Ever since humans discovered cannabis, they’ve been inventing ways to consume it. While most people have a preferred method, the truth is they all have their pros and cons. Depending on what your situation is with travel and family visits, you may want to explore several options for medicating discreetly and keeping your sanity.
If you’ve got the right audience, then a bong is sure-fire crowd pleaser. Filtering the cannabis smoke through a chamber of water makes it less harsh and increases your ability to take monster hits. The downside is they’re the least portable of the options, being bulky and requiring water. Also, as any stoner can attest, there’s always the possibility of a bong water spill.
Edibles are the perfect way to consume cannabis on the sly during the holidays. Cannabis-infused treats like chocolates, cookies, candy and suckers will barely raise an eyebrow in your bag. While dosing with edibles can be tricky, they take a while to take effect and the high lasts a long time. This can be beneficial when you know you’re attending a long event that won’t give you the opportunity to get away to medicate in private. Just be sure to adhere to the recommended dosage. Once you’re too high, nothing will bring you back down except time, so start slow!
If you know how to roll, you can get by with relatively little equipment: rolling papers, cannabis and a grinder card. If you’re not a joint rolling expert, then you have the option of bringing a rolling machine or, the better yet, purchase pre-rolled cones. They’re portable and convenient but smoky and can leave the strong scent in your hair and clothing.
Pipes are small, discreet and can be stashed nearly anywhere. When in a pinch, they can be made from household objects. There are many benefits to smoking from a pipe, not the least of which is that it requires a lot less cannabis than rolling a joint. However, the problem remains of smelling like cannabis smoke, if you’re trying to remain discreet.
Tinctures are liquids that you generally place drops of on the tongue directly or in a beverage like tea. They can be faster-acting than edibles and very potent, but can be taken very quickly and discreetly.
Topicals are a great choice for medical patients seeking pain relief. You can purchase ointments to rub on affected areas that will provide potent pain relief for aches and pain. Some dispensaries offer trans-dermal patches for long-term relief and some people swear by cannabis-infused bath salts. While topicals provide plenty of pain relief, you won’t experience a high from them.
Vaporizers are the most modern way to consume cannabis. They work by heating the cannabis to a point that it releases cannabinoids but doesn’t char the plant material. The high is different than smoking, but not in a bad way. Vaporizers come in many sizes from tabletop to pens. Some require cartridges of cannabis oil while others allow you to load plant material or concentrates. The vapor is sweet and practically unnoticeable. You can easily duck out, take a couple of hits and join the party again with no one being the wiser.