How it Feels to Use Different Kinds of Cannabis
When you’re the kind of stoner who doesn’t really fit the traditional mold, your reserved friends tend to express surprise when they find out. Over the years, I’ve become fairly accustomed to those people apologetically saying I couldn’t really get into it.
Hearing this has never once bothered me. I’ve never been one to push cannabis on anyone around me, especially if they have had a bad experience with it. But, like any blogger, I’m also a little guilty of educating people on every kind of random topic I know anything about — and cannabis is something that I know a lot about.
Sometimes, when people say that they don’t enjoy cannabis, they follow it up with a reason — and that reason, more often than not, is linked directly to the medium that they used.
Some problems aren’t weed problems. Some problems are smoking problems or edible problems — and while that doesn’t make them less relevant, it does also mean that the person might have another preferred method that works for them.
In this guide, I’m going to break down a few general tips on what to expect from the different kinds of cannabis products.
Throughout the years, smoking has been the most popular way to experience weed. For those of you who don’t know, THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, physically requires heat in order to be activated. This is called decarboxylation, and it is a must for all cannabis products. So, smoking has always been an easy and effective way to enjoy cannabis for this reason.
You should also know that it is my least favorite medium.
There are a lot of fun devices that allow you to smoke weed. A lot people rely on pipes, which are generally small glass devices that deliver you a quick hit of smoke. In my own experience, this isn’t generally as popular as using a bong, which can really cut down on the heat of the smoke and delivers a smoother hit.
When marijuana was first recreationally legalized in Colorado, smoking was my primary method of use. Edibles weren’t really consistent then, so the experience was a bit mixed — and smoking felt more normal. Since I was new to it, I figured I would just do what everyone in the movies did.
After leaning towards other mediums, I can now say that I only ever smoke if I’m with friends. I don’t own a pipe. You’ll never find flower in my house. In truth, I have a personal bias here, so it might still be right for you — don’t skip it on my account.
Smoking weed has a lot of power behind it. If you want to get really high really fast, it’s an effective medium for that. Personally, I find that the mental impacts of any strain are exaggerated when smoking. It just hits harder and feels a lot more difficult to control, though this can also be influenced by strain. For me, smoking is the fastest way to end up as the wait, what? kind of high.
My real hangup with smoking is the physical sensation associated with it. I tend to experience a lot more of the “floating” feeling in my mind. My body tends to be fairly influenced by smoking, even in small amounts — and then, there is the lung bit. The real reason I don’t love smoking is the fact that is burns your lungs and can leave you a bit sore with time (of course, certain smoking devices can help to balance this).
Personally, vaping is my preferred method of cannabis use. I’m aware that this is not the most popular opinion because we’re still recovering from the Vitamin E vape scares, but I personally believe that it is the best experience for my style of use.
When you look for vaping material, your two main options are: disposable and reusable. A disposable vape pen allows you to receive a specific amount of THC (generally around 350 mg) and can be tossed out after use. Reusable vape pens are vape pens with batteries that can be charged and a removable cartridge that can be placed. For recreational users, the cartridges generally offer around 500 mg.
My favorite part of the vape pen experience is the ability to control your intake more easily — but you need to take this with a grain of salt. Some vape pens have designs that slow the draw and limit how much you receive. Others do not. The ones that don’t make it a lot easier to get really high without meaning to.
Vaping is a very unique high for me. The ability to control how much I take in makes it possible for me to microdose really easily. That means I can chill out and focus without being impaired, which I personally use for work.
Primarily, vaping has a tendency to deliver more of a ‘head high.’ With that being said, I’ve tried a few indicas out there that have left me feeling like someone wrapped me up like a human burrito (in a very good way). Remember, different products and strains will have a different impact.
Vape pens, particularly if you are a heavy user, can also lead to that similar burning sensation in your lungs, so consider that as well.
As far as recreational methods go, I’m a huge lover of edibles. These tasty treats can come in all kind of different product types and deliver a really fun high. They also have a tendency to blend ‘head highs’ and ‘body highs’ in a really great way.
Honestly, edibles come in every kind of product you can imagine. I’ve had gummies, chocolates, coffee beans, sodas, powders — and more! Basically, if you can imagine a type of treat, there’s an edible version of it. If you’re the kind of person who works well in the kitchen, you can even make your own!
Edibles have a dodgy reputation because people don’t know how to regulate them all that well. Even if you smoke weed regularly, a 10 mg edible might be enough to affect you for the next four or five hours — though this isn’t always the case.
Regulation is key with edibles, especially if you are just starting.
When you use edibles, the high has a tendency to be quite a bit deeper. When I take an edible, I’m more prone to some of the more intense sensations associated with cannabis. I find myself giggling like a five-year-old, really enjoying media, creating A LOT, and just all around having a good time.
With that being said, since edibles do tend to hit harder, I generally like to reserve them for my me-time at home. They aren’t always the best for crowds or any kind of complex activity. Of course, everyone is different, and so is every product.
Even though edibles do hit harder, I personally find more of a balanced high in them. I’m not about to go for a run or trust myself to handle work items, but I do find that they tend to come with a nice bit of relaxation with some of the more fun parts of being high.
People tend to migrate towards tinctures because they are easy to use and look a little more medicinal. This style of cannabis is concentrated and generally has specific guidelines for how to dose. A single bottle can be hundreds of milligrams of THC.
A tincture is kind of a method all its own. It is concentrated cannabis-infused alcohol. Sometimes brands add other items, sometimes they are fairly plain. The only real differences are brand, dose, flavor, and strain. A tincture is a tincture no matter what combination is in it.
This is one form of cannabis that I’m fairly new to, but I’m pleased with the results so far. Tinctures allow you to get cannabis into your system very quickly, which makes them ideal for use after a long day where you are carrying a boatload of residual tension.
With that being said, tinctures can be very strong and difficult to regulate. Even though the bottles generally offer dosing, the THC can migrate unevenly. Most bottles that I have seen advise you to thoroughly shake them in advance, so look out for this step. Otherwise, you might end up with 1 mg in your dropper — or 100!
As far as cannabis mediums go, I feel like this is one of the stronger ones. Even with a sativa, tinctures tend to come on very quickly and really push through the entire body. I’ve certainly experienced a fairly heavy ‘body high’ with them, and they can definitely influence your mind and perception.
For me, tinctures are another one that is really only good for recreational use (but that isn’t true for everyone). With that being said, using only a few drops will likely deliver a much better result.
These days, there are a million different ways to enjoy marijuana, and the list won’t be shrinking any time soon. If you have an experience with something that you don’t like, you might benefit from talking to someone else about how to use that particular medium — or from trying something else completely.
At the end of the day, your cannabis experience is your own. Love it. Hate it. Experiment with it. It’s all your call.
Just have fun and stay safe while you do it!
Creativity Boosters for Cannabis Lovers
Easy ways to get inspired from a cannabis-loving creative.
How to Build Healthier Cannabis Habits
Redefine your relationship with marijuana for better results.