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TIPS AND TRICKS— THE ALCHEMY OF MARIJUANA PROCESSING

The benefit of quick assimilation is that it is easier to titrate, to figure out how much to use. Smoking or vaporizing has a fast onset, so you know quickly whether or not you have a sufficient dose. Ingesting tinctures sublingually—that is, droplets placed under the tongue— is almost as fast as smoking or vaporizing, because it goes directly into the bloodstream from the mucous membranes, the same way smoke is absorbed by the blood in the lungs.

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Five minutes after a tincture is dropped on the tongue, its effects are felt. Drinking or eating cannabis has a slower onset. One important factor is whether cannabinized food is eaten on an empty or full stomach. Food is digested more efficiently and faster on an empty stomach; the high starts coming on after 20 to 30 minutes and peaks in one or two hours.

It can be intense with several peaks and last four hours or more, but it is more likely to last two to three. On a full stomach, the high begins 45 to 60 minutes after ingestion and peaks two to three hours later. It may last four or five hours or more, but it is not as intense. While the high can be enjoyable and long lasting, it is harder to determine the right amount to use since the feedback loop can take up to four hours. As a result it is easier to eat more or less than intended and end up with a tooheady buzz, or not much of a buzz at all.

Lastly

Trying to distinguish between marijuana’s psychoactive and therapeutic effects is difficult. It is also difficult to establish a consistent dosage through all methods of intake. When the same material is used and the same processes are followed, this is somewhat easier to determine. Caution should always be used when trying out a new variety or a new technique for processing. It may take a little careful experimentation to find the right amount, and the amount that is right for you may not be the same for someone else.

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