Cannabis can be taken into your body through several different ways. Each delivery mode offers different benefits. When deciding to consume marijuana, you have to carefully weigh all your options. It is crucial to pick the right strain of the herb and the most suitable delivery method. How do these intake processes differ when it comes to their effects though? Let’s dive into the three main branches of cannabis delivery to learn.
1 – Inhalation methods – smoking, vaping, and spraying
There are three ways cannabis can be consumed by inhalation. These include smoking and vaping the herb as well as using a spray. When you inhale weed, the effects are more immediate. This is because the cannabinoids present in marijuana directly go from the lungs into the bloodstream.
Keep in mind that vaporized cannabis contains a higher percentage of active cannabinoids. Therefore, a lower amount of weed must be vaporized to get the same results. Compared to smoking though, vaping is safer as it doesn’t create toxic byproducts. While smoking hasn’t been shown to be a cause of lung cancer, it can cause chronic bronchitis if used over the long-term.
Vaping is also better than smoking because it produces less smell and is comparatively discreet. Talking about spraying cannabis under the tongue, this method is usually picked by those who want to avoid the harmful effects of smoking.
2 – Ingestion methods – edibles, capsules, and tinctures
One pro when it comes to cannabis edibles is that they are discreet. They typically do not have an odor and don’t require equipment for use. You can prepare your own cannabis treats as well, which means you get more flavor as well.
However, the effects of this method take a while to show up. They are long lasting though which is another plus point. Basically, ingesting marijuana means it goes through your digestive system and is metabolized in the liver. This metabolization results in the release of stronger chemicals which means more potent effects.
One way of ingesting cannabis is taking the oil drops sublingually. This method doesn’t take to long to show an effect. You can expect the delivered cannabis to show results within 5 to 15 minutes. However, in this mode results don’t last as long.
3 – Topical methods – patches, creams, and balms
Topical application of cannabis includes products such as cannabis patches, ointments, lotions and even oils. This way of delivering cannabis is best for those who are experiencing pain or another like issue. The product gets to work instantly owing to direct application.
With the cannabis skincare industry booming, you can even find bath bombs with infused cannabis. The effects of such products are quick and lasting. There are also cannabis sunscreens, moisturizers and other such products available.