There are a lot of ways to consume cannabis. Here’s a quick rundown of our top six.
1. Oil is the way to go if you are hoping for a miracle
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We aren’t saying it will result in a miracle, but when people talk about being cured or slowing down tumor growth, it’s usually after they’ve been taking highly concentrated cannabis oil like the stuff Rick Simpson makes. This is similar to, but not quite the same, as the oil you can get at a dispensary to refill your vape pen. The best ways to take it are on food, in a capsule, or by applying it directly to cancer wounds under a bandage. Start small. This stuff is strong.
2. Eat it if you want serious impact, with low side effects
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Eating cannabis is awesome if you need serious relief, know your tolerance, and don’t mind waiting for the effects to set in. The psychoactive effects of high THC edibles are different than smoking and hit each person differently, so make sure to start small and wait at least two hours before taking more—especially if you’ve had a meal recently. It’s a good idea to let someone know if you are eating cannabis for the first time and to have a plan for what to do if you overdo it or feel uneasy. Here’s a good guide.
3. Try a tincture for a quicker effect
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Tinctures work a lot like edibles but hit you faster and taste worse. They are made by soaking activated cannabis flowers in alcohol, and can be taken in a drop or two under the tongue or in an elixir. The perfect dose is different between tinctures and people, so always start with less than you think you’ll need and work your way up over time.
4. Vaporize if you are just getting started, or want to customize your dose
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Vaporizing is quickly becoming the favorite method of cannabis use because it’s easy, discreet, and doesn’t burn particles into your lungs. Vaporizers come in portable and non-portable versions, and work by heating the cannabis just hot enough to create a vapor, but not smoke. Vaping is great because you can control your dose. See how you feel after one hit before inhaling more.
5. Smoke if you miss the 60s and 70s
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Like vaping, smoking lets you get immediate effects and lowers your chance of overdoing it. For many, it also comes with memories of the good old days. However, many people are swapping their pipes and papers in favor of methods that don’t involve inhaling smoke.
6. Apply topically for relief without the high
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There are many cannabis ointments, lotions, and sprays available that are meant to be applied directly to the skin. Many swear by these for relieving muscle aches and minor skin irritations. There are even a few cannabis lubricants on the market if you are in the market for some sexual healing. Watch out ladies, these ones can give you a buzz.