Methods of Consumption & How It Affects the Body

Smoking used to be the only way to feel the effects that cannabis had to offer. Now, there are so many different ways that cannabis can be consumed. Each consumption method of cannabis has a different effect on the user, so it’s important to understand your options! There are two main methods of consumption: Inhaling and Ingestion.

Understanding The Differences

When cannabis is inhaled, THC is delivered into your lungs where it is passed directly into your bloodstream and then to your brain. When ingested, cannabis first travels to your stomach, followed by your liver, then your bloodstream and then to your brain. The difference in the process is the reason that inhaling cannabis will typically result in effects being felt relatively quickly (within seconds to a few minutes) and can last up to a few hours. On the other hand, ingested cannabis can take anywhere from 30 minutes to a few hours for effects to be felt, with the high lasting for up to 4 to 6 hours.


Inhaling cannabis is the most common method of consumption and is most popular due to its quick-acting and relatively short-lasting effects. There are many methods to inhale cannabis, as outlined below:

  • Joints
    Joints are among the most popular forms of smoking weed due to their convenience and minimal equipment required. Joints are made with dried flower and rolling papers. Many experienced users prefer to roll their own joints, however, they are available for purchase pre-rolled.
  • Pipes
    Pipes are popular due to their small size and ease of use. Pipes require very little preparation as all that is required is the dried flower, and the pipe is ready to be used.
  • Vapes
    Vapes are becoming an increasingly common device for smoking weed as they allow users to smoke more discreetly. The odour from vaping is minimal when compared to other methods of smoking. Many infrequent cannabis users report that vaping is easier and smoother than other forms of smoking weed. Additionally, since vape devices are electronic, no lighter is required.
  • Bongs
    Bongs are highly popular for smoking weed as they offer several levels of control over your smoking experience. Bongs use water to filter the smoke, creating a smoother hit compared to the harsh smoke from a joint or a pipe. More complex bongs can contribute to an even smoother experience by cooling the smoke through the use of percolators or recyclers.

Each method has its perks, and it is a good idea to explore all the available options to find what is right for you!


Ingesting cannabis has become a great alternative to traditional inhaling methods. Ingesting cannabis is particularly beneficial for those suffering from asthma or other medical conditions that may make inhaling cannabis difficult. Ingesting cannabis is popular due to its easy methods of consumption, and is enjoyed by those who prefer a slow-releasing effect. Ingestion methods include:

  • Edibles and Beverages

Edibles and beverages are produced using THC extracts from cannabis. These extracts are used in the production process of food and drink items such as baked goods, candies, and beverages.

  • Oils

THC and CBD oils can be directly ingested using a dropper underneath the tongue. The effects depend on what kind of oil is being used and its potency.

  • Capsules
    THC and CBD capsules are also available on the market. They are very discreet and are among the easiest forms of ingesting cannabis due to their lack of taste.

Although ingestion is a very popular method with lots of benefits, please note that the effects will not be felt immediately. It is recommended to find your suggested dosage and stick to it, not consuming more because you are not feeling the effects immediately. Ingesting more of the product could result in effects lasting longer than desired.

We Can Help!

Figuring out the best method of consumption for you can be difficult. Come talk to our budtenders at Flowertopia to learn about all of the products we have available, and what products and methods would work best for your needs.