Vaping, edibles, concentrates, tinctures, topicals… the methods in which you ingest cannabis is wide and maybe a bit confusing if you’ve never done it before! We broke it down so that you can decide which method works best for you!
May the vaping be with you!
The greatest benefit of vaping is the absence of smoke. Devices called vaporizers heat cannabis at lower temperatures than burning a joint or lighting a bong to produce an inhalable thin mist (vapor) that contains cannabinoids such as THC and CBD, the active medical ingredients in marijuana, without harmful by-products that my come with combusting cannabis into smoke. Ultimately, vaping may save you money because less cannabis is generally needed to achieve the same effect. Also, without burning, very little smell is created. Many vaporizers take cannabis concentrates that come in a variety of forms and can be added manually or with pre-filled cartridges, depending on product design.
Edibles are growing in popularity
From chocolates, cookies and caramels, to oils and honey, the sky’s the limit when it comes to cannabis-infused food and beverages. You can buy ready-made edibles at dispensaries like Berkshire Roots or become a cannabis culinary genius and cook something infused at home! And edibles are absorbed into your body differently than smoking or vaping. How? When you inhale either cannabis smoke or vapor, the active ingredients in cannabis are absorbed through your lungs into your bloodstream, and on to the brain. With edibles or tinctures or any method involving oral digestion, the active ingredients (THC, CBD, etc) are absorbed via your digestive tract through your liver. For this reason, consuming edibles can take up to 2 hours to feel the effects (versus minutes for smoking and vaping) and can be more powerful and last longer than traditional inhalation methods. Always check with your PSA on dosing if you are taking on the kitchen yourself.
Tinctures have been used for centuries
Dare we say, magic in a bottle?? Almost! But we can confidently say that tinctures are one of the fastest and easiest way to dose with medical cannabis. Tinctures can be taken under the tongue or added after cooking to just about any food or any drink. Made with an alcohol or glycerin base, tinctures are often considered a low-calorie alternative to edibles. The effects from most tinctures can be felt within 30 to 60 minutes (faster than typical edibles) and the effects typically last for 2 to 6 hours.
Concentrates bring new methods to bear
Rosin, shatter, wax, crumble, distillates – the names can be dizzying when it comes to concentrates, aka “dabs”. To varying degrees, concentrates re refined and pure forms of cannabis that are very potent. They can be vaporized, used in edibles, taken orally or in some cases applied topically.
Have an old sports injury flaring up? Have a new sports injury flaring up? Topicals might just be your new best friend! (Sorry Jim!) Cannabis-infused products that are locally applied to the skin are increasingly popular in all sorts of forms, including lotions, oils, sticks and salves. Effects are typically felt within 1 to 45 minutes and will last for a few hours.
Please note, each person and situation is different and unique – and your preferred cannabis product and experience will be unique unto you. The cannabis specialists at Berkshire Roots are there to assist you in achieving the best outcome for you, and ultimately, the best version of you! Berkshire Roots is your one stop show to helping redefine your wellness!