10 Ways to Consume Cannabis

While everybody has heard about the 50 ways to leave your lover, how about 50 ways to love your reefer?  OK, bad joke aside, new regulations and legalizations have really heightened our human creativity when it comes to cannabis consumption.  While I’m sure 50 ways to consume your cannabis would be a fun song, lets edit it down to the ten discussed below.

  1. Joints/ Blunts/ Spliffs/Hand-rolled cigarettes

Perhaps the most popular and well-known form on consumption across the generations, the rolled cannabis cigarette – the joint. Great for being on the go, hiking, biking and social occasions, but beware, choice of paper ingredients may interfere with cannabis flavor and effect. Unless you are into that sort of thing, as fans of the ever popular blunt and spliff smokers. Blunts are rolled with tobacco paper (distinguishable by their thick texture and dark brown color and heavy taste) whereas joints are rolled with lighter, partially translucent papers. Spliffs are essentially hybrids, part tobacco and part cannabis.

  1. Edibles/Drinkables

Not limited to brownies any more, cannabis infused butter can be used to make anything from pesto to pizza dough and pasta and sauces. The sky’s the limit with cannabis’ cooking potential, so bong appetite. Cannabis tea has existed for centuries. Now, however, it’s going to the next level with the availability of THC and CBD-infused sodas, fruit juices, and even coffees.  A company in California even offers Keurig-compatible coffee, tea, and cocoa pods mixed with cannabis flower.

  1. Water bongs/Gravity bongs

Popular for ruining many mothers carpeted floors, bongs are beloved because they allow for cold water or ice to be put in the bottom, cooling the hit of smoke. This cooler smoke is easier inhale and hold in, thereby intensifying the cannabis effects.Gravity bongs force smoke into your lungs, filling them to capacity beyond the average hit from a pipe or joint. … For this reason, gravity bongs are certainly not for the faint of heart.

  1. Pipes

From hollowed out antlers and apples to intricate hand blown glass pieces of art, the hand-held pipe has evolved with numerous options and styles to choose from.  sometimes called pieces or bowls, are made of a variety of materials, including metal fittings, ceramic, borosilicate glass, stone, wood, bamboo among other materials.

  1. Dabbing/Oil Rig 

Called “wax” or “sugar” or “shatter” or “dabs” – either way, you’re getting cannabis super concentrates. You can purchase a dab nail or a specialized rig to vape these powerful concentrates. Dab rigs look a lot like your typical water bong. Except there’s a dab nail or chamber that must be heated to release the vapors for you to inhale. They can be clunky and confusing as there are lots of parts that you have to maneuver.

  1. Concentrate pen vaporizers/ desktop vaporizer

Vape pens now come with cartridges that are preloaded with concenrated cannabis oil. Portable, rechargeable and convenient without that tell-tale skunk smell. A desktop vaporizer is a larger apparatus used to fill a balloon, which is then inhaled from.  You can also draw from plastic tubes, called whips, making the experience somewhat socially oriented, similar to a hookah.

  1. Chewing Gum/ THC Strip

Now available gum promises a high for few calories that takes effect within 15 minutes and lasts up to four hours. CanChew gum brings a high CBD-strain to the table that promises all the benefits without the high — something that a lot of people using medicinal cannabis are searching for.  THC strips are small squares of edible “paper” that instantly dissolve when they come into contact with your saliva. Have you ever seen a breath strip? THC strips are pretty much the same thing only they contain an extra ingredient, THC.

  1. Topical creams/ healing ointments/ bath salts

CBD oils are making an appearance in balms, creams, roll-on salves, sprays, and even bath salts, as naturopathic remedies for arthritis, sore muscles, and strained ligaments. The patient applies the ointment directly to the affected area and obtains relief from pain and inflammation. Cannabinoids in topicals do readily penetrate to the bloodstream, but rarely contain THC, so the closest to a traditional “high” will likely be a slight local tingling.

  1. Suppositories/tampon 

Yes, they do exist. Cannabis-infused suppositories are now helping patients with diseases like Multiple Sclerosis and cancer where nausea is a major life-altering factor. This method of ingestion allows the body to absorb what it needs and get relief from the cannabis – without added ingredients and stress on the gastrointestinal tract.

  1. Capsules/softgels

Capsules of extracted cannabis concentrates provide the benefits of cannabinoid over a long period of time, say overnight. Capsules offer a discrete intake option, with more reliable dosing information.  Available with your choice of active ingredients THC, CBD, or as a combination of both.

However you choose to answer the call of the cannabis, know that more and more creative options are being discovered daily.  No need to be coy boy, just set yourself free.