The method of consumption can have a big impact on the effects of cannabis. Different methods of consumption lead to different rates of absorption, which can affect the onset and duration of the effects, as well as the overall intensity of the “high.”
Here is a brief overview of some common methods of consuming cannabis and how they may affect the “high”:
1. Smoking: Smoking is the most common method of consuming cannabis, and it is also one of the quickest ways to feel the effects. The active compounds in cannabis are absorbed through the lungs and into the bloodstream, where they are carried to the brain and other organs. Smoking allows for rapid absorption, but the effects may not last as long as other methods.
2. Vaping: Vaping involves inhaling the vapor from cannabis that has been heated to a temperature below the point of combustion. It is a less harmful alternative to smoking and may provide a more rapid onset of effects, but the duration of the effects may be shorter than with other methods.
3. Edibles: Edibles are cannabis-infused foods or beverages that are ingested and then metabolized by the liver. They can take longer to take effect (up to 2 hours) but the effects can last much longer (up to 8 hours) than other methods. The intensity of the effects can also vary depending on the dose and individual metabolism.
4. Sublingually: When cannabis is taken sublingually (under the tongue), the active compounds are absorbed directly into the bloodstream through the blood vessels in the mouth. This can also provide a rapid onset of effects, but the duration of the effects may be shorter than with other methods. This is akin to smoking or vaping rather than ingesting via edibles which is metabolized by the liver.
5. Tinctures: Tinctures are cannabis extract that is dissolved in alcohol and taken orally by dropper. They can be absorbed sublingually (under the tongue) or swallowed and absorbed through the digestive system. The effects of tinctures may take longer to onset (up to 1 hour) but can last for several hours.
Cannabis can also be utilized topically. This refers to using cannabis-infused products that are applied directly to the skin, rather than ingested or inhaled. Topical cannabis products can include lotions, balms, oils, and transdermal patches.
There are several potential benefits to consuming cannabis topically, including:
1. Localized relief: Topical cannabis products can be applied directly to the area of the body where relief is needed, such as a sore joint or muscle. This can provide targeted relief without the psychoactive effects associated with ingesting or inhaling cannabis.
2. Pain relief: Topical cannabis products have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties, and may be effective in reducing pain, particularly for conditions such as arthritis and neuropathic pain.
3. Skin conditions: Topical cannabis products have been used to treat a variety of skin conditions, including eczema, psoriasis, and acne. The anti-inflammatory properties of cannabis may help to reduce redness and inflammation, while the moisturizing properties of the carrier oils can help to soothe dry or itchy skin.
4. Non-psychoactive: Topical cannabis products do not produce the psychoactive effects associated with ingesting or inhaling cannabis, which can be beneficial for people who are seeking relief from pain or other symptoms without the “high” feeling.
5. Easy of use: Topical cannabis products are easy to use, and generally have no serious side effects. They’re easy to apply, and most importantly, they don’t have to pass through the digestive system or lungs, which can be beneficial for certain individuals.
It’s worth noting that the specific effects of cannabis can vary widely depending on the individual, the strain, and the method of consumption. It’s always a good idea to start with a low dose and gradually increase until you find the right balance for you.