Different Methods of Cannabis Consumption

Different Methods of Cannabis Consumption

The cannabis industry evolves constantly. With cannabis products becoming more and more legalized in the United States and worldwide, greater access to the health benefits of cannabis also means that news products are popping up on store shelves daily. You probably know about smoke, edibles, and dabs, but if you’re a first-timer to the market, you might find yourself confused by all the different options available. We’ve broken down some of the lesser-known products out there for you.

Sublinguals

Sublinguals, also known as sublingual strips, are strips infused with CBD oil that are applied directly under the tongue. The oil enters the bloodstream directly beneath the tongue, giving the user a more concentrated high, as the cannabinoids are not filtered through the lungs or digestive system. Sublinguals are seen as a safer and more effective alternative and are enjoyed for being a discreet method of ingestion.

   Pros: discreet, safer than inhalation methods, fast-acting, more concentrated high.
   Cons: slower high compared to smoking, shorter-lasting compared to edibles, odd taste. 

Tinctures

Tinctures are another form of sublingual application. Cannabinoids are extracted and placed in a solution or oil, then sprayed beneath the tongue and absorbed directly into the bloodstream. Compared to sublingual strips, tinctures tend to taste better, though they are less discreet.

   Pros: safer than inhalation methods, fast-acting, more concentrated high.
   Cons: slower high compared to smoking, shorter-lasting compared to edibles.

Ingestible oils

Cannabis oil, the essential oil of the cannabis plant, can be highly potent if consumed properly – usually by pill. Cannabis oils are often ingested in another fatty oil, as cannabis is fat-soluble and therefore better delivered to your cells in another fatty substance. While the high associated with ingestible oils is powerful, it can be a quick way of delivering pain relief and relaxation.

   Pros: fast-acting, easy to ingest, and a very concentrated high.
   Cons: hard to control the dosage, often more expensive than other alternatives.

Dabs

You’ve probably heard the term, but might not know what it means. A dab is a highly concentrated form of cannabis, usually in the form of a wax or oil, that is heated up before inhalation. Dabs often require complicated delivery methods and the use of equipment to heat it up properly, but they are also associated with a potent high.

   Pros: very concentrated high, tends to have more psychoactive effects, provides nearly instant relief. 
   Cons: requires equipment, less safe to consume, not recommended for low tolerances.

Suppositories

Suppositories are a little less “dignified” but are a wholly viable alternative to cannabis consumption. A suppository involves inserting a cone-shaped dose of cannabinoids into the rectum, where they are absorbed into the bloodstream through the colon. The high from a suppository tends to come quickly, last longer, and be safer to consume.

   Pros: safe to consume, quick high, longer-lasting, easy to control the dosage.
   Cons: difficult to administer, can be uncomfortable to apply, must refrigerate suppositories.

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Sublingual Strips

Sublingual Strips

Sublingual strips – cannabis-infused strips that are absorbed under the tongue – are one of the fastest-growing items in the market. Compared to other products, these strips are discreet, fast-acting, and safer to use than other forms of consumption like inhalation. But how do these strips actually work, and what makes them so popular? Let’s breakdown this exciting new product:

How it works

Sublingual strips work by dissolving into the sublingual membrane. This membrane rests directly beneath the tongue and is highly absorbent, quickly dispersing substances into the bloodstream. This direct route into the bloodstream is more effective because it doesn’t rely on the digestive or respiratory system to introduce these substances to the rest of the body. As a result, the sublingual methods works fast and is much more potent, as it is not processed through the lungs or digestive tract.

Some sublingual products work in just a minute, making them a fast way to experience the effects of cannabis. Additionally, individuals with concerns about inhaling smoke, as well as patients with swallowing issues, can rest assured that sublingual strips are safer and more effective than other forms of cannabis consumption.

Why so popular?

In addition to the fast high and safe consumption methods, people love sublingual strips because they’re discreet. Users appreciate that they don’t have to deal with the smell or smoke associated with other cannabis products. Sublingual consumers also appreciate that each strip has a set dose, so they can better control the high they receive, whereas it is harder to control for that with dabs or inhalation.

Despite existing on the market for only a couple of years, sublingual strips already make up 17% of the CBD market – tied for second place with “confection goods” and catching up quickly to inhalables (22%).

How to use it

Most sublingual strips come with instructions to properly apply, but in general, all strips are applied by placing the strip under the tongue. The strip will adhere to the oral mucosa, the membrane through which CBD will enter the bloodstream. Keep the strip beneath your tongue for 3-5 minutes, unless otherwise specified. Be sure to keep your mouth relatively still – talking or eating could push the strip off, resulting in a weak high!

Drawbacks

While sublingual strips are both easy and safe, some users prefer other methods of consumption. Even flavored strips tend to taste weird for users who prefer methods of inhalation. The high associated with sublinguals also tend to last shorter than other edible methods, largely because the entire strip enters your bloodstream right away instead of overtime.

Nonetheless, sublingual strips are a promising addition to the cannabis market, providing quick relief to patients and users. With its fast sales growth in the CBD Market, future sublingual products will likely taste better and last longer, as so much research is being done into this new cannabis alternative.

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Reported Benefits of CBD

Reported Benefits of CBD

CBD (Cannabidiol) is one of the two active substances found in cannabis. Unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive, meaning it doesn’t give you the “high” associated with cannabis, but it does provide certain benefits such as relieving pain and distress. Every day, new research comes out reporting on the chemical’s various medicinal benefits, and the legal and medical cannabis market has grown rapidly with CBD’s newfound effects.

So, what is the research actually saying? This article breaks down some of the recent studies pertaining to CBD’s benefits.

Note: This article is not a recommendation to self-medicate with CBD, nor does it argue that the research is without limitations. Use of CBD to treat specific symptoms and diseases can only be recommended by a medical professional in a state where medical CBD use is legal.

Pain Relief

Probably the most reported benefit of the chemical, CBD can be a powerful option for pain relief. Though researchers aren’t certain why, CBD is thought to attach itself or influence pain receptors in the brain, reducing their activity and therefore numbing both neuropathic (brain-related) and musculoskeletal (bone- and muscle-related) pain. 

CBD is seen by some as a viable alternative to painkillers, such as opioids, because CBD does not create patterns of addiction – the substance doesn’t artificially increase neurochemicals associated with pleasure, such as dopamine. 

Mental Health

CBD may also be useful in the treatment of psychological pain. While its effects on the brain are far from understood, CBD may be the future of psychopharmacology. 

When CBD enters the brain, it attaches to cannabinoid receptors, signaling the brain to calm down. Other medications for mental illnesses like schizophrenia, anxiety, depression, and PTSD don’t target cannabinoid receptors, but the research suggests that these receptors may be a powerful way to override disordered thinking and brain chemistry. Researchers have a lot to learn before they can draw meaningful conclusions, but CBD could be our next line of defense against mental illness.

Cancer Relief

No, CBD probably can’t cure cancer. But it can alleviate the symptoms associated with the disease, as well as the side effects of cancer treatment. CBD has been used as an effective treatment for the nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy, not to mention the pain relief previously mentioned.

There is research suggesting that CBD can be used as part of cancer treatment, though the research is in the early stages. One in-vitro study found that CBD can kill breast cancer cells. Other studies confirm that CBD can impair cancer development, though noting that the relationship between cannabis and cancer is not understood.

Reducing Inflammation

The last purported benefit of CBD is that it can reduce inflammation. CBD’s stress relieving benefits can help reduce heart damage associated with heart disease, reduce inflammatory brain damage associated with Alzheimer’s, and may help reduce the symptoms and appearance of acne.

Of course, much of this research is still hotly debated, as scientists are still figuring out exactly how CBD and other cannabinoids interact with the brain and body. While much of this research isn’t conclusive, it does suggest that CBD is a powerful chemical that, when prescribed and administered properly, can have lasting relief from chronic pain and the symptoms of disease.

There is research suggesting that CBD can be used as part of cancer treatment, though the research is in the early stages. One in-vitro study found that CBD can kill breast cancer cells. Other studies confirm that CBD can impair cancer development, though noting that the relationship between cannabis and cancer is not understood

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Finding the Right THC/CBD Ratios

Finding the Right

THC/CBD Ratios

You could pay absolutely no attention to the cannabis industry, and you’ve probably still heard of the chemicals THC and CBD. THC and CBD are the two active compounds in the cannabis plant – they’re the chemicals associated with the effects and benefits of cannabis. As new products enter the legal market, producers are paying careful attention to the ratio of these two substances.

A product’s THC/CBD ratio is a good indicator of how it might affect you. However, there’s a lot of misinformation about what these two chemicals do for the human body, so we’re going to break down these two powerful components of the plant.

THC

THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) is the psychoactive compound in cannabis. Most of the psychological effects associated with the plant come from THC, including changes to memory, behavior, thinking, information processing, and (in rare cases) hallucinations.

The chemical works by binding to cannabinoid receptors in the brain. Usually, the neurochemical anandamide attaches to these receptors, but THC has a very similar structure to anandamide and thus produces the same feelings of elation, euphoria, and pain relief. THC can be incredibly potent, especially in individuals with a low tolerance to the chemical, but studies suggest that the chemical can be a powerful tool against chronic pain, epilepsy, and mental illness.

CBD

CBD (Cannabidiol) shares a very similar composition to its brother THC. CBD has a similar structure, affects the same receptors, and comes from the same plant. However, its effects are markedly different.

Unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive, meaning it cannot produce the psychological effects that can alter memory, thinking, and behavior. What it can do is produce the sensation of relaxation and pain relief associated with cannabis. CBD is the primary component of medical cannabis, and studies suggest it can have a powerful impact on chronic pain, anxiety and depression, and certain symptoms of cancer.

What’s the right ratio for me?

Well, it depends on a lot of factors. For one thing, it depends on what you’re looking for: products that are high in THC will have more of a psychoactive effect, whereas products that are mostly composed of CBD will primarily soothe feelings of pain and distress.

Unfortunately, it’s not always that easy, and the right ratio largely depends on your body and how well it receives each chemical. Some individuals looking only for pain relief might actually benefit from a small amount of THC. Others might actually report that CBD-only products are psychologically altering, even though the chemical is not psychoactive.

When it comes to THC/CBD ratios and the right dosage, there’s always a little trial and error involved. Seeking advice from a medical professional is the best way to find the right product for you, but understanding these two chemicals and their ratios can guide you in the right direction.

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