Are Canadians Smoking Their Weed? 5 Other Ways to Consume Cannabis
Cannabis can be consumed in several ways. While smoking remains to be the most popular method, research and surveys regarding the health effects and potency of other consumption methods have opened up a wealth of possibilities.
Choosing the method that suits you depends on your relationship with marijuana (a beginner or experienced consumer) and the kind of effects you desire to achieve.
Vaping is easily becoming a popular alternative to smoking cannabis in Canada, especially after reports of both smokers and researchers revealed fewer side effects and better experiences.
Vaping, unlike smoking, uses a device, usually a vape pen, which heats the cannabis plant or cannabis oils as opposed to burning the cannabis plant. Instead of inhaling smoke, you inhale vapor, which is said to prevent the common side effects of smoking, like coughing, wheezing and coughing up phlegm.
Adding cannabis to food, like cookies, brownies and gummy bears, is another popular consumption method in Canada. Edibles can be made with either cannabis oils or dried flowers and can be a good alternative to smoking a joint.
Experts advise that edibles should not be a beginner’s gateway to cannabis since the effects are more potent and last longer.
3. Oils and Concentrates
Oils and concentrates became available in Canada after cannabis was legalized. Oils and concentrates can be consumed using a dropper or in the form of gel capsules. These methods are entry-level friendly since their effects and potency depend on how many drops you consume. Additionally, oils and concentrates contain little or zero tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the main psychoactive compound found in cannabis.
Tinctures are suitable for both medical and recreational users who do not like the intensity of ingesting marijuana-infused items. There are many ways to use cannabis tinctures. The most popular one is applying a few drops underneath the tongue, which promotes fast absorption into the bloodstream and instant effects.
Another way of consuming tincture is by mixing a few drops in juice or water flavored with honey, or even in meals like soups and salads.
5. Topical Creams and Ointments
Creams and ointments have yet to be sold legally in Canada but are already being used as pain relievers. Topical creams and ointments do not have psychoactive effects, which means you will not get high from them.
The only way you can legally acquire cannabis creams and ointments is if they are prescribed to treat conditions like eczema and psoriasis. Once these products are regulated, patients can acquire them without a prescription.
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