types of use
Cannabis Flowers and Leaves – Commonly referred to as “buds”, the flowers of the cannabis plant contain the highest levels of cannabinoids and terpenes; therefore, they are they contain highest quality medicine of the cannabis plant. Along with the flowers, the buds, can be smoked, vaporized or used to prepare edibles, topicals and concentrates. Dried herb ranges from approximately 4% to 25% active cannabinoids.
Cannabis can be infused into butter or oil for cooking into edible products. Any product containing cannabis that is ingested is considered an edible. This includes items such as cookies, candies, crackers, capsules and tinctures. When dried herb or concentrates are dissolved in oils, alcohols or glycerin they can be used to make edibles. The effects of edibles take at least an hour to set in depending on the members digestion.
When delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is ingested through the digestive tract it is processed through the liver and converted to delta-11-THC. Delta-11-THC has much stronger medicinal effects that can last up to 12 hours.
This is very helpful for members with chronic conditions. It is also very helpful for members needed relief from insomnia or intense pain at night. Edibles can by psychoactive or non-psychoactive depending on what cannabinoids they contain. When an edible has not been heated, the THC-A is still present and the edible will not have psychoactive effects. Tinctures can be administered sublingually, under the tongue for faster reaction time and faster symptom relief.
Hash, Keif, Wax, Oil and Shatter– These concentrated medications are made from the trichomes from the plant matter of the cannabis. The trichomes contain the majority of cannabinoids and terpenes. Concentrates are typically 50% to 95% active cannabinoids. Because they do not contain plant matter, they are a healthier alternative to smoking the dried herb. Concentrates can be smoked or vaporized and be used to prepare edibles and topicals.
Lotions, sprays, soaks and salves are applied to the skin and provide relief of pain and inflammation. Topicals do not cause any psychoactive effects and are easily used by many members. Arthritis and injuries are common reasons members purchase topicals.
This is a new and improved way to receive the fast-acting effects of smoking but without burning the plant matter. Vaporizing extracts the therapeutic ingredients in the plant material at a much lower temperature than required for burning, allowing members to inhale vapor rather than smoke, and producing effects lasting from one to several hours. Each cannabinoid will vaporize at a different temperature changing from a solid cannabinoid form to a vapor cannabinoid that can be inhaled into body, starting at about 215 degrees Fahrenheit. Dried herb or concentrates can be vaporized are a discreet and convenient method. Have you opened a new location, redesigned your shop, or added a new product or service? Don't keep it to yourself, let folks know.
The most traditional form of ingestion is smoking the dried leaves or flowers of the cannabis plant, hash or kief through a rolled cigarette, a pipe, or a water pipe. The effects of smoking are felt within a half hour and last up to four hours. Smoking of dried herb or concentrates is the preferred ingestion technique when a member needs fast acting relief.
TABLETS & CAPSULES
Simply, THC pills are gel caps or capsules that contain some form of THC. These formulations can vary depending on the producer and specific use of the pill. For example, some THC pills contain high levels of CBD, whereas others may contain high levels of terpenes.
Simply put, any food or beverage that is infused with activated cannabis concentrate is considered a cannabis edible. Health Canada differentiates between “edible cannabis solids” (such as chocolates or gummies) and “edible cannabis beverages.”
Cannabis edibles, including beverages, differ from inhaled formats in how the cannabis is activated. When you smoke or vape cannabis, you activate the cannabinoids by decarboxylating (heating) them. Beverages contain cannabis extract in which these compounds have already been activated, meaning they’re ready to consume when needed, without any additional preparation.