Not Big on Smoking!?
You may be curious about the benefits of cannabis but are not keen on the idea of smoking cannabis. No worries, love! There are still plenty of options for you to experience the wonderful effects of cannabis.
So, if you’ve been here a minute, you may have read my previous blog post on microdosing. Microdosing is essentially taking a very small amount of a substance with the purpose of experiencing its therapeutic benefits - without the high. When it comes to cannabis, tiny doses of the cannabinoids can be used to help minimize pain, encourage sleep, enhance mood, increase creativity and manage depression, stress and anxiety. Microdosing is a good introduction to cannabis for people who may have no experience consuming it or those who want to try it again after decades of abstaining. The method can be used to manage symptoms as well as a way to slowly and comfortably increase your tolerance over time. Microdosing with capsules or tinctures is an excellent way to avoid smoking cannabis. I recommend Lucky Turtle tinctures for all of your microdosing needs.
Topicals are also an excellent way to receive the therapeutic benefits of cannabis without the high. Your options here are plenty and range everywhere from bath bombs, bath salts, lotions and creams, to transdermal patches you can place directly on your skin. My favorite topical product at Natural Selections is Mary’s Medicinals Transdermal Patches. These small patches (2”x 2”) offer immediate and discreet relief all day or night. They are definitely something to try!
For some people, smoking cannabis is just flat out annoying. It requires a lot of setup and preparation (cleaning pipes and bongs, rolling doobies, etc). It’s no wonder so many people are getting curious about what other options exist for them. Another way to avoid smoking cannabis is to vaporize it. "Vaping" is the popular term for using electronic cigarettes or vaporizers — devices that heat up air and then pass it over oil or flower until they produce an inhalable vapor. There are a million different tools on the market today that allow you to vaporize cannabis flower or concentrates but I have a solid favorite and they carry it at Natural Selections! The Green Dot Labs Full Spectrum Extract Pen is really everything I could want in a device of this genre. The options for cartridges are not only THC/CBD specific, they’re strain specific as well. The vapor has no smell and I know my lungs are staying healthy because I am avoiding any smoking. I also love that I don’t smell like cannabis after vaping. The vape oil from Green Dot is carefully extracted and refined - not to mention they’re free of any cutting agents, additives or distillate. Mega-winner for me!
Everyone knows that edibles are an option for avoiding smoking cannabis. In fact, edibles are usually a person’s first journey outside of smoking. But we all know someone who has eaten way too much of a cannabis edible and ate like a gluttonous king then slept like a bear in hibernation for the next 18 hours. But, there is so much more to the world of cannabis edibles than mondo-brownies and rice krispy treats (although, Natural Selections has those too if you’re going for a classic high). However, to avoid the whole aforementioned scenario, which some find pleasurable, I encourage microdosing when beginning with edibles. Each time, working your way up, sometimes just 5 milligrams at a time, before reaching your ultimate dose. With plenty of options like gummies, cookies, chocolates, cupcakes, flavored water, capsules, tinctures, drinks, mints, PB&J and popcorn, my favorites have always been the candies. My favorite above all is the Leafs by Snoop Dogg Treats Fruit Chews. These candies are hash oil-infused taffy in flavors like strawberry, cherry, raspberry and my favorite: lemon-cherry. At only 10 mg each, they’re perfect for a microdosing mama like myself.
So, what’s the takeaway from all of this? Whether you’re looking to try cannabis for the first time, seeking a more natural therapeutic approach to your life, ready to revisit cannabis after years of avoiding it, or simply have an interest in exploring the options that are available to you BUT you aren’t quite cool with the idea of smoking as a way to consume, there are countless options for you to explore. Enjoy your journey of safely finding the perfect method of receiving the benefits of cannabis for you. The trained bud tenders at Natural Selections will be ready and happy to help you with any questions along the way.
xx, Mama Bee