All About the Different Cannabis Consumption Methods

Welcome to the ever-expanding universe of cannabis consumption. Gone are the days of one-size-fits-all approaches, at 3D Salida dispensary, we’re here to guide you through the myriad ways to embrace and enjoy cannabis, from time-honored traditions to the forefront of innovation.

In this blog, we will explore the full spectrum of consumption methods designed to cater to every taste, need, and curiosity. Whether you’re a long-time enthusiast or new to the cannabis community, we’re committed to providing you with the knowledge and quality you deserve. Dive in with us as we delve into each method, showcasing our commitment to excellence and our connection to the cannabis connoisseur in you.



Smoking is like the vinyl record of cannabis – it’s all about the classics. Smoking brings almost immediate effects that can last a couple of hours. There are a couple of ways you can smoke cannabis flower, each steeped in tradition and wrapped in a cloud of nostalgia.


  • Joint/Pre-roll: Joints are the quintessential symbol of cannabis culture. Rolling a joint is almost a rite of passage. Grinding the flower, rolling it in the paper, and twisting it before enjoying it makes it feel ritualistic. For those who appreciate convenience without sacrificing tradition, pre-rolls (pre-rolled joints) offer a ready-to-enjoy alternative.

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  • Pipe: Pipes are the trusty sidekick of cannabis enthusiasts. Compact, easy to use, and highly portable, all you need to do is grind, pack, and light. Pipes are usually wooden or glass, though the style can be as different as the personality of the person who owns it.


  • Bong: Bongs are about the experience. Bongs are like pipes that have a vessel filled with water. The water acts as a filter, cooling down the smoke and making each hit less harsh on your throat. From the bubbling sound to the smooth sensations, bong seshes are particularly satisfying.



If smoking is the past, then vaporizing is the future. Vaping has carved out a corner of the cannabis world as a smoother, cleaner, and more technologically savvy way to consume cannabis. Like smoking, the effects come on pretty quickly and can last a few hours. The versatility of vaporizers is especially thanks to the different types available.


  • Dry Herb Vaporizers: Dry herb vaporizers heat your cannabis without combusting it, meaning you inhale vapor rather than smoke. This method can be kinder to your lungs and improve the taste of your flower while still partaking in traditional flower.

  • Dab Rigs & Dab Pens: Concentrate vaporizers (dab pens and dab rigs) are heavy hitters. Designed for wax, shatter, and other concentrates, these devices deliver a potent and flavorful experience.

  • Oil Cartridges and Vape Pens: Pre-filled with cannabis oil, these cartridges and pens are ready to go right out of the box – just inhale and enjoy. The variety of strains and flavors available in cartridge form makes it easy to switch things up according to your mood. Plus, the odor is much less noticeable than smoke, so you can keep things on the down-low.



Edibles take you on a totally different journey through the cannabis landscape, one where patience is key, and the rewards can be delightfully potent. This method involves infusing food or drink with cannabis, transforming ordinary treats into a flavorful ride.


The beauty of edibles lies in their versatility and the stealth factor — they’re just food, after all! But don’t let their innocent appearance fool you. Edibles can pack a powerful punch, with effects that take a bit to kick in, about 30 minutes up to two hours, but last much longer than smoking or vaping. 


Whether you’re nibbling on a gummy, sipping a cannabis-infused beverage, or indulging in a homemade brownie, edibles offer a discrete and convenient way to enjoy cannabis without the smoke.



Sublinguals come in tinctures, sprays, and strips that are placed under the tongue for quick absorption into the bloodstream. These give you the effects you want without the smell of smoke or the wait of edibles. 


Sublinguals are like the secret agents of the cannabis world, perfect for microdosing or for those moments when you need a quick, unnoticeable pick-me-up. Also, the nature of sublinguals make dosing a breeze. One drop, spray, or strip, and you’re on your way to relaxation or relief.

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Topicals are lotions, balms, creams, and even transdermal patches infused with cannabinoids. They are ready to tackle sore muscles, inflammation, skin conditions, and more right at the source.  


These topicals work their magic by interacting with cannabinoid receptors located in the skin, offering relief and comfort without entering the bloodstream—meaning you get the benefits where you need them without the psychoactive effects. Transdermal patches kick it up a notch by delivering cannabinoids directly into the bloodstream through the skin, offering long-lasting, consistent relief.


Choosing the Right Method for You

Choosing the right cannabis consumption method for you can take some trial and error. Luckily, there’s a method to match every lifestyle, need, and curiosity. Here are some tips to keep in mind when choosing a consumption method:


  • Think About The Experience You Want: Your desired experience — fast-acting relief, a specific duration, or a certain intensity — can help narrow down the options.

  • Take it Easy: With any method, “start low and go slow.” This means taking a small dose, waiting, and seeing how you feel. If you want a more intense experience, try a bit more.

  • Consider Your Lifestyle: Think about when and where you plan to indulge, and let that guide your choice. If you’re always on the go, portable options like vape pens or discreet edibles might be your best bet. For those who prefer to enjoy cannabis in the comfort of their home, a bong or a dab rig could be more up your alley.

  • Listen To Your Body: Everyone’s body reacts differently to cannabis, and what works for one person might not for another. It’s important to consider factors like your tolerance, any medical conditions, and how you want to feel after consuming.

  • Keep a Journal: With so many methods available, the best way to find your favorite is to experiment. Keeping a journal of your experiences with different methods, strains, and doses can help you fine-tune your preferences.

  • Consult with Professionals: When in doubt, ask for advice from healthcare professionals or dispensary staff. They can provide valuable insights into the latest products, how to use them safely, and what might suit your needs based on their experience with other customers or patients.

3D Salida Recreational Cannabis Dispensary — Helping You Explore Natural Wellness

Finding the right cannabis consumption method for you is a personal journey, one that should be enjoyable and tailored to what feels best for your body and lifestyle. Whether you’re exploring cannabis for medical purposes, wellness, or pleasure, there’s a method out there that’s just right for you. Happy exploring!


Looking to try a new consumption method, but you’re not sure what you need? Check out our previous blog, Must-Have Tools & Accessories for Cannabis Enthusiasts!


Also be sure to check out our full online dispensary menu for all the latest offerings. 

*The contents of this blog are intended for informational purposes only. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.*

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