One of the great things about cannabis is there are multiple ways to consume it, so if you aren’t a fan of one method, you are free to try another way that’s more suitable for you! On the one had, the world is your oyster when it comes to cannabis consumption, you just have to find which method (s) works for you, but on the other hand, this can be a little overwhelming and/or confusing to navigate, especially if you are not an experienced smoker. To help with this understanding, we have provided a small breakdown of the various methods so you can confidently choose one that works for you!
This is the healthier alternative to combustion (smoking) as the cannabis is not being burned. The heating process releases the active components of the plant matter without burning it, which classifies vaporizing as a form of inhalation. It takes approximately 0-15 minutes for you to start feeling the effects, which may last 2-4 hours.
As the word suggests, consuming cannabis by ingestion includes edibles, capsules, and infused beverages. This method typically produces a somatic effect which is felt more in the body, rather than a cerebral effect which is felt more in the head, essentially a body high vs. head high. It takes approximately 30 minutes – 3 hours for you to start feeling the effects, which may last 8+ hours.
This is the consumption of cannabis under your tongue, whether by tinctures, oils, and sprays, which gets absorbed directly into your bloodstream. We recommend being a little more cautious with this method because it can prove to be more effective and take effect faster compared to ingesting. It takes approximately 15 minutes – 2 hours for you to start feeling the effects, which may last 2 – 6 hours.
Keep in mind the onset and effects of each method will not be the same for each person and can be influenced by multiple personal factors such as age, sex, genetics, physical, and mental health. When attempting these methods, we encourage consumers to try cannabis products safely and at a slow pace, so to not overdo it. This breakdown is meant to provide a general understanding of each method, so before selecting a method, we recommend doing additional research to ensure it’s right for you.