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With more states and countries embracing the use of cannabis for medicinal and recreational purposes, experts are continuously exploring new ways to get the most of this revered herb. So far, there are dozens of ways you can use cannabis. The method you choose determines how fast the THC gets into your bloodstream and stimulates you.

So, don’t confine yourself to only one method of using cannabis. It may get boring with time. For 2021, get a bit adventurous and try these other popular methods:

Tinctures

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These are oil or alcohol-based CBD products. You can spray or place a few drops of CBD oil under your tongue. For better results, hold the oil under your tongue for two or more minutes. The area under your tongue has numerous capillaries that help with the absorption of CBD oils into the bloodstream.


Swish the rest of the oil around your mouth for further absorption into the gums and cheek tissues. Swallow the remaining oil into your gut.

This is an excellent option of benefitting from cannabis if you’re not a smoker. It also allows you to use cannabis without outrightly announcing it to those people around you who disapprove of the use of cannabis.

Bongs

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Although directly smoking cannabis is the fastest way to feeling high, people are now shying away from the habit due to concerns of carcinogenic substances getting into their lungs. Direct smoking of cannabis may also feel harsh to some individuals. A great workaround for this is using a bong to filter the cannabis smoke before inhaling it.


You need to partially fill the bong with water, which acts as the purifying agent. There are quite many different brands and types of bongs. It may at times feel overwhelming to choose and settle on one. You may want to check out a comprehensive guide on what bong to buy, like the one provided by Daily High Club.

Capsules

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If you’re into CBD oils but don’t like how it tastes, then ingesting cannabis capsules may be the best option for you. Like medicinal capsules, these have two cup-like ends made of cellulose and fitted into each other in such a manner that makes it easy to split once in your gut. The contents thereafter empty into your gut and get absorbed slowly into your bloodstream.

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You can also fill the capsules with decarbed cannabis instead of oil. But note that you’ll get less THC per pill. CBD oils have a higher concentrated dose than equal amounts of decarbed cannabis.

Edibles

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You have the option of mixing cannabis into foods or drinks. An excellent place to start is any food that requires butter as an ingredient. Simply add decarbed cannabis to a mixture of water and butter and heat for about four hours on a pan. Cool the butter back to room temperature. You can then prepare food with the weed butter as you would with regular butter.

Cannabis has also been successfully mixed into candy, chewing gum, tea, brownies, gummies, chocolate bars, ice cream, cookies, lollipops, and suchlike. Try one or two of these and see how it goes.


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You’ll probably notice that it takes a bit longer to feel high, but the feeling lasts longer compared to smoking cannabis. This is because any food you eat is first absorbed through the small intestines and then passes through the liver for detoxification before distribution to the rest of the body. Thus, THC takes long before it is absorbed into your bloodstream.

Topical Oils and Creams

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Topical oils are a great option if your use of marijuana is purely medical. All you need to do is rub the oils onto the affected part of the skin. This may help reduce muscle pain and soreness. You’ll not feel high by using cannabis in this way.

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This method of pain relief is increasingly being adopted by many people across the world in lieu of over-the-counter painkillers. Applying pain relievers on the skin saves you from the potential side effects of oral medication.

Cannabis Bath Soaks

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This is yet another way to get cannabis health benefits without the usual psychoactive effects. You can go for store-bought cannabis salts or prepare some on your own. Add the prepared bath salt to a tub filled with warm water. The more salt you add, the better the therapeutic feeling. Soak in the solution for not less than 10 minutes, making sure to breathe in the hot steam. Your sore and painful muscles may soon feel relieved.

Vape Pens

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More and more smokers are switching to vaping because of valid reasons like:

  • Vape has less dangerous chemicals than the actual smoke because vape pens heat the cannabis without combustion
  • Vaping is not as injurious to health as smoking
  • It’s less addictive than smoking
  • It allows the addition of a wide range of flavor to cannabis
  • It’s less dangerous than smoking to second-hand smokers

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The relatively lower heat of vape pens facilitates the activation of cannabis. This helps you benefit even more as TCH is converted from its usual acidic form and made available to your body’s cannabinoid receptors.

Smoking

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You can smoke cannabis in a number of ways. Perhaps the most popular method of smoking cannabis is rolling it into tobacco papers and smoking it like tobacco. You can also hollow out a cigar and replace the tobacco with cannabis. This is called a blunt.

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You only need one or two inhalations to start feeling high. Consider waiting for about 15 minutes before the next round of inhalation, especially if you’re a first-time smoker. Depending on your body’s makeup, the onset of the good feeling may take a couple of minutes or even two hours. That tells you to wait for your body to naturally respond before you consume too much of the substance at once.

You should never fall short of exciting options in your use of cannabis. The list above highlights only eight ways people are using cannabis. This is not exhaustive, but it may serve as a good starting point. Try these options and see what works best for you. If still unsatisfied, it may be time to explore even more ways of using cannabis.

This article originally appeared on Cannabis.net and has been reposted with permission.

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