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Different Marijuana Consumption Methods and How They Work

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Why is marijuana so popular? This question has been asked for decades, and the answer will always be different depending on who you ask. Some people say marijuana should not be legalized because it’s addictive or leads to harder drugs like cocaine or heroin. These claims are false. Marijuana contains many compounds that relieve pain, acts as an anti-inflammatory, and provides relief from anxiety disorders such as PTSD. It also can help treat epilepsy in children without the negative side effects of prescription drugs, like phenobarbital or levetiracetam. If you are new to the marijuana industry, you probably don’t know that there are different ways to consume marijuana. Not knowing where to start can be overwhelming, and if you’re interested in trying marijuana, read on for the most popular consumption methods and how they work.


Smoking is still one of the most preferred methods of consumption and it’s easy to see why. There are a variety of devices that can be used, from joints and blunts, to pipes and the famous bong. A smoking high is almost immediate, intense, and lasts between 2 to 3 hours long depending on the method of delivery. With the advent of glassware, water pipes like those from Daily High Club, have become even more popular, not just for the potent high that they produce, but also because of water filtration that cleans and delivers a smoother rip. They are also very affordable and easy to use.

Vaping It

Apart from it looking really cool, vaping is a method of consumption that has gained popularity because of it being a healthier alternative to smoking. Vaporizers heat cannabis compounds to form cool vapor, which is then inhaled with much less damage to the lungs. There isn’t as much tar as smoking contains, making it a cleaner smoke too. And you will be spoilt for choice with a variety of dry herb and regular vaporizers that come in both desktop and portable versions. Although similar to smoking, vaping does not deliver the same long-lasting and intense high. Only about 50% of the THC gets into your system, something that is easily remedied with more sessions.


Sublinguals may sound weird, but they’re literally just placed under the tongue where they dissolve almost immediately. What could be more convenient than placing a marijuana pill, tincture, or strip under the tongue? This method is for those that want to stay away from smoke completely, and the effects are felt within 15 to 30 minutes. They are generally oil-based for better absorption and might not feel pleasant in the mouth, but it is just for a short while. The added benefit is that sublinguals come in a variety of flavors, so you get to pick, choose, and refuse!

Eating It

Edibles have quickly become a favorite because of their ease of consumption and variety of options. If you’re looking for discretion and long-lasting effects, this is for you. From homemade cakes and brownies to store bought candies and chocolates, there’s something for everyone. Although edibles do take a little longer for the effects to be felt (generally 60 to 90 minutes) they do last much longer than any other method of consumption and are a preferred method for those seeking long-term pain relief and improved sleep.

Putting It In Water

In an ever-evolving industry, creative methods of consumption abound. And adding marijuana to liquids, although difficult to get right, is another method taking the world by storm. As a result, we now have a variety of cannabis-infused beverages from teas and sparkling water to sodas and alcoholic beverages. The great news is that there is a myriad of flavors too, and the effects of infused drinks hit quicker than edibles, in just 15 minutes. On the flip side, they do not last as long as other consumption methods. Then again, who’s to say that you can’t have another drink?


There is definitely something for everyone, but the basic rule of thumb is to always start low and go slow. If you’re consuming edibles, remember that unlike smoking or vaping, the effects take a while to kick in, so be wary of consuming too much. It is good to know that you may experience mild side effects of overdosing like nausea and sleepiness. On the contrary, there have been no recorded fatalities linked to it. Just make sure that you’re in good, safe company!


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