How to enjoy cannabis without smoking

Published Feb 20, 2019 01:58 p.m. ET

You want to try marijuana but do not want to smoke it. What can you do?  Well, there are many options available to you.

Marijuana edibles are a great way to start. The oil extracted from the herb is often used in recipes. When cooking or baking the oil can be substituted for butter or oil used in your recipes. The oil can be ingested in capsules too.

For those that like tea, marijuana can be put in tea and has been for years, it can also be used in ice cream and even beer. Drinking from beverages made with cannabis provides long-lasting relief. Consuming marijuana through drinking from a cup is slow and easy, for some people this may be the best way.

Ingesting marijuana can take up to a half-hour or more to kick in. 2mg or less in your edibles is suggested to start. It is better to start slowly and to wait an hour before eating more.

Some medical marijuana users prefer to use sprays. The spray is sprayed under your tongue. Flavoured infused liquid with THC or CBD can also be sprayed on your joints for added feelings of intensity.

Marijuana tinctures are often abused due to the intense high that can be achieved. The liquid extracted from the marijuana is then infused with alcohol, and a few drops are placed under the tongue. This method is absorbed in the bloodstream quickly. This method is generally used for medicinal purposes.

Topical oils are thicker than the extracted oils used for the edibles. When using a topical oil method, there is no high produced. Generally, this method is used for medicinal uses, for example, chapped skin eczema and arthritis. People have also used it for muscle soreness and sunburns. There are countless medicinal uses.

Another alternative to smoking marijuana is injecting fresh marijuana in a smoothie or juice, though this method does not have a pleasant taste. It also requires large amounts of cannabis.

For users of medicinal marijuana, there are the transdermal patches. You can apply the patch to your inner wrist or the top of your foot. This method is not suitable for people with a great deal of body hair. Some people may be allergic to the patch as well.

Some people choose to use a suppository. The suppository infused with marijuana is absorbed through the colon. One of the pro's for this method is that it kicks in quickly and lasts long. It will not give you a head high as it does not interact with the liver, which is responsible for any head high associated with cannabis.

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