Aside from ingesting, inhaling and vaporizing are also common ways to consume cannabis. All these methods involve heating the plant to decarboxylate its psychoactive component, which is commonly found in the form of THC. Salves and absorption through skin are also becoming more prevalent in medical uses.
Smoked cannabis can be done with various types of pipes, blunts, and joints.
Different methods have been used to prepare and use cannabis. In some cases, the plant was prepared before consumption, while in others, the smoke was inhaled. Early times, a pile of cannabis was simply burned to release the smoke.
A vaporizer heats up herbal cannabis to 157–210 C, which releases the active ingredients into a gas without burning the plant. It releases a lower proportion of toxic chemicals than does smoking. A study using a Volcano vaporizer showed no toxins in the vapor.
A pocket-sized vaporizer is a device that fits in a pocket. It’s generally built from wood, and it features a removable cover. Usually, these devices are only used for liquids.
Although it can be ingested, herbal cannabis must be heated or dehydrated to cause its metabolites to decarboxylate. This process is important to consider when choosing a form of cannabinoid.
Raw or mixed with water, hashish can be absorbed more efficiently into the bloodstream through the use of concentrated butter or ethanol. In most cases, hashish is eaten raw or mixed with water. Chocolates, brownies, and other edible products are also popular.
All of the active components of cannabis enter the body when consumed orally. Although the main psychoactive component of the drug, -9-THC, is converted into the more potent 11-hydroxy-THC, the effects of ingesting can be difficult to replicate through inhalation.
A bhang lassi is a type of cannabis-infused drink that can be made using the material left over from making high-proof spirits.
Although THC is only slightly water soluble, enough can be dissolved to make tea with a mildly psychoactive effect. This herb can also be used to make liquid edibles.
Traditional Indian drinks, such as Bhang lassi and Bhang thandai, can be prepared with bhang instead of cannabis. This removes the issue of THC getting into the food.
In 1991, researchers Levitz and Diamond suggested baking marijuana in a home oven at 150 degrees Celsius for five minutes before consumption. However, they did not kill the conidia of the fungus Aspergillus fumigatus and A. flavus.