In this blog we will discuss the different types of marijuana consumption methods. The first and most common consumption method is smoking which is popular because it is convenient and portable. Smoking has been around for ages and despite innovation in the marijuana industry, it still remains one of the most common ways to consume cannabis. There are, however, other methods of consumption that work just as well, if not better, such as edibles and vaping. Vaping is one of the more recent methods that was introduced in 2013, and it is now rising in popularity amongst consumers who are seeking an alternative method of consumption that does not involve smoke. Similarly, edibles have been around for a while and are becoming increasingly popular due to how easy it is to regulate eating vs regulating inhaling smoke. If you are an athlete and are interested in learning more, keep reading.
Dry Herb Vaporizers
Dry herb vaporizers are handheld inhalation devices that produce vapour instead of smoke and are convenient, portable, and discreet which makes them an ideal method of consumption for anyone on the go. This device consists of components that include a mouthpiece, chamber, and battery. When using this device, you have the luxury of choosing your own heating temperature ranging from low to high. Each temperature will give you a different effect. This method is great for athletes because there is no combustion so it will not cause the same health risks that traditional inhalation causes. Athletes can consume using these devices after practise or after a game to relax and calm their body and adrenaline. In order to use a dry herb vaporizer, you need dried flower from a strain of your preference such as those sold at Canna Cabana. If you’re looking for the perfect strain for you, you can try to find it here. The onset from using this method is just a few minutes and it lasts for a duration of 2-5 hours, making it not ideal before a game or practice.
Tinctures are a liquid made from dry cannabis flowers that are dissolved in alcohol. It is packaged in a small glass bottle with a dropper attached to the lid. When you consume it, you fill the dropper, place 2-3 drops underneath your tongue, let it rest for 2 minutes, and then swallow. This allows the tincture to enter into your bloodstream sublingually, which means under your tongue. Tinctures generally produce more potent and intense effects and is one of the healthiest consumption methods with no known side effects. CBD tinctures do not have any psychoactive effects, which is great for athletes who want to consume. If you consume THC tinctures, the onset time is 15-45 minutes, and the effects can last anywhere from 4-5 hours long.
Dab rigs are water filtration devices similar to a bong, except it uses wax instead of dry herbs, and it produces vapour instead of smoke. All dab rigs consist of a nail made from quartz or titanium and consuming with this device requires a blowtorch to heat up the device before placing your wax inside. Vapour means no smoke which is healthier, and this device also produces more flavour and intensity which is lovely. Athletes can use this device for recreational consumption and should avoid this device on days where they have commitments. The onset is almost instant with a duration of 4-6 hours.
Bongs are water filtration devices, and this method of consumption is one of the most common and widely loved in the cannabis community. A bong consists of a water port, a neck, a bowl, and a mouthpiece. To consume it, you have to fill the bong with some water, fill the bowl with a small amount of dry herbs, and light the herbs with a flame while inhaling simultaneously. The water will begin bubbling and the bong will fill up with smoke while your herb slowly turns to ash. You then have to inhale that smoke. Athletes can use this method recreationally, however, there is combustion involved so it has health risks. The onset is a few minutes, and effects last up to 2 hours.
Joints are the most common method of consumption. This inhalation method involves dry herbs rolled in rolling paper and smoked when the herbs are burnt with a flame. The only benefits are the quick onset time, the convenience, and the fact that joints are used socially. Apart from that, this method is not recommended because of the severe health risks. The onset time is around 30 seconds, and the duration is 2-3 hours.