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Ways to Consume Cannabis

Cannabis is an incredibly versatile plant. And although smoking flower remains the most popular consumption method, there are plenty of other options for those who don’t want or like to smoke.

With raw flower alone, you can smoke, vape, or make edibles. But, as your buds, we want you to know that the consumption methods don’t stop there. Check out the different consumption methods below to find one that’s right for you. And stop by anytime to learn more – our budtenders are always ready to help.

This plant just keeps on giving.


Flower is ground up and smoked by combustion (fire) through rolling papers, blunt wraps, pipes, bongs, chillums (one-hitters), and vaporizers.

  • Pros: Easy, standard method, cheap, portable, immediate effects.
  • Cons: Not a discreet consumption method. When cannabis is smoked, carbon is burned. Smoking is not recommended by health officials, especially for those with respiratory or health concerns.

Onset: 1-10 minutes with effects lasting between 30-90 minutes for most individuals. It depends on your tolerance, the amount of THC in the flower, and how much you smoke.


Flower is ground up and packed into the vaporizer chamber where it’s electronically heated by convection (forced hot air) or conduction (direct heat through contact). There are many types of flower vapes, such as The Mighty or The Crafty by Storz & Bickel, Zeus GT, or PAX. You can also buy disposable or rechargeable vapes that are pre-loaded with a cannabis concentrate. Some experts recommend vaping over smoking because it imparts immediate effects but doesn’t agitate the lungs as much as smoking. But, of course, inhaling any product has its risks. It also helps to conserve your product as a little goes a long way.  

  • Pros: Easy, cheap, discreet, portable, immediate effects, allows the flavors of the flower to be more clearly tasted.
  • Cons: Arguably a lesser high than smoking.

Onset: 1-10 minutes with effects lasting between 30-90 minutes for most individuals. It depends on your tolerance, the amount of THC in the flower or concentrate, and how much you vape.


Flower is first decarboxylated (activated by heat). It’s then cooked into fat, like butter, to transfer the activated THC or CBD into edible form. Edible forms include gummies, candies, cookies, brownies, etc. You can also consider tinctures, capsules, and beverages edibles since they’re routed through the digestive system.

  • Pros: Easy, convenient, discreet, full-body effects, the best method for customers not interested in inhaling cannabis. 
  • Cons: Slow onset of effects, and they’re long-lasting. Can produce an almost hallucinogenic high when over-consumed.
  • Onset: 30-90 minutes with effects lasting anywhere from 4-12 hours for most individuals. It depends on your tolerance and the amount of THC in your dose. Remember to start with a low dosage and go slow. And if you have questions be sure to ask our knowledgeable budtenders.

Topicals are applied and absorbed through the skin, providing localized relief. They work to ease discomfort and relieve tension in the body, making them an effective option for treating targeted aches and pains. Topicals don’t impart a high, so they’re perfect for those looking for relief without intoxication.

  • Pros: Targeted relief, easy to use, no scent, discreet, non-intoxicating.
  • Cons: Inconsistent onset time. May contain perfumes not suitable for some. 

Onset: 5 minutes to 1 hour with effects lasting anywhere from 2-10 hours for some individuals. It depends on the area applied, how much was applied, and what product was used.


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