What Are the Best Ways to Consume Marijuana Without Smoking?

What are the best ways to consume marijuana without smoking it?

Ways to Consume Marijuana All types of people use marijuana; all ages, races and social classes. Not everyone likes actually smoking it, however, or some people simply can’t do so depending on their condition. Because of this alternative forms of consuming cannabis have gained widespread popularity in recent years.

With that in mind, here’s a look at the best and most popular ways to consume marijuana without smoking it:


Edibles (Marijuana-Infused Foods)

Marijuana edibles are probably the most popular alternative to smoking, and definitely one of the best. Edibles include any food item that’s been infused with cannabis. This can include traditional items like marijuana brownies and cookies, to more intricate dishes like spaghetti with cannabis-infused marinara sauce and olive oil. Cannabis-infused drinks such as sodas and teas are also gaining popularity.

How it differs from smoking:

When consuming edibles you’ll notice two primary differences from smoking marijuana; one, the onset takes much longer. Whereas smoking gives you an almost immediate high, the effects of edibles can take half an hour to two hours; depending on the edible and person.

Second, edibles have a much longer-lasting higher than smoking; typically 4 to 6 hours compared to 2 to 3 hours.

Edibles also tend to give users a stronger body-high than smoking.



Topicals are another way to to get cannabis in your system that’s been growing in popularity. This includes marijuana lotions and ointments, which are common among medical cannabis dispensaries and cannabis retail outlets in areas where it’s legal.

How it differs from smoking:

Unless a massive amount is applied, topicals won’t get you high. Despite this, they provide intense medical relief to the part of the body it’s being applied to. This has made marijuana topicals a popularity option among those who understand the medical benefits of marijuana, but don’t want a change in their state of mind.



Marijuana tinctures function in a way similar to edibles, but are typically much less powerful in terms of their high (though not necessarily in terms of their medical benefits).

How it differs from smoking:

Like edibles tinctures have a longer onset and longer-lasting medical relief than smoking. However, unlike smoking tinctures are unlikely to get you high; this is unless a large amount is taken of tincture that is high in THC. Tinctures are taken by placing a few drops under the tongue or into drinks like tea.



Marijuana pills are a convenient option for many patients; it doesn’t require smoking, doesn’t require an appetite to consume it, etc..

Typically marijuana pills are simply gel tabs filled with cannabis that has been activated (heated in something fat-heavy like butter or oil). These can be made at home or purchased at a cannabis outlet if in an area where it’s legal.

How it differs from smoking:

The effects of pills are almost identical to edibles; a relatively slow onset and long-lasting effects. Marijuana pills also tend to pack quite a punch, depending on the dose taken.

Marijuana Tincture: What it is, and How to Make it

Marijuana tincture has rapidly gained popularity in recent years among medical cannabis patients. But what is it, and how do you make it?

Marijuana tincture

Marijuana tincture is a liquid form of cannabis that’s typically ingested by placing a few drops under the tongue; it can also be added to foods or drinks. Typically marijuana tinctures are made using alcohol; however, they can also be made using vegetable glycerin. Below we provide a recipe for marijuana tincture using alcohol, as well as one using glycerin.


Marijuana tincture recipe (using vegetable glycerin):

  1. In a Quart Mason Jar combine:
  • 1/4 oz.-1/2 oz. (7-14 grams depending on quality) of Decarboxylated Cannabis (trim, shake or broken up buds) 2 Cups Organic Vegetable Glycerine
  1. Cover with a lid and shake the mixture until material is completely covered with vegetable glycerine.
  2. Line the bottom of a crockpot with a washcloth or folded hand towel and fill halfway with warm water.
  3. Place the sealed jar into the crockpot, cover the crockpot with a lid if it fits, and set it on warm for an entire day (24 hours). Shake occasionally for best results.
  4. Using an oven mitt, remove the jar from the crockpot. Open the jar and allow to cool for at least an hour.
    1. Using cheesecloth or a bubble bag, strain the vegetable glycerine into a small bowl or into another jar. Save the cheesecloth bag of leftover material and make a batch of High Chai.
  5. Transfer vegetable glycerine tincture into dropper bottles using a small funnel (optional).

Source: MerryJane.com


Marijuana tincture recipe (using alcohol):

What You Need:

  • Glass jar with glass lid; mason jars work best (Note:  Size doesn’t matter. Just make sure to use a jar that is large enough to remain at least ¼ empty at the top after the ground cannabis is added.)
  • Cannabis, coarsely ground
  • Everclear (or highest-proof alcohol you can find; Bacardi 151 works well) – 3 – 6 grams of cannabis per 1 fluid ounce of alcohol is a recommended proportion. Make sure the amount of alcohol can fully cover the ground cannabis in the jar.
  • Strainer
  • Cheesecloth


  1. Add the coarsely ground cannabis to your jar. Pour alcohol on top of the cannabis, covering it by at least 2 inches.
  2. Seal the lid tight on the jar and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Place jar in freezer.
  3. Remove jar from freezer at least twice a day to shake.
  4. Repeat process for at least 5 days. The potency of the tincture depends on how long your cannabis infuses and how much you shake it.
  5. Lay 2 sheets of cheesecloth inside your strainer and place the strainer over a bowl.
  6. Pour contents from jar carefully over the cheesecloth and through the strainer to extract any plant waste. Repeat filtration process if necessary to remove as much excess plant material as possible.
  7. Wait for all the liquid to pass through then bundle up the waste in the cheesecloth and squeeze out any remaining tincture.
  8. Pour into glass container or fill dropper bottles. Store tincture in a cool and dark place (refrigerator or freezer is fine).

Source: EatYourCannabis.com


Dosage information:

Marijuana tinctures are probably the easiest form of cannabis to administer consistently; once you find the proper dose for you, it’s easy to replicate it. It’s also easy to lower or raise as you see fit.

We recommend starting with a small dose, such as 1-2mL once or twice a day. If you don’t receive the desired effects, increase the dose by 1-2mL each time until you do.


Nevada Bill Would Legalize Medical Cannabis for Pets, Remove Per Se Cannabis DUID Law

Companion Cannabis, a medical cannabis tincture for dogs and cats by Holistic Therapeutics. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
Companion Cannabis, a medical cannabis tincture for dogs and cats by California-based Holistic Therapeutics. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Legislation that would make several changes to Nevada’s medical cannabis law has been introduced in the state’s Legislature. One of the changes the bill would make is to allow pets to use medical cannabis obtained by their owners, and to alter a law that finds a person guilty of driving under the influence of drugs (DUID) if they’re caught driving with THC in their system.

Senate Bill 372, sponsored by Senator Tick Segerblom, would allow animal owners to obtain medical cannabis on behalf of their pets if a veterinarian certifies that an animal has an illness that might be helped by the medicine. This would make Nevada the first state in the nation to officially legalize medical cannabis for animals.

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