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January 09, 2024

Different Methods of Cannabis Consumption: Pros and Cons

Discover the pros and cons - from smoking to edibles and topicals.

Cannabis consumption methods vary widely, offering diverse experiences based on preference and need. Let's delve deeper into each method for a better understanding.


Flower refers to the smokable part of the cannabis plant after it has been dried and cured. It's the most traditional form of cannabis consumption.


These water pipes use water to cool and filter smoke, providing a smoother experience. They come in various materials like glass, acrylic, or ceramic, and can range from simple designs to intricate art pieces.

Pros: Cooler smoke, less harsh on the throat, intense high.
Cons: Bulky, less discreet, requires regular cleaning.


Compact and straightforward, pipes are a popular choice for their ease of use. They are typically made of glass, metal, or wood and come in various sizes and designs.

Pros: Portable, easy to use, minimal setup.
Cons: Harsher smoke, less filtration, frequent cleaning needed.


A type of bong with additional water filtration, percolators provide an even smoother smoke. They are often integrated into the bong design, adding an extra layer of water filtration.

Pros: Extremely smooth smoke, efficient filtration.
Cons: Higher price, more complex to clean and maintain.

Prerolls (Joints and Blunts)

Prerolled joints or blunts offer convenience and ease. Joints are typically rolled in hemp or rice paper, while blunts are rolled in tobacco leaf wrappers.

Pros: Ready to use, no preparation needed, variety in paper types.
Cons: May burn unevenly, limited control over cannabis quality and blend.

Flower Infused with Concentrates

Combining flower with concentrates like wax or shatter increases potency and effects.

Pros: Enhanced effects, stronger high, richer flavor.
Cons: Potentially overwhelming for beginners, higher cost.


Highly potent cannabis extracts like shatter, wax, and live resin, obtained through various extraction processes.


This method involves vaporizing a small amount of concentrate on a hot surface and inhaling the vapor. Requires a dab rig or similar setup.

Pros: High potency, immediate effects, pure taste.
Cons: Special equipment needed, high potency may be too intense for some.

Nectar Collectors and E-rigs

Portable dabbing solutions that simplify the process. Nectar collectors are handheld, while e-rigs are electronic devices.

Pros: Portability, ease of use, less intimidating than traditional rigs.
Cons: Initial investment cost, requires charging or battery.


Cannabis-infused foods and drinks. Infusion methods include using distillates, rosin, or cannabutter.

Gummies, Chocolates, Baked Goods

Popular forms include various gummies, chocolates, cookies, and brownies. They offer a discreet way to consume cannabis.

Pros: Easy to consume, discreet, long-lasting effects.
Cons: Delayed onset, risk of overconsumption.

READ MORE: Edibles Guide Part 2. Dosage for Beginners and More Experienced Consumers

THC Powders and Syrups

These versatile additives can be mixed into foods and drinks for a customized cannabis experience.

Pros: Flexibility in use, innovative ways to consume.
Cons: Dosing can be challenging, effects vary with individual metabolism.


Cannabis-infused products applied to the skin.

Non-Transdermal (creams, lotions, bath salts, etc.)

These are applied topically for localized relief and do not enter the bloodstream.

Pros: Targeted relief, no systemic or psychoactive effects.
Cons: Only local effects, not suitable for systemic issues.

Transdermal Patches

Deliver cannabinoids directly into the bloodstream through the skin.

Pros: Long-lasting, consistent dosing, systemic effects.
Cons: Can cause psychoactive effects, slower onset compared to inhalation.


Inhalation of vaporized cannabis concentrates like CO2 oil, distillate, live resin via a vaporizer or vape pen. Available in disposable or reusable options.

Pros: Cleaner than smoking, discreet, precise dosing.
Cons: Requires device and power source.

READ MORE: Vaping vs Smoking Cannabis: Pros and Cons

Each cannabis consumption method offers its unique set of benefits and drawbacks. From the simplicity of pipes to the potency of concentrates and the discretion of edibles, the choice depends on personal preferences and desired effects. Understanding these methods helps consumers make informed decisions for a satisfying cannabis experience.

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