You can inhale it, ingest it, or soak it in and you can take it without THC. Try different methods to see what works best for you.
Less harsh on the throat and lungs
Adjust the temperature
Set it to low for less THC or higher for more
One time cost
Vaporizers can be pricey but they can last for years
Dry herb vaporizing is the Weed Mama preferred method
Vaporizing is the process of heating the cannabis to a point that releases the cannabinoids into a vapor that you inhale. This method is less harsh on your throat and lungs and allows you to adjust the temperature so you can get less THC if needed. Visit our page on vaporizing to learn more and for a buying guide.
Vape Pens: Vape pens are concentrates in a form of a liquid that's inhaled using a device that you simply draw from and doesn't require heating or any preparation. This is an ideal method for quick hits during the day as it can be carried in your handbag and doesn't have a smell.
Concentrates & dabbing: Concentrates can be added to vaporizers that are designed to handle concentrates such as wax and shatter. Some dry herb vaporizers double as concentrate vaping, the other is dabbing which is a device designed specifically for concentrates.
*Note: Concentrates are quite strong, when using a concentrate for the first time, go easy.
The most accessible and cost effective way to inhale cannabis
Plenty of accessories
You can use a bong, pipe or buy pre-rolls
You can buy pre-rolls that are ready to go
Smoking it the old fashioned way
Smoking cannabis is one of the most accessible methods, you can even buy pre-rolled joints. You can use a variety of accessories to cool down the smoke such as bongs filled with ice water. The downside of smoking is it can be harsh on the lungs and throat and it smells strong, therefore not as discreet as other methods.
Good if you need your dose to last several hours
None of the side effects that coming with inhaling such as couging
Best method if your building doesn’t allow smoking or vaping
Edibles & Tinctures
Ingesting cannabis is the healthiest and most discreet method. However it's important to know eating cannabis, as in swallowing it, makes it a much stronger method than inhaling it or sublingual. Your liver converts THC to 11-Hydroxy THC which is much more potent, therefore it's very important to start low and go slow when first using cannabis.
Recommended first time dose for ingesting cannabis: 5mg go down to 2 or 3 mg if you're prone to panic attacks and anxiety as for some people (myself included) too much THC can trigger anxiety, so it's best to be cautious. If you're a bigger person and/or not prone to anxiety you may want to go up to 7mg or even 10mg. Don't exceed 10mg on your first time.
Wait 2 full hours before taking more THC: Edibles will hit you fast and hard and that's usually about the 2 hour mark, if you've taken the right dose you'll feel really nice but if you've taken too much you'll likely feel bad and edibles take several hours to wear off. I recommend waiting about 6 to 8 hours, better yet a full 24 hours before trying again, increase your dose in 3 to 5mg increments, depending on how you felt. If you felt nothing go up 5mg, if you felt mild effect, go up 2mg. Even 1mg can make a big difference.
There's 2 ways to take tinctures; under the tongue (sublingual) and ingesting it.
Sublingual: hold the liquid under your tongue for at least 30 seconds however over a minute is preferable as the longer you hold it under your tongue, the more THC will get absorbed into your blood stream. Then (and this is important) spit it out.
If you swallow the tincture it will become an edible and you'll feel those effects in about 2 hours. It's important to know that it's much stronger to swallow the tincture than using it under the tongue, so while 10mg under the tongue might feel just right, swallowing it will be much stronger and may be too much for you.
Holding it under the tongue (and then spitting it out) will work within 5 to 15 minutes and will wear off within an hour or so.
*Note: for CBD tinctures always swallow it regardless if you are using it sublingual or not as CBD in non-intoxicating and will work better if ingested. However it will work faster if you hold it under the tongue before swallowing the liquid.
Topicals and pure CBD extract offers the therapeutic benefits of cannabis without the intoxicating effects of THC. You can use topicals as creams to treat pain and skin conditions such as eczema. You can also wear a transdermal patch or use bath salts and bath bombs infused with CBD.
*Topicals will be coming to stores in 2020
Weed Mama tip
Start low, with any method start with the lowest dose and adjust as needed. It's better to feel nothing at first than do too much and have a bad experience.