Cannabis Choice Guide

Use this guide to help choose the right cannabis consumption method for you.


If you want to relax.



If you want to get lifted


Best of both worlds.


Smoking Cannabis

The easiest and most common way to consume cannabis as it only requires little more than a vessel and a lighter. You can pack the ground cannabis into a pipe, roll it into a joint/blunt, or load it into a bong. Smoking cannabis involves inhaling the smoke released by the heated flowers or concentrate.

Smoking recreational cannabis in a pipe
Pack the ground cannabis into a pipe.
Rolling a recreational joint.
Roll it into a joint/blunt.
Lighting up recreational weed in a bong.
Load it into a bong.

How long does it take to feel the effects?
When smoking cannabis, the effects can be felt almost instantly and last from 90 minutes to 3+ hours depending on the individual, cannabinoid content, and potency of the strain. Because of the minimal onset time associated with smoking cannabis, dosage control is easy relative to other consumption methods.


A vaporizer is a device that heats cannabis buds and/or concentrates to 315-440°F (157-227°C), which causes the cannabinoids stored in the plant’s trichomes to evaporate into a gas without combusting any plant material. They utilize an internal heating element to start a conduction or convection current which passes heat through or around the weed, thereby releasing the THC and CBDs. These devices run off of either a USB charging system, battery power, or wall charger depending on the style of vaporizer the user chooses. There are desktop vaporizers, portable vaporizers, and vape pens.

Desktop Vaporizers

They are bigger and more powerful than portable vaporizers and vape pens. They are designed for home use.

How to use a cannabis desktop vaporizer.
Cannabis desktop vaporizers.
Desktop Vaporizers

Portable Vaporizers

Portable vaporizers make use of rechargeable batteries. Conventional portable vaporizers are used mainly for dry herbs, with only a handful of them having the ability to do several different materials such as dry herb and concentrates.

Portable vape for cannabis flower and dry herbs.
Portable Cannabis Vaporizers
Portable Vaporizers

Vape Pens

Vape pens work best with concentrates. They are usually used for concentrates with a few numbers of them having the ability to suitably vape dry herb. Vape pens are undoubtedly the most discreet type of vaporizer you can think of. You should not ideally purchase a vape pen if you aim to vape mainly dry herbs, instead get a portable one.

Cannabis Vape Pen
Recreational marijuana vape pens.
Vape Pens

How long does it take to feel the effects?
The effects of vaporizing cannabis (desktop, portable, and vape pens) are felt almost instantly which makes dosage control easy.


Cannabis infused food and drink.


Cannabis infused food and drink. The effects associated with ingested cannabis last much longer than the other consumption methods (anywhere from 4 to 8+ hours) and can be significantly more intense. The downside to edibles is the delayed onset time, which can take anywhere from 20 to 90+ minutes.

Edible cannabis cookies.
Recreational marijuana edibles.
Marijuana Edibles

Cannabis Concentrates

Cannabis can be concentrated in basically any way shape or form. Cannabis concentrates, commonly referred to as cannabis extracts, are significantly more potent than your standard cannabis buds. It is an umbrella term that will pop up often when discussing marijuana intake methods, When made properly, a cannabis concentrate is reminiscent of the cannabis strain it was extracted from; the smell, taste, and effects are simply magnified due to a larger concentration by weight. The following below are all cannabis concentrates.

Hash / Kief

Hash is the pressed version of trichomes. Trichomes are the little tiny crystal-like hairs that cover the bud. Kief (keef) is a fine powder made from trichomes. Hash comes in many forms depending on the extraction method used to get it from the plant stage to the concentrate stage.

Cannabis hash or keif.

Butane Hash Oil (BHO)

BHO is a highly potent form of marijuana extraction. It is made by dissolving the THC in the solvent butane. The process extracts the THC but without dissolving the actual marijuana buds.

BHO has a variety of names (wax, shatter, crumble, oil, errl, honeycomb, moon rock, nectar, etc.) BHO generally tests between 60 percent and 90 percent THC, making it perhaps the strongest concentrate on the mainstream market.

Cannabis Butane Hash Oil (BHO)

Propane Hash Oil (PHO)

Cannabis processed using the same method as BHO, but with propane instead. Although others are possible, the consistency of PHO is typically budder. Budder is a type of hash oil that is similar to wax but softer and more pliable.

Cannabis PHO


CO2 oil is the golden liquid used in almost every pre-filled vaporizer pen cartridge.

CO2 Oil


Shatter has a hard, smooth, glass-like consistency. Shatter breaks so easily. Many prefer to dab shatter as it can be difficult to load into certain vaporizers, but that’s not to say you can’t vaporize it. Concentrates with the shatter consistency can be converted to budder by simply whipping the concentrate on a hot plate. Shatter shards can be mixed with flower inside joints before rolling.

Recreational cannabis shatter

Budder / Wax

Wax or budder refers to cannabis extracts with a creamy, buttery consistency. It is also called crumble or cake batter. The consistency is comparable to a soft wax and is more forgiving to work with than shatter. Budder can be vaped, dabbed, twaxed (inside the joint or blunt), smoked, or used in edibles. Great consistency for vaporizer pens.

Cannabis budder.

Dabbing Concentrates

Dabbing with a dab rig.

Dabbing is a way of consuming cannabis concentrates (aka dabs) and it is the most popular. Dabs are smoked using a dab rig.

Cannabis Dab Rig.

A dab rig is similar to a bong, however you heat the part you would usually place the buds in and when hot enough, by using a small piece of cannabis concentrate, you then smoke and enjoy the flavour and high much quicker and stronger.

When using a dab rig, a blowtorch is used to preheat the heating surface, which is referred to as a “nail”. The nail is usually made of titanium or glass. After the nail is heated, the concentrate is “dabbed” on the surface, resulting in a vapor that can be inhaled. it’s actually a way of consuming marijuana extracts that provides a heavy dose of cannabinoids in a small package.

Cannabis Topicals

Cannabis topicals are cannabis infused products like creams, lotions, salves and oils made for external use. They are applied to and absorbed directly through your skin. Topicals containing high doses of CBD are best when used for physical pain.

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