As with any journey, exploring the world of cannabis can be an exciting adventure full of wonder and discovery. However, with so many products to choose from, it can be challenging to decide which one to start with. Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy different cannabis consumption methods, but there is a perfect starting point for novice adventurers: flower!
A Controlled Experience: The Benefits of Smoking Flower
Cannabis flower, also called buds, nugs, herb, ganja and weed, is the dried and cured flower of the cannabis plant. It's the traditional form of cannabis and the most widely available and widely used. A gummy or chocolate may sound a little less intimidating, but trust me, begin with a small amount of flower and work your way up from there. By smoking flower, you can control the experience by taking a toke, waiting a couple of minutes, and then taking another toke until you feel the desired level of high. The onset of the effects is quick, usually within minutes, and the duration is typically 1-3 hours. There isn't a huge time commitment, and you can simply stop toking when you feel the right level of high. If you haven't already, check out A Novice's Guide for tips on what to expect and how to pick a good pre-roll.
Fun Fact - cannabis plants have a unique sex? Unlike many other plants, cannabis plants can be either male or female. Only the female plants produce the buds while male plants are typically not cultivated for consumption and are instead used for breeding to produce seeds.
Edibles: A Delicious and Unpredictable Adventure
As you delve deeper into the world of cannabis, you'll come across edibles - the secret treasure trove of the cannabis world! These are food products that have been infused with cannabis, and can range from gummies to brownies, cookies, and more. But beware, oh intrepid adventurer, for edibles can be tricky to navigate! Unlike smoking flower, where you can control your experience by taking a toke and feeling the effects within minutes, edibles have a much longer journey. The active compounds in edibles are absorbed through the digestive system, which can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours to feel the effects. And once they kick in, hold on to your hats, because the effects can last for several hours and be much more intense than smoking flower! So, be sure to start with a small dose and wait it out, because once you've eaten that delicious brownie, there's no turning back!
Fun Fact - Did you know that the first cannabis-infused edible was reportedly created in India in the 10th century? It was a mixture of ground cannabis, milk, and spices called "bhang," and it's still consumed today as part of the Hindu festival of Holi.
Tinctures: A Convenient and Discreet Alternative
Tinctures are liquid extracts that can be taken sublingually (under the tongue) or added to food and drinks, making them a discreet and convenient option. However, keep in mind that similar to edibles, the onset of effects can take up to 30 minutes and the duration can be several hours, so it's important to start with a small dose and wait to see how it affects you before taking more. Adventure awaits!
Dabs: For the Bravest of Adventurers
For those who seek the ultimate adventure, there's a form of cannabis that's not for the faint of heart: dabs. This concentrated form of cannabis is made by extracting the essential oils of the plant and can contain THC levels upwards of 80%. Dabs are usually consumed using a dab rig, a specialized setup that involves a torch, a nail, and a dab rig. The high from dabs can be intense and immediate, but novice users should beware, as the potency can be overwhelming. It's important to start with a small amount and work your way up slowly. Only the most daring adventurers need apply!
Vaporizers: A Pocket-Sized Alternative
For those who want a convenient and discreet way to consume cannabis, vape carts that use oil are a popular choice. These carts attach to a battery-powered vape pen and deliver the active compounds in a vapor form. This vapor is then inhaled, providing a quick onset of effects that typically last for 1-2 hours. Just be sure to charge your battery before heading out on a long journey!
Final Thoughts: Navigating the World of Cannabis with Confidence
Exploring the world of cannabis can be a fun adventure, but with so many products to choose from, it can be overwhelming. Flower is a perfect starting point for novice adventurers who want a controlled experience. As you become more experienced, you can try edibles, tinctures, dabs, and vaporizers to discover what works best for you. Remember to start with a small amount and be patient as the effects may take some time to kick in. Above all, have fun and enjoy the journey!