With recreational and medicinal cannabis full steam ahead here in Nevada, more and more people are showing an interest. Many of those people also have no idea how to get started, but they do know they aren’t interested in smoking. And that’s fair. The truth is, there are more health-conscious ways to enjoy the benefits of cannabis. Here are four ways to try cannabis if smoking isn’t your thing.
Vaporizing, or “vaping,” is a way to heat cannabis without actually burning it. Heat is used to release the active ingredients into a vapor, at temperatures much lower than combustion. Instead of inhaling and exhaling smoke, you’ll inhale and exhale this vapor. Research is still limited, but the studies we do have show vaporizing cannabis means fewer carcinogens that burning cannabis. People tend to prefer the flavor of vaporized cannabis as well, and there are tons of options for vape pens or bigger, table-top versions with advanced temperature settings.
Give it a go – Try Kynd’s strain-specific CO2 vape oils for high-quality, consistent vaping.
Try a Topical
We wrote all about cannabis topicals last week, but here are the highlights. These cannabis-infused lotions and balms are used directly on the skin for pain relief and inflammation. While some topicals, like our Kynd Balm, contain both THC and CBD for that oh-so-important entourage effect, these cannabinoids don’t penetrate to the bloodstream. That means you can enjoy all the benefits of cannabis without the psychoactive effects, which makes topicals a really effective entry-level product for all you cannabis-curious folks out there.
Give it a go – Try the Kynd Balm anytime you’d use an OTC pain reliever for issues like headaches, cramps, aches and pains, or muscle tenderness.
Try a Tincture
A tincture is typically a liquid extract made with infused alcohol that you use sublingually, or beneath the tongue (the Kynd Tincture, notably, is actually made with premium MCT oil in lieu of alcohol). Just a few drops under the tongue means effects begin in about 15 minutes and can last anywhere between four and six hours, although this really does vary from one person to the next. Tinctures can also be added to foods and beverages, but be aware that results will take a little longer to begin because the liver must process the THC instead of it accessing the bloodstream sublingually. This consumption method is easy to dose, perfect for microdosing, and comes available in range of cannabinoid profiles and potencies. Tinctures are used for everything from inducing sleep and stimulating appetite to managing pain, nausea or anxiety.
Give it a go – Try Kynd’s tincture, a fast-acting sublingual concentrate.
Try an Edible
You can find all kinds of cannabis-infused edibles, from chocolate and candy to DIY recipes for things like cannabutter. The key to trying an edible is starting low and going slow. The digestive process and individual metabolisms will impact how long it takes for an edible to kick in. Plus, psychoactive effects can be intense, so it’s important to take it slow and be patient.
Give it a go – Kynd’s chocolate bars are expertly dosed for reliable, consistent results every time.