Choosing Cannabis Consumption Method
Understanding the effects of different methods of consumption is crucial. Whether you're new to cannabis or a seasoned user, it's important to choose what's right for you. No matter what you choose, remember to start low and go slow. Using cannabis can have health risks. Individuals with a history of mental health issues or who are pregnant or breastfeeding should never use cannabis due to the potential for serious health risks.
Cannabis is often rolled into what’s called a joint and smoked like a cigarette, but it can also be smoked through a water pipe called a bong. The effects are felt almost instantly, and last anywhere from 90 minutes to three hours. Keep in mind that just like cigarettes, smoking cannabis can harm your lungs. If you choose to smoke, avoid inhaling deeply or holding your breath to minimize the amount of toxic substances you take into your body.
Perhaps you’ve heard of pot brownies? Cannabis oil can be taken on its own, or mixed into food and drink like cakes, candy and tea. It takes much longer to feel the effects – up to two hours – but they’re much stronger and last longer than smoking or vaping, so it’s important to start small until you know how oils affect you. Go slow and wait at least two hours after your first dose before taking more.
Like e-cigarettes, vaporizers offer a smoke-free way to responsibly enjoy cannabis. Often called “vaping”, it works by heating dried cannabis or cannabis oil without burning, creating a vapour that’s gentler than smoke. The effects of vaping are similar to smoking – felt instantly, they can last up to three hours. It’s still important to moderate your use and avoid mixing cannabis with other drugs or alcohol.
Regardless of how you consume cannabis, it’s always possible to take it too far. Overdose symptoms can include drowsiness, confusion, chest pain, panic attacks or even hallucinations, especially if you have a history of mental illness. Cannabis also impairs your depth perception and reaction time – so don’t drive high. Not only is it dangerous, it’s also illegal.