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Cannabis Consumption Methods 101

Cannabis Consumption Methods 101

At Viridis, we are growing small batch, high quality cannabis straight from the soil—hand grown with care, harvested with TLC, to bring you THC and CBD.

We thought that the best way for you to consume it would be as informed as possible.

So, with our wealth of knowledge, here is a brief but comprehensive list of methods to consume Edmonton’s leading craft cannabis.

When we boil it all down, there are three main categories for consumption: Inhalation, Oral Ingestion, and Topical Applications.

Inhalation methods:

Smoking

Smoking cannabis has been around for a long time. It’s considered the traditional means of consumption and has been deemed legal in Canada as of October 17th, 2018.

Inhaling the smoke from burning the flower makes cannabinoids bioavailable and sends them straight to the bloodstream through the respiratory tract, resulting in an immediate effect.

From rolling up a joint to packing a bowl in a bong, there is still an ongoing debate over the full health risks involved with smoking.

 

Vaping

The popularity of vaporizers has definitely increased, of late, for a few reasons.

They are highly convenient in both single use and reusable apparatuses, and they allow you get more out of your cannabis.

There is still some debate as to whether this method has any more or less health risks than smoking, but it is another legal method of ingestion.

From stationary setups to portable “vape pens,” the ingenuity continues with great devices designed to help you inhale cannabis products.

  • Portable oil vapes or pens can play crucial roles in consumption. There are a number of reusable and single use models. Handheld are usually a touch larger than a ballpoint pen. Some have refillable oil cartridges for products, including homemade CBD oils and full spectrum oils, or come prepackaged with concentrates of THC/CBD content. Pens are easily carried and they produce less smell. This makes them great for the on-the-go consumer.

  • Table-top vaporizers are another category with varying designs. Some include a fan and a plastic bag with a mouthpiece while others older models have a heating coil and rubber hose with glass chamber for your cannabis.

 

 

Oral Ingestion Methods:

Edibles

Though not available for distribution on Canadian markets yet, the possibilities for homemade edibles are almost endless.

Any lipids for baking (i.e. butter, coconut oil, margarine etc.) can easily be saturated with THC/CBD. You can also simply add CBD oils to any recipe to get the effects of a proper dosage–provided the dosage complies with legislation. Anything from smoothies or salads to steak and potatoes.

Here is a simple smoothie recipe:

  • 250 ml Hemp seed milk
  • Handful of spinach or kale
  • 60 ml sliced cucumber
  • 2.5 ml Homemade CBD oil
  • Three leaves of mint
  • (Any additional flavour is optional)

Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. Add a sprig of mint for garnish.

THC/CBD infused candies are extremely popular because of how simple they are to enjoy. Gummy candies, chewing gum, lollipops and caramels... the list goes on.

Every candy has a specific dosage to achieve a specific experience.

A variety of drinks have also been released onto non-Canadian markets. Infused Juices and soft drinks right down to simple syrups for hot beverages like coffee or to spice up a craft cocktail.

 

Tinctures

These fluids are absorbed sublingually(under the tongue) straight into the bloodstream. They are vegetable glycerine and alcohol based and usually applied with an eye dropper.

Cannabis based tinctures were actually part of standard American medical practices during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, before prohibition.

Effects of the product will definitely depend on the consumer’s fidelity with Cannabis. More frequent use of cannabis means a lower efficiency of the tincture.

 

CBD Capsules

CBD Capsules are very easy to prepare at home and can’t be purchased in shops yet. You can get digestible vegetarian capsules at many locations including health food stores, vitamin supplement shops, and even in organic markets. Fill the larger half of the capsule with your preferred dosage of homemade CBD oil or Full Spectrum Oil and close with the smaller half.

Definitely one of the easiest methods of consumption. They don’t require any fancy tools or devices and they are simple to manage the dose that you want.

They do take longer to take effect because you have to digest them, but they will last longer than most immediate methods.

 

Topical Methods:

Balms, Salves and Lotions

CBD oil and FSO’s can be applied to your skin via balms, salves and lotions. You can also just add your infused oil to any number of products you have at home.

It can be as easy as diluting CBD oil into a carrier oil like olive or grapeseed. You can get a little more intricate and try the following recipe for a homemade balm

Ingredients

  • 60 ml Coconut oil
  • CBD Oil or Full Spectrum Oil
  • 60 ml Beeswax

Directions

  • Pour the coconut oil into a pan
  • Melt it over low heat (not going beyond 160 degrees)
  • Add CBD oil and stir
  • Melt two ounces of beeswax in a pot
  • When the beeswax has heated, add your CBD saturated coconut oil slowly to prevent clumping
  • Once a smooth consistency is achieved, pour into a tin and allow cooling
  •  CBD dosage is a preference. You should do a little experimenting to see what works best for you. Remember to start low and go slow.

 

THC Bath soaks

Much like the effect of bath salts or bath bombs, these Cannabis infused soaks let the body slowly absorb CBD/THC content through the skin.

Not yet available on Canadian markets.

 

Transdermal Patches

These patches adhere to the skin and are very similar to nicotine patches.

Great fit for people looking to slowly have CBD/THC released into the bloodstream over the course of the day.

With current Canadian legislation these products have not yet even been considered for the Canadian consumer..

Whether you are a smoker, an eater or perhaps an avid user of lotions, there are methods out there for you.

Some aren’t available for purchase yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make them at home with our small batch craft cannabis.