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Methods of Cannabis Administration

When it comes to cannabis consumption, understanding your delivery method is of the utmost importance. If you’re new to cannabis, learning the various mediums may seem overwhelming, but this post should help you gain clarity and answer some of the most commonly asked questions.


Historically the most common method of inhalation is smoking dried flowers from the cannabis plant. The other method is vaporization, a process which uses a lower temperature and does not require combustion to receive the benefits of medical cannabis. A patient can receive the safest and healthiest way to inhale cannabis via vaporization, with a minimal onset time of 5-10 minutes. The most common forms of vaporization utilize both dry flower and concentrated forms of cannabis, such as oil cartridges or concentrates.

Staff Favorites:

Flower, Vaporizer Cartridge, Concentrate
(Available in Illinois, Maryland, and Nevada)

Mag Landance
Flower, Vaporizer Cartridge, Concentrate
(Available in Illinois and Maryland)


The ingestion of cannabis infused products leads to more powerful physical and psychoactive effects, lasting anywhere from four to eight hours. After being broken down in the gastrointestinal tract and passing through the liver, the active cannabinoids are delivered into the bloodstream. This process can take a minimum of two hours, so users must remember to be patient while waiting to feel the effects of any edible.

Staff Favorites:

Troches (Available in Maryland)
Sour Gummies (Available in Illinois)
Encore Edibles (Available in Nevada and Oklahoma)


By utilizing sublingual cannabis products such as tinctures, infused liquids, and dissolvable tablets, medical patients can bypass the need for intestinal absorption which allows for a quicker onset time than most traditional edibles.

Staff Favorites:

THCa 100mg Tincture (coming soon to Florida)


This category includes infused cannabis products such as creams, lotions, salves, and transdermal patches. This form of delivery is geared towards physical alleviation of ailments such as inflammation, skin-irritation, and pain. The majority of topicals affect only the area where they are applied. Specialized transdermal compounds and patches can deliver cannabinoids into the bloodstream for a more prominent whole-body focus.

Staff Favorites:

Avexia Pain Balm and Epsom Salt Soak
(Available in Illinois and Maryland)

You can find more information about cannabis on our blog and Cannabis 101 sections of our website.

Posted on: March 5, 2019 | By: Zen Leaf Staff
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