• Smoking
  • Marijuana can be smoked/inhaled by rolling it or using a pipe, bong, hookah or vape device (not an exhaustive list).

    Joint: marijuana rolled into a cigarette using rolling papers

    Blunt: a hollowed out cigar, filled with marijuana

    Spliff: a mixture of marijuana and tobacco 

    Bong: a device that filters the smoke through liquid and a large tube before inhalation; contains bowl for the marijuana

    Bubblers: mini-bongs

    Pipes: A smoking device that can come in various sizes; often glass or metal; contains a bowl for the marijuana

    Vaporizers: A device that heats the marijuana and creates vapor rather than smoke. Vaporizers are battery operated and often resemble a pen, cigarette, USB or similar.

    Dabbing: similar to vaping but uses the THC resins, or concentrates. See concentrates section below to learn more about the types of concentrates.

  • Ingesting/Consuming/Eating
  • Marijuana can be consumed via snacks, candies, drinks, capsules, drops and more. 

    Edible products are infused with THC/CBD oils. The amount of THC/CBD is labeled in milligrams. A standard dose is 10mg, but someone using an edible product for the first time should start with 5mg. Edible products are very different from smoking and other forms of marijuana because it takes so long for the effects to kick in. One should always wait at least two hours before eating more.  The effects can begin within 30 minutes to 2 hours after consumption. Additionally, the high progressively increases in intensity and lasts longer than smoking.

    Most drops and other ingestible products are marijuana concentrates. These can be used without the side effects of smoking. Some products will contain a THC to CBD ratio. This can be helpful in knowing what to expect, and preventing undesired effects. See the basics section to learn about THC and CBD. 

    Check out our Lower Risk Guidelines to avoid an unpleasant high.

  • Concentrates
  • Concentrates are extracted marijuana oils that contain a very high percent of THC and CBD (see potency under basics). Concentrates are often used in vaporizers or added to another type of smoking device. Concentrates can also be infused into food or other ingestible products. 

    Dab (dabbing) - a small amount of concentrate; heats in vaporizer

    Hash oil, or honey oil: a gooey liquid

    Wax or budder: soft malleable solid 

    Shatter - a hard, amber colored solid (refined hash oil)

    Use concentrates with caution, and check out our health impacts page and Lower Use Guidelines before deciding to use concentrates.

  • Other Types of Use
  • Marijuana can also be used topically, in lotions, pads, sprays and more. 

    More information coming soon.