Ingesting Marijuana 1Ingesting marijuana, how do you ingest it? Let’s looks at the most popular ways marijuana enthusiasts get their fix!

The many ways to ingest Marijuana.

There are 5 main ways to ingest marijuana. And each way has a different effect on you. We’ll go over each one; the method and the effect. 🙂

Smoking.

First of all, this is the most common method to ingest your marijuana. Because you’re altering the chemical compound of the of the cannabinoid, you create a psychoactive THC.

The set back with smoking your herb is pretty straight forward. Smoking may not be good for your lungs. And as a result can cause adverse effects over time. Smoking marijuana has not been linked to lung cancer, although there are effects after time. These include but are not limited to mucus and bronchitis like symptoms.

Those who are seeking high dosage for therapeutic reasons such as cancer. Should seek an alternative method for ingestion. As its difficult to reach the dosage needed.

Cannabis Oils & Tinctures.

Ingesting Marijuana 2If edibles aren’t your thing, an easy alternative is tinctures or oils. This stuff is highly concentrated cannabis extraction. You can get this highly concentrated extraction from using a solvent to extract the cannabinoids from the plant.

Tinctures and other alcohol based extraction methods are great if you are looking to micro dose.  Or if you are using for your own medicinal needs.

Ideally, you want to ingest your cannabis with a little fat. Hence why canna-butter, and medicated coconut oil have such an affect you. Cannabis is soluble in fat, not water! Cannabinoids are broken down in fat, not water.

Some dispensaries offer liposomal cannabis oils. Because these oils are encased in fats. Cells are able to absorb the cannabinoids more efficiently. This is especially relevant for getting you high faster!

Raw Cannabis.

Ingesting Marijuana 3This one is neat to me. I never had the inclination to take a shot of my bud, as I do with wheat grass. Or adding some to my smoothie, super tasty.

Unlike the other ways to ingest cannabis. Ingesting cannabis is the only way that you will have it in its raw cannabinoid form; “delta9-tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA)”

The other ways apply heat, changing the cannabinoid from THCA to THC. THC is the psychoactive cannabinoid. (What gets you high)

Just like us, cannabinoids mature with age. The longer you allow the flowers to mature on the plant, as well as the final dried bud. You are changing the cannabinoids molecular acid structure. There by altering the effects on your body.

Edibles.

Ingesting Marijuana 4Science. When we eat edibles, rather than inhale them. The cannabis is metabolised in the liver, allowing the THC to be converted to more usable forms. Most noteworthy, is this new metabolite called 11-hydroxy-THC is four to five times more psychoactive than THC.

Firstly you need to decarboxylate your cannabis (heat it) before consuming it. Heating will improve the bioavailability of the cannabis. Because when you eat the cannabis you don’t get high from the THC itself but from the new metabolite. But really, the bioavailability of THC in edibles is inadequate. There have been tests that show 50% of THC can be turned in the stronger metabolite 11-hydroxy-THC when consumed orally. But others tested and found 100% of THC can be turned into the stronger metabolite.

Vaporization.

Ingesting Marijuana 4Vaporizing your weed is the cleaner way to ingest your marijuana. Marijuana is heated to the perfect temperature so that the resin can be released. While the plant material itself does not burn. If you are worried about the adverse effects of smoking, than this method is perfect if you .

When you vape, you are eliminating likely carcinogenic ash. As well, you lessen the smoke-derived free radicals that damage our cells and cause unwanted ageing.

When you inhale your weed you are limited to the 30% bioavailability that is available. A vaporizer will give you a hoot that is by far cleaner and smoother than alternatives.