If you’re still smoking cannabis, you’re doing 2019 wrong. If you enjoy joints, blunts or bongs, you’re more than likely risking long term damage to your health.
Smoking combusts cananbis at temperatures over 1000°C and produces over 100 different carcinogens. Over time, this causes a build-up of tar in the lungs over time and will possibly lead to chronic bronchitis and even cancer.
However, there is good news. The cannabis industry is entering somewhat of a renaissance at the moment and we are living in an age where there are more ways than ever to enjoy your best bud smoke-free!
Each method has its own individual advantages and disadvantages. Below are the five ways I currently enjoy my cannabis.
Unlike smoking, vaporizers work by heating cannabis to a point just hot enough to evaporate the only the cannabinoids in your cannabis whilst leaving any plant matter and toxins behind in your oven. As a result, vaporizers provide an inhalation experience similar to smoking without the health risks.
Other benefits of vaping include:
- Less Smell – Cannabis smoke isn’t just made up of cannabinoids, it contains plant matter too. This is what your nose registers as the smell. Vaping produces a much lighter smell because the plant matter stays in the oven
- Better Taste: It is the terpenes in each cannabis strain that determine its individual taste profile. For example, it is limonene that gives Lemon Haze its citrusy taste. Unfortunately, terpenes are destroyed at temperatures produced by smoking. Vaping allows you to adjust temperature settings and enjoy every single flavour note in your herbs.
- Avoid inhaling pesticides: Unfortunately, unless you grow your own, you can never be sure exactly what is in your cannabis. To combat mites, growers often use pesticides and if these plants are not flushed properly you can risk ingesting these harmful chemicals. Pesticides typically evaporate at temperatures above 250°C. Vapes only reach temperatures of 200°C meaning are not at risk of inhaling dangerous chemicals.
- Vaping is more efficient: When you smoke, most of your cannabis is burned away before you even get a chance to inhale it! A collaborative study by NORML found that smoking dry herbs allows ingestion of just 25% of any available THC. Vaping however, which allowed ingestion of 45%; vaping essentially makes your herbs last almost twice as long!
Dabbing involves exposing highly concentrated cannabis to temperatures hot enough to cause flash-vaporization for intensely potent effects.
The dab itself is often made of Butane Hash Oil and is typically smoked with a rig that looks similar to a bong bowl.
Similar to vaporizers, dabbing is actually healthier than inhaling smoke from joints or bongs. This is because the vapour is also free from plant matter.
The potency of dabs is a gift and a curse. It is not uncommon to find dabs that have a concentration of over 90% THC. Whilst this is great for anyone who needs to microdose, beginners can find themselves quickly overwhelmed.
Dabbing typically involves using a butane torch to heat the rig. Manually managing the temperature of your rig can be difficult, especially when high. If the temperature is too low it won’t be hot enough to vaporize your concentrates, if the nail gets too hot, it will ruin your concentrate’s flavour
Enail Dab Kits make dabbing much easier. Instead of relying on a manual heat source, it uses a coil connected to a PID controller which you can turn on with a press of a single button.
Cannabis edibles, often referred to as ‘cannabis-infused foods’, are food products that contain cannabinoids, typically tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
The most popular form of edibles include brownies, cookies and gummy bears. However, over the last few years, the number of cannabis-infused food products you can purchase has grown almost exponentially. These days, you can infuse almost any recipe with cannabis as long as it calls for butter, oil or any other fatty compound.
Edibles are favoured by those who like to enjoy their cannabis discreetly; an edible often looks and smells just like its normal equivalent.
Edibles also have the advantage of having long-lasting effects. This makes them a popular option for medical users who may be looking for medical relief for hours at a time.
Cannabis edibles have their disadvantages too. Because the cannabis needs to be processed by your digestive system, any effects can take a long time to kick in. This delay can cause novices to assume they have not consumed enough. This can lead to overconsumption and doses that can be overwhelming to users for substantially long periods of time. When consuming edibles, it is advised to wait 90 minutes before increasing your dose.
Tinctures are oils that you drop underneath your tongue. Sublingual offers a more direct route to the bloodstream than oral and is quicker to take action and as a result, the bioavailability can be up to 35%. Believe it or not, cannabis tinctures were a legal medicine in the 1800s.
Because it is absorbed into the blood almost instantaneously, the onset of effects from tinctures is far faster than edibles. They are odourless too which makes them perfect for anyone who wants to enjoy cannabis privately.
To create a tincture you just take a pile of your AVB into a small cooking pot, add a strong spirit such as vodka so it is just covering all of your herbs.
Then all you need to do is place the pot on a low heat (70c) and simmer without letting the pot come to boil.
After 20 mins, strain the mixture using a sieve or cheesecloth and place in a jar for storage.
To use you can use a droplet and place a 1ml drop underneath your tongue.
When dosing a tincture sublingually, expect to feel the effects in 15-45 minutes and reach your peak high at about 90 minute
Tinctures are great because they’ll last for years if stored in a cool dark place and can be a perfectly discreet way to meditate when you’re unable to pull out your dry herb vaporizer.