7 Unconventional Ways To Get The Benefits of Cannabis

Whether you're a medical or recreational cannabis user, there's an ever-expanding array of ways to consume out there. If you're ready to branch out from the same old routine of smoking and vaping, here are some outside-the-box options - each with unique effects and benefits.

1. Tincture

You don't hear much about tinctures in 2015, but they were the most common way people got their THC fix until cannabis was made illegal in 1937. An alcohol soak extracts the cannabis compounds. Apply a few drops directly under the tongue, and it's rapidly metabolized into the bloodstream. Results are fast, dosing is easier to control. Buy ready made tinctures, or make your own.

2. Transdermal Patch

Like a nicotine patch: stick it on and experience the benefits for 8-12 hours. Mary's Medicinals makes six different varieties including indica, sativa, and hybrid, plus patch-supplementing gels and CBD compounds. A company spokesperson tells High Times, "It delivers the cannabis straight into your bloodstream, which is the most efficient way to medicate [...] one 10mg patch is equivalent to maybe an 80mg edible." Resist the urge to pull a Nelly and stick these all over your body: there's no psychotropic effect.

3. Cotton Candy

Basically any recipe can be modified to include weed. But there's still something unexpectedly magical about feather-light, THC-infused candy floss. Take your next ride on the Ferris wheel to new heights with a 25g package (which contains about 55mg of THC, or four servings) from Kandy Care.

4. Extended Release Pill

THC pills aren't a new thing: however, the extended-release version by edibles company Wana Brands takes cannabis one step closer to looking and acting like traditional medicine. Offers two measured doses over a 12-hour timeframe: the first activates shortly after ingestion, and the second four hours later. It's being billed as the world's first time-release cannabis capsule.

5. Mints

Get minty fresh breath and an ultra-chill mindset simultaneously: these medicated mints contain zero sugar, gluten, dairy, or soy - the only special ingredient is the 10mg of THC per mint.

6. Mineral Bath

Cannabis Basics encourages frazzled folks to soak away anxiety in this special epsom salt, cannabis, eucalyptus, and hempseed oil blend, which they claim, "releases the stresses of the day and leave your skin refreshed." Verdict: smells good, does not actually get you high.

7. Lube

Ladies, this one's for you: harnesses the traditional, aphrodisiac properties of cannabis, combining liquid coconut oil and lab-tested oil from California-grown marijuana. According to manufacturers, "it may awaken arousal and heighten sensation making orgasms more intense, fuller, or easier to access."


When marijuana edibles hit Canadian cannabis dispensary shelves later this year, you can expect them to be taxed based on how strong they are. Canada's recently released federal 2020 budget proposes to tax marijuana edibles based on the amount of THC they contain. THC is one of the active ingredients in cannabis and the one most associated with producing the plant's signature high.

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