Ways to consume your cannabis
The right method for the right effect.
Just like there are many different strains of cannabis, there are also many different ways to consume cannabis. The various methods of consumption are often referred to as “routes of administration”.
Different routes will have different effects on how you experience cannabis. The three main routes of administration are:
Inhalation of cannabis is the most popular method of consumption, and the one that most likely comes to mind first. Despite being the most popular, smoking is also the most harmful due to the combustion of harmful compounds. However, it remains popular because it is fast-acting, and convenient. Many of the negative health effects linked to cannabis consumption aren’t linked to cannabis itself, but the smoking of cannabis. Therefore, vaporization is typically the preferred method of inhalation by medical experts. The effects of cannabis when inhaled can typically be felt within 5-10 minutes and can last for 2-4 hours.
2a. Oral administration:
This method includes edibles, capsules, pills and other cannabis products that are consumed through the mouth and digested in the stomach. Edibles consist of cannabis infused food and drink products that are eaten as such. In comparison to capsules and pills, it is harder to accurately dose edibles. Effects of cannabis when consumed orally can be felt within 30 minutes to an hour and can last for up to 8 hours depending on the amount consumed.
2b. Oromucosal/Sublingual administration:
This method includes oils and sprays that are applied underneath the tongue or inner cheek and absorbed through the inner linings of the mouth. These products are convenient and are effective in applying precise doses. Depending on the product, the effects can be felt within 30 minutes to an hour and can last for up to 8 hours. Many cannabis-based medications are administered this way, although not all are for medicinal purposes.
3. Topical application:
In contrast to the other two routes of administration, topical applications are non-psychoactive. They are intended to treat specific localized conditions such as swelling and soreness. This method is ideal for those who want the medical and therapeutic benefits of cannabis, without the euphoric potency experienced through the other methods. Topical products include cannabis infused creams, moisturizers, sprays, and balms.