Cannabis Products: Strains, Concentrates, and More
Following the legalization of recreational cannabis in October 2018, many Canadians have entered the weed market for the first time. The sheer volume of products available can leave many consumers feeling confused and overwhelmed about which cannabis products to purchase and how to use them.
Surveys indicate that recreational cannabis users prefer dried cannabis, while medicinal users prefer oils. But these are not the only types of cannabis products available. Cannabis is available in a wide variety of both smokable and non-smokable products, including concentrates, edibles, tinctures, and topicals. By experimenting with different forms of cannabis consumption, you may find something that is best suited to your individual preferences or health needs.
Cannabis in Canada
Dry cannabis, or dry flower (also called “bud”), refers to plant matter that has been dried and cured and is ready to smoke. Traditional flower smoking remains the preferred method of cannabis consumption around the world. Cannabis flower is a versatile option that presents many methods of consumption: it can be smoked using a pipe or bong, or rolled into a joint.
One of the benefits of smoking cannabis is its high bioavailability. That means you’ll feel its effects almost immediately, and effects can last for a few hours.
Indica strains are typically used to promote relaxation. They can also stimulate the appetite, decrease nausea, relax muscles, and promote sleep. Because of this, individuals wishing to relieve stress or insomnia may choose to use indica strains. Indica is commonly smoked at night to promote sleep and relaxation.
Sativa strains, on the other hand, promote a state of energy and euphoria. Sativa may be used in situations that require motivation and creative mental processing. Because of this, it is most often smoked during the day.
If you’re not sure whether sativa or indica is best for you, you can also try a hybrid strain. Though it may seem like the properties of sativa and indica are contradictory, hybrid strains offer the best of both, with more subtle effects. Hybrid strains may be used to relieve pain, boost creativity and productivity, and reduce anxiety simultaneously. Because of the sheer quantity of different cannabis strains available, it’s a good idea to try small quantities of different varieties until you find one you like before committing to a larger purchase.
Concentrates are another way to consume cannabis. Concentrates are cannabis products that have been processed to keep the most desirable parts of the plant, while filtering out excess plant material.
Concentrates are available in a wide variety of products and are consumed in different ways. Concentrates can be used to supplement your cannabis flower, or can be consumed on their own. Concentrates offer high bioavailability and a high absorption rate, meaning they deliver a rapid onset time and a high that is typically more potent than smoking cannabis flower. The effects of cannabis concentrate typically last anywhere from one to three hours.
Depending on the extraction method and process type used, concentrates can take a variety of textures and forms. These different forms are largely a matter of personal preference and don’t necessarily affect taste or potency. Shatter, for example, is a concentrate with a brittle, glass-like texture and a yellow or amber color. Distillate, on the other hand, is a highly potent cannabis extract made through distillation of cannabis oil.
Depending on tolerance level and individual preferences, the best consumption method and dose can vary widely from person to person. Try experimenting with different types of concentrates to see what works best for you.
Edibles are food items made with cannabis concentrates or flowers. Brownies have long been a popular form of cannabis edible, but thanks to further advances in cannabis edibles, you can now choose from a wide variety of cannabis-infused chocolates and candy.
Tinctures refer to a concentrated liquid cannabis preparation that can be applied topically or taken orally. Tinctures can be used under the tongue for rapid delivery directly into the bloodstream, providing onset as fast as 15 minutes.
Tinctures used orally but not under the tongue will travel through the digestive system and provide a more delayed onset, much like an edible. They can also be blended with food or drinks.
Cannabis can be used in topical applications, such as massage oils, soap, balms, or transdermal patches. Topicals can deliver effects to specific areas of the skin, joints, or muscles.
They are often used to relieve symptoms caused by inflammation or injury, and do not produce a psychoactive effect.
At MJN Express, we offer an extensive supply of flower, concentrates, edibles, tinctures, topicals, and more. Browse our extensive product selection to discover why MJN Express is considered one of the most popular delivery services across all of Canada’s provinces!