If you’re still smoking joints and blunts you’re doing 2019 wrong!
For a start, joints continue to burn at high temperatures in between hits. This means many of the yummy terpenes and cannabinoids in your weed will be destroyed before you even get to inhale them.
However we bring good news. There are a plethora of new ways to enjoy cannabis and each as their own benefits; some are discreet, extract more efficiently or offer health benefits and thanks to online headshops are only a couple of clicks away!
Below are a few of the modern ways we enjoy cannabis.
Dry Herb Vaporizers
We love smoking cannabis but unfortunately it is not the most healthy way to enjoy your bud.
Smoking cannabis flowers involves exposing your weed to temperatures of over 900°c and inhaling a multitude of tar and carcinogens into your lungs.
How Vaporizers solve this problem
Herbal Vaporizers are designed to heat your vaporizers to a temperature where only the terpenes and cannabinoids will evaporate and be inhaled. The nasty toxins are left in the oven and can be discarded when finished!
In the long run, vaporizers will save you money too!
The temperatures in joint or blunt are hot enough to destroy cannabinoids. Up to 10-20% of cannabis of any joint is burned away in between hits before you have a chance to inhale them.
NORML, the pro-cannabis organization, have discovered that smoking results in only 25% of THC being ingested compared to 45% when vaping. Vaporizers are a no-brainer!
One of the easiest ways to ingest cannabis is through cannabis-infused food and drink.
Edibles are often a popular choice for those new to cannabis because it is fairly non-invasive and has no real health risks.
The most popular edibles are cookies and brownies but you can literally make edibles from any recipes that contain butter or oil.
I’ve seen croissant, gummy bears, and even milk!.
If you are new to cannabis, the most important thing to remember is that the wave can take up to an hour to hit. Also, the effects are considerably stronger than smoking and will last longer too!
Even cannabis veterans can be overwhelmed by a potent edible. Because the high can take an hour to hit, it is very easy to assume you haven’t had enough and eat some more.
Always start with a low does and be patient!
A bong is a device used for smoking weed that uses water to cool and filter the cannabis smoke. In my humble opinion, a glass bong is the most superior and enjoyable way to smoke cannabis.
When you inhale on a bong you pull the cannabis smoke through the water. This forces the smoke into small bubbles where it loses most of its heat – the cooler the smoke the better it is for your lungs.
The water also filters out toxins and ash, tar and even the butane from your lighter.
Over the last decade, concentrates have gone from an unknown entity to one of the most popular ways to get high.
It’s likely that concentrates owe their popularity due to their potency. A cannabis flower will typically have a THC concentration of 20+%.
Compare this to concentrates which can boast THC levels of anywhere between 60-90%. This can make them quite intimidating for cannabis novices.
Concentrates are often enjoyed with a dab rig. A dab rig is a tool that is generally made out of glass. The main part of the rig looks similar to a bong but it also contains a nail that is made out of titanium or quartz designed to hold the dab concentrate.
The dab concentrate on the dab rig nail is then heated using a butane torch and the user inhales the vapour created through the dab rig’s mouthpiece.
You can buy dab rigs online.
The cannabis plant is made up of over 120 different cannabinoids and terpenes. Each of these has their own effect on the human body.
The most popular cannabinoid is THC – which is valued by recreational users. However, over the last couple of years, cannabidiol, better known as CBD has owned all the headlines. It is currently being lauded by doctors, media and politicians for its ability to successfully treat a wide of diseases whilst having no effect on behaviour.
Unlike its infamous cousin, CBD has no psychoactive properties. This makes the compound perfect for users looking for some of the therapeutic benefits of cannabis without feeling high.
A cannabis tincture is just a fancy word for infused alcohol. They are usually taken by placing a drop just underneath your tongue.
Because they are so easy to take a measured dose they are a popular choice for medical cannabis patients
Tinctures have recently become quite popular due to there availability in shops and dispensaries and they are also really easy to make at home.
It can take up to 20 mins to begin to feel the effects from a tincture.
Grow your own cannabis
An increasing number of cannabis enthusiasts are looking to grow their own weed. The advantages of this is that you know exactly what nutrients have gone into your plant and you can ensure your clippings are mould and fungal free.
The biggest challenge for newbie growers is the lack of knowledge to turn a seedling into a healthy and vibrant crop. There is a wealth of information across the internet but many of it is from uncredited sources and contradicts each other.
Luckily, there are online courses ran by respected growers who can provide you with all the information you need to organically grow hemp. My favourite such course is the Dirt Doctor .
Which method is the most effective?
The methods above boil down to three ways to ingest cannabis: inhalation, oral and sublingual. But which method is the most effective?
We can look at each method’s bioavailability to calculate that!
Bioavailability refers to how efficiently a compound is absorbed into the bloodstream and made available to be used by the body. The higher the bio the less cannabis you will need to get high.
Bioavailability is measured as a percentage. For example, if you ingested 100mg of THC and 10mg was absorbed the method of consumption had a bioavailability of 10 %.
Despite being the most straight forward way to enjoy cannabis, edibles do have their setbacks. When you eat cannabis, it has to travel through your metabolic and digestive system and is exposed to the acid in your stomach! As a result, many compounds are either damaged or filtered out before they reach your bloodstream.
Research has indicated that oral consumption of cannabis has a bioavailability rate of just 20%.
Sublingual offers one of the most direct routes to your bloodstream than oral and you’ll feel the effect a lot quicker too.
Research suggests the bioavailability of ingesting cannabis sublingually has a bioavailability of around 35%
It is no wonder smoking and vaping is the most prevalent method of enjoying cannabis. Inhalation is the most efficient way to get THC and CBD into your bloodstream!
The lungs offer direct access to your bloodstream almost instantaneously so you’ll begin to feel the effects within minutes.
Inhalation has the best bioavailability too – over 55% according to certain studies.
You can buy a variety of dab rings, bongs and dry herb vaporizers