Thanks to the growing push for legalization in the U.S., the cannabis industry is reaching new heights. Legal marijuana is expected to be an $80 billion industry by 2030.
The rising demand for new cannabis products means you have no shortage of options the next time you find yourself in a dispensary. From cannabis-infused edible candies to THC concentrate tinctures, the range of products can be intimidating if you don’t know what to look for.
At Uxbridge Cannabis, it’s our goal to make the world of THC more accessible to newcomers and experienced users alike. Whether you’re entirely new to cannabis or just looking to keep up with the latest products — vape pens, concentrates, topicals, and more — we’ve got you covered with this guide.
Let’s break down everything you need to know about the cannabis products available today.
Choosing the Right Cannabis Product
If you’re just getting started with cannabis, you might wonder whether it matters which product you pick. After all, weed is weed.
But selecting the right product is about more than just personal preference. It can play a crucial role in your experience.
Different products can have vastly different effects, depending on how they’re made and how you consume them. So if you want the best possible experience, you’ll want to pick a product based on:
- How much experience you have with cannabis and your overall tolerance levels
- Whether or not you need to be precise about dosing, like when microdosing
- How quickly you want the effects to set in and how long you want it to last
- What kind of effects you hope to experience (relaxation, creativity, pain relief, euphoria, etc.)
- What kind of flavor or terpene profile you prefer
Guide to Cannabis Product Types
It wasn’t that long ago that smoking was one of the only accessible ways to consume cannabis. Thankfully, the industry has come a long way since then. Now, there are dozens of different options, each with a range of brands, strains, flavors, and terpene profiles.
Here are six types of cannabis products, along with some tips on choosing the best one for your needs.
Despite the innovative new products available today, many cannabis smokers stick to the good, old-fashioned way of consuming weed. Flower, also referred to as “bud,” is the smokable part of the cannabis plant that’s been dried and prepped for consumption.
Smoking flower is one of the more popular methods because of its versatility. It can be rolled into a blunt, smoked out of a pipe, or packed into a bowl. It’s known for hitting the bloodstream quickly for a near-instant high, lasting about one to three hours.
Due to its popularity, flower is also more accessible than some other cannabis products. Most consumers can find a wide range of strains at their local dispensary, making it easier to find the perfect strain for you. Flower is also one of the more affordable options for people on a budget.
However, flower may not be the best option if you want a precise dose. There’s no standard way to dose flower, so it’s easy to overshoot the amount you need.
If you’re unsure how to roll your own blunts, or you hate the hassle of doing it again and again, that’s where pre-rolls can help. A pre-roll is exactly what it sounds like — a pre-rolled joint or blunt filled with flower.
Buying pre-rolls isn’t just convenient. It’s also more discreet and easy to dispose of properly. As with flower, trying new strains and potencies is easy to find what works for you.
Vaping has emerged in recent years as an alternative to smoking flower. With vaping, concentrated cannabis oil is heated to the point of vaporization. When you inhale this vapor — which doesn’t have the recognizable “weed” smell — you get the immediate effects of the strain.
The compact, pen-shaped vapes are discreet and easy to take on the go. It’s also many consumers’ go-to method because vaping doesn’t combust the cannabis, which means it doesn’t have the unhealthy contaminants that come with smoke.
Concentrates are made when you take away all excess plant material and are left with the most concentrated form of THC. Depending on how they’re made, you might also hear them referred to as shatter, crumble, and rosin.
As the name suggests, concentrates are the most potent form of cannabis. They contain a higher proportion of cannabinoids and terpenes than flower forms. That means they have a rapid onset, with only a small amount required to feel the full effects.
While this can be great for experienced dabbers who want a powerful and efficient high, beginners should proceed cautiously. Depending on how concentrates are produced, they come in a range of textures and flavors. Some can be vaped or dabbed, while others can be added to edibles or sprinkled onto a joint to enhance the intensity of the high.
While there are countless ways to smoke, vape, or inhale cannabis, that kind of consumption isn’t for everyone. Edibles offer a long-lasting alternative to consuming THC or THC/CBD products.
There are a wide variety of edibles, from beverages to candy to baked goods.
One of the benefits of taking edibles is that it’s easier to take precise doses. Most edibles are made with a specific dose per piece, like 10 mg per weed brownie or 5mg per weed gummy. This makes it a great choice for beginners with a low tolerance or who want to ease into higher doses.
Exploring Cannabis Products with Uxbridge Cannabis
From flower to concentrates, the list of cannabis products to choose from can feel endless. But making the right choice can make or break your experience. While you don’t need to try them all, it helps to know what options you have to choose from.
Once you know what’s on the market, it’s time to try these products out for yourself. To learn more about which products will deliver your ideal high, stop by DDM Cannabis — or peruse our menu online.