6 ways to enjoy cannabis without smoking it
For newer cannabis users, smoking is the most popular method of consuming weed.
Almost every first-time marijuana smoker starts with a smoke (usually a joint), and that’s perhaps why most people have fond memories of their smoking days.
The burning throat, choking in smoke, not knowing how long to take in and hold the smoke. These are the usual experiences of most first-timers.
While smoking is still a popular method of delivery, it comes with its fair share of problems like the apparent smell, poor lung health, among other things.
With the stigma that smoking carries around, some people prefer not to smoke at all. The bad news is the stigmatized image that comes with smoking could possibly be stopping many people from trying cannabis, something that may continue as we enjoy recreational marijuana legalization in Canada.
Thankfully, there are many other cannabis consumption methods that have proven to be more health-conscious than smoking.
Here are a few great ways to enjoy the effects of marijuana without having to smoke it:
1. Vaporizing (or Vaping)
This has steadily become a very popular option for consuming cannabis simply because it’s clean and effective.
All you need to get high is to heat the cannabis to vaporize its chemical compounds using a vaporizer device. Vaporized cannabis tastes better than combusted weed to many people and isn’t known to have any serious side effects at this time (although, there aren’t many studies on the long-term effects of vaporizing due to its recent surge in popularity, and have been reports of illnesses with some black market products).
Vaporizers themselves come in many different shapes and sizes, from large tabletop devices that offer thick, high-quality vapour to small, portable vaporizers that can be carried around wherever you need to go.
If you’re very interested in trying some weed without having to smoke a joint, I advise you try a vaporizer to start.
There are many affordable vaporizers on the market today that you can check out and chances are there is probably someone you already know that has one.
Cannabis-infused foods or drinks (otherwise known as edibles) are an obvious alternative to smoking.
To much delight of cannabis users, the creativity and diversity of weed edibles keep on expanding.
Edibles are relatively easy to make yourself if you want to give that a try and you can infuse cannabis with any food materials that need butter or oil to prepare.
You can choose to make your own weed edibles at home or you can opt to buy some at your nearest dispensary or retail shop. If you decide to buy edibles, you’ll be spoilt for choice as retail stores stock anything from cannabis-infused lemonade to garlic crackers.
With edibles, you’ll need to be a bit patient as it takes time before you can feel their effects.
3. Cannabis oils
Did you know you could get high by orally ingesting cannabis concentrates? That’s right. Cannabis oil can be ingested orally to produce similar effects to those of smoking.
Cannabis oils are commonly packaged in capsules or plastic applicator.
These can be popped into the mouth, or you can choose to add them to food or drink.
Like edibles, oils have powerful effects and take time before their effects kick in. It’s important to consider taking small doses at first.
These are cannabis-infused liquids that are applied directly under the tongue. Tinctures are made using an alcohol soak that extracts cannabis compounds. Because tinctures are dropped under the tongue, they get into your bloodstream immediately.
As such, their effects are felt immediately. Tinctures come in different flavours, potencies and profiles and are popular for the administration of CBD products. They are also readily available in dispensaries and retail stores for your medical and recreational needs.
These are balms and lotions that have been infused with cannabis or CBD. They are applied on the skin to relieve pain symptoms of soreness, pain or inflammation.
Topicals treat symptoms without giving you psychoactive effects and are ideal for consumers who need to stay clear-headed, even as they treat their pain symptoms.
Dabbing is almost like vaporizing, only that in dabbing, cannabis concentrates are dropped in a heated pipe and inhaled. Dabbing is popular for delivering intense highs. To dab, you need an attachment, usually glass or a metallic nail, that you heat up using a butane torch. Those who refer dabbing say they like it because it gives them a clean experience as it produces vapour instead of smoke.
While dabbing is not a method you can recommend for first-time cannabis consumers, it’s a perfect option for those graduating from first-timers to veterans.
With the above smokeless methods of consuming cannabis, you are ready to get started as a marijuana consumer, without worrying about smoke. Use our location finder here to get the materials you need.