There are various forms of cannabis you’ll find in dispensaries and it grows everyday with more and more products coming to the forefront. Being that there are hundreds of varying characteristics and potency, sometimes it’s hard to know what to choose for the right mood or high that you are seeking. This article is for you to familiarize yourself with marijuana accessories and products for smoking, dabbing, vaping, eating, and otherwise enjoying cannabis and the positive effects it has on us as individuals.
Also known as buds, flowers are the trichome-covered, smokable part of the female cannabis plant. This form of cannabis is very popular as it is more versatile and offers many consumption methods. The two primary types of cannabis flowers are Indica’s and Sativa’s. Sativa strains often have longer flowering strains. Usually, flowers have a THC content ranging from 5% to 25%. Flowers are recommended for new smokers as their THC content is low to medium. The flower is the most popular form of cannabis due to its versatility, offering numerous consumption methods, such as being smoked using a pipe, bong, or by rolled in a joint or blunt.
Edibles are the food form of cannabis that are ingested rather than smoked or vaporized. Edibles come in the form of sweets, drinks, baked foods, even pasta! Any recipe that calls for butter or oil can be readily infused with cannabis. Edibles and their cannabinoids are processed differently than inhaled cannabis. The Edible cannabinoids enter the bloodstream through the stomach and liver, which incurs a longer effect time before its effects can be felt. This process also draws out the edible’s intoxicating effects, sometimes causing them to last between four to six hours. This form of cannabis is recommended for people who do not like to inhale smoke. Edibles are an efficient way of administering medical cannabis in patients, especially children and elderly who are not likely to to blaze up a blunt. Keep in mind, that when doing this yourself, use extreme caution on the amount of oil or butter used. If you are ever going to have an adverse reaction to THC, it may come from ingesting too much. Take it slow, and find the right potency for you. The safest bet is to buy pre-existing products that are monitored and regulated. Click the Edibles link above to see our selection.
Concentrates are a processed form of cannabis that contains only the desirable plant compounds. They have a greater proportion of cannabinoids and terpenes. Compared to flowers, cannabis concentrates offer a more potent high and more consumption methods. This form of cannabis is cleaner, less harsh and quickly brings about the desired high. Since they contain a very high THC content, concentrates are not recommended for beginners. You’ve probably noticed the tiny hairs that cover the cannabis plant, giving it a crystal-like sheen and sticky feel. These glandular hairs, or trichomes, produce and hold the plant’s cannabinoids and terpenes. Cannabis concentrates isolate and accumulate these compounds from the plant’s trichome glands. In other words, concentrates are packed with everything users love about cannabis, but are condensed through this process. They’re guaranteed to be more potent than flower, thus accounting for their rapid rise in popularity. Sometimes, one hit will be quite sufficient!
These are cannabis-infused lotions, oils, balms, and sprays that are applied directly on the skin to alleviate pain, soreness and inflammation. Topicals are non-intoxicating hence they are preferred by individuals who want the therapeutic benefits of cannabis without the psychoactive effects associated with other consumption methods.
Your body’s natural endocannabinoid system regulates your appetite, mood, and pain/pleasure receptors, among other things. The active compounds in cannabis plants, THC and CBD for example, are the chemicals that activate that system, also known as cannabinoids. Your body also makes its own natural version of THC called endocannabinoids.
THC and endocannabinoids are also similar in that they both bind to cell receptors called CB1 and CB2 receptors. These receptors, and the molecules that bind to them, are responsible for a wide range of biological functions, such as anti-inflammation and pain relief. When you use a cannabis-infused topical products, THC can bind directly to CB1 receptors present in skin, muscle tissues and nerves, and that brings relief to the affected area. It also makes its way into the bloodstream, where it interacts with CB2 receptors. Topical cannabis can get distributed to the rest of the body via the blood, but this happens so slowly that most people don’t detect any mental effect.
Based on anecdotal reports, if you’re using is CBD or THCA based topical, there will be no intoxicating side effects. THC-based Topicals may cause the euphoric effects typically associated with THC, but the effects are typically more mild.
The process of inhaling and exhaling vapor with the use of a vaporizer utilize a heating element to quickly vaporize the active ingredients in cannabis for smooth, non-combusting consumption. Vaporization also allows people who require stronger medical cannabis products safer access to higher-potency cannabis through the use of concentrates and extracts.
While many cannabis connoisseurs will argue that there’s no better method of consuming cannabis than the traditional way with a light of a joint, pipe, or bong, new consumer preferences are changing. There is evidence that vaping maximizes terpene flavors and cannabinoid intake. Vaping also reduces the risk of exposure to chemicals created during the process of smoking, especially when buying weed off the street.
Vapes can provide a safe solution for medical marijuana patients with weakened respiratory systems. Patients who medicate with vaporizers are more likely to receive increased medicated effects. By inhaling the vapor through a vaporizer, the lungs are less likely to be irritated as well.
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