Cannabis has so many positive effects, it’s no wonder that people across the world have thought of creative ways to consume it. You’ve no doubt heard of bongs, vapes, and bowls, but you might not know all the different ways to take part in the fun!
In this article, we’ll cover how to use and enjoy edibles, wax, and flowers.
First Up: Edibles
Edible cannabis products are a non-smoking and non-vaping option for cannabis consumption. (Fun fact: the first reference of cannabis-infused food dates back to 2000 B.C. in India).
Edible cannabis products (known more simply as edibles) are anything that is edible or drinkable that include cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are the chemical molecules contained in cannabis that have an effect on your mind and body. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is a cannabinoid that causes euphoria or ‘high’ in users and CBD (cannabidiol) is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that affects a different section of the brain and is commonly associated with managing anxiety, pain, or depression.
The benefits of cannabis without having to smoke flower or vaporize concentrates is one of the advantages of consuming cannabis-infused foods. We all know how to eat and drink, so it’s simple to consume.
Edible cannabis products come in a variety of flavors, after all, the kitchen is nearly endless! Very important to mention, however, that despite the fact that some edible cannabis products resemble food, (things like bread, pastries, etc) they are not food in the traditional sense and are not meant to give nutritional value. They are a great way for someone looking for a new way to try out cannabis!
There are a few rules about how edibles are made. All food edibles have fat that has been infused with THC. To put it another way, any food including butter, oil, milk, or any other fatty ingredient can be made into an edible. Baked goods, sweets, potato chips, and other cannabis-infused foods are examples.
What’s difficult and counterintuitive about edibles is that the effects might take anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours to manifest. Because the cannabis in edibles must pass through your digestive system before entering your bloodstream, the effects may take several hours to fully hit, and the intensity of the effects develops gradually to a peak. Depending on how much you consume, the duration of your high might last anywhere from a few hours to a whole day.
It may be difficult to tell the difference between conventional baked goods and those containing cannabinoids, which have a subtle green tint and frequently have a mild cannabis odor. If significant cannabis quantities are employed, a moderate grassy or cannabis flavor may be noticed.
Read It Before You Eat It!
We know you’re excited to try it out, but if this is your first time please take the time to read about the amount of cannabis in your edible. If you’re buying something already made then there should be info located on the packaging. If you’ve never tried an edible before or are new to cannabis, start with 2.5 mg of THC and wait for the effects to kick in before adding more
The appearance and components of edible cannabis products, as well as the amount of THC and CBD they contain, vary greatly. . It’s also a good idea to conduct some research on how THC and CBD influence your brain and body, and how these effects alter depending on whether you inhale or eat cannabis. Keep in mind that some edible cannabis products may have expiration dates or contain additives that may cause adverse reactions.
You May Want To Take A Long Lunch
As a general rule, edibles don’t start to take effect until 30 minutes to two hours, with a peak time of four hours. As a plus side, because it takes your body a long time to absorb THC from edible cannabis, the THC stays in your system for longer than it would after smoking or vaping. The effects can last up to 12 hours, with up to 24 hours of lingering effects.
If you’re new to edibles or cannabis, experiment with them in a safe and comfortable environment with friends or family who has used them before. Make travel arrangements ahead of time or be prepared to stay over if you plan to use edible cannabis at a friend’s or family member’s home.
Second: Wax on, Wax Off
Wax is another great way to enjoy a new form of cannabis! In fact, because of its enormous THC level, cannabis wax is one of the most sought-after concentrates, with high-quality cannabis wax equating to 15-20 joints. While plants with a THC value of 30% are accessible, many wax concentrates contain more than 90% THC.
Cannabis wax is incredibly sticky, which makes it difficult to handle at times. Sprinkle a bit on top of the cannabis in a joint for an extra boost, or add the wax to a vape or even a gravity bong are all popular methods to take this concentrate.
The most common method of consuming cannabis wax concentrate is dabbing. To dab cannabis wax, you’ll need a dab rig, which uses a dab nail to heat the concentrate to the proper temperature.
The most obvious advantage of using cannabis wax is increased potency. High-quality wax has little to no butane and a large amount of THC. Furthermore, because dabbing with a rig turns the material into a vapor, this approach may help to prevent lung damage caused by smoking. The high from a dab is practically instantaneous, making it an excellent choice for chronic pain treatment and other uses.
Finally, and probably the most versatile of all the options in this article, we have flowers!
A loose flower is exactly what it sounds like: buds that haven’t been rolled or processed. Loose flowers purchased from a dispensary may arrive in a jar or sealed bag labeled by strain and weight. Flowers must still be ground, usually in a cannabis grinder, after it has been collected from the cannabis plant, dried, and cured to make them easier to handle and ingest.
After being ground up, flowers can be rolled into a joint, placed into a bong bowl, or decarbed and used in DIY edibles once it’s been ground.
Figuring out the quality of the flowers can be frustrating, so here’s a reference on the most common terms: Private Reserve, Top-Shelf, and Bottom-shelf.
The term “private reserve” refers to the best cannabis that a dispensary has to offer. It frequently implies that the dispensary is in charge of the plant’s cultivation and harvest. Be warned, there are some types of cannabis named Private Reserve so be sure to check with your budtender as you shop to get what you’re looking for.
Top-shelf cannabis is high-quality marijuana that isn’t quite as good as private reserve. Piff, fire, chronic, loud, and artisanal are all descriptors that can be used to describe marijuana in this tier. Growing high-quality cannabis necessitates precise attention to detail and harvesting, which is why marijuana in this category commands premium costs.
When it comes to creating top-shelf cannabis, growers prioritize quality over quantity. Dark to brilliant green buds with purple or orange shoots are ideal. Top-shelf bud also has a lot of undamaged trichomes if you look closely. Fire cannabis often has a sticky, cotton candy-like texture to it. Smell for a rich, pungent perfume with your nose as your first guidance.
Bottom-shelf herb is a word used to talk about low-quality herbs. Modern dispensaries sort their cannabis by quality, using this phrase just for the lowest-cost, lowest-quality products. Bottom-shelf cannabis is often old, contains seeds and stems, and has a harsh flavor when lit. Bottom-shelf marijuana is frequently brown in color and lacks a strong aroma or noticeable trichomes.
We hope you enjoy trying out new forms of cannabis! Take the time to really research what you want and don’t be afraid to ask for some assistance.