6 Ways People Are Consuming Marjiuana Without Smoking It

Smoking it is traditionally the way we've consumed marijuana, but lighting a plant on fire and inhaling the results isn't everybody's favorite activity. In fact, smokers of anything are increasingly shunned because of the noxious fumes and odors. And we won’t even get into those burn holes in your clothes.

While firing up a joint or a bong is unlikely to go extinct any time soon because of social pressure, there are ways to enjoy the herb without going all Cheech & Chong. They may or may not get you high (depending on the product), but you will be consuming weed without smoking it. Here are six ways to do it:

1.Infused Foods (Edibles)

We've come a long way from the days of hippie kitchen brownies with green vegetable matter in them that left consumers melted into their couches. Cannabis cuisine is exploding as big name chefs and back country artisans alike try their hands at psychoactive concoctions ranging from gums and candies to chocolate bars, cookies, and just about everything else imaginable. There are recipes out there for pulled porkMac & cheesecaramel corn, and even foie gras, and with cannabis-infused butter, creative home chefs can join the pros in letting their imaginations run free.

Consumers should be aware of dosage in order to avoid the dreaded Maureen Dowd syndrome, in which the New York Times columnist famously over-indulged in cannabis chocolates to ill effect. Fortunately, regulators in pot- and medical marijuana-legal states are generally on the ball and are requiring labelling information about what's in those goodies. Read those labels!

2. Beverages

Who needs a cup of coffee and a joint when you've got infused coffees already preloaded with cannabis goodness? And if you're in trendy West Hollywood, you can go out and enjoy a nifty—if spendy--cannabis cocktail. More working class types can indulge in a cannabis-infused beer, although, sadly, it will contain not THC, but only non-psychoactive cannabinoids. And thanks to companies like Dixie Elixirs and its competitors, there are whole lines of THC-laden sodas and lemonades.

3. Tinctures

Or you can go old school with tinctures, a favored 19th and early 20th Century form of administering marijuana. Tinctures are basically weed soaked in alcohol over a period of days, with the mixture shaken once a day before straining out the vegetable matter and leaving a concentrated dose of cannabis suspended in the alcohol. And we are talking concentrated: Typical tincture doses are measured in drops. Tinctures are also the basis of various sprays, which allow users to simply squeeze and squirt a THC or CBD tincture into their mouths. You can make tinctures yourself or you can go to an increasingly number of tincture and spray manufacturers, such as Denver-based Buddy Boy.

4. Vaporizers and Vape Pens

Vaping isn't just for tobacco users, and it's just about as close to smoking as you can get without actually inhaling burning plant matter. Hand-held vape pens and stay-at-home vaporizers alike both work by heating small amounts of marijuana (or oil) just enough to vaporize them—not enough to actually combust them—creating a smoke-like vapor that contains the THC and/or CBD but not the nasty chemicals associated with smoking. Vape pens are quite popular, being easy to carry and conceal (and use surreptitiously, being nearly odorless), while bigger vaporizers, such as the Volcano and the futuristic, egg-shaped Herbalizer can take a place of honor on your coffee table. Vaping gives you the nearest thing to the pot-smoking experience without the smoke.

5. Skin Care Products

You won't get high off marijuana-infused skin care products, such as hand lotions, shampoos, and similar products because they are mainly made from low-THC hemp plants, and you won't stink of weed, either, because these products are also infused with natural scents such as citrus, lavender, and mint.  But you will be using a marijuana-based product and enjoying its therapeutic benefits, and you'll probably smell good, too.

6. For Women Only

We've heard that weed enhances lovemaking, but companies such as Foria have taken it to a whole new level. Foria produces vaginal suppositories packed with 60 milligrams of THC and 10 mg of CBD and generates user feedback like "I was truly in awe of this weed butter vagina experience." And that's just part of its woman-centric product line. Meanwhile, Whoopi Goldberg has gotten into the action by teaming up with award-winning edibles maker Maya Elisabeth to create Whoopi & Maya, which focuses on "cannabis-infused salves, balms and edibles designed to relieve menstrual pain and discomfort."

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