If you're interested in trying cannabis therapy- or just want to enjoy it recreationally- it's important to note that there are several methods of consumption. Here's some background on a variety of alternative methods, to help you determine which one is right for you.
Smoking: Effects usually take place a few minutes after inhaling, and last 2-3 hours. Compounds like CBD and THC are absorbed by the lungs and into the bloodstream, and is effective for treating symptoms quickly.
Vaporizing: Vaporizing has the same effects as smoking, but is a healthier alternative since the active ingredients are inhaled as a vapor instead of smoke.
Tinctures: Tinctures are herbal remedies where active ingredients are dissolved in alcohol or another solvent, and work similarly to edibles.
Sublingual Sprays: Made from cannabis extracts possibly mixed with another substance like coconut oil, the concentrate is sprayed under the tongue. Effects take place quickly, usually with 10-15 minutes.
Edibles: Food or snacks are prepared using cannabis infused oil, and effects last far longer than inhaled cannabis- usually 4-6 hours. However, consuming the proper amount can be tricky, as effects don't usually set in for 60-90 minutes. It's recommended to consume a small amount first, and wait at least an hour before having more.
Capsules and Gel Caps: Cannabis oil can also be taken in the form of a capsule or gel cap, similar to a vitamin. The effects and duration are comparable to edibles.
Cannabis Teas: Cannabis teas contain high amounts of CBDA and THCA, which are the raw "acid" forms of CBD and THC, because temperatures aren't high enough to transform them into CBD and THC. Teas are not inebriating, and there isn't much research regarding the benefits of CBDA and THCA. However, they do seem to have impressive therapeutic properties.
Juices: Raw cannabis juices are similar to teas in that they also contain CBDA and THCA instead of CBD and THC, due to low temperatures.
Topicals and Salves: Tinctures and oils can be infused in topical treatments like lotions and balms, and are then applied to the skin. They are not inebriating, and can be effective in treating pain, inflammation, skin conditions, and infections.
Cannabis Oil Extracts: Oil extracts can be taken orally or applied topically, and can also be used for cooking or vaporizing. CBD and THC are present in high amounts, and effects and duration depend on how the oil is administered.
Source: The Fresh Toast