The Basics of Cannabis Delivery Methods
How to consume?
The best cannabis flower starts with a healthy, mature cannabis plant and flowers. Once these flowers are clipped, trimmed, dried and cured, they are ready for consumption. One of the more traditional ways of consuming cannabis is to inhale the smoke of this pure flower form. Some of the more common ways to do so are: in a bowl/pipe, a water pipe or bong, wrapped in rolling papers as a joint, and various other contraptions that offer different levels of portability and affordability. There’s really no limit to the creative smoking devices out there. It’s an easy method to use for those new to cannabis as the dosage is easy to manage, just start with a single puff. Expect effects immediately to thirty minutes later.
Pipes are a simple way to taste terpene rich flower directly. Bongs can offer a smoother hit, as the water cools the smoke before inhaling. The drawback of this method is in the smoke itself. Although there is more research to be done in the area of cannabis smoke effects, we do not recommend the smoking method for the elderly, for those with heart conditions or high blood pressure, or people vulnerable to respiratory & sinus conditions. Smoking, however, remains a popular and easily accessible way to consume cannabis. Many people enjoy the play of terpenes and taste that come with flower whether fruity, sweet, earthy or a complex mix.
Vaping and Dabbing are both methods that use cannabis concentrates to achieve the desired effects and most often involve vaporizing, or aerosolizing cannabis concentrate. Vaping tends to rely on either small hand held machines or at home devices. “Pen” style vaporizers are a popular, budget-friendly and discreet option. They contain cannabis concentrate inside the cartridge, as well as a battery. The battery activates the heating element which vaporizes the cannabis which can then be inhaled. Vaporizing is very different than smoking, as the heat is much lower and the cannabis product does not combust. It allows for many beneficial cannabinoids to be released, and is considered an alternative to smoking. If you are new to concentrates, be aware of their potency. Talk to our friendly budtenders if you have any questions.
Dabbing, at its most simple involves: a dab rig, a nail, a torch, a dome, and a dabber. The process begins with heating a “nail” with a handheld torch until it is red hot and covering it with a glass dome. You then allow it to cool for 10 seconds or more, applying a small amount of cannabis concentrate to your dabber and swirl it inside the nail while inhaling. It’s a form of flash vaporization. There are many variations on dab rigs so it is very important to understand the device and your dose before consuming. Dabbing seems complex, but with practice and adequate guidance, it becomes a simple, precise way to dose medicine. If in doubt about the size of dab for your situation, ask our budtenders for some guidance.