Cannabis consumption comes in various forms
A variety of marijuana-related products are on the market at Oklahoma dispensaries. State voters approved medical marijuana in 2018. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
A price listing for cannabis-related products is seen at J & J Buds and Dispensary in Tulsa. State-issued medical marijuana licenses must be obtained to legally buy marijuana in Oklahoma. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Products that contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC, the mind-altering compound in marijuana), like these “gummies,” are available for purchase at many dispensaries in Oklahoma. Medical marijuana doesn’t mean just smoking products. COURTESY
TAHLEQUAH – Marijuana for consumption comes in a variety of forms, from concentrated oils, food products referred to as edibles to traditional smoking.
“You can get edibles, topicals, roll-ons, bath bombs,” said Cherokee Nation citizen Jamie Casey, of Broken Arrow, a medical marijuana cardholder who owns a dispensary. “I prefer to smoke it before I go to bed.”
The marijuana flower can be rolled into a “joint,” the most common way of smoking weed, according to Weedmaps, founded in 2008.
“The only tools you need to roll a joint are rolling papers and your flower,” its website states. “While less common, a blunt is the same basic idea as a joint. A blunt is an emptied-out cigar wrapper that’s been filled with flower and resealed.”
Other smoking alternatives include pipes and water pipes, also known as “bongs.”
Casey said she also partakes in edibles, food and beverage products infused with cannabis.
“I like to do the edibles,” she said. “But the one thing that helps me more than anything is the drinks.”
Edibles can include cookies, brownies, chocolates, pizza, sauces and soda.
“We sell a lot of flower still, but our edibles are our second,” Nectar dispensary co-owner Chance Adams said. “For chronic pain management and everything like that, edibles are the way to go. It’s metabolized slower.”
Casey said “about the only thing that will be as fast acting as marijuana itself would be your tinctures.”
Tinctures are concentrated oils that can be placed under the tongue or incorporated into food and drinks.
“It’s basically just distilled-down cannabis oil,” Adams said. “So you can mix it in food. You can drop it in a drink. It’s so much easier to ingest. You can rub in underneath your tongue. It’s kind of fast activating.”
Medical marijuana cardholder Merle “Cate” Fritz, of Tahlequah, said she’s dabbled in cannabis cooking.
“I’ve made chocolate and cookies, and we have the cannabis butter,” she said. “I just add it to whatever I’m eating. It seems to go better with savory than sweet. But I’m still learning, experimenting and trying to get it all worked out.”
Another way to ingest cannabis is via “vaping.” Weedmaps.com states that cannabis vaporing is growing in popularity for its “easy, discreet manner that’s healthier than traditional smoking methods.
“The leading benefit for vaping weed is that it’s a healthier alternative to smoking flower, as vapor doesn’t release the tar and carcinogens created during combustion (the process of burning flower),” the website states. “Instead, vaporization entails a slightly more complex process that creates a phase transition from liquid to vapor.”