Overview of Consumption Methods & Dosing

  • There are many ways to use cannabis. These include inhalation, oral consumption & topical use. Each has its own benefits & drawbacks. The information below is a general guide on consumption methods for cannabis.
  • Smoking, Onset effects in 1-3 minutes, duration 1 to 3 hours.
  • Smoking is the most direct method of inhaling cannabis. Common methods of smoking include pipes, water pipes & cannabis rolled into papers (i.e. a “joint”). (Shop Flower here: Link to Flower & Smoking accessories)
  • Vaporization, Onset of effects in 1-3 minutes, duration of 1 to 3 hours
  • Vaporizing or “vaping” is the medically-preferred method of inhalation. When vaporizing, the cannabis is heated to a point where it forms a pleasing vapor, but not enough to ignite and cause actual smoke. With no combustion, the possible harmful side effects associated with smoking are avoided. Inhalation is a very efficient method of consumption, which makes vaporizing an appealing quick & potent relief. (Shop our vapes here: Link to vaping products)
  • Edible Ingestion, Onset of effects in 20-120 minutes, duration of up to 12 hours.
  • When consuming edibles, it’s advised to start by taking a small dose & wait for up to 30-120 minutes to feel the full onset effects. Edibles can be potent, with effects lasting up to 12 hours or more depending on the potency. Patients should exercise caution as onset time & proper dosage can vary according to an individual’s body chemistry. As a general rule, new consumers of cannabis should start with smaller doses ranging from 2.5-5mg while more experienced users can dose in the 10-20mg range. (Shop our Edibles here: Link to edibles)
  • Tincture Ingestion, Onset of effects in 5-20 minutes, duration of 2 to 4 hours.
  • Cannabis tincture is a potent & effective method of consumption, which is usually placed under the tongue for quick & direct absorption into the bloodstream. This is also done by mixing it with a fruit juice or beverage for a more gradual effect. Tincture is typically administered with a medicine dropper which enables consistently repeated dosing. (Shop our Tinctures here: Link to Tinctures)
  • Topical, 5 to 20 minute onset, duration of 1 to 3 hours.
  • Topicals are applied directly to the affected area (hands, joints, back, etc.) with results evident within 5 to 20 minutes. (Shop our Topicals here: Link to topicals)


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