6 Marijuana Intake Methods and Their Pros and Cons

6 Marijuana Intake Methods and Their Pros and Cons

Weigh the pros and cons of six marijuana intake methods to find out which cannabis consumption method is perfect for you.

1. Smoking: The Most Common Marijuana Intake Method

  • Definition: Smoking marijuana, or cannabis, by the combustion of the cannabis plant and an inhale and exhale of the resulting smoke. This is the most common form of cannabis consumption.

  • Tools you need: A lighter, and either rolling paper to roll a joint, glassware like a bong or pipe, or a crafty compulsion to make your own DIY bong.

PROS

  • Many people enjoy the classic feeling of smoking their cannabis and the whole process of the most traditional marijuana consumption method.
  • You get to see the flower right in front of you and you know exactly what you’re smoking. There’s a simplicity to it.
  • Fast-acting

CONS

  • Not everyone enjoys the smell of marijuana smoke, and it does linger. Not nearly as long as cigarette smoke does, but it still lingers.
  • For some, rolling a joint or packing a bowl may be hard to do for novices and for those who have a hard time steadying their hands.
Alternative Medical Center blogs - AMC - marijuana intake methods
Alternative Medical Center blogs - AMC - marijuana intake methods

2. Vaping: The Most Cutting-Edge Marijuana Intake Method

  • Definition: Vaping cannabis is the vaporization of cannabis concentrate, or cannabis itself, into a vapor for inhalation. This is the most cutting-edge form of cannabis consumption due to the new technology.

  • Tools you need: A vape pen or other vaporizing technology.

PROS

  • More discreet than smoking
  • Cannabis aroma doesn’t linger
  • Easier on the lungs
  • Smoother hits
  • If you’re vaporizing concentrates, a stronger high
  • User ease
  • Fast-acting

CONS

  • Vaping technology can be expensive depending on the brand

3. Edibles: The Most Unique Marijuana Intake Method

  • Definition: Edibles are foods that you can eat that have been infused with cannabis concentrate. This is the most unique form of marijuana consumption due to the method itself and the one-of-a-kind high.

  • Tools you need: No fancy tools needed.

PROS

  • Long lasting high
  • Strong high
  • Strong body high
  • Discreet intake
  • User ease

CONS

  • Some describe high as “too long and too intense”
  • Highest calorie option
  • Not fast-acting
Alternative Medical Center blogs - AMC - marijuana intake methods
Alternative Medical Center blogs - AMC - marijuana intake methods

4. Tinctures: The Most Discreet Marijuana Intake Method

  • Definition: Cannabis tinctures are made with high percentage alcohol to extract terpenes and cannabinoids from the rest of the plant material. In other words, it breaks it down to its best components. This is the most discreet form of marijuana consumption.

  • Tools you need: A tincture itself and a glass dropper for precise dosing.

PROS

  • Can be consumed orally or sublingually and still faster acting than an edible
  • Perfect for precise dosing
  • Discreet
  • User ease

CONS

  • Doesn’t produce the same psychoactive experience as smoking. In other words, it doesn’t get you as high.

5. Topicals: The Best Body Pain Relieving Marijuana Intake Method

  • Definition: Cannabis topicals are cannabis-infused lotions, balms, and oils that are absorbed through the skin. This is the most body pain relieving cannabis consumption method because they’re designed to target localized relief for pain, soreness, and inflammation.

  • Tools you need: No fancy tools needed.

PROS

  • Therapeutic physical benefits
  • Non-intoxicating

CONS

  • Non-intoxicating
Alternative Medical Center blogs - AMC - marijuana intake methods
Alternative Medical Center blogs - AMC - marijuana intake methods

6. Dabbing: The Most Intense Marijuana Intake Method

  • Definition: Not for the faint of heart, dabs are the concentrated doses of cannabis that are vaporized in large doses. This is known as the most intense marijuana consumption method because of its incredibly high THC content.

  • Tools you need: A dab rig, a nail, and a torch. Also probably something to put underneath everything to prevent a mess. Also, a tool to pick up the concentrate and add it to the nail, also known as a dabber.

PROS

  • Highly psychoactive
  • Intense and enjoyable high for advanced users

CONS

  • May be too intense for beginners or novices
  • Requires many tools

Doing your own research is important when choosing products that are right for you. Weighing the pros and cons will give you a clearer vision of what you see for yourself. That’s why we’ve done the hard work for you so that you don’t have to go through the trouble.

Have you tried all of these methods? Know of more marijuana intake methods that you want us to weigh the pros and cons for? Let us know in the comments section below!

P.S. Don’t forget to stop by our shop and talk to our knowledgeable and friendly budtenders for more details. Each cannabis consumption method, product, and brand provides a unique experience, and we can help you figure out which one is right for you.

By |2019-03-25T14:03:39-07:00June 28th, 2018|Cannabis, Education, Pros and Cons|4 Comments

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Passionate about the expanding cannabis industry, Laura intends to shed light on Sacramento's local cannabis culture and community.

4 Comments

  1. Linda June 28, 2018 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    Great read. Keep up the good work!!

    • Alternative Medical Girl June 28, 2018 at 4:36 pm - Reply

      Thanks for your support, Linda! Can’t wait to see you back in our shop. 🙂

  2. Maxie Telbert March 6, 2019 at 2:34 am - Reply

    Marijuana has made my life much more better than before. I have depression since 4 months. Marijuana helped me to get over with my depression. But i wasn’t able to take marijuana legally so my friend suggested me to have MMJ card.

    • Laura March 6, 2019 at 9:09 am - Reply

      Hi Maxie! That’s amazing that you were able to find something that helped. In the great state of California, you can have access to safe, reliable, and consistent cannabis products if you’re 21+, regardless of if you have a medical cannabis card or not. What a time to be alive!

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