If you’re new to the cannabis industry, one of the first things you should consider is which intake method is best for you. Each cannabis intake method can vary in its effects on the brain and body.

Additionally, like consuming CBD, one intake method may work better for some people than another. While there is no “right or wrong” choice, there are characteristics about each method that should be considered prior to making a decision.

Smoking cannabis

This is the most common intake method for cannabis – this can be done through joints, pipes or glass pieces. Most first-time cannabis users turn to smoking as their intake method of choice. There are a few reasons for this: it’s easy to control your dose size when smoking. You can simply inhale a smaller amount. Additionally, the effects of smoking cannabis should present themselves almost instantly after smoking, and pass within 20-30 minutes, making it ideal for those unfamiliar with being “high”.

However, some will experience a burning sensation in the throat after smoking, which may in turn motivate them to try a different intake method moving forward.

Ingesting cannabis

If you don’t like the idea of consuming smoke, ingesting cannabis (edibles, teas, etc.) might be better suited for you. However, if you aren’t familiar with edibles, it’s critical that you start with very low doses. Effects of edibles can take up to an hour to present themselves and can last for hours on end. Edible cannabis is also known for having much stronger, more intense effects.

Ensure you portion your edibles into small amounts and slowly move up as tolerance is built and you become familiar with their effects.

Vaporizing cannabis

Vaporizing cannabis – administering cannabis through an electronic vape pen—is an ideal option for first-time users. This is because of how simple and customizable vaping is. It allows for you to be extremely flexible with your dosing, and removes any harshness on the throat or lungs that may be associated with smoking. Much like smoking, when vaporizing cannabis, the effects will present themselves almost instantly and pass much more quickly than other intake methods.

Cannabis Topicals

Cannabis topicals are cannabis-infused lotions, creams and oils. While topical application results in a more gradual CBD effect, the main benefit is that you can apply it directly to your problem areas, allowing you to target specific areas of the body rather than your body as a whole should you so choose. The products absorb transdermally and are excellent for inflammation and pain relief. Most cannabis topicals will not get you high, making it an excellent choice for those wanting the medical benefits without any intoxicating effects.

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