Smoking, Vaping, Edibles & Tinctures: How to Find Your Flow
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Smoking, Vaping, Edibles & Tinctures: How to Find Your Flow

Finally explained those Ratios and what a Vape is

La Haute Staff Writer | March 14, 2019

“I don’t trust anybody who didn’t inhale.” — Peter Fonda

What’s the safest way to make my brain and body feel better? People who are new to cannabis usually come to it with some version of this question. You might want to maximize the benefits and minimize the side effects, or you might be looking for a happy high that doesn’t make you fall asleep. There’s no shortage of ways to consume cannabis, and with a little experimentation, it’s easy (and fun) to find the right fit.

Vape pens (left) are the new-school way to consume cannabis oil.
Joints (right) are the old-school choice for people who prefer to grind, roll and smoke their herb.

Smoking Versus Vaping

Smoking provides immediate effects, so you can assess how much you need as you go.  You can also start and stop whenever you want to balance your high. To smoke, you can roll flowers inside of papers, purchase pre-rolled joints, or use a pipe. The downside, of course, is that smoking anything (even if it’s all-natural) can be hard on your lungs. People who smoke usually do so because they love the flavor and the ritual.

Vaping also provides immediate effects, but you’re not inhaling smoke. When you vape, you’re inhaling the plant’s oil. Most vapes don’t indicate the strain or percentage of THC, but will indicate the amount in milligrams (mg) and the type of cannabis (indica, sativa, or a blend). CBD-only vapes contain so little THC that its effects are negligible. You can control your dose by reading the label to understand how many milligrams you’re inhaling with each draw.

Before 1937, when laws banned cannabis in the US, most major pharmaceutical companies sold cannabis tinctures to treat epilepsy, migraines, and mental illness.

Edibles, Tinctures & Beyond

Edibles and tinctures deliver controlled dosages of THC and/or CBD, plus they come in delicious packages like chocolates, mints or tonics. These flavors can help to mask the strong smell and taste of cannabis, so they’re great for people who want an alternative to smoking or vaping.

Most edibles and tinctures are labeled with THC and/or CBD in milligrams (mg). Sellers don’t usually distinguish the strain (whether sativa, indica or a blend) but some do. THC edibles and tinctures have mind-altering effects; CBD edibles and tinctures generally don’t. Blends have the effects of both, in varying amounts.

THC and CBD interact in a product to produce different effects. THC blends will always produce a less pronounced high than a THC-only edible or tincture. Pay attention to product labels, so you can learn what you like.

Note that even with CBD-only products, all the same rules apply—take a small amount to start, and wait to see how your body reacts before gradually increasing your dosage.

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