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Many Americans are familiar with the concept of smoking marijuana, but did you know the many ways to consume cannabis?

Whether you have an interest in the plant’s medical benefits, or you’re simply keen to learn more about how to use marijuana, Remedy has a guide to the many ways you can consume it. While there isn’t just one “best” way to smoke marijuana, modern cannabis consumers may choose which method works best for them.

The Many Ways to Consume Cannabis

Although close to 100 million Americans have access to legal medical or recreational marijuana (and that number only increase everyday), many consumers have limited knowledge of cannabis intake methods. Often, new patients or consumers will have experimented with one or two ways of taking cannabis, but they aren’t particularly educated on the difference between different ways to consume marijuana.

Because the mental and physical benefits you experience from cannabis are primarily dependent on intake methods, it’s important to do research. Talk to a knowledgeable budtender at your local dispensary. Start low and slow, especially when experimenting with a new method of marijuana consumption.

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The Traditional Uses of How to Consume Marijuana

When you hear the word marijuana, you probably conjure up images of somebody smoking a roll-up packed full of green leaf, known as a joint. Or as we call it in today’s market, a preroll. Smoking maintains as a popular means of taking cannabis, but it’s certainly not the only method.

If you choose to smoke marijuana, you can buy loose cannabis, often referred to as weed or hash, or pre-made joints, aka prerolls.

As cannabis flower or a cannabis concentrate is inhaled, the consumer takes in gases laden with cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids where they are delivered to the lungs and absorbed into the bloodstream. When it comes to cannabis two most prevalent types of inhalation intake methods are smoking and vaporization.

Different ways to smoke cannabis

Smoking cannabis in a pipe or pre-roll are some of the more popular ways to consume cannabis. Yet, marijuana smokers still have more than one option.

  • Glass pipes and hand pipe
  • Water pipes
  • Rolling papers or pre-rolls
  • Hookahs
  • One-time use apparatuses made at home


An increasingly popular alternative to smoking, vaping involves using cartridges, which are inserted into a vape pen. Vaping enables you to enjoy the benefits of using marijuana without worrying about some of the risks linked to smoking, for example, respiratory conditions.

It’s also more “sociable” to vape, rather than smoke, and vaping may be permitted in a wider range of settings and environments than smoking.

While traditional ways of taking cannabis can be harsh on the throat and lungs, a vaporizer steadily heats flower and cannabis concentrate (like Live Resin) to a temperature high enough to extract THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids, but too low to release potentially harmful toxins as a result of combustion.

Not only does vape minimize the health risk associated with smoking flower, but it is also more discrete, making it an ideal option for consumers of every experience level.

Oral ingestion

The world of cannabis edibles is a far cry from a drug dealer’s homemade pot brownies.

Today, oral intake methods for cannabis include everything from tinctures and ingestible oils to infused foods, drinks, and even mints. Uniquely, tinctures are essentially an oral topical application administered through the mouth. Because of this, the absorption happens more immediately whereas edibles or drinks aren’t absorbed until after digestion.

Marijuana is a hugely versatile plant, and it contains compounds that have various effects on the body, including THC and CBD. THC gives you the euphoric high while CBD has been proven to offer multiple health benefits.

Oral ingestion may involve eating food that contains cannabis or taking tablets or capsules that contain these specific compounds. You can also ingest marijuana by means of an oil-filled applicator, like an RSO syringe. Applicators can either be inserted directly into the mouth or added to food.

Infused cannabis products

Infused cannabis products are lotions, balms, and oils infused with decarboxylated cannabis. Patients who have sore muscles or suffer from arthritis may apply these products to the skin for relief from muscle pain or inflammation. Because of their dynamic healing capacity and lack of psychoactive effects, cannabis topicals are the go-to Remedy for those seeking the benefits of cannabis without the “high.”

Lotions, balms, and tinctures

In recent years, CBD oil has become a common remedy for a broad spectrum of medical conditions and symptoms. CBD oil is widely available, and it comes in many different forms. Tinctures, as concentrated infusions, are potent and fast-acting. These as well applicators can be taken by placing a couple of drops on the tongue or with food.

Balms and lotions are another popular choice, especially for those who have symptoms such as muscular aches and pains and stress. These infused products start to work shortly after contact with the skin.

How to Use Marijuana or Your Favorite Remedies

Most people are familiar with the consumption method of smoking marijuana. However, as we made clear here, there are actually multiple ways you can consume marijuana. The range of cannabis-based products is becoming increasingly diverse, and there are all kinds of ways you can enjoy the benefits offered by the marijuana plant both for recreational and medical purposes.

How you best use your Remedy is up to you. You may find that some options are more suitable than others based on your individual needs and preferences. Discover the right Remedy for you.