What Are the Most Effective Ways to Consume Cannabis?

Did you know that since 2012, Washington, DC and 38 other states have legalized medical marijuana for grownups over the age of 21? If you are just entering the world of cannabis because you have learned about the benefits of marijuana, but are trying to learn more about how to consume it, we are here to help. We have put together this short guide to share some ways to consume cannabis.

Read on to learn your options because smoking is not the only way.


This is a popular way to consume cannabis plants. Nowadays, there are plenty of edible options such as cooking oils, lemonades, brownies, cakes, candies, etc. The key when starting out with edibles is to start with a low dosage and take it slow because it takes a while to feel the effects after intake. 

A reputable dispensary such as will give you their top recommendations when you first start out with edibles. 


This is a concentrated extract that is made by soaking the marijuana leaves or flowers in a solvent. Usually the solvent used is alcohol. People like using tinctures because it is very discreet, and it is easy to take precise dosing thanks to the dropper that tinctures come with.


There are salves, balms, and gels that you can massage directly onto the skin. They can help with muscle aches and to treat pain. Because the bioavailability is a lot lower than ingesting it through the mouth, topicals will not give you any psychotropic effects. 


This would be like taking an aspirin or ibuprofen, but it’s cannabis in the form of a pill or a capsule. When you take pills, you want to make sure you take the correct dosage because this can be very concentrated and potent. 


You can choose small squares of edible paper that dissolve in your mouth when they come in contact with your saliva. You can usually feel the effects fairly quickly because it is dissolving directly in your mouth, vs having to go through your digestive system. 

There are different THC percentages available when choosing dissolvable strips. 


This is similar to birth control patches when you apply the patch to a venous part of your body. Common body parts include the ankle, wrist, or arm. Once you apply it, you wait for your body heat to activate the patch. 

Once the patch is activated, it will release a small amount of the cannabinoid through your skin and straight into your bloodstream. 

Now You Know Effective Ways to Consume Cannabis

As you can see, there are several ways to consume cannabis besides smoking. Now you can make an informed decision on which way you want to try first. We recommend trying each one to figure out what works best for your specific needs. 

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