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How to Consume Weed without Smoking

It used to be that if you wanted to consume marijuana, you had to smoke it, either in a joint or in a bowl. But times are definitely changing, and weed is becoming legal for both medicinal and recreational purposes all over the world. With that, there are also more ways to enjoy cannabis now than ever before; and that makes it especially beneficial for those that need the medicinal benefits but can’t smoke marijuana.

Vaporizing Cannabis

Just like smoking cigarettes is harmful to the body, so is smoking marijuana. While the ingredients in marijuana might not be as harmful as those found in cigarettes, it’s still true that the combustion of marijuana still produces several known carcinogens and tar. This can irritate the lungs and cause many different health problems, including chronic bronchitis and asthma. It’s for this reason that many users are starting to vaporize cannabis rather than smoke it.

Vaporizing cannabis heats it to a much lower heat than smoking it does – a difference from about 2,012 degrees down to 338. Because of this, vaporizing produces a vapor that is 95% free of smoke and carcinogens. When cannabis is combusted at high temperatures, 88% of the smoke is made up of carcinogens.vaporizer-temperature-guide

In addition to the health benefits, vaping cannabis has other benefits too. Namely, it doesn’t emit smoke or odor, making it great for users worried about discretion. And the high can be felt faster.

Marijuana Edibles

Users can get all the benefits of discretion that vaporizing brings and more when they choose marijuana edibles. Today, these have come a long way from the pot brownies and space cakes that were once the main form of edibles; and users can enjoy lollipops, gummy bears, salad dressings, and more!

Edibles enthusiasts will also be quick to talk about the type and length of high that eating marijuana can bring. While smoking, a person might get high within just a couple of minutes, and that high will likely last just a couple of hours. When it wears off, it wears off, sometimes leaving users feel burnt out and exhausted. But eating edibles is vastly different.

Consuming edibles can actually take as long as 90 minutes before the high is felt, although it typically takes between half an hour and an hour. Once the high does kick in, it’s a different high than smoking will bring. It’s very heavy on the ‘body buzz’ side of things, and it will last as long as 7 hours. Once that high starts to wear off, it will do so gradually, without plunging the user into lethargy.

Ingestible Oils

For those who don’t want to spend their time baking or extracting the THC and cannabinoids into fat, ingestible oils might be the answer. These oils come in a capsule form and contain 100% cannabis oil. This form of consuming marijuana is one of the most commonly used when treating patients that are children.

Users will still get all the benefits of a high and medicinal relief, but they won’t have to cook anything in their kitchen or more importantly, smoke anything.

Of course, discretion is another big benefit users will get with ingestible oils, but there are so many more. The biggest benefit, even over discretion, is that the dosage is much more consistent. When marijuana is smoked, eaten, or vaped, users can’t really tell how much they’ve had. While they may know the approximate weight of what they consumed, there’s no way to tell for sure.

That’s not the case with ingestible oils. With oil in capsule form, users will know exactly how much they’re consuming at one time, no questions asked. This is one of the factors that make it so suitable for children.


When using cannabis to treat medical ailments in children, tinctures can be even more effective than ingestible oils. These tinctures are essentially the oil that’s found in the capsule, but it comes in dropper form rather than pill form.

When a small drop of tincture is applied directly underneath the tongue, the oil enters tthc-tincturehe bloodstream directly and so the effects are felt immediately. Because children often have a hard time swallowing pills, tinctures may be even ore suitable.

Tinctures work especially well when used as a painkiller, as they can bring patients immediate relief.


Today many distributors are offering topical lotions and balms that can be directly applied to the skin. Topical solutions are used to treat symptoms without psychoactive properties, which also make them very suitable for children. Topical solutions can be used to treat things like burns and rashes without making a person feel high or stoned.

Topical solutions do work very quickly, and they can also provide relief to specific areas of the body, unlike vaporizing or eating cannabis, which affects the entire body.


Dabbing takes a bit of equipment and know-how, but it’s becoming very popular among users today. When a person dabs, they take a piece of concentrated cannabis extract (known as shatter) and place it on a very hot surface, usually a nail. Then, using a dab ring, the person will inhale it for a high that’s much more intense than smoking buds.

The biggest benefit that comes from dabbing is that it gives users suffering from serious medical ailments relief that smoking never could (unless a lot of it was smoked.) And because small amounts pack a big punch, users typically feel the effects much faster.

Dabbing is somewhat similar to vaporizing because the cannabis is never actually combusted. However, dabbing does require some gear and none of it is inconspicuous, so dabbing doesn’t bring the discretion vaping does.

THC Lean/Cannabis Syrup

Cannabis syrup is a relatively new trend, and it’s very similar to eating it. With syrup however, users are drinking it.

When making cannabis syrup, the extract is mixed with syrup which is then infused with THC. It’s been compared to the Purple Drank that was popular in the United States for a little while, but it’s vastly different as it relies on THC rather than codeine for its effect. There is no codeine at all in cannabis syrup.

The effects of cannabis syrup can be felt longer than when cannabis is smoked or vaped.

For cannabis enthusiasts looking for a healthier, more discreet way to consume their bud, or just want to check out the effects of using it another way, there are plenty to choose from. Cannabis has come a long way, and there are more options now than there ever have been before!

MSNL Team MSNL Team / 24th April 2017

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