Cannabis, hemp, and cannabinoid products all provide varying levels of nutrition based on the method of use and the base qualities of the cannabis strain. There are a few options for consuming cannabinoid products. Some people choose to smoke cannabis or hemp, either through the use of a bong (the water filtration removes some of the carcinogens found when smoking), a bowl (also using water but for smaller doses), a pipe or bubbler (great for traveling or using on-the-go), blunts (think of a marijuana cigar) or the traditional joint (using rolling papers and for the wise smoker – filters). Not keen on smoking?
Other forms of cannabis or hemp use are methods of ingestion such as canna-caps which are pills or capsules containing a predictable dose of marijuana, often suspended in oil. They are a great option for anyone with respiratory issues, they are discreet, and they create no smoke or smell. Tinctures are perfect for sublingual (under the tongue) administration, which provides a slower uptake than smoking, though quicker than traditional edibles. Edibles are pretty much any food item that contains cannabis, and come in a variety of forms (see below). In order for the cannabis to become edible, however, the cannabis will need to go through a process called decarboxylation. Decarboxylation or “decarbing” is a heat-activated process that allows for better dosing, efficacy, potency, and allows the brain’s receptors to actually access the compounds within the cannabis or hemp that we need.