Cannabis has been gaining popularity over the past several years for its many different benefits and uses. Although many people still associate cannabis with smoking, there are many ways of consuming the plant that don’t involve smoking.

Although it has been proven that smoking weed isn’t nearly as bad for you as we know smoking cigarettes to be, smoke of any kind can still be irritating for the lungs and throat. So, what can you do if you want the effects of cannabis, but you don’t want to smoke it? Luckily there are plenty of ways of consuming cannabis that don’t involve smoking!

It’s important to note that different methods of consuming cannabis will have different effects on the body. For example, while the effects of smoking weed can be felt in as little as a few seconds to a few minutes, the effects from taking an edible can take up to a couple of hours to be felt. It’s important to be informed on the effects, onset time, peak time, and duration before consuming any cannabis product.

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1. Teas

Cannabis tea is becoming a much more popular method of consumption in the weed world. This tea blends cannabis with other common tea leaves like lemongrass, chamomile, and peppermint, to make for a soothing and nutrient-dense beverage.

Like with regular tea, different tea blends will have different effects. They can also contain different amounts of cannabis. For example, this organic CBD tea from Fleurs Tea contains 7mg of hemp CBD.

2. Edibles

The word edibles may make your mind automatically jump to one thing — pot brownies. Whether you’ve heard about them in movies or tried them yourself, pot brownies are the most common type of edible. However, the options for edibles are pretty endless!


Edibles are made by infusing either oil or butter with cannabis. This means that you can make almost any recipe that involves butter or oil into an edible.

Because the edible must be digested, the effects of the cannabis generally take a lot longer to be felt. It’s important to start slow and be patient while you wait so you don’t accidentally consume more than you can handle.

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3. Tinctures

Tinctures are made by steeping the cannabis plant in alcohol to create a concentrate. The tincture comes in a bottle with a dropper, and users are meant to put a few drops under their tongue to let the cannabis absorb. Any remaining liquid can then be swallowed.

Because the cannabis is being absorbed but sublingually and through the digestive system, the effects of this method can be felt both rapidly (because of the sublingual absorption) and later on (because of the digestive absorption).

4. Topicals

While applying cannabis-infused products to the skin topically should not produce a high in the user, the effects of the plant can work in different ways. Creams, lotions, and gels infused with cannabis can be used on the skin to help with dryness, muscle pain, and inflammation.

The effects of topical application of cannabis products will be localized to the area you apply the product.

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