(Last Updated On: November 23, 2021)

When it comes to the differences in the popularity of the consumable products, there really is no comparison. The number of choices that exist for novice consumers is astounding compared to that of oils or concentrates. You can’t blame newbies for being confused either.

As more countries and states around the world pass legislation surrounding the legalization of cannabis, a number of options for enjoying marijuana as a newbie or as a seasoned consumer have made their way to the market. While there are many factors you’ll need to consider when deciding what kind of cannabis experience will be best-suited for you, selecting your first kind may seem like an intimidating process. If you’re interested in knowing more about cannabis and all of the different ways you can consume it, then check out this consumer guide by The Green Ace of Canada –  one of the top marijuana dispensaries in Canada to help you get started. 

Learning about new products and strains can be overwhelming for any newbie, but some resources out there simplify things and point you in the right direction. Below we’ll cover some of the most common cannabis products to help you get started.

Ways To Use Marijuana

Cannabis can be consumed in a variety of ways. From smoking to vaping, these are the most common products for you to choose from when visiting a dispensary or recreational shop.

Here is a breakdown of the different ways you can consume cannabis. The main methods are smoking, vaporizing and ingesting via edibles.

Smoking

Smoking marijuana comes in three forms: joint, blunt and bong. Simply put, a joint is marijuana rolled in rolling paper, a blunt is marijuana rolled in a tobacco leaf and a bong is a water pipe used to filter smoke through water before it is inhaled. Joints and blunts offer the convenience of discreet, one-handed smoking. They are perfect for on-the-go situations where discretion is a must.

Vaporizing

Vaporizing works by heating the cannabis flower until it releases a vapor which can be inhaled. This allows the user to avoid some of the harmful byproducts produced when burning plant material. Marijuana can be vaporized using an electronic cigarette (e-cig) such as the Pax or Firefly, or with special vaporizers such as the Volcano or Plenty.

Edibles

Edibles are foodstuffs infused with cannabis extract — think pot brownies and gummy bears — that offer psychoactive effects when ingested. These products take longer to kick in than smoking or vaping and sometimes produce delayed effects lasting up to six hours.

Understanding Cannabis Products

Cannabis can be consumed in a variety of ways. From smoking to vaping, these are the most common products for you to choose from when visiting a dispensary or recreational shop.

Dried Flower

Dried flower is perfect for beginners, and provides a range of options for seasoned users. This is the most popular way to enjoy cannabis. It’s the most versatile form of marijuana, and it is suitable for all experience levels. Dried flowers come in many strains, flavors, and strengths.

Concentrates

New users to concentrate products can be intimidated by their appearance, but do not let the looks fool you. Concentrates are highly potent extracts of cannabinoids, such as THC or CBD, that are extracted from either marijuana or hemp. Concentrates come in many forms, such as shatter, wax, crumble, budder and more. .

These are highly potent extracts of cannabinoids, such as THC or CBD, that are extracted from either marijuana or hemp. Concentrates come in many forms, such as shatter, wax, crumble, budder and more.

Edibles/Cannabis Infused Products

One of the newest ways to enjoy marijuana is through edibles and infused products. Edibles come in many forms like baked goods (cookies, brownies), beverages (beer), candies (gummies) and more.

Whether you are looking for a quick, mild buzz or something to soothe your body after a big day at work, edibles are the best option when it comes to consuming marijuana rapidly.

Tinctures

Tinctures are liquid concentrates that are usually dropped under the tongue (sublingually). They can also be mixed with food or drinks. The tincture liquid is made by soaking either the dried flowers, hash, kief or hash oil inside cooking alcohol for a period of time. The alcohol dissolves all of the potent chemicals inside so that the resulting liquid is high potency.

Tinctures are great for those who may not want to smoke or to taste the cannabis flavor.

Takeaway

With so many choices to make and different types of marijuana products available to purchase, it’s easy for newbies to be confused. However, there is a glimmer of hope in all this confusion. Do not let the plethora of choices discourage you; rather, use these tips to create a game plan on how you can purchase your first marijuana product. After that, the only thing that you need to do is read about each product before you buy them. You will then know if they are what you really want.

Hopefully, this article has helped clear up some of the confusion about cannabis products. As you can see, there are a wealth of options for new consumers with a wide range of experiences and preferences. You may find that you enjoy trying different products from each category, or you may find that you enjoy only one or two kinds. Whatever your preference, the best way to know what kind of product you like best is to try out a few and see what works for you.

Written by Kathy Cooley