This is the primary process of using up cannabis. There are four methods of ingestion of cannabis, and they each have different effects. Ingestion refers to edibles, oils, tinctures, or raw cannabis which are swallowed, metabolized, and digested by our bodies.
Ingestion has specific benefits. The medicinal effects last longer, but they also take longer to come into effect as the cannabis is digested. Ingesting works best in small amounts and accompanied by fatty foods, as the cannabinoids will attach to the fat cells and better transport through your system.
Edibles are one of the strongest ingestion methods. Brownies, chocolates, marjoon, and space cakes are popular varieties; cannabis can also be taken as a tea. It is suggested to start with small amounts; the effect will take longer to arrive, but it will be stronger and last longer than other methods. Starting small for your first ingestion is a good way to gauge proper dosing.
The most popular oil is Cannabidiol Oil, or CBD oil. Oils are made by extracting resin from different strains of cannabis and combining the extract with a carrier oil, something like coconut or MCT oil. Oils can be ingested in a variety of ways— straight from the bottle, mixed in with cooking, etc.
A Cannabis tincture, commonly known as “green dragon” or “golden dragon”, is an alcohol infused with cannabis. Tinctures store well in dark, cool locations, lasting for many years. They are easy to create and can lead to a long-lasting supply when made in batches. Tinctures are easy to dose— on your first trial, take 1mL. If you are happy, you have your proper dose. Otherwise, increase by a single milliliter every trial until you reach desired results. Tinctures can also be incorporated into your cooking, adding to juices, ice creams, sherbets, soups, gelatin, and more.
Typically consumed through juices or smoothies, raw cannabis allows one to ingest cannabinoid acids. Cannabinoids are most powerful through heat or age. All other methods of ingestion involve heat, whereas raw relies on age. When cultivated and prepared properly, raw cannabis provides hundreds of times more cannabinoids— none are lost in the heating and processing of the plant and its resin.
Williams claims that tinctures can be edible used as mucosal. They are quickly absorbed when placed on the tongue; they undergo digestion after they’ve been swallowed and one can feel those long-lasting effects. A tincture becomes edible when you add it to your food or beverages.
Williams advises that we should be careful of what we eat, the quantity of food we take in and when we eat. For instance, after consuming a fatty meal, the THC and CBD get attached to the fat thereby making the food easier to digest. These cannabinoids get attached to the fat. An empty stomach can cause your body to lose control, and when you take it in, there’s no fatty food it can get attached to.