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.
Cannabis is a flowering plant, the resinous flowers are where the highest concentration of cannabinoids, terpenes, and other valuable compounds are found. When we smoke cannabis flowers the effects are almost immediate. Flower tests anywhere from 7-35% THC, a test result that can show how a flower’s effects will be quantified. These effects can be debilitating for an hour or so, but tend to wear off completely anywhere from four to six hours after smoking.
Very different from flowers, edibles can take anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours to kick in completely. The length of time that it takes does 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 10mg as a starter dose. To find the perfect dose for us eat 10mg and wait two hours for the full effects before eating another 10mg.
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 and 90% total cannabinoids, meaning that the high can be exceptionally intense for a new smoker.
Vaping flower is really different than smoking it for me, 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 available and you will start to find what works best for you.
Cara began working in the retail cannabis industry of San Francisco, CA in 2011 and continued in that sector for years. In 2015 she put down her budtender hat and dedicated herself to writing full-time. Her passion for the written word and deep respect for the healing properties of the cannabis plant fuel the passion in her posts.