If you have recently decided to try cannabis, then you need to think about how you would like to consume this product. There are many different ways to take cannabis and cannabis-based products, and every option has its own unique pros and cons.

Smoking

Throughout the world, smoking is the most popular way to consume cannabis. The single biggest benefit of smoking cannabis is the fact that the active compounds reach the central nervous system almost immediately. Unfortunately, you might also inhale some toxins if you decide to smoke a pipe or joint. That being said, more research needs to be done on this subject, and many experts believe that the toxins are nothing more than mild irritants. This heavily depends on where your compound comes from and whether or not it was put together correctly. Therefore, it is important that you get it from a reputable dealer.

Vaping

Vaping has exploded in popularity in recent years, and thousands of companies are now selling cutting-edge vaping products. When you vape cannabis, you are essentially turning a cannabis-based liquid into a vapor cloud that you can inhale. The cannabinoids will get to your central nervous system in a matter of seconds, but the effects could wear off within a very short period of time. Vaping cartridges come in a wide variety of flavors as well, and many people enjoy trying out products that have been infused with different fruits and berries. While vaping has been considered safer than smoking, there is always an inherent danger to your lungs when breathing anything other than oxygen.

Edibles

Edibles are a great option for anyone who would like to avoid smoking and vaping. The biggest drawback of edibles is the amount of time that it takes for the active compounds to kick in. Depending on your age and metabolism, you might not notice any changes for well over two hours. Those who have never consumed edibles must always start off with very small doses. If you don’t notice any effects after two or three hours, then you can try a slightly larger dose. It is important that you not eat cannabis-containing edibles alone for your first time, however, as your cognitive abilities will likely be affected. Therefore, your ability to accurately measure your dosage may be impaired.

Topical

Many recreational cannabis dispensaries are now offering topical cannabis products to their clientele. Instead of smoking or ingesting your cannabis, you can actually rub it into your skin. Those products often contain large amounts of CBD, and that compound has been shown to reduce inflammation and discomfort. Topical cannabis products take quite some time to kick in as well, but they are very discreet and don’t have much of an impact on your cognitive abilities.

Whenever you try out a new method for consuming cannabis, you should always start off slow. Once you know how your body reacts to those various methods, you can then increase or alter the dosages. It is important that you have someone with you to make sure that you aren’t overwhelming your system while your cognitive abilities have been altered.