In recent years, cannabis has become more accepted than ever before. Thanks to legalization efforts worldwide and greater plant acceptance, people have started recognizing its many benefits. With this increased acceptance has come various new ways to consume it.
But how exactly do these methods work? Let’s take a closer look at the most popular cannabis consumption methods and explores their scientific underpinnings.
Bongs as Cannabis Consumption Devices
A bong is a cannabis consumption device that resembles a scientific beaker. It is made up of several parts, including the body, mouthpiece and bowl. When ground cannabis is placed inside the bowl and set alight using a combustion method, the resulting smoke passes through water held within the bong and then into the lungs of the user who has their mouth over the mouthpiece.
The most critical aspect of a bong is the water it holds and uses for filtration. The water does two jobs: it filters out tar and ash, and it cools the smoke before it reaches the user’s lungs. This makes for a smoother hit with no burning sensation in the throat. Some accessories can be used to increase the smoothness of smoking from a bong, including chillums and straight tubes.
How Dry Herb Vaporizers Work
One of the most popular marijuana consumption methods on the market today is the dry herb vaporizer. A key benefit of dry herb vaporizers is that they are portable and produce no harmful carcinogens or toxins, as the cannabis is heated without burning.
Most dry herb vaporizers you’ll find at MagicVaporizers consist of the herb chamber where the cannabis is placed, a battery to power the device, an interface that allows users to select a temperature, and a mouthpiece.
Once cannabis is placed in the chamber, the user selects a temperature and begins vaping. Depending on the device—it might be a convection vaporizer or a conduction vaporizer—the vaporizer may use hot air or direct contact to heat the cannabis.
How Dab Rigs Work
Another popular cannabis consumption method is the dab rig. When looking at it for the first time, you might think it was a bong. Dab rigs operate similarly to bongs, and are constructed in a very similar way. Dab rigs consist of parts such as the downstream, a nail, a base, a mouthpiece, and a glass dome.
Using a dab rig is fairly simple; the nail needs to be heated up by a torch, and the concentrate should be placed on the nail using a dabber or wand.
Then the user simply inhales the vapor that is created. In addition to concentrating, shatter or wax can also be used. Dab rigs have become popular since they allow users to consume a lot of THC content, without needing to consume tons of cannabis.
How Edibles Work
The last popular method of cannabis use on this list is eating edibles. As the name implies, the user must eat the product. Edibles can also take the form of beverages. In both cases, it is a food or drink that has been laced with THC, allowing the user to consume large amounts of THC.
Edibles are one of the most effective ways to consume cannabis due to the way cannabis is absorbed by the body.
When smoked, THC enters the lungs and from there travels directly to the bloodstream and brain. However, when THC is eaten, it must first enter the gastrointestinal tract.
The THC is then metabolized and absorbed before entering the liver, where it is metabolized and absorbed again. Since this pathway is longer, the body can absorb even more cannabinoids before they enter the bloodstream.
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