Attributes: Most traditional method. Effects felt almost immediately. Smoking devices generally are inexpensive, easy to clean and accessible. Maintains flavor.
Limitations: Burning at high temperatures may compromise the efficacy of some cannabinoids. Can be limiting for individuals with lung/respiratory issues. Distinct, strong aroma.
Start with: One Inhalation
Products: Flower, Wax, Shatter, Kief, Distillate
Attributes: Effects felt immediately. Easy dosing with some devices. Keeps most cannabinoids intact. Can be compact and discreet. Little cannabis aroma; no burning smell.
Limitations: Cartridge vaporizers require little to no maintenance. Flower and other concentrate vaporizers require some light maintenance and can be more expensive.
Start with: 5mg or less
Products: Gummies, Bars, Capsules, Honey
Attributes: Long-lasting effects. Ideal for individuals with lung/respiratory issues. Discreet. Tastes delicious. Delayed onset. May require more trial and error. Long-lasting effects. No taste or smell. Quick and easy to consume.
Limitations: Delayed onset. May require more trial and error.
Start with: 5mg serving or less
Products: Sublingual Tinctures
Attributes: Quicker onset if absorbed under tongue. Steady lasting effects. No smell. Easy dosing.
Limitations: Delayed onset if swallowed.
Start with: 1 or 2 pumps
Products: Lotions, Salves
Attributes: Little to no “high.” Easy application. Discreet. Long-lasting effects.
Limitations: Skin must be clean, dry and intact. Not recommended for sensitive skin or open wounds/ sores.