Cannabis is no longer the feared drug that was made illegal about 100 years ago. It all started with the legalization of medicinal cannabis and now its recreational use is following suit. Although it has not been definitely found to be safe based on limited research, there is suddenly a rush to use cannabis or CBD for its enormous health benefits. It acts as an effective pain reliever, an anti-inflammatory, mood stabilizer and immune booster among others.
Smoking is a common and the most traditional way of consuming cannabis. It involves grinding dried cannabis buds and then rolling them into a joint like a cigarette. Although the cannabis smoke contains about 60 important compounds that your body might need, this method of consumption is definitely damaging to your lungs. However, this should not stop you from using cannabis because there are other healthy ways to enjoy it.
The following are 4 ways that a health-conscious person should enjoy cannabis:
Vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling an aerosol or vapor. There exist a thin line between vaping and smoking and many people would say that it has no real benefit over smoking. However, vaping is better because it applies heat at much lower temperatures compared to smoking. At low temperatures, the vapor that is produced has less tar hence less hazardous.
There are different ways of vaping and each has its own pros and cons. They include dry herb vaporizers, cartridge vaping and vaping CBD. Compared to smoking, vaping is discrete, better for lung health, less wasteful, protects your skin and does not pollute your home.
Edibles are cannabis-infused foods and drinks. The diversity of cannabis edibles is so vast that you can infuse almost anything from lemonades to chocolates, Kampuchea, water, nuts, ice cream and crackers among many others. With edibles, you get to consume cannabis that is infused in your favorite treat. This is a good smoking alternative if you do not mind the low bioavailability associated with oral consumption.
Oils and Tinctures
Tinctures are concentrates that are made by dissolving cannabis in alcohol to extract its various compounds. They are usually consumed sublingually where they enter directly into the blood stream. They have a quicker onset and exist in a variety of flavors and potencies to meet a variety of needs.
Dabbing is similar to vaping only that it uses a dab ring instead of a vaporizer to vaporize cannabis concentrates like wax, shatter, resin and budder that usually have high potencies. It is mainly used by experienced recreational users since they contain as high as 90% THC. The concentrates are dropped on a heated glass or metallic nail and then inhaled for its effects.
It is possible to enjoy cannabis without smoking and you can choose from the above options or even others like topical creams, patches and even capsules. The bottom line is for you to do your research using a slow and controlled experimentation until you find the method that works best for you.