Sure, the most common way to use cannabis is to smoke it, whether that be in a joint, a blunt, a bong or some other type of delivery method. There are far more ways to consume the herb, however, and not all of them have to do with getting the psychoactive effects.
One of the easiest ways to consume cannabis is to make it into something you can eat. There are various ways to do this, some of which can impart just the flavor and others which can bring about the high associated with the plant. When cooking with marijuana, you want to combine it with some sort of fat, as it isn’t easily soluble in water. The most common of these are butter and cooking oil. The former can be used for baking, while the latter might be used for cooking.
Either way, the effects transfer well, it just takes a little know-how regarding how to most effectively create the stuff. Using specific cannabinoids can work, as well as simply using parts of the plant to cook down into your medium before straining them out.
A tincture is when something is dissolved into an alcohol and used for another purpose. This is done with marijuana in order to gain the effects of cannabis without having to actually smoke it. They’ll typically come with a dropper of some sort, allowing you to easily put some under your tongue for quick absorption.
This process allows for multiple uses of the plant, perhaps breaking down to just the THC or CBD points, allowing you to either get really high or avoid getting high at all, instead using it for its medicinal effects.
Cannabis can be broken down and put into capsules which can be ingested. This is a great way to take it for those who want to be more discreet. The capsules, however, tend to be quite potent, so that’s something to keep in mind if you decide to give this route a go.
Since cannabis isn’t water soluble, infusing it into drinks isn’t the easiest of processes, but it’s entirely possible. You can’t expect to load it up in a tea bag and boil it to working, but when combined with other items, it can be effect.
For instance, you can use a cannabis-infused butter or some other form of dairy to make a latte-style drink. You can also make a tea, then add a tincture to it, providing you with the effects of cannabis in a roundabout way.
Sprays and Salves
For medicinal purposes, you can use the same method of making a tincture or butter in order to create topical products. These have been used for decades, long before cannabis was made illegal, in folk medicines. Creating a spray by soaking cannabis in alcohol, then spraying that onto sore parts of your body can help relieve soreness and pain without the psychoactive side effects.
You can also combine this with something like an ointment, perhaps mixed with other helpful substances such as tea tree oil, which can be rubbed on aching parts of your body for some relief.