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Flower, Pre Rolls, Extracts, Oils/Sprays, Edibles, Beverages, Capsules, Topicals, Vapes
Flower: A general term that refers to the smokable, trichome-covered part of a female cannabis plant. Flower is the most popular form of cannabis due to its versatility, offering numerous consump-tion methods, such as being smoked using a pipe or bong, or by rolling it in a joint or blunt. Cannabis that is purchased at a dispensary is known as loose Flower, that is, flowers purchased on their own are loose from the cannabis plant itself. Users aren’t purchasing stems, leaves, or seeds — just Flower.
Pre-Rolls: The other form of non-combusted Flower available for purchase comes in cylindrical or cone like marijuana cigarettes known as joints, prerolls or blunts. With these products, producers gather ground cannabis and roll it into prerolls to offer consumers a high-quality combusting experience with the utmost convenience — the grinding, rolling, packing, and wrapping have been expert-ly done for you.
Extracts: Extracts (also known as concentrates) is actually an umbrella term for the variety of products that can be produced when cannabis flower is processed into a concentrated form. These prod-ucts can come in liquid or solid form, such as cannabis oil, hash, vape cartridge liquid, shatter, wax, kief. tinctures. capsules and are either ingested or inhaled.
The process for creating extracts varies depending on the intended finished product, but the basic goal is to isolate and remove the cannabinoids and terpenes. During the concentration process, dried or fresh cannabis plants can be sifted: exposed to heat or extreme cold, gas (such as carbon dioxide), a solvent, another oil or a combination of these; or further refined using ethanol.
Oils: Cannabis oil is a cannabis extract — a concentrated substance derived from the dried flower — that is mixed with a neutral oil, such as MCT or sunflower oil. It can be packaged in a bottle with a spray top or a dropper, and is taken orally. It can be used as an alternative to smoking or vaporizing dried cannabis.
Edibles: Edible cannabis products are foods and drinks, such as brownies or beverages, that have been infused with cannabis extracts, or concentrates, all of which contain active ingredients such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).
How Do They Work?
According to the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction,
How Are Edibles Different from Other Types of Cannabis?
The main difference between edibles and other forms of cannabis is in how the body processes the active ingredients. It has been reported that when cannabis extract is ingested, it can produce effects that are similar to those experienced when cannabis flower is smoked or vaped. When cannabis is inhaled, its THC is absorbed by the blood in the lungs and moves quickly to the brain, pro-ducing an almost immediate effect, possibly within minutes. However, when cannabis is digested, THC and other active ingredients in edible cannabis products are absorbed into the body through the digestive tract. They enter the bloodstream and travel to the liver, where they are metabolized and released back into the bloodstream. These active ingredients then enter the brain and the rest of the central nervous system, potentially producing an effect. Thus the effects will likely be delayed — from 30 minutes to 4 hours or more. It can take up to 4 hours to feel the full effects.
As with consumption of any form of cannabis. the intensity and longevity of the effects depend on many factors, such as your weight and sex, how much food you’ve eaten that day and how quickly your metabolism works.
Topical cannabis products are products such as lotions. creams and oils that are meant to be applied to the hair. skin and nails. and have been infused with cannabis extracts. They contain cannabi-nods, particularly tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC) and cannabithol (or CBD).
How Do They Work?
The cannabis extracts in topical products are absorbed into the skin and bind to a network of cannabinoid receptors in the immune system called C82. which are part of the endocannabinoid system.
How Are TOPiCals Different from Other Types of Cannabis’ The main difference between topicals and other forms of cannabis is in how the body processes the cannabinoids.
When cannabis extract is ingested. it can produce effects that are similar to those experienced when cannabis flower is smoked or vaped. When cannabis Is inhaled. Its THC is absorbed by the blood in the lungs and moves Quickly to the brain, which can produce an almost immediate whole-body effect, possibly within minutes. However, when cannabis extracts are applied topically, the effects will generally only be felt locally, on the area the product is applied.
As with consumption of any form of cannabis. the intensity and longevity of the effects depend on many factors, such as your weight and sex. how much food you’ve eaten that day and how Quickly Your metabolism works
One way to consume cannabis extracts is by using a vaporizer Although these devices come in quite a few different sizes and types, including those specifically for use with extracts and dried flower, here are some useful recommendations to get you started with a versatile dual-purpose vaporizer All vaporizers work essentially the same way: The cannabis is heated to a temperature that’s high enough to activate the THC and CBD (a process called -decarboxylation”) without burning it. The resulting vapour is then inhaled.
Essentially. a vape device is a battery-powered accessory that heats a substance until it produces a vapour, which is then inhaled. (The vapour. also called an aerosol. is a suspension of fine particles. liquid or solid, in air ) Unlike smoking, in which cannabis is burned, the product is heated, releasing its cannabinoids. such as THC and CED. Vapes can be handheld or pen-shaped and may be disposable or refilled using pre-filled cartridges of cannabis extracts. A vape is made up of four basic pieces: a mouthpiece. tank or reservoir (which holds the vaping product). heating element and battery.
Bongs A water pipe typically used to smoke cannabis. The bowl is the part of the bong where cannabis buds are contained and heated. The smoke filters through water by traveling through the downstem. a cylinder glass piece with holes that connects the bowl to the bong. The smoke travels through the neck and up to the mouthpiece where users inhale
Pipes: A small. handheld device used to smoke cannabis. Pipes are available in most dispensaries and in any smoke shop. Cannabis flower is packed into the bowl. which as the name suggests is the bowl-shaped area that holds the marijuana. When using a pipe to smoke cannabis, it is important to cover the carb, or hole found on the side of the bowl where the flower is packed.
Grinders: As you might have guessed. a grinder is the tool you use to break your cannabis up into small bits for smoother-hitting bowls or for wrapping in rolling papers and blunt wraps. There are a number of ways to grind cannabis if you don’t have a grinder, but grinders weed up the process and offer perks like kiet catchers.
infusers: Electronic devices that infuses flower into the fat of your choosing (i.e. plant oil, butter)
Cleaning cannabis accessories regularly is an easier job than scrubbing away built-up grime.
Basic items such as rubbing alcohol and rock salt can be used to clean a bong and cleaning kits with wipes and brushes are also available. Never use a household cleaner—the chemicals can be harmful to your lungs. As with any tool. proper cleaning and regular maintenance are key to keeping cannabis accessories in good working order—and protecting your health
Why should it be cleaned?
The simplest reason is to protect your health: Bacteria and mould can grow inside the device, increasing your chances of developing a lung infection; and any residues coating the bong will affect the flavour of the cannabis. Just like your home, cleaning it regularly is an easier job than scrubbing away built-up grime.
How often should I clean it?
There is no definitive answer to how often it should be done, but if you’re using the bong regularly, its a good idea to wash it every two days or so. If the bong is only used sporadically, clean it after every use to avoid bacteria growth