There are many ways to consume cannabis. Some people like to smoke it, others make edibles with the plant, and there’s even a way to vaporize marijuana instead of smoking it! The method you choose will largely depend on what your needs are. For example, if you’re looking for an immediate high that can last up to two hours, smoking is best for you. If you want something more long-lasting but don’t like the feeling of being high all day or night, vaporizing may be better suited for your lifestyle. Whatever choice you decide on though, remember that consuming any form of cannabis responsibly is important so always know what dosage works best for your body type before consumption. Today, there are numerous ways to consume cannabis, which we will cover below.

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Topicals and Tinctures

Topicals and tinctures can be bought just about anywhere nowadays. It is easy, discreet, and, most importantly, accessible. This method usually refers to substances you can lather and put on the skin like lotions and transdermal patches. Both of these methods are non-smokables; tinctures are herb-based and mixed with alcohol to make the solution while topicals are made by infusing cannabis into everyday topicals such as lotion. Tinctures take effect after 15 last up to three hours and topicals have instantaneous effects that can stay up to 4-6 hours. They are both portables making them convenient for emergency use. Depending on the purpose, they can be shared with others but only if needed.

Bongs and Bubblers

Much to no one’s surprise, bongs and bubblers turned up on the list. Bongs, like those available at online marijuana accessory stores such as Molino Glass, and bubblers work by placing a set amount of weed inside of the bong and letting it combust as you inhale the smoke along with the water vapor but it is believed that bubblers have a more purifying effect. The effects start between 2-10 minutes and it stays active for 1-3 hours. Bubblers are smaller and more portable than bongs. They are convenient in the sense that they are better for the lungs. Usually, they are for single-person use only.


As the suggests, products under edibles are available for oral consumption. Typically, these come in the form of food like gummies or brownies, which are infused with either Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) like in THC-O gummies, psychoactive, or Cannabidiol (CBD), non-psychoactive. It takes about 30 minutes to a full hour for the effects to set off. Edibles last somewhere between six up to eight hours depending on the dosage, and usually, it usually peaks after three hours of consumption. This method is also discreet and portable because you can take food anywhere and no one has to know. It’s convenient but make sure you schedule your intake to prepare for the worst. This can be for individual consumption and party sharing.

Dab Rigs

Dab rigs, also known as wax rigs or oil rigs can be mistaken for a bong if you’ve never smoked before. The primary difference between dab rigs and bongs is you heat a nail in a dab rig while you deal fire when using a bong. They are filtration devices that provide better flavor and even better consistency of vapor. While there is no exact time of when its effects set off, it is known that taking a hit off of a dab rig will let you feel the effects instantaneously. The effects can take anywhere between 1-3 hours and 8-10 hours depending on the concentration you put in. Dab rigs aren’t as portable because they are usually made out of glass. It isn’t as convenient too as it takes time to heat the nail but if you’re looking to get high then you have to wait. This is okay for single or group sharing.

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Dry Herb Vaporizers

Have you ever imagined vaping weed? Lucky for you, it has been imagined by other people as well and that’s where dry herb vaporizers came into fruition. This method uses vaporization where you heat substances without setting them on fire and inhale the smoke— kind of like dab rigs. This is an alternative to smoking that lets you experience the effects of weed without the harmful smoke. You can expect the effects after 2-10 minutes of using this method and can last between 1-3 hours. This product can be portable if you buy the correct type. It can also be convenient if you buy multi-purpose ones. It is better for single-person use.


The cannabis market is constantly expanding, and with that expansion comes the discovery of new methods of consumption. If you’re interested in experimenting with cannabis, the first step is to ascertain whether it is legal in your jurisdiction. Cannabis has a range of short- and long-term effects, some of which are beneficial, while others are detrimental so never forget that anything is acceptable as long as it is done in moderation.