In today's world, there are 5 main ways to consume Cannabis: smoking, vaping, ingesting (edibles), applying (topicals) and dabbing. Which one you prefer depends on a variety of factors including personal preference, your setting, your occasion, desired effects and more. Here’s more info on each to help:
This is what 99% of people associate cannabis culture with. Smoking is defined as heating the dried flower in a pipe, bong or joint. It is by far the most common way people consume Cannabis. Smoking usually provides an initial onset of effects that peak within 30 minutes and diminish after 1-3 hours. Of course, we suggest you consult a medical professional if you are concerned about impacts of smoking on your health.
For those looking for a smokeless way of heating cannabis oil or dried flower, using a hand-held or table-top vaporizer is a great alternative. Vaping preserves the products flavours more than smoking, and allows the consumer to adjust the temperature depending on their occasion or setting. It typically provides an initial onset of effects that people experience within 30 minutes and diminish after 2-3 hours.
Many consumers are now switching to food-based products like drinks, candies, and baked goods that are infused with cannabis extracts. The onset of effects varies depending on your metabolism (anywhere from 15 minutes to 2 hours) and they start to diminish after 4-6 hours. We recommend starting low and going slow with edibles in particular.
Topicals are the lotions, balms or patches that have been enriched with cannabis and are applied to the skin. Effects are felt within 15 minutes to 2 hours and can last up to 12 hours. These are typically higher in CBD as they are predominantly used for things like pain relief.
A relatively new phenomenon that continues to evolve, dabbing is essentially heating a small amount of concentrate on the head of a titanium nail with a blowtorch, causing combustion. There are many variations of cannabis concentrates used, and an equal number of dabbing tools that are used. Dabbing usually provides an initial onset of effects after inhalation that diminish after 1-3 hours.