Yo, what’s good? My name is Dan, and I’m here to tell you about the best ways to use weed without smoking it. You know, smoking can be mad unhealthy, and people are starting to realize that. That’s why more and more people are looking for alternatives to smoking marijuana, especially those who need it for medical reasons like chronic pain. Lucky for us, there are plenty of ways to use cannabis without smoking it, and new methods are popping up all the time. So, let’s dive into some of the best ways to use weed without lighting up.
Is Smoking Weed Dangerous?
First things first, we gotta talk about the dangers of smoking weed. You already know that smoking tobacco is whack, right? It can lead to all kinds of health problems, like lung cancer and heart disease. Well, smoking weed isn’t as bad as smoking cigarettes, but it still has some risks. Like tobacco, marijuana has chemicals in it that can cause cancer. But here’s the thing: weed also has other compounds that can balance out those chemicals and make it less risky. Plus, smoking anything is gonna irritate your lungs and throat, especially if you have asthma or other respiratory issues.
So, how can you enjoy your herb without damaging your health? Check out these options.
Using a Vaporizer
Vaporizers have been gaining popularity lately because they’re seen as a healthier way to get high than smoking. When you smoke weed, you’re burning it at high temps, which releases potentially harmful chemicals and smoke. But when you use a vape, you’re heating up the herb more gently, which lets the good stuff like THC and CBD escape without leaving behind the bad stuff. Vaping can also enhance the flavor of your bud by preserving terpenes, which are what give it its smell and taste.
Another cool thing about vaping is that it works fast. If you’re feeling stressed or need relief from pain ASAP, a vape might be your best bet. There are tons of different types of vaporizers out there – some use dry herb and others need special vape juice. You gotta decide if you want a handheld or desktop vape, disposable pens or refillable cartridges, and whether you want a conduction or convection vape.
Dabbing is similar to vaping in that it produces vapor instead of smoke. But there are a few key differences. First off, dabbing requires a special rig (hence the name) instead of a regular vape pen. The rig has a nail made of metal or glass that gets heated up with a butane lighter until it’s super hot. Then you drop your marijuana concentrate on it and inhale the vapor.
Concentrates come in all kinds of forms like resin, shatter, wax, and budder. They are super potent – some have up to 90% THC! That makes them great for people who need relief from chronic health issues or have a high tolerance for weed. But it also means that dabbing can be intense AF and should be approached with caution if you’ve never tried it before.
When dabs are made right though, they’re pure and clean AF. That’s why they’ve become one of the most popular ways to consume weed these days.
Maybe vaping or dabbing feels too much like smoking for you – no worries! Edibles are another way to enjoy weed that’s versatile and delicious AF. It can be super fun to experiment with different recipes too.
If you wanna make your own edibles though, you gotta decarboxylate your weed first (don’t worry if you don’t know what that means – check out our complete guide). Basically, heating up the weed converts THCA and CBDA into THC and CBD – which are the active compounds that get you high.
One thing to note about edibles is that they can take awhile to kick in – sometimes up to two hours or more! So don’t get impatient and chow down on another dose too soon unless you want to regret it later. But one of the cool things about edibles is that their effects last longer than other methods of using marijuana.
Cannabis Oils and Tinctures
Oils and tinctures are another way to take marijuana by mouth if edibles aren’t your jam (or if you wanna add another method to your arsenal). Oils are strong concentrates that can be taken as-is or added to food/drinks. Some people even put them into capsule casings for convenience.
Tinctures use alcohol as a solvent to extract cannabinoids and terpenes from weed. You take them by placing a dose under your tongue until it dissolves – this lets the active compounds bypass your digestive system so they work faster than oils do.
Both oils and tinctures are great choices if you want to benefit from cannabis without getting high (for example if you only want CBD). They’re also super strong though – so even if you’re used to smoking, start with a small dose and see how it goes.
That’s it for our rundown of the best ways to use weed without smoking. Whether you’re new to cannabis or just ready to switch up your routine, try out one of these methods and see which works best for you. Stay safe, stay lifted, and keep on blazing!