A first-time visit to the recreational cannabis dispensary can be a bit overwhelming. There are nearly an endless list of products available and all sorts of unfamiliar terminology. For starters the cannabis options are divided into consumption methods. Dried flower is the dried part of the mature cannabis plant and is often referred to as nugs or buds. It is typically smoked by way of a pipe, bong or rolled joint or blunt. For those who aren’t skilled at creating their own joints or blunts out of the dried flower, there are pre-rolls. The pre-rolls offer the advantage of consistency, convenience and affordability. Usually very reasonably priced, they are sold in singles and in packs, allowing consumers to try out new strains without spending a fortune. Most dispensaries carry pre-rolls infused with kief for added flavor and potency. Another smoking method is vapes. Available in refillable or disposable cartridges, the device heats up cannabis oil just to the point of vaporization. The lack of combustion preserves more of the terpene and cannabinoid content for exceptional flavor. Plus, vape pens are especially portable, discreet and easy to use. They don’t create ash, smoke or odors and operation requires nothing more than a push of a button. T
he better quality vapes allow users to control the dosage and heat level. Another extremely easy consumption method is tinctures. The compact packaging includes a handy dropper that allows precise dosing down to the milliliter. A dose is placed under the tongue and held for approximately a minute. The sublingual absorption of the cannabinoids results in a quick onset of effects. Tinctures offer a long shelf-life and can also be added to foods and drinks. Edibles are a popular choice for both newcomers and experienced cannabis consumers. Along with traditional brownies and gummies, the market has expanded to hard candies, mints, suckers, peanut butter cups and chocolates. There are even ice creams and beverages. Cannabis-infused drinks are providing a healthier alternative to alcohol. For higher potency, concentrates can be used for dabbing and vaping. There are lots of different types of concentrates, including wax, shatter, crumble, live resin, sauce and budder. The final category is topicals. Cannabis-infused lotions, balms, ointments, roll-ons, spray and all sorts of skincare options are applied directly for localized relief. They don’t cause any psychoactive effects and have no limits for dosing.