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If you’re thinking of using cannabis but don’t like lighting up or just want to try something else, there are many alternatives to smoking weed that are just as effective. More people than ever are turning to cannabis for medical reasons, meaning options that don’t involve smoking are relatively common and readily available for people who want to use it recreationally too. These alternatives can come in handy if you’re traveling and don’t want your car to smell like herb, if you’re at a concert where you want to be able to consume discreetly, or if you just feel like switching it up.
Depending on the legal situation of cannabis where you live, some of these options might require a little extra effort. That being said, regardless of your home base, with some creativity, you’ll be able to use cannabis without needing lighters, papers, blunt wraps, or pipes ever again.
The possibilities of cooking alone are infinite, so imagine what’s possible when our favorite herb enters the mix.
From the beloved classic weed brownies to cannabis-infused mushroom stew with pasta, cooking with cannabis can make any dish or treat an infused delight. And it’s never been easier with cannabis cookbooks on the market and machines like the MagicalButter which will infuse your food for you.
If you’re new to cooking with cannabis, your best bet is to start by figuring out how to make the essentials for cannabis cooking. One great place to start is by learning how to make cannabutter, a crucial ingredient for many cannabis-based delights.
While vaping is technically smoking, the recent craze offers a new world of possibilities for people looking for alternatives to smoking weed. Vapes offer smooth, clean hits, and reduce the carcinogen intake that comes with smoking blunts or joints.
Vapes can be used to smoke both CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol)-dominant flower strains. If you live in an illegal state, we recommend a dry herb vaporizer (which can be used with regular dried flower) rather than one that takes concentrates sold at dispensaries.
Tinctures are one of the best options for people who don’t like smoking but want to enjoy the benefits of cannabis daily. Also known as “green dragon” or “gold dragon,” cannabis tinctures are cannabis extracts made with an alcohol base—and they’re not that hard to make at home. They are also incredibly easy to use, fast-acting, and odorless. They’re usually ingested sublingually, but can also be applied to your favorite drinks or meals, too. Tinctures are a much easier way to control dosage, especially in comparison to edibles, among other alternatives to smoking weed.
Experiencing muscle aches and pains? CBD ointments, oils, gels, and other topicals, once applied to the skin, can help create relief for a multitude of irritants that happen throughout the human body—and they can be ordered online. But if you’re looking for something with THC, you can also make many of these products at home with simple ingredients like shea butter and aloe vera.
Cannabis capsules are available with THC and CBD. Much like tinctures, capsules are incredibly convenient for controlling dosage, with different strengths available.
However, be sure to use with caution. Some CBD products contain minuscule amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound in cannabis responsible for creating a psychoactive high. If you expect to take a drug test shortly, results might turn up positive for cannabis use.