How to choose your ideal cannabis delivery method

Health Mandee Lee 11/3/2016

Everybody's body responds differently to the various delivery methods and different types of cannabis. Experimenting through a mindful process of trial and error are always necessary to find what works best for you.

A lot of cannabis consumers end up developing complex regimens where they utilize different delivery methods for different symptoms and times of day, depending on their specific needs and conditions.

There are several different types of cannabis delivery methods including smoking, vaporizing, edibles, sublinguals, tinctures, oils, capsules, topicals and transdermal patches.

It can be quite overwhelming with so many options!

To help you decide which delivery methods might work best for you, here are the 4 essential questions you want to consider.

#1) How long do you want the effects to last?

different cannabis delivery methods
Each delivery method comes with different effects including onset time and duration.

Timing is important to take into consideration.

For example, there are certain times when you might only need temporary relief, or you only have a short amount of time before you have to go somewhere, so you will not want strong effects to linger in your system for long. In these situations, you would want to choose a delivery method that only lasts for a short period like vaporizing.

Then other times you might need deep, long-lasting relief. In such circumstances, you might want something that will last longer like an edible or a capsule.

Either way you should always account for how much time you have and how long you would like the effects to last.

In addition, you also want to remember that some methods like edibles, capsules, and tinctures have delayed effects. This could be an issue if you need to drive somewhere in a few hours or if you need immediate relief.

#2) How quickly do you need relief?

cannabis buds and grinder
Mixing and matching strains and delivery methods can give you more optimized results.

Smoking and vaporizing are best for immediate relief.

However, if you’re looking for immediacy AND long-lasting effects there is an advanced strategy that you can try, which we call “stacking” here at Green Flower.

Stacking is basically when you combine two methods at the same time. For instance, you could vaporize and dose yourself with an edible simultaneously. By the time the vapor wears off, your edible should be kicking in, giving you the best of both worlds.

This sort of technique can be great for people who have insomnia or chronic pain – anytime you need immediate relief and want long-lasting effects.

You can also experiment with mixing and matching different products, strains, and cannabinoids. For example, you might find that one strain has great relaxing effects that feel good for your muscles and body but it often is so heavy that it gives you a “couchlock” effect as well, which you may not enjoy during the day.

So, in that case, you could try mixing said strain with another strain that you know brings you more energy and focus. This way you are making your own hybrid strain from these two, which will end up providing you with the body relief you need, feeling relaxed and yet you also having enough focus and energy to get a lot of stuff done during your day.

#3) Do you need to be discreet or not?

cannabis vaporizer and edibles
Some delivery methods are more discreet than others.

There are some methods that require more measuring, tools or devices and can carry an odor to them. And yet there are other methods that you simply apply or ingest in a minute and you are done, with no odor or unwanted attention.

Vaporizing can be discreet depending on which device you’re using, as well as tinctures and most edibles.

Factors like where you are consuming, travel, family, or even neighbors, will all dictate how discreet you need to be with your cannabis consumption.

#4) What kind of effects are you looking for?

Split picture of Mandee jogging and preparing a meal
Get crystal clear on your intent to know what effects you want.

This is probably the most important point: to make sure you’re clear on WHY you’re using cannabis in the first place.

To give you some examples...many people find that if they are using cannabis for a perspective shift, or a shift in emotion or energy, then vaporizing or smoking work well because it’s fast and also light enough to get you where you need to be without overdoing it.

However, if you are experiencing some sort of physical pain for instance and need long-lasting relief, then an edible or tincture might work best. And of course, you can combine this with the inhalation route if you also need immediate relief.

The point here is to simply get clear on the most important benefits you’re looking for and choose the delivery methods most aligned with that goal.

Another thing to take into consideration is what kind of activity you will be doing. For example, if you’re preparing a delicious meal you might want to consume a strain that is going to stimulate your appetite.

If you’re going to be working out then you might want a strain or product that will help you get into your body more and to feel more of your muscles.

The more you pay attention to your cannabis experiences the better you'll understand what works best for you and when.

Track your cannabis experiences carefully

Mandee recording her experiences in a strain tracker
Tracking each experience with cannabis is important if you want to learn how to get the most benefits with the least amount of unwanted side effects.

To dial in your ideal delivery method, it’s important to track how each strain, product and method affects you.

It’s also very important that before you try stacking that you have enough experience individually trying each delivery method on its own. This type of familiarity is necessary if you want to properly gauge how products might work in your body when you combine them together.

You will want to carefully track things like when the effects come on, how long they last, dosage amount, and how each product and method makes you feel.

It’s really helpful if you can keep a curious mindset with cannabis, to look at it as an ongoing yet safe experiment. Each time you partake in cannabis you are learning more about how it works with your body and how you can best customize it to enhance your life.

As cannabis continues to merge into the mainstream, more products are entering the marketplace including oils, tinctures, edibles, vape pens, concentrates and more.

Discerning the key differences between them, as well as their benefits and drawbacks, can be overwhelming.

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