The 5 Most Popular Methods of Cannabis Consumption

The legalization of recreational cannabis use in many parts of the world has caused a surge in innovation when it comes to consumption methods. With thousands of cannabis products available on the market, it’s imperative that businesses get creative with the ways we consume cannabis.

In this post, we will discuss the most popular cannabis consumption methods and their effects.

What’s Your Favourite Way to Consume Cannabis?

With the legalization of cannabis in Canada came an undeniable rise in positive awareness surrounding its consumption. As more people use cannabis, more choices for consumption aside from the traditional methods of smoking or eating, are being pushed into the limelight.

The different methods of cannabis consumption have their advantages and disadvantages, depending on each person’s reason to consume. According to research, there are five top cannabis consumption methods among adults.

Let’s take a closer look at each one.

1. Flower

It is only fair that the most traditional cannabis product – dried flowers – remains the most popular way to consume. The fact that joints, bowls, and bongs have been around for longer than more modern consumption methods proves that smoking is the most popular consumption method.

According to a report by Bloomberg, Canadians bought $2 billion worth of dried flowers in 2020, covering 76% of all cannabis-related purchases. With that being said, smoking dried flowers and using an array of accessories remain the most popular among all cannabis consumption methods.

While some can consider smoking flowers as time-consuming, smokers revere and value the ritual that goes along with it. From grinding the flower to rolling a joint, and to the moment that it gets passed along to friends, smoking flowers can be a satisfying personal or social activity.

Aside from joints and blunts, smokers use a wide array of accessories at their disposal, with each type providing different experiences and effects, depending on the amount of smoke inhaled.

Here are some other smoking accessories used to consume dried cannabis flowers:

  • Bongs
  • Bubblers
  • Hookahs
  • One-hitters
  • Hand pipes

Another reason why flowers remain the most popular method of cannabis consumption is the range of strain availability. Not all strains are easily available in other methods, and consumers can easily pick and enjoy thousands of different strains from their local dispensaries. Some consumers are particular on strain preference and dried flowers in order to obtain their desired effects.

2. Vaping, Cartridges

Vaping has slowly gained popularity in the past couple of years because of its stealth and hassle-free way of consuming cannabis. It eliminates the need to use other smoking accessories, allowing a faster, and more efficient method of smoking.

A study led by Jon Hopkins Medicine suggests that for infrequent users, vaping produces stronger effects than smoking dried flowers. According to the study, vaping devices heat cannabis to a certain temperature in which THC is released as vapour, and not as smoke. Vaping is considered to be a safer consumption alternative compared to smoking dried flowers.

Additionally, vaping does not produce much of the harmful components of burned material, such as tar and other cancer-inducing agents. With the wide range of vape products available in the market today, consumers have the freedom to adjust heat settings to maximize the vapour experience.

3. Edibles

The origins of consuming cannabis edibles date back to 50,000 years ago. According to a survey by Statista, edibles and cannabis beverages continue to be some of the most popular cannabis consumption methods among Canadian adults, with over 12% choosing this cannabis consumption method in 2019.

Edibles deliver cannabinoids through the mouth and to the digestive system and take about 45 minutes to an hour to kick in. The wait is definitely worth it, as edibles provide a longer-lasting high compared to other methods, lasting for six or more hours.

The modern market and legalization of cannabis allowed manufacturers to be creative with varying flavours and forms such as soft chews, gummies, baked goods, chocolates, and hard chews. Another favourable characteristic of edibles is that it does not carry some of the risks of smoking cannabis, such as phlegm production and chronic cough.

4. Oils & Sprays

THC and CBD oil and sprays come in bottles with an applicator at the top and are meant to be sprayed directly into the mouth. Oils can be dropped into food and beverages.

While this consumption method is relatively new, they make for an easy and discreet way to consume cannabis. These sprays and oils are usually flavoured, making them perfect for those who don’t necessarily enjoy the “earthy” taste of unflavoured options.

Oils and sprays are usually consumed by those who wish to feel the stress and pain-reducing properties of CBD. It is one of the most preferred cannabis consumption methods for those experiencing:

  • Digestive problems
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches
  • Chronic pain
  • Anxiety
  • Mood disorders

A 2010 study focusing on cannabis sprays and oils revealed that those containing both THC and CBD decreased nausea caused by chemotherapy for cancer patients.

5. Topicals

Another example of the most popular cannabis consumption methods is CBD-infused topicals and creams. A study found out that patients experiencing pain who were prescribed cannabis commonly use topical products.

Ratios of THC and CBD differ in topicals, which means not one product will work the same way for everyone. This is because each person has a unique endocannabinoid system (ECS), and various ratios of cannabinoids provide balance to one’s ECS.

Personalize Your Cannabis Consumption Methods

With the constant rise of companies manufacturing many different forms of cannabis products, the variety of cannabis consumption methods is expected to evolve and transform for years to come. With hundreds and even thousands of products to choose from, consumers can easily personalize their cannabis experience to fit their desired effects, rituals, and lifestyles.