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An L.A. guide to types of cannabis products

Written by: Kyle Rosner

Calling all new-stoners! Have you recently started consuming weed but are still unsure what types of cannabis products will work best for you? You’ve found the right place! In this simple guide, we will cover different types of cannabis products and how each one can be used to alleviate symptoms of medical conditions or to unwind during your time off. 

Different Types of Cannabis Products

Smoking isn’t the only way to consume marijuana products, so if you don’t enjoy the sensation of inhaling smoke, there are still plenty of options for you. Cannabis can be eaten, massaged into your skin, and even added to your favorite drinks. Most people will find that some methods work better than others, depending on their particular physiology. Still, it is worth testing out a variety of products to see what works for you. 

Flower

Cannabis flower – or bud – is the OG way to buy weed and the first type of cannabis product that comes to mind when most people imagine marijuana. Flower refers to the dried and trimmed buds of the cannabis plant and can be smoked, vaporized, or used to create homemade edibles. IF you aren’t a cannabis aficionado just yet, cannabis pre-rolls are a great way to get sparking as all you need to do is light & inhale. 

Some pros of buying flower include: 

  • Tons of strains (we’re talking hundreds).
  • Readily available and convenient.
  • Inexpensive compared to some other types of cannabis products.
  • Fast-acting.
  • Beneficial for pain, anxiety, inflammation, depression, nausea, etc.

Edibles

Edibles are essentially any food product made with cannabis-infused ingredients. However, unlike flower, THC in edibles is previously decarboxylated. So, the THC (and other compounds) are already activated and ready to go. When you eat an edible, your digestive system helps to finish the process of activating the THC, thereby delivering it to your bloodstream and the rest of your body. 

THC edibles from Punch Edibles come in a wide variety of types of flavors, including chocolates, gummy candies, baked goods, and more. Undeniably the most delicious way to enjoy cannabis, some of the pros of edibles include:

  • Easy on the lungs.
  • Approachable for beginners.
  • Ideal for precise dosing.
  • Available in many strengths from microdoses (1-5 mg.) to macrodoses (50+ mg.).
  • Tons of product flavors and varieties.
  • Great for medical marijuana patients looking for relief from chronic pain or discomfort.
  • Delicious.
  • Discrete.

Concentrates

To create cannabis concentrate, the cannabis plant undergoes a long process to remove excess plant matter. Once the refinement process is over, you are left with a sticky, globby concentrate high in THC and other cannabinoids. Concentrates are incredibly potent and can deliver a heavy and sedative high. Commonly consumed in vape cartridges, concentrates are best for experienced users and individuals experiencing chronic conditions. Benefits of cannabis concentrates include: 

  • Longer-lasting highs.
  • Increased relief for pain, anxiety, and inflammation.
  • Little or no smell.
  • High potency.

Vaporizers

Cannabis consumers can use vaporizers to consume both flowers and concentrates. Vaporizers heat the cannabis enough to release the THC (or CBD) in vapor form. Vaping delivers the same immediate results as smoking but with less tar and heat. Vaping can also produce a more potent high since you often use concentrates with vaporizer accessories. Some benefits of THC vapes like the ones from Bloom Brands include: 

  • Controlled combustion of cannabis products.
  • Efficient use of cannabis.
  • Little or no smell.
  • High potency.
  • Long-lasting highs.
  • Many different shapes, sizes, and types.

Tinctures

Cannabis tinctures are liquid marijuana products that can be consumed on their own or added to a beverage or drizzled over your favorite snack/meal. Tinctures can be found for THC, CBD, and delta-8 or a combo of these cannabinoids. Manufacturers like Elevated Wellness make the tincture bases from a flavorless oil or alcohol, then infuse it with flower or concentrate. Most tinctures come in bottles with dropper tops, making it easy to measure precisely how much you want to take at a time. Pros of enjoying cannabis in tincture form include: 

  • Easy on the lungs.
  • Can be added to any food item.
  • Approachable for beginners.
  • Easy to customize the dose.
  • Discrete.
  • Similar to edibles and excellent for chronic or advanced pain or conditions.

Topicals

Topical cannabis products (sometimes called ‘transdermal’) are applied to and absorbed through the skin. Topicals may come in gel, oil, cream, balm, or even patch form and are excellent for treating muscle soreness. Some unique Herbal Hemp Balms you will want to keep an eye out for have other beneficial herbs mixed in for extra relief. 

When applied in larger amounts, topicals can deliver a high similar to other types of cannabis products. Pros of topicals include: 

  • Easy to apply.
  • Good for individuals who prefer to avoid smoking.
  • Good for individuals who suffer from indigestion, food allergies, asthma, etc.
  • Targeted remedy for muscle and joint pain.
  • Discrete.

Final Thoughts

Smoking weed is fun, but it isn’t the only way to enjoy cannabis! Methods of consuming cannabis have evolved over the years. Today’s cannabis connoisseurs get to choose from hundreds of exciting products to find options that suit their needs and lifestyles. No matter who you are, how you live, or what makes you unique, there’s a type of cannabis product for you!

Published: June 02, 2021

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