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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, 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 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.
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.
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 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.
Still have questions about certain products? Not sure which product is right for you? Our team of experts is here to help – learn more about various cannabis products and options at Jenny’s Dispensary.