I have explored the different varieties of medical cannabis consumption methods.
Each one has unique pros and cons.
While traditional flower offers a really pleasant process and quick onset of effects, there is the odor, smoke and ash to deal with. Rolling a joint or packing a pipe requires specialized gear that isn’t always available or convenient. Vapes simplify the smoking process and are far more discreet. There is minimal odor and smoke, and it dissipates very quickly. With a push of a button, I can inhale and appreciate a greater concentration of cannabinoids and terpenes. Because vaping eliminates combustion and heats the cannabis oil to a lower temperature, it preserves the desired compounds. With the popularity of disposable pens and refillable carts, there are a huge selection of strains available. There is still some debate over whether vaping is any healthier than smoking dried flower, and in my opinion, the actual experience isn’t quite as pleasant. Another option is tinctures, which come in very small glass bottles that include an eye dropper for dosing. The dropper allows micro-dosing and the sublingual absorption produces quick onset of effects. Tinctures can also be mixed into a smoothie, yogurt or other foods and drinks for a delayed effect similar to edibles. However, they are lower in calories than edibles. I like that tinctures can be carried in a pocket and are especially discreet. At most modern dispensaries there is a wide menu of edibles available. Everything from gummies and hard candies to chocolates, baked goods and beverages are offered in high-THC percentages to strictly CBD products. While flavors have improved, there is still an aftertaste of cannabis and sometimes the texture is a bit odd.