With new cannabis products being developed daily, it can be challenging to figure out what product is best suited for your specific needs. While there are endless ways to consume cannabis and other forms of natural medicine, today we'd like to introduce you to four major categories: topicals, tinctures, edibles, and inhalation.
Average Onset Time: 0-15 min
Average Length of Effects: 1-2 hrs
When applied to the skin, topicals interact directly with cannabinoid receptors in that area for fast, effective and non-psychoactive relief. Topicals come in many forms such as sprays, lotions, oils, salves, and more.
Perfect for carrying in your purse or keeping handy at your desk during the work day.
How to Use: Apply topicals directly to where you are experiencing discomfort to relieve cramps and/or pain. Some topicals can even be applied to the temples for headaches. Choose a topical blended with other essential oils for enhanced relief tailored to your specific needs.
Average Onset Time: 30-120 min
Average Length of Effects: 6-8 hrs
Infused foods are digested and metabolized by your body at a slow rate to provide deep and long-lasting relief. Don’t eat edibles on an empty stomach, and be aware that they are likely to have stronger effects if you have recently eaten fatty foods.
Perfect for discreetly medicating before and during the workday for intense, long-lasting relief.
How to Use: To use edibles as medicine without getting “high,” consider microdosing every few hours throughout the day with pure-CBD or high-CBD products that have as little as 1-5 mg THC. If you are new to edibles, be sure to test your tolerance at a time without other responsibilities.
Average Onset Time: 15-45 min
Average Length of Effects: 2-4 hrs
Tinctures are absorbed through the mouth for fast and effective relief. Unlike edibles, the active ingredients don’t have to be processed by your digestive system and therefore take effect more quickly.
Perfect for discreet yet fast medication during your day.
How to Use: Tinctures (AKA “sublinguals”) are placed under the tongue for 15-120 seconds and then swallowed. You can also add tinctures to your food or drink to easily turn anything into an edible. When tinctures are immediately swallowed, they will act within your system like an edible would.
Average Onset Time: 1-5 min
Average Length of Effects: 1-3 hrs
Inhaled cannabis instantly enters the bloodstream for immediate relief. Both dried flower and concentrates can be inhaled. Concentrates are very potent; be sure to use them with caution.
Perfect for instant relief while in private.
How to Use:
Smoking involves igniting dried flowers packed in a joint or pipe. When smoking, only 12% of what’s inhaled has beneficial cannabinoids.
Vaping involves heating cannabis enough to release its beneficial compounds without creating a harmful combustion. You can vaporize both flower and concentrates.