Consumption Methods

 

This is a brief overview of the ways cannabis can be consumed. 




smoking 

Smoking is the most common and longest used form of consuming cannabis. Smoking, along with vapourization is referred to as an 'acute' effect, meaning the typical onset of effects can take anywhere from 30 seconds to several minutes to feel the effects. However, along with vapourization smoking the effects typically don't last as long as say an edible, suppository or even a tincture.

When you smoke cannabis several things happen. You are burning the plant matter in the joint (cannabis cigarette). Because combustion does occur there are slight carcenogenic effects on the lungs, though research has shown cannabis smoke to be less harmful than other smoke-ables. 

Cannabis and tobacco smoke are not equally carcinogenic. - 2005

Association Between Marijuana Exposure and Pulmonary Function Over 20 Years. - 2012

As a result of burning the plant matter you are creating a process known as 'decarboxylization', which is a chemical process transforming the cannabis and terpene compounds into active compounds. Through this process you experience the significant pain relief, mental and physical effects, such as relaxation, hunger, energizing sensations, etc...that cannabis is well-known for.

The cannabis flower is a complex plant and the many compounds in cannabis can make for a near unlimited number of combinations of experiences and effects. If you want to learn more about the cannabis plant see our PLANT 101 section, see what types of cannabis THHC has visit our MENU.
You can always call THHC to talk to someone.

Smoking hash follows the same ideas as about, but hash has several characteristics that set it apart. First, is the potency, hash is a clean and concentrated form of cannabis often using an ice-water extraction process, but has a stronger effect. Second, hash lovers love hash because of its taste. Not to knock the cannabis flower, but the taste of hash can be quiet extrodinary. 

People smoke cannabis for many different reasons, but understand that if you are intrigued by cannabis, but you don't want to smoke there are other forms of cannabis that you can use.

 



Vapourization

Vapourization involves using an electric powered device that blows heated air (process of decarboxylation) through cannabis which releases the therapeutic molecules found in medical cannabis (cannabinoids, terpenoids, flavonoids) in the form of a vapor. That vapour can be inhaled directly into the lungs for quick passage to the circulatory system and then throughout your body where needed. Vapourizers come in both stationary or portable versions.

Reasons for vapourizing are various and mixed.

The advantage to vaporizing is NO COMBUSTION. This means the cannabis is not heated enough to burn thereby avoiding the carcinogens found in all smoke, but still receiving the active cannabinoids & terpenes.

Although even smoking heavy amounts of cannabis daily is not associated with lung cancer, it is best to smoke only when you believe necessary.


suppositories

This topic can be a bit uncomfortable for some people (no pun intended), but cannabis suppositories are healthy medicine for many people.
Yes, putting cannabis up your bum can help you! We have seen it happen time and time again.

Though the science behind cannabis supppositories is limited, the person stories are extrodinary. In fact, when we talk about absorption of cannabis in the body Rectal absorption is around 50% – 70% efficiency, with predictable effects, compared to oral administration which is around 20% efficiency and varies heavily from person to person. What appeals the most to people is that there is limited to NO psycho-active effects (No High?..yup). Cannabis entering the rectum is not processed in the body in the same fashion as oral or sublingual (under the tongue), but some of the pain relief benefits can be the same or similar. For many people this method is a means of taking cannabis for their issues throughout the day without it effecting their day-to-day activities.

Cannabis suppositories can be especially helpful for people with prostate issues (cancer, etc..), and inflammatory bowel symptoms.

If you want to learn more please talk to the staff at the THHC.

In the mean time here are a few links for some extra reading:

http://www.beyondthc.com/more-on-suppositories/

https://cannabisdigest.ca/cannatory/



topicals 

Cannabis topicals can be extremely helpful with sore muscles, back pain, arthritis and many other aches and pains. Aswell, people dealing with psoriasis or eczema or even facial or body burns can greatly benefit from topically applying cannabis.

Cannabis-based topicals:

  • A locally applied to an area of need & ONLY locally effective in the area applied.
  • There is NO associated "high" when using topicals.


oils 

Cannabis oil is probably the most used, sought after, and well-known form of cannabis, well behind the cannabis flower itself! So what are cannabis oils? How do they affect you and why should you use them?

Cannabis oil is most commonly produced through a solvent extraction process, most typically isopropynol or ethanol, via distillation. Through this process a large quantity of flower is needed to make a smaller amount of refined and concentrated oil. Cannabis oils are oftern referred to as 'Full plant profiles' because through the wash/extraction process the solvent is taking a collection of cannabinoids and terpenes, not just a single component. However, their can be several different types of oils dependant on their cannabinoid focus/profile. **for more information please talk to THHC staff and visit our MENU**

Cannabis oils became well-known because of Rick Simpson. Knowledge is important. Here is a video of Rick Simpson making cannabis oil in a really basic way.
** THHC does not reccommend or advise that individuals produce their own cannabis oils.**

Cannabis oils are best known for their use with cancer, pain management, and epilepsy. With epilepsy people commonly use CBD oils (oils high in CBD and low in THC) for reduction of seizure symptoms. There is an abundance of research regarding cannabis and pain management, as well as cannabis and cancer documenting the benefits. People will also use cannabis oils as a sleep aid with great success. Truly, cannabis oils have a wide range of uses and benefits.



tinctures

Tinctures are not new. People have been creating tincture formulations for centuries, but with cannabis the effects can have a really large impact. A cannabis tincture is a combination of cannabis oil(s) and a carrier oil(s), such as grape seed oil, avocado oil, or coconut oil.

What people like about cannabis tinctures:

  • Dosing is easy!
  • The product is discreate & can be carried anywhere.
  • It doesn't make a mess.
  • It's a good way to understand what levels of cannabis you need!

The Herbal-Health Centre formulates our own tinctures in-house using locally sourced lab-tested cannabis oils.

 

 



edibles

Eating cannabis is great if you need serious relief, know your tolerance, and don’t mind waiting for the effects to set in. It is considered a longer-term aid for pain-relief and can be a great sleep-aid, though there are many reasons people might use edibles.

Edibles go in many different forms including the infamous cannabis brownie, popcorn, lollipops, capsules, and more.

Edible dosage is important, and at THHC we produce all our own edibles in-house and ensure consistent dose measurement in each of our edibles.

The psychoactive effects of high THC edibles are different than smoking and effect each person differently, so:

  • START LOW -- start with small amounts
  • GO SLOW -- wait at least one to two hours before taking more—especially if you’ve had a meal recently.

It’s always a good idea to let someone know if you are eating cannabis for the first time and to have a plan for what to do if you overdo it or feel uneasy. Here is some helpful tips:

  1. Hydrate yourself (drink lots of water).
  2. Black Pepper or Fresh Oranges/Orange Juice.
  3. Keep calm and get rest.
  4. Go for a walk.
  5. Take a shower.

Also if you have decided to make your own edibles it's important to know to release the psychoactive effects of cannabis , you must activate the cannabis before eating it.



 

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