Ways To Consume Marijuana

Cannabis 101

Methods of Consumption: Concentrates, Edibles or Flower

As the legal cannabis industry expands, more and more cannabis products are emerging on the market and atop dispensary shelves. The most common methods of consumption are concentrates, edibles and the ever-popular flower.

Concentrates

Concentrates are procured during an extraction process in which unnecessary plant matter is separated from medically beneficial compounds including cannabinoids and terpenes. This results in a concentrate that is packed full of cannabinoids and much more potent than flower.

Cannabis concentrates are categorized as either solvent or non-solvent based. This refers to the extraction process. Some of the most popular solvent concentrates are created using butane, CO2, alcohol and/or ethanol. This process results in the most common solvent concentrates such as shatter, wax, hash oil and crumble, to name a few. Non-solvent concentrates are extracted naturally, and some of these practices have been around for centuries. Non-solvent concentrates include ice water hash, rosin and kief.

As the legal cannabis industry expands, more and more cannabis products are emerging on the market and atop dispensary shelves. The most common methods of consumption are concentrates, edibles and the ever-popular flower.

Flower

Once a female cannabis plant has matured, growers dry and trim the flowers to produce what we refer to as buds or nugs. These buds are coated with a crystal-like resin called trichomes and are rich with THC, terpenes and other cannabinoids. Depending on your preference, flowers can be consumed in a variety of ways. From joints and pipes to bongs and vapes, your options are limitless. The product is typically ground prior to being smoked to burn or vaporize more evenly.

Edibles

Edibles are a great alternative for individuals who don’t enjoy smoking or vaping and want to consume cannabis discreetly. There are all types of edibles available on the market today from desserts to cooking oils and even specialty beverages. The potency of an edible depends on how much THC is present. If it’s your first time experimenting with edibles take it easy and start with a low dose like 5mg of THC. Keep in mind that It usually takes longer for the effects of an edible to set in, but the high can be much more intense and last longer than inhalation methods. The best advice? Pace yourself. You can always eat more

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