What’s your favorite way to consume?
There are many ways in which a person can consume cannabis: smoking, vaporizing, oral, sublingual, topical preparations. Each method has variables to consider and produces different effects. Additionally, depending on the manner of consumption, the amount of active ingredients needed to achieve the desired effect can vary from method to method.
Smoking is probably the most common and popular method for consuming cannabis. The onset of effects are usually rapid, reaching peak effects in 3-10 minutes. THC is absorbed in the lungs and breaks the blood brain barrier there, and peak effects can last anywhere from 30-60 minutes or several hours depending on your level of tolerance. While smoking cannabis does carry with it the negative effects of breathing in burning material, it is still much different than smoking cigarettes. Studies have shown less incidence of lung cancer among cigarette smokers who also consume cannabis. Worth noting is 40% of the active ingredients in cannabis are lost in side stream, or combustion – a maximum of 27% remaining active ingredients can then be absorbed by the body. Meaning that 1gram of 10% THC would allow the patient to absorb up to 16.3 mg of THC.