Five smoking and vaping alternatives for weed

There are many ways to get lifted.

Original Article by Mary Schumacher

No matter what the safety is of cannabis vaping and smoking, there will always be people who opt for extra caution or who don’t like the feel of smoke or vape in their lungs.

This doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy the effects of cannabis, though. There are many ways to get lifted — some take longer than others, but also often last longer. Pick the method that best suits your cannabis-fuelled lifestyle.

Tinctures

THC- or CBD-laden tinctures come in different strengths, so it’s best to get a little direction from local budtenders, particularly if new to tinctures. Remember, using a little more a little later is possible. Among the many positives of using a tincture is that it kicks in pretty fast, so where your headspace is landing, when it’s landing and how much more (or less the next time) to take won’t be a guessing game. The option is also portable and discrete, coming in the U.S. in flavours that are mild or pleasant, as well as typically comes with a dropper to measure dosage.

Edibles

If a person is a wiz in the kitchen and like a full-body high, making your own cannabis-infused foods can be a rewarding enterprise. Making something as basic as pot brownies or using clarified ghee butter can really up the savory game. Some suggest using approximately a gram of ground cannabis flower per serving size and don’t forget to decarboxylate first.

Suppositories allow cannabinoids to bypass the liver and go straight to work on helping to ease ailments. / Photo by iStock / Getty Images Plus

Suppositories

For many, the idea of inserting cannabis up there is, well, not high on their list. Still, cannabis suppositories are just the ticket for many cannabis consumers, especially those who are quite ill.

Suppositories allow cannabinoids to bypass the liver and go straight to work on helping to ease ailments. Usually about the size of the top section of a pinky finger, the usage isn’t as unpleasant as one might worry and the potent effects of the smooth, concentrated medicine have been reported to be excellent.

Transdermal patches

Though a slow release of THC, CBD, CBN or a combination of cannabinoids, transdermal patches can deliver the beneficial parts of the plant directly to the bloodstream. Many find them effective, discrete and the perfect choice for someone new to the experience of cannabinoids.

The effects come on like a regular smoke sesh, but everyone passing the joint has a story to tell and getting lifted is a slow-roll process. Long-lasting and easy to use, the patch makes means a user doesn’t have to think twice about things while going about his or her day.

Some topicals come with different herbs and additives that increase their effectiveness. / Photo by Getty Images/iStockphoto

Topicals

If a consumer is using cannabis to ease aches and pains and isn’t concerned with getting high, topicals may be the best bet. Living in a legal U.S. state means possible access to a rub or cream containing activated THC, which reportedly works wonders and is non-psychoactive when applied topically.

CBD creams are also a nice option and cannabidiol is said to work on inflamed joints right away. Read the ingredients, though. Some topicals come with different herbs and additives that increase their effectiveness.

Additionally, look for the words “full spectrum” when choosing a salve, lotion or other type of topical.

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