Cannabis legalization is opening up exciting new opportunities for Canadians — edibles, cannabis-infused beverages, topicals and concentrates are entering the legal space. It's time to de-stigmatize these new methods of consumption. Here's everything you need to know:
Edibles & Beverages
Have you been looking forward to the most delicious way to consume, but don't know where to start? If it is your first time taking an edible, you should know THC and CBD consumed via edible takes longer (approximately 30-90 minutes) for the body to break down. It's important to be cautious and patient with your dosage to avoid overconsumption. The effects of cannabis vary from person to person, so start with a low dosage and see how you feel.
THC and CBD infused edibles will be available in candy, like chocolate or gummies. Cannabis-infused beverages like water and flavoured drinks as an alternative to alcohol will also be entering the market.
Cannabis enthusiasts looking for the most potent and fast-acting high may be interested in concentrates. These products are derived by mechanically processing (as opposed to an 'extract' which removes them using a solvent) cannabinoids (THC and CBD) into a concentrated form. These options are recommended for seasoned users that can handle a bit of a kick. Concentrates come in the form of hash, wax, shatter, live resin, rosin, and crystalline.
If you're feeling daunted by this list of concentrates, have no fear. Convenient disposable vape pens will enter the Canadian market later this year, which are sure to take the guesswork out of concentrate consumption with the click of a button. Vape pens will offer different strains in easy-to-use cartridges. Concentrates can also be consumed with a dab rig or sprinkled inside a good ol' fashioned joint.
These are THC and CBD infused liquids that can be taken in drops sublingually, or taken with food. People prefer using tinctures because of the low-calorie count compared to taking an edible. They can be made super flavourful and can be added to food recipes, including juices, ice creams, gelatin, soups, gravy and salad dressing — to name a few. Want to take your tincture by itself? These infused oils will soon be available in a variety of flavours to accommodate our taste-buds. Tincture users can expect to feel the effects after 15 minutes, with a peak high occurring around 90 minutes after consumption. Be patient when dosing, as a tincture high will typically last longer than an inhalation high.
If you'd rather not ingest cannabinoids, you've got a variety of topical options to choose from. Cannabis-infused ointments, oils, lotions, sprays, and even makeup will be available for you to try. Topicals don't cause psychoactive effects that would typically occur through other modes of consumption.
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