Cannabis laws are constantly changing and evolving and with it, are the ways that people are consuming cannabis. More and more states are now legalizing cannabis in various forms and as a result, there are more consumption methods to choose from to get you high. This post will explore some of the most popular methods of cannabis consumption from edibles to smoking to vaping. We’ll also discuss the pros and cons of each consumption method so that you can make an informed decision when choosing a method that is right for you.
Smoking accessories come in all shapes and sizes, and one of the more unique varieties is the chillum. Also known as a “chillum pipe”, this type of smoking device is thought to have originated in India, where it was used by sadhus (Hindu holy men). A chillum is simple in design, typically consisting of a straight or curved tube with a bowl on one end and a mouthpiece on the other. Unlike traditional pipes or bongs, there is no through-hole, meaning that smoke must first pass through the herbs before being inhaled. They are made from clay, stone, or glass, and are often very simple in design. DankStop is an online head shop that offers a wide variety of these devices, and you can read more about them here. Though they are not as popular as they once were, they still have their fans and can be a great way to smoke your herb.
Bongs and bubblers
Bongs and bubblers are both handheld water filtration devices used to smoke dry herbs. Bongs are larger in size and consist of a mouthpiece, a bowl for the cannabis, a clutch, neck, and port for the water. To consume, you fill the bong with some water and stack a small number of dry herbs in the bowl. You then need to hold the clutch and burn the dry herbs while inhaling simultaneously inhaling through the mouthpiece. Once the water bubbles and the bong fills with smoke, release the clutch and inhale the smoke. Bubblers on the other hand are a combination of a bong and a spoon pipe. You need to fill the bowl, plug the rush and then light the herb with a flame while inhaling slowly through the mouthpiece. These methods produce combustion which is unhealthy for your lungs and throat however the onset is short and these devices are easy to use.
Dry herb vaporizers
Dry herb vaporizers are battery-powered handheld inhalation devices. This device heats the dry herb at a controlled temperature which produces vapor that is believed to be much healthier than smoke produced by a joint or bong. This device consists of a mouthpiece, chamber, and battery, and to use it simply fill the chamber with a small number of dry herbs, turn the device on, select your desired temperature, inhale and exhale. You then repeat this until the session is over or until you want to stop. The beauty of this device is that you choose your temperature which customizes your experience because each temperature produces a different effect (lower temperatures release more flavor while higher temperatures induce strong bodily effects). Dry herb vaporizers are portable, convenient, and discreet.
Edibles are food and drink products that contain cannabis. You will find a variety of edibles including gummies, brownies, cookies, tea, water, and even alcoholic beverages such as beer or wine. When you consume edibles, they get processed in your digestive system and liver which takes roughly 60 minutes- 2 hours before the effects kick in. Once they eventually kick in, you will enjoy effects that are potent, intense, and last upward of 12 hours. Edibles are popular because of the long duration and potent effects as well as the safety and discretion of this consumption method.
A hand pipe, also known as the “spoon”, is the most common pipe that is used for smoking cannabis. These pipes are small, handheld, and come in a variety of materials including glass, wood, silicone, and acrylic. Hand pipes consist of a bowl that you use to stack your dry herbs into and when you smoke with this device, light the herbs inhaling slowly through the mouthpiece on the opposite end. This device is affordable, portable, and uses a small amount of cannabis per session which will save you money.
Finally, we have dab rigs, which are water filtration devices that are similar in appearance to a bong. The difference is that dab rigs produce vapor and do not use dry herbs, rather cannabis concentrates such as wax or oil. This device also comes with an accessory called a nail that is a vital component in the consumption process. To consume, simply fill the device with some water, place a small amount of concentrate in the bowl, heat the nail with a flame, and then place the nail on the concentrate until vapor appears which you then need to inhale. Dab rigs offer a unique experience and a hit from a dab provides a lot of flavors which is why people love this device.