All ways to consume cannabis

Unlike alcohol, cannabis can be consumed in many different ways – here's a quick overview

Marijuana has become mainstream and popular, with over 85% of the population believing it should be legal in some form. One of the things that causes weed to “come out of the closet” is the entry of a number of new users and former “closet smokers.” These new consumers are more open and curious. The legal market is also opening up a variety of opportunities for more and more people to try different types of drinking. It's all a journey, some paths are suitable for more seasoned veterans, others are fine for you for the first time.

Here you will find all the ways to consume cannabis and the basics about the method.

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Smoking and vaping

The most popular form of consumption is smoking, vaping, or otherwise inhaling marijuana through the lungs. It is one of the quickest ways to feel its effects. Just a few minutes after consumption, consumers feel euphoria. You can do it the old fashioned way with joints or purchase store-bought pre-rolls. Bongs and bowls are options. E-cigarettes almost rival smoking and have the same quick effects but are much more discreet. You can buy e-cigarettes for one-time use or invest in a system that you can recharge over and over again.

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Edibles include baked goods, candies, mints, oils, cannabutter, and some other things like soups, sauces, and others. The second most popular food is chocolate because its fat content makes it easier to absorb. Edibles take between 30 and 90 minutes after consumption. The reason lies in the way it is processed by the body. It is recommended to wait until you actually feel the effects before deciding to add more.

While edibles take longer to take effect, the feeling also lasts hours longer than smoking cannabis. Like vapes, they have no smell, which is a nice, discreet benefit. And they are easy to transport and store.

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gummy bear

According to BDSA, a cannabis analytics company, 49% of people who use cannabis have taken a gummy. Because they are easy to transport and odorless, they are ideal for quick take-aways. Typically you can microdose at a dose of 5 mg or high dose a low dose. As with most edibles, it takes between 20 and 60 minutes to take effect. Although Wana Brands is the first to bring Calm to market, it is said to take effect in less than 15 minutes.

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This refers to a cannabis-based substance that is taken under the tongue and includes tinctures, sprays, tablets, and strips. The absorption rate is fast and consumers feel it within 15 minutes.


With beer and spirits companies in the marijuana industry, there are a whole range of cannabis drinks on the market. Beer, juices and other flavors are available. As with other edibles, it can take between 15 and 60 minutes to take effect. This is an area where hemp drinks have rivaled marijuana in terms of effectiveness.


Also referred to as wax, shatter, dabs, and more, this form is not for beginners. Typically, it contains exceptionally high levels of THC, ranging from 40 to 80 percent THC. The THC content can be up to four times higher than high-quality or premium marijuana, which typically has a THC content of around 20 percent. When consumed in this way, the user can feel the effects immediately.


Cannabis suppositories are primarily used by medical patients. Cannabis has been found to be effective in relieving pain, and cannabis suppositories can provide quick relief from menstrual cramps and other types of pelvic pain.

Finding the best way to consume cannabis is always a personal decision.

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