Consumption Methods

Vaporization (vaping) The vaporization of cannabis concentrates employs electricity to provide enough heat to release cannabinoids without the carcinogens that result from combustion. As a result, odors and secondhand smoke are significantly reduced (if not altogether eliminated) depending on the vaporizer in use. This makes for a highly portable, efficient option adaptable to most forms of cannabis concentrates, typically oil and wax.

ORAL CONSUMPTION METHODS

Tinctures (liquid drops) and lozenges produce the most rapid effects onset. Placing a few drops under the tongue or dissolving a lozenge in the mouth avoids digestion, thus the cannabinoids immediately seep into the bloodstream through the gums.

Tinctures (liquid drops) feature the most rapid effects onset, as taking a few drops under the tongue avoids digestion and immediately seeps into the bloodstream through the gums. Because alcohol (ethanol) is the most common extraction (production) method for tinctures, conversations about tinctures often include the word “proof” (alcohol content) the way discussion about alcoholic beverages does.

TOPICAL USE METHODS

Simply put, this method involves a thick oil containing active cannabinoids applied to the skin for localized external effects. Topical medicines don’t result in any of the psychoactive or peripheral effects that vaping or oral consumption methods provide. Topical products include lotions, pain salves and transdermal patches, which can lead to cannabinoid bloodstream absorption the same way nicotine patches do.