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Smoking the cannabis flower is an ancient custom that dates back thousands of years. The practice hasn’t changed much since the first person thought to pick a cannabis flower off the plant, ignite it and inhale the smoke. For centuries, smoking cannabis has been used for spiritual celebration, deep meditation and its many therapeutic qualities. With smokable flower becoming available in more and more states, we wanted to share some of the basics of the most traditional form of cannabis consumption.
Smokable flower is a great choice for anyone who wants to immediately feel the effects and maintain control of their intensity.
When you inhale cannabis, the onset is almost instant, which makes it easy to gauge how much you need. With some other methods, such as edibles, you have to wait an hour or more to fully experiences the effects. This can make it difficult to figure out the right dose, and can even lead to overconsumption in inexperienced users. Inhalation also avoids the digestive system, which can be helpful to people dealing with nausea or digestion issues.
In addition to making dosing easier, smoking flower allows you to take advantage of all of the cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids found throughout the cannabis plant. This is known as whole plant, or full-spectrum, medicine. Many believe that cannabis therapies that utilize the entire plant can typically be more effective than medicines made from synthetic cannabinoids.
We get it, the idea of smoking is a huge deterrent for a lot of people. As daunting as inhaling smoke might be, studies show that a joint a day does not increase lung damage or your risk of cancer. Smoke in the lungs is counteracted with cannabis’s powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Smoking flower, of course, is not entirely harmless. Inhaling smoke can irritate your throat and create excess mucus. It’s not for everyone—people living with chronic respiratory conditions like asthma or looking for relief from serious lung-related health issues such as cancer need to consult a physician before attempting to smoke cannabis flower. However, for those with healthy lung function, smokable flower comes with far fewer risks than you may think.
Smoking methods are pretty diverse. They all have their pros and cons, whether it’s ease-of-use or smoke quality. The choice is up to your own personal preference.
Just like with any other cannabis product, you should choose the smokable flower method that helps you feel your best.
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