You probably know that marijuana can be ingested with the help of bongs, joints, as well as through a brownie that is laced in weed. Nowadays, many people have started using cannabis because of its medicinal properties, but they need to know what the safest and best ways to ingest marijuana are. The modern life brings numerous options to do that. In this article, we’re going to present you the best of them.
Edibles vs. smoking
Many people prefer edibles. People intake cannabinoids through their gastrointestinal tract and they don’t have to smoke. Edibles are a really convenient as well as a pretty discreet way for a great way to intake marijuana, especially for people who can’t stand smoke.
Still, the effect in different in different people. You get more relaxed when you’re high from edibles then from smoking e.g. you’re more “body” high and not “head” high.
How to eat and dose responsibly?
If you use weed through smoking, it will have an immediate effect on you, but it will be gone very soon. You’ll be high from 90 minutes up to 4 hours depending on how strong the marijuana is. Edibles need more time to produce effects. It will take you from 20 to 60 minutes. You always need to monitor the dosing in them carefully.
You can get edibles like chocolate bars, candies and baked goods. Some of them contain even 100 mg of THC. Use them for several servings. Others contain only 5 or 10 mg. If you’re a beginner, start with smaller doses. In case you ingest too much THC, you may start experiencing symptoms like paranoia or a temporary increase in your heart rate.
Your metabolism, gender or weight can also have an influence on how fast the edibles will affect you. Make sure you avoid eating them on an empty stomach. They will have an intense effect. In case you feel like you’ve overdosed, just stay calm. The symptoms will disappear in several hours. Make sure you eat a lot of food, hydrate and be very calm.
Slow-cooker Cannabis-Infused Butter
One things that’s amazing for preparing homemade edibles is “cannabutter” e.g. cannabis-infused butter. Still, you have to make sure you infuse it in a proper way. THC needs to change between acid form into a psychoactive form properly. This is otherwise called to decarboxylate and it’s very important. You need to heat the cannabis very slowly on a very low temperature. Simmer it for a long period of time at 200 or 250 degrees Fahrenheit. In this way, all of the active cannabinoids will stay present and won’t be burned.
- 1 cup of filtered water (if you need more, you can add)
- 1 lb of organic, grass-fed unsalted butter
- 1 ounce of ground cannabis flower (this will make a very powerful butter; if you want a lighter dose, make sure you decrease the amount of cannabis)
After you’ve turned your cooker on low, add the ground cannabis, water and butter in a pan.
Cover the pan and leave this to simmer on a very low temperature from 8 to 24 hours. You can stir it from time to time. It would be better for you to leave it simmer for a longer period of time since then more cannabinoids will be included into the final product.
After the process is over, use a good strainer or a cheesecloth to remove the plant product into a glass jar. Press or squeeze well to get as much liquid as you can. The leftover cannabis should be thrown away.
Leave it in the fridge covered until the butter becomes hard.
As soon as it becomes hard. It will separate from the water. Try to lift the cannabutter and put it in another container. You can throw away the rest of the water.
Leave the cannabutter at room temperature so that it can become soft. Don’t put it in the microwave!
Start adding it in any recipe in very small amounts. You may need up to 1 hour to feel the effects!
Vaping 101: What you need to know
Vaping is definitely a very healthy way to ingest marijuana. It’s healthier than bongs or joints.
You inhale vapor through a vape pen or a vaporizer. Vape pens use heating elements powered on batteries and they also use cannabis oil, but without the smoke.
It’s very discreet and it has started to become very popular. You also aren’t surrounded with all the smell of wee that’s burning!
The jury’s still out on whether vaping is safer
No matter where the smoke comes from, tobacco or marijuana, it’s full of harmful toxins. There are researches that claim that vaping can eliminate the harmful toxins. According to a particular study, vaporization managed to decrease the levels of carbon monoxide and there were no side-effects. They confirmed it as a very safe as well as an effective way to intake THC.
Still, it can be pretty harmful even though it’s considered safe. We know that people who smoke cigarettes have damaged lungs. Researchers can’t confirm this for vaping.
It’s all about the e-cigarettes which use various chemicals used for the flavors inside the e-cigarette liquids. These flavors can be really dangerous and disturb the work of your heart. Some studies argue that it is because of the nicotine inside them.
Similarities between vape pens e- and cigarettes
We can notice e-cigarettes everywhere nowadays. Vape pens are also easy to pass. They use the same technology, but they don’t use nicotine. They’re infused with dry-herb, wax or cannabis oils. It becomes heated when you smoke, so you start inhaling pure vapor. Your environment isn’t surrounded with dangerous toxins.
Vaporizers vs. vape pens
The portability is the greatest difference. You can use traditional vaporizers at home. They will be the best. Use a balloon or a whip.
Vape pens can be used wherever you like to, but the battery life is limited. You may need to be careful about them and recharge or refill them often.
You decide what you’re going to use. Smoking is still considered to be the fastest way to intake THC inside your body, but you know it’s not the safest. Vaping is safer, but there are still studies to be done. Edibles need to be with a controlled dosage, so what you decide is probably going to bring you the best results!
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