While smoking is a common method of cannabis consumption, not everyone likes it, and some people cannot do so due to lung function disorders. Fortunately, there are many alternative ways to consume medical cannabis. This article explores various smokeless methods of consuming cannabis, including vaporization, edibles, oils in capsules, tinctures, cosmetics, concentrates, and transdermal patches.
Not everyone likes smoking cannabis, and people with lung function disorders may not even be able to do so. Fortunately, there are many alternative ways to consume medical cannabis that you should be aware of. If you are looking for a healthier way than smoking, this guide to smokeless ways of consuming weed should come in handy.
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You don’t have to burn your cannabis with a lighter to reap its benefits. Cannabinoids contained in cannabis are released at significantly lower temperatures than during combustion, and during cannabis vaporization, no harmful resinous substances are released. The taste of vaporized cannabis often reflects the scent of the flower, and the vapor emitted is much more enjoyable for the lungs.
Large stationary vaporizers offer high-quality vapor, thanks to advanced temperature regulation, while small portable vaporizers allow you to enjoy them wherever you are. Nowadays, there are many affordable devices for vaporizing cannabis, and if you are interested in purchasing one, please contact us.
One of the more obvious alternative ways to consume cannabis is through eating or drinking. The variety of meals that can be infused is growing from butter and oil to ice cream. It is relatively easy to create your own THC-infused dishes, and in countries where cannabis is legal, they compete to create increasingly diverse meals and sweets.
You’ve probably heard this before, but when consuming cannabis-infused food, you should start with small doses and patiently wait for the effects. Due to the long digestion process, cannabis-infused food can take much longer to take effect, but its effects are more intense and last longer.
Oils in Capsules
Oils are basically cannabis concentrates that are taken orally. They are commonly available in the form of capsules or plastic applicators. They can be consumed directly or added to drinks or food. Like THC-infused food, edible oils can produce powerful effects that last longer than usual, so be sure to find out exactly what dosage you need before realizing that the dose is too high.
Cannabis tincture is a liquid containing active substances from cannabis that have been released by soaking them in alcohol. Unlike cannabis oils and edibles, tincture does not undergo the digestion process and goes directly into the bloodstream, allowing for quick effects and better dosage control. The variety of flavors, strengths, and cannabinoid ratios is quite large, and companies that produce tinctures for medical purposes often tailor them to individual preferences.
Cosmetics containing hemp, such as lotions or balms, are applied directly to the skin for localized pain relief and inflammation reduction. Their unique property is the ability to treat symptoms without causing psychoactive effects, so if you want to maintain sobriety while enjoying the properties of cannabis, hemp cosmetics are for you.
Butane hash oil is a new way of consuming cannabis. It involves concentrating the full potency of cannabis into hash oil, also known as “wax,” “dab,” or simply concentrate.
The oil is created by extracting the active THC using butane. By passing butane through dried cannabis flowers and performing a few more steps, the final product is obtained. The oil with a honey or wax-like appearance has gained several English names such as “shatter,” “wax,” or “budder.”
The strongest concentrates can reach up to 70-90% pure THC. For comparison, the strongest cannabis strains usually reach about 30%, although there have been cases of strains reaching almost 40%.
Transdermal patches deliver cannabinoids directly into the bloodstream. They can be placed on the wrist and worn for 8-12 hours. They are also available in six different versions – sativa, indica, hybrid, as well as isolated cannabinoids such as CBD and CBN.
The patches themselves work similarly to nicotine patches. They deliver compounds contained in cannabis directly into the bloodstream, which is an effective way of treatment. This way, all the side effects of smoking or eating cannabis are avoided. Delivering cannabinoids directly into the bloodstream is very efficient. Transdermal patch manufacturers suggest that 10mg of cannabinoids in a patch is equivalent to 80mg in food, as most of the THC goes directly into the bloodstream and is not digested by stomach acid.
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