Consumption methods


Flower is cannabis in its original state. It is harvested, dried, cured, and prepared by master growers, for smoking in pre-rolls, pipes, bongs and vaporizers.


Concentrated forms of cannabis are made by extracting terpenes and cannabinoids from the flower. There are many ways to extract cannabis, including carbon dioxide (CO2), butane and cold water. The resultant concentrate delivers a more powerful effect, and can be found in the form of wax, shatter, honey oil, live resin and hash. These concentrates are usually consumed by dabbing, which is when a concentrate is vaporized.  A torch is used to heat an element. Then a small amount of concentrate is “dabbed” on the element, which turns it to vapor.


Vaporizing (vape) pens and cartridges are becoming very popular because they’re discreet, and the vapor is smoother than smoke. The oil in the cartridge produces a milder odor than smoking, has a nice clean taste and delivers effects more quickly, allowing you to fine tune your experience to the desired level of intensity. The cartridge attaches to a vape pen, and the pen contains an element that heats the oil in the cartridge, turning it into vapor.


Cannabis-infused edibles and tinctures are among the product families that allow for a smoke-free experience. If you’re new to cannabis-infused edibles, start slowly, with less than 5 mg in your first bite. Because your body must digest the edible before its cannabis reaches your bloodstream, it may take 30 to 60 minutes for you to begin to feel any effects from the first bite. Full effects may take much longer, and edibles produce a longer lasting experience. Everyone’s system is different; experiment carefully to find your own sweet spot.


Cannabis-infused lotions, sprays and even bathing salts are another smoke-free method for producing psychoactive or body-centered effects.  These products are absorbed through your skin, and as with edibles, you may not begin to feel their effects for 30 to 60 minutes.


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