Cannabis usage isn’t confined to just smoking bud to feel the benefits of the flower’s most sought after component, THC. There are many methods of trying THC. How a person chooses to use THC is a highly personal choice, based entirely on personal body chemistry and preference. In the following article, we present you a quick guide to the many ways THC (the stuff that makes you “high”) can be tried!
Smoking THC: Joint, Bong, or Pipe
Smoking weed is the most common way to try THC. Smoking THC via the cannabis flower is the oldest way that humans have used THC for millennia. Smoking can be done via a rolled joint, a water bong, a one-hitter, or a pipe.
When you smoke, you burn and combust the plant to make marijuana smoke. This smoke, which contains cannabinoids, terpenes and other plant residue, enters the lungs and gets carried through the body and brain.
While joints are the most popular method of trying weed, they actually waste a lot of THC. Using a bong, one-hitter, or a pipe are the best ways to smoke weed if you want to maximize the benefits of the weed’s THC.
Note that smoking is not the top recommended method of trying THC if you have any kind of respiratory issues, as it can be hard on your lungs. If this is the case, you’re better off to opt for oral ingestion or vaping methods.
Relatively new in the cannabis space, vaping is fast becoming the crowd favourite for using THC. Vapes are different from smoking, as there is zero smoke whatsoever. Instead, vaporizers and vape pens have a chamber that heats up the cannabis inside until a vapour is created. This vapour, which hosts the THC and other desirable cannabis components, is then inhaled into the lungs after which the effects take hold.
While vaping is a totally different approach to smoking, it achieves the same result, but without the smoke or the odour. For many, the discreet and healthier smokeless, odourless aspect of vaping makes it a very appealing method of trying THC.
Dabbing is not for the faint of heart! Dabbing uses incredibly powerful concentrated cannabis, usually with 60-90% THC, that is placed in a device that is part vaporizer and part bong. For the casual flower enthusiast, this method will be too powerful, as the high concentration of THC lowers blood pressure rapidly. Newbies have been known to pass out immediately. If you dab, exhale immediately, as it’s truly so potent. Many medical marijuana users enjoy this method for its extreme THC content and pain relief.
Oral Ingestion: THC Edibles, Beverages, Tinctures, Sprays
Oral ingestion of weed is the least predictable and trickiest method to dose when trying THC, but also one of the most fun methods! The edible, tea, beverage, gummy, or oil must be digested before it gets absorbed into the bloodstream. This usually takes 30 to 90 minutes, which is why sometimes people end up impatient and ingest too much.
Edible cannabis products are commonly used to stimulate appetite, reduce pain, aid with inflammation, and stop weight loss in people who have cancer or AIDS. In addition, these products may reduce muscle spasms or seizures, relieve nausea and vomiting, enhance sleep quality, and improve anxiety. Because they are digested by the body before the effects take hold, they generally make the user feel “high” for much longer than smoking or vaping THC.
Topicals with THC
Topicals most likely won’t get you high, but the THC can be absorbed through the skin and holds powerful medical benefits. People use THC-infused topicals to help with everything from arthritis pain to period cramps to post-workout soreness, and they do so without being concerned about a fuzzy head.
It’s also alright to use topical cannabis with THC without worrying about driving, working, or anything else you have to do, since it doesn’t have any psychoactive effects. If you’re looking to treat physical ailments topically without the “high,” THC creams, balms, lotions, and oils might be perfect for you.
Hashish and THC
Usually referred to as “hash”, hashish is the pressed and purified resin of the cannabis flower into small, hard blocks that look a lot like a chocolate bar. Like weed, hash is ingested via smoking, vaping, or orally ingesting. Many users report the hash high being stronger, smoother, and more preferable to smoking flower.
Hash has been around for just about as long as the cannabis flower itself, and many people swear by the buzz from hashish versus weed. Try it and see for yourself what your preference is!
The Bottom Line
THC can be consumed in a large variety of ways just like so many other cannabis products. If you’re new to taking THC, it can be overwhelming because of the dizzying array of methods available. Look at it like an adventure, a journey, or a fun experiment. And remember that what works well for one person may not work for the next. It’s important to test out different products and methods to see what works best for you.
Since there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to exploring cannabis consumption, stay confident and calm and see what method of ingesting THC suits you the best. Tier 1 has an awesome variety of products to try. We’re here to help! Check out our products online today.
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