Now that we know more about cannabis, strains, terpenes, how THC and CBD complement each other and have decided that cannabis is right for us, the next step is choosing how we want to take it.

The old days of rolling a joint as the sole option for taking cannabis is over. Today, there are many other options, including the tried and true method of rolling. The following is a list of some favorable options for using cannabis and a tip of the iceberg explanation of each.

Flowers (also called “bud”): This is the harvested part of the female cannabis plant, widely used, and recognized for its abundance of THC, cannabinoids, and terpenes; 20% – 30% THC. Smoke it, vape it or find it in concentrates and edibles. The loose flower comes in clumps and nuggets and is sold in 1-gram and 3.5-gram packages. Pre-rolls are smoked and are sold as singles or packages.

Store cannabis flowers in a container with an airtight seal (a Mason jar is a good option) and find a dark cool place to hide it away. Cannabis flowers must avoid exposure to light, heat, and air to prolong the shelf life. Shelf life is arguable. The theory is that a flower’s THC content will decrease gradually; about 15% after the first year and another 10% per year after that.


Flower Paraphernalia Breakdown:

Joints do not require accessories, require little prep work (grinding the flower and assembling) and are low in cost.

Pre-Rolls is a ground flower that is wrapped in rolling paper and smoked. Mostly chosen for convenience, the pre-roll saves you time and is a perfect choice for anyone with physical limitations due to arthritis, carpal tunnel or dexterity issues. Pre-Rolls are surprisingly budget-friendly.

Blunts are like a cigar, made with cigar paper and can hold more cannabis than an average joint. The tobacco leaf contributes to an enjoyable psychoactive experience.

Pipes are easily transportable and ready to go.

Bongs are essentially large water pipes that use water and ice as a method of filtration. Some smokers enjoy the ritual of bong-smoking and some claim it is cleaner than an unfiltered joint.

What are Edibles?
Edibles come from concentrated THC, can also contain CBD and can be found in any food or beverage product. Edibles are a perfect choice for anyone struggling with respiratory health issues, the effects last longer than other methods and can be rather tasty! 

Edibles can be consumed from baked goods, candy, protein choices such as beef jerky, cooking oil, coffee, sprinkled on salads, and from almost anything you’re eating.

Although edibles take between 30 minutes to two hours to experience the effects, the enjoyment lasts for several hours. Knowing how much to take comes with experience. It is helpful to know that 8-10 mg of THC is deemed a standard dose for beginners. 


“Marijuana doesn’t have a high potential for abuse, and there are very legitimate medical applications. In fact, sometimes marijuana is the only thing that works…”

-Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Neurosurgeon
Concentrate Breakdown:

Concentrates: come from extracting THC and other cannabinoids from the cannabis plant and turning it into oil, powder, hash, and tinctures. Concentrate products contain up to three times THC than flowers, approximately 60%-90%.

Concentrates are beneficial to people who suffer from chronic pain because they offer quick relief, and the benefits of THC can be enjoyed without the inconvenience of smoking more flowers as tolerance levels rise.

CO2 Oil is developed by using a non-toxic, medical-grade solvent and carbon dioxide and pressure to extract terpenes and cannabinoids from the cannabis flower. The oil can then be vaporized in a vape pen or by other methods.

Butane Hash Oil (BHO) is designed for dabbing. Using butane, cannabinoids are removed from the cannabis plant. The wax-like result can then be dabbed on the skin for the relief of chronic pain. BHO contains up to 90% THC.

Kief is a cannabis plant resin glands that are found at the bottom of four-chamber grinders. It is a powdery substance where most of the cannabinoids and terpenes are found. It is sprinkled onto the cannabis flower for an “enhanced” experience.

Hash is considered an ancient form of cannabis concentrate. It is actually a compressed kief that is formed into bricks. It can be vaped, dabbed, smoked, ingested through edibles or heated to blend into butter and oils.

Rick Simpson Oil is named after the man himself, Rick Simpson. He created a cannabis oil to treat his own skin cancer. His method was to soak cannabis in isopropyl alcohol (to entice out useful compounds) and allow the solvent to evaporate. The tar-like liquid concentrate is ready for consumption or to apply topically to the skin. 

Vaporizer Paraphernalia Breakdown:
Vaporizers (Vapes) is different than smoking because although it is a heating device, it doesn’t heat cannabis to combustion. Vape devices are temperature controlled in an effort to release the right quantity of cannabinoids and terpenes into a vapor that can safely be inhaled. Flowers, Cannabis oil, wax, and concentrates can be vaped.

Vaporizers are used for inhaling the vapor. Flowers are heated to a specific temperature that releases cannabinoids and terpenes into vapor. It is a way to inhale without smoke-based carcinogens entering the lungs.

Desktop Vaporizers have powerful heating systems, internal fans and are designed to be used at home. It is usually required to plug into an electrical socket. The forced-air model uses the internal fan to push vapor from the heating chamber. Most users attach a balloon to the system, in order to trap the vapor before consuming it. The whip-only model (less expensive) does not have an internal fan and therefore requires the user to inhale the vapor through a hose that attaches to the heating chamber.

Portable Dry Herb Vaporizers use ground flowers, and sometimes other products. The flavors and aromas of the dried flowers and/or herbs are enjoyed instantly after they are heated in order to create a vapor (gas) that can be vaped.

Vape Pens are small portable vaporizers. They allow the user to carry them easily and discreetly. Disposable cartridge pens have two parts; the pen and the battery. The idea is that any compatible cartridge can attach to your pen, giving you options of various cannabis strains to enjoy. Refillable Cartridge Pens have a refillable tank, allowing the option for your choice of cannabis oil. Simply clean out the tank and add oil. Disposable Vape Pens are pre-loaded and ready to use. If choosing a Vape Pen, it is good to experiment with temperature to find what works for you.


Different forms of Tinctures methods of consumption involve capsule, rub balm, lotion or oil drops.

Tinctures are used similar to essential oils. They are extracted oils that come packaged in small bottles with droppers. Each tincture is unique in flavor, effects, and dosing. Each bottle offers extensive information regarding medical conditions, flavor, effect, activities and when to take the product. It is easy to find the right blend for any specific need.

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