Cannabis 101

How do You Take Yours?

While smoking may the most popular method of administering cannabis, there are a variety of other new, exciting, and discrete ways to elevate your next adventure, including:

Inhalation

Inhalation–either of smoke or through vaporization–is the fastest-acting method of administration. When inhaled, the active ingredients of the product pass directly into the bloodstream from the lungs. Pharmacological effects occur within 5-20 minutes of inhalation.

  • Peak effect: 15-30 minutes
  • Duration: 2-3 hours

Oral

Oral administration is one of the strongest delivery methods out there. Unlike inhaled Cannabis, ingested Cannabis is metabolized by the liver. This means that more THC is converted into usable forms by the body.

  • Peak effect: 2-6 hours
  • Duration: 4-12 hours

Topical

Topical forms are typically used as creams or lotions to treat localized pain and discomfort, delivering active ingredients to the bloodstream through the skin.

  • Peak effect: 1 hour
  • Duration: 3-4 hours

Sublingual

Sublingual forms are administered under the tongue and may be faster acting as the medicine is absorbed into the blood through the mucosal membrane in the mouth.

  • Peak effect: 15 minutes
  • Duration: 6-8 hours

Do You Use Your Sense of Smell when Choosing Your Cannabis?

Then you are familiar with terpenes—aroma and taste molecules in the essential oils of plants.

Terpenes are naturally occurring and provide each plant’s distinctive scent, or essence. Like roses or spices, different strains of cannabis have unique odors ranging from sweet to acrid and skunky to floral. In addition to influencing aroma, terpene content is one of the biggest differences between sativa and indica-dominant strains. Learn more about terpenes below.

Ocimene

A tropical, woodsy aroma reminiscent of thyme. Benefits include antiseptic, antiviral, and antibacterial.

Linalool

A floral, citrusy aroma with hints of lavender. Linalool has aesthetic qualities and can be used to reduce anxiety and convulsions.

Terpinolene

A piney, herbaceous terpene with hints of anise. Also found in coriander,  terpinolene’s benefits include improved digestion and pain reduction.

Terpineol

A lilac, citrusy, woody aroma. Terpineol, also found in mugwort, has a calming effect. Its benefits include improved immune function and calmness.

Limonene

A citrusy, spicy aroma also found in many fruits. Limonene can benefit those suffering from acid reflux, anxiety, or depression.

Pinene

An earthy, piney aroma that’s also found in pine needles. Benefits include anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, bronchodilator, and improved memory.

Myrcene

A floral, earthy aroma that’s also found in hops. Benefits include sleep aid, sedation, and muscular relaxation.

Caryophyllene

A spicy, citrusy aroma, Caryophyllene (also found in black pepper) has many potential benefits, ranging from anti-inflammatory to improved digestive function.

Humelene

A robust, herbaceous aroma also found in basil. Benefits include anti-inflammatory properties.

So, What’s a Cannabinoid?

While THC gets the attention, there are over different 70 cannabinoids present in cannabis. These other cannabinoids—and aroma-determining terpenes, for that matter—are believed to have therapeutic effects.

Among other effects, cannabinoids can suppress pain and nausea while stimulating appetite, euphoria or calmness. They are also thought to interact with CBC (enhancing the effects of THC) and CBD (enhancing both THC and CBC). Some of the most prevalent cannabinoids in Uku products include:

Benefits: Psychoactive, analgesic, antiinflammatory, anti-microbial

Benefits: Anti-anxiety, convulsions, depression, inflammation, and nausea, sedative, sleep aid, and muscle relaxant

Benefits: Anti-inflammatory, analgesic, treats acid reflux, anti-anxiety, antidepressant

Benefits: Psychoactive, analgesic, antiinflammatory, anti-microbial

Benefits: Anti-inflammatory, analgesic, treats acid reflux, anti-anxiety, antidepressant

Benefits: Anti-inflammatory, analgesic, protects cells lining digestive tract

Benefits: Anti-obesity, aids memory, calming aid, antibacterial, antiviral, supports immune system function