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Healthy cannabis products

Published Jun 12, 2023 09:00 a.m. ET
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Now that it's legal people are increasingly becoming more interested in what cannabis can do, as a recreational and medicinal tool. As more states move toward acceptance, this trend is likely to continue.

These days most new consumers and the canna-curious are seeking something that isn’t bad for their health.

Though smoking cannabis hasn’t been directly linked to the most common lung-diseases and conditions like tobacco, we do know that it can cause irritation, so it makes sense for some people to seek out alternative methods of consumption.

Here, we’ll show you ten great ways to use cannabis that don’t require combustion.

Edibles

Cannabis-infused foods are a hot-selling item at most dispensaries. They come in a variety of forms and flavors from the basics like pot brownies, cookies, cakes, and gummies to specialty chocolate bars. Edibles offer a more discreet way to enjoy the benefits of cannabinoids without smoke or smell, and they come with effects that are generally more intense and longer lasting.

However, if it’s your first time, it’s essential to start with a low dose and wait for several hours before taking any more, just in case the experience is a bit more intense than you were anticipating.

Tinctures

Cannabis tinctures aren’t a very popular choice among recreational users, and it’s difficult to discern why. Some consumers just don’t know how to use them, many aren’t sure what the benefits versus drawbacks may be, and most are simply more comfortable with products they see others using regularly, but they’re one of the best options out there in terms of health.

Tinctures may be enjoyed under the tongue (sublingually) and they’re great added to food or drinks for an instant infusion. They’re generally made with alcohol or glycerin, so they don’t typically taste the best, but they are discreet and easy to dose.

Topicals

Topicals are a unique breed of cannabis product because they don’t deliver the same psychedelic effects someone would expect from every other method of consumption. These creams, lotions, balms, salves, and even makeup offer localized relief from pain and a variety of skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.

Cannabis topicals aren’t ideal for recreational users who are seeking an elevated experience, but they are an excellent solution for users who wish to harness the therapeutic benefits without the stereotypical high.

Capsules

Cannabis capsules are growing in popularity as they become more widely available is dosing suitable for all different types of consumers. They’re perfectly measured, so you know exactly how much of each cannabis component you’re getting, and they’re discreet and taken orally, with no smell or taste.

These capsules may be filled with anything from oils and tinctures to pure decarboxylated concentrates or even ground herb, and they’re easy to make yourself with an encapsulation machine.

Vaporizers

Vapes are great tools for those who wish to indulge in cannabis flower or concentrations via inhalation while still avoiding many of the adverse health effects associated with smoking. Vaporizers warm your preferred cannabis product to the ideal temperature to vaporize the primary compounds without creating smoke, and they come in many different models, from desktops to portable pens and disposables.

Inhaling vapor is easier on the lungs than smoking and it delivers the same nearly instant effects, so it’s a great option for seasoned and new consumers alike.

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Concentrates

Cannabis concentrates are powerful extracts that are often made using some type of solvent like CO2. These potent products are compatible with vaporizers and dab rigs, and they can be added to recipes to make edibles or beverages.

Caution is recommended if you go this route without experience, as they are far stronger than the average flower often weighing in at between 70-99% pure CBD or THC, but that just means you won’t need as much to achieve the experience you desire.

Transdermal patches

Cannabis transdermal patches deliver a controlled time-released dose of your preferred cannabinoid through the skin, which makes them longer lasting than any other method of consumption. In many regions, they’re only available to medical patients, but those who can get them benefit from having a fast and efficient way to absorb cannabis components, discreetly.

These amazing cannabis products are also effective for long term slow released dosing which is great for managing pain, anxiety and insomnia.

Suppositories

Cannabis suppositories are a unique product that are designed mainly for medicinal consumers, as they’re inserted rectally or in the vagina to provide fast and effective relief by bypassing the liver and digestive system.

They’re discreet and deliver the benefits of cannabinoids where they’re often needed the most by patients who are hoping to manage certain medical symptoms and conditions such as menstrual cramps and digestive issues.

Beverages

Cannabis-infused drinks are quickly becoming a very popular way to consume cannabis as more flavors, formulations and types hit the market. With so many types to choose from including juices, coffee, tea, soda, water, and even energy drinks they offer a refreshing way to consume cannabis.

However, much like with edibles, the effects are often more intense and longer lasting than smoking or vaping, so it’s important to start with a low dose and wait plenty of time before indulging further if you want to avoid overdoing it.

Cooking with cannabis

You can always buy a pack of edibles from a local dispensary but there’s something about making your own that’s special, and the sky is the limit! Instead of simple items like gummies or brownies, it’s easy to create an entire infused dish or a whole menu that includes all of your favourite things perfectly dosed to suit the needs of yourself and your guests.

This way, you can control the dose and enjoy the delicious food items you know and love at the same time.

Even if you’re not looking for ways to make your relationship with cannabis healthier, this list can provide a range of unique options that are easy to incorporate into your day-to-day life.

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