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One thing stoners have always done is find new ways to enjoy the psychoactive and sometimes healing benefits of cannabis. We smoke the flowers, extract them into concentrates, and infuse them into edibles that all have their own slightly different psychoactive and body highs.

 

Smoking

Cannabis is a flowering plant, and the resinous flowers are where the highest concentration of cannabinoids, terpenes, and other valuable compounds are found. When we smoke cannabis flowers, we feel the effects almost immediately. Flower may test anywhere from 7-35% THC, and a test result can help to quantify a flower’s effects. These effects can be debilitating for an hour or so, but tend to wear off completely anywhere from four to six hours after smoking.

 

Edibles

Very different from flowers, the effects of edibles can take anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours to kick in completely. The length of time it takes will depend on a lot of factors, including how much we’ve eaten that day and what medium was used to infuse (ie. coconut oil, butter, sugar, pure distillate, etc.). Legal markets will display edibles based on a milligram dosage, most suggesting 10 mg as a starter dose. To find your perfect dose, eat 10 mg and wait two hours for the full effects before eating another 10 mg.

 

Dabbing

A good dab can be a great way to enjoy music, and many pain management patients find it valuable when transitioning from opioids. Dabbing requires a torch, dab rig, tool, and sometimes a carb cap. Like smoking, dabbing can take effect almost immediately, but the high tends to last longer than smoking. Most wax tests between 60 to 90% total cannabinoids, meaning that the high can be exceptionally intense for a new smoker.

 

Vaping

Vaping flower, for me, is really different than smoking it; it is a clearer high that takes a moment to fully come into effect. There are a couple of ways to vape wax and concentrates, and like flower, they tend to be less intense than dabbing. These options are really great for a first-time smoker or a medical patient.

 

Knowing your products will make the shopping process much easier. So, keep learning all the varieties of cannabis products available, and you will start to find what works best for you.

  Posted: Tuesday, March 13th, 1:56am 8 months ago
Profile PictureWritten By: Cara Wietstock

Cara Wietstock is a native Californian living in Washington state with almost a decade of budtender experience and even more stoner experience. While she's not pontificating on the current state of cannabis for Roottie, she is practicing yoga, sipping CBD infused teas and hiking through the Pacific Northwest.


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