When it comes to using marijuana, most people automatically associate the experience with a circle and a joint. Almost everyone’s first time is in a circle of friends. Someone lights up, smokes and passes it along in between coughs and giggles.
Tough smoking cannabis isn’t technically as bad as smoking a cigarette, it’s still not entirely safe. For people who already have respiratory problems it can cause a lot of trouble. And even regular healthy smokers are more likely to develop bronchitis. Even when using medicinal marijuana, just the act of smoking it can cause a lot of negative side effects. There are a lot of toxins, often considered carcinogens, that are commonly released from burning the materials most consumers use in joints (i.e. the rolling paper, or blunt). Additionally, marijuana users tend to hold the air in for longer which exposes the lungs to tar. And as if all that wasn’t bad enough, secondhand marijuana smoke is just as dangerous as if you were outright smoking it. In other words, regardless of how “natural” or “beneficial” your strain is, if you’re smoking it, you’re still doing a lot of harm.
That doesn’t mean you have to give up cannabis. Luckily, there are many other ways to enjoy the benefits of the drugs while keeping your lungs safe and healthy. Today, we bring you the three most common alternatives that can save you from unwanted negative side effects:
Commonly, weed is cooked with butter, the THC is extracted, and then the buttered cannabinoid is added into brownie or cookie dough and cooked normally. Of course, as marijuana’s popularity has risen and its legality has become more widespread, some other more elaborate recipes have appeared, and the potency of each may vary greatly.
Regardless, what happens when you eat any food cooked with marijuana it’s pretty much always the same. The THC reaches your stomach and then is absorbed into the bloodstream. So yeah, it’s definitely not as fast as it is when smoked, it can take as long as 90 minutes before it reaches the brain and it really depends on your digestion process. But the good news for recreational users is that the effects last much longer than when smoked.
Cannabis pills look just like any other regular pill. They usually have marijuana suspended in oils and varying doses of THC. Depending on where you live, you can find pills for different ailments and with different potencies. They’re easy to consume, have no unforeseen side effects and the THC in them lasts longer than if it were smoked.
Medicinal users tend to look for topical oils and ointments since they are usually pretty low in THC but high in CBD. In fact, the THC content is so low, no one could get high off of hemp oil. What’s more, it can often be purchased over the counter (wherever available). Though it won’t do much in terms of recreational use, some people prefer it as an aid for sleep problems.