SATIVA, INDICA, HYBRID
Sativa vs. Indica
When it comes to knowing the difference between different types of cannabis, there are two main classifications. These two types are popularly known as Cannabis Sativa and Cannabis Indica. Indica and sativa plants are commonly believed to have different effects on their user.
There are a wide range of cannabis strains in between indica and sativa. These strains are known as Hybrids.
The most traditional form is smoking the dried flowers or leaves of the cannabis plant. Hash and kief are also consumed this way. Cannabis can be smoked through a pipe, rolled into a joint, smoked using a water pipe or vaporized. For most consumers, the effects of smoking dried cannabis are felt almost immediately (5-20 minutes), but soon begin to diminish (15-45mins). Depending on the individual and the THC content of the cannabis strain, effects wear off almost completely within 90 minutes to 4 hours.
Cannabis can be infused into butter or oil that is then cooked into food. Edibles, as they are typically called, usually take longer to take effect than other methods, often 45mins to 2 hours. Doses can be difficult to judge, so it is recommended to eat only small portions of edible cannabis at a time, and wait at least 1 hour to assess its effects so you do not ingest too much. Edibles will kick in significantly faster if eaten on an empty stomach. In general, the effects from eating cannabis last much longer than other consumption methods, often up to 4-6 hours, and then slowly begin to wear off. Many consumers report that this method provides more of a relaxing body effect than the cerebral high that is often accompanied with vaporizing and smoking.
MARIJUANA OIL CONCENTRATES
Also known as BHO, dabs, co2, or concentrate oil is an extremely potent form of THC, the psychoactive element in marijuana. While regular marijuana might contain 15%-25% THC, marijuana oil concentrate may contain 70%-90% THC. Marijuana oil can be infused into edibles and ingested or vaporized with the use of a vaporizing device.
Marijuana infused topcials include lotions, salves, balms, sprays, oils, and creams. However, unlike other forms of ingesting marijuana, topicals are completely non-psychoactive. They will not get you high at all.
A vaporizer is a device that is able to extract the THC from dry herb and/or marijuana oil, at a much lower temperature than required for burning. This allows consumers to inhale the active ingredients as a vapor instead of smoke, and spares them the irritating and harmful effects of smoking. Consumers who are used to “smoking” marijuana may not feel like they are “getting anything” at first because it does not “burn” the throat. It is advised to use caution and wait a few minutes to feel the full effects.
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