The Many Ways You Can Consume Marijuana

Do you feel like experimenting today? There are so many methods of using and consuming marijuana that it’s easy to lose track. Here are some fun methods you should try, including their pros and cons.

1 – Smoking weed

Let’s start with the obvious. Smoking weed is how most people start, and it does have its appeal. It’s easy, convenient, familiar, and relatively beginner-friendly. On the other hand, it’s not discrete, and sending smoke into your lungs is never good for your health. Marijuana may be healthier than cigarettes, but it still causes damage.

2 – Using a bong

Bongs are another way to smoke marijuana. This time, the smoke is filtered through water, allowing for smoother and cleaner hits. Smoking from a bong is healthier than passing around a joint, but it’s still smoke, and therefore it is still bad for you. On top of that, bongs are not discreet, and good ones can be quite expensive.

3 – Vaping weed

There was a lot of hope for vaporization when the vaping craze started. It was sold as a healthy alternative to smoking, something that was completely safe. The truth turned out to be quite different. While we still don’t quite understand the potential harm caused by vaping, it appears it is indeed harmful. In the case of weed, in particular, vaping the plant sends vaporized vitamin E to your lungs, which can cause serious damage over time.

That’s the downside. The upsides of vaping are smooth hits, great efficiency, and overall discretion. Turns out vaping weed is one of the most effective ways to activate the THC found within, which allows you to get higher much easier while using less weed. As for discretion, some vape devices are designed to produce little smoke, allowing you to vape in a crowd without drawing too much attention.

4 – Edibles

The wide array of edibles available in the market deserve their own list. You can find weed in chocolate, gummy bears, brownies, jam, ice cream, coffee, tea, soup, and even turkey. A large number of cannabis edibles are made using cannabis butter, which you can buy or learn how to make yourself, allowing you to craft your own edibles.

The effect of cannabis edibles can last very long — to upwards of six hours. And they can be made very potent, allowing you to get high with little effort. However, edibles take a while to hit, leaving you waiting as much as an hour before you feel the effects.

5 – Cannabis tinctures

A tincture is just cannabis dissolved in a carrier substance. Common carriers include alcohol, vegetable oil, and glycerin. The liquid tincture is utilized by placing drops of it under your tongue, which get absorbed into your bloodstream. CBD (cannabis) tinctures are a great way to reduce pain and inflammation without having to dose your body with heavy amounts of THC.

Tinctures are probably the healthiest option in this list. There’s no danger from smoke, no sugar involved, and it contains very few calories. On top of that, dropping tinctures under your tongue allows you to be very precise with the dosage. Medical marijuana users often prefer tinctures for that reason.

The major downside with tinctures is the taste. Since you are placing plant material dissolved in plant oil in your mouth, tinctures leave a distinct aftertaste. The same can be said about CBD tinctures, which come with many of the same benefits listed above. If you haven’t tried CBD yet, you should read this Cibdol guide.



Dr. Brian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer. You can find his work in Cracked, High Times, HuffPost, Lifewire, Forbes, Fast Company, and dozens of other places, although much of it is no longer under his name. Dr. Penny loves annoying fake media.

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