and can be harmful due to the non-reliable cannabinoid content.
Method #6 – Topicals
Topical cannabis is a great option for those who don’t want to experience a psychoactive effect. External application of a topical has good therapeutic effects; it is an excellent anti-inflammatory and analgesic agent. This method of consumption is best suited to older people and patients who need to maintain their sanity during the day. However, topicals provide only a localized effect that limits the effectiveness when trying to address a number of ailments.
Want to know more about how is marijuana used? Well, there are thousands of methods that can be found throughout the Internet. We’ve described only the most common methods, with their advantages and disadvantages, so that you would have a starting point to choose from. We wish you good health and a peaceful state of mind!