Sometimes it seems like there are as many cannabis consumption methods as there are strains of marijuana. For the new user especially, picking the right one can be a daunting task. Have no fear, though: with a little knowledge to arm you, you can pick a method that’s right for you. Here are the three most popular:
Vaping refers to heating up your bud until it’s just hot enough for the THC and other cannabinoids to boil without actually combusting your weed. There are a variety of tools available to do the job,
ranging from high-tech electronic vaporizers to small glass vials you heat up with a lighter.
This method of consumption is generally easy for a beginner to grasp, but for the inexperienced, it can pack a wallop. Vaping generates very little smell and uses much less weed than some other methods, which makes it ideal for those who want to conceal their use or those who are on a budget.
Smoking is the oldest known form of marijuana consumption, and probably the easiest. It’s also the cheapest in terms of startup costs. Smoking tools abound, from your average everyday pipes to joints wrapped in rolling paper to large, elaborate bongs which run the smoke through water or ice to cool it before inhale.
Smoking requires very little preparation and very little skill, and that makes it ideal for those intimidated by the other methods. It is easier to regulate how much marijuana you are consuming with this method, because it’s also the least inefficient in terms of bioavailability, with only 10-12% of available THC actually being consumed by the body. It also smells, which one should be aware of if they decide to use this method.
Edibles have two things going for them: They’re very strong, and when made properly they are very easy to hide. THC is fat soluble, so in order to get the benefits you have to find a way to get your bud into some sort of fat. This may be as simple as mixing it with some peanut butter and waiting a week or as complicated as masterful concoctions made by a professional chef.
The main drawback to edibles is that unless made by professionals at a known dosage, they are really not a good choice for most beginners. Edibles can take an hour or more to take effect, but when they do, they hit hard and fast, which can make it way too easy to take too much and wind up in the grips of paranoia or vomiting uncontrollably. If it’s your first time experimenting with edibles, start smaller than you think you’ll need, and make sure you have someone around to keep an eye on you–while weed cannot and will not kill you, it’s a powerful substance that deserves respect, and too much THC can be an unpleasant experience.
These are just the three most popular marijuana consumption methods. There are a many more for the avid marijuana enthusiast to explore. Don’t be afraid to ask your local dispensary what method they think might be right for you, and as always, go slow and easy when starting out.
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