Our exploration of the four most common alternative cannabis products available to Michigan provisioning center customers.

Many Michigan dispensary customers are exploring less familiar cannabis products, like topicals, tinctures, and drinkables. We want to get you acquainted with these new cannabis consumption methods, so we put together this helpful guide.

Get to know the four most common alternative cannabis products at your Michigan provisionary. 

Topicals

What are cannabis topicals?

Topicals are cannabis products applied directly to the skin to relieve ailments like inflammation, muscle soreness, and joint pain.

How do topicals work?

With cannabis lotions, balms, massage oils, and bath salts, cannabinoids like THC and CBD penetrate the skin’s upper layers and bind with your endocannabinoid receptors. Most topicals offer localized effects, so they don’t get you high.

On the other hand, transdermal patches, which are also considered topicals (they’re applied to the skin), can get you high if they contain THC. Cannabinoids in transdermal patches pass through the skin and into the bloodstream, offering systemic benefits. Muskegon provisioning center customers can experience THC and CBD’s effects for up to 12 hours with a transdermal patch.

How do I choose a topical?

Check the active ingredients.

THC works well for localized pain, like muscle soreness, but it doesn’t work well for inflammation. CBD, on the other hand, helps reduce inflammation, especially when combined with THCA.

Investigate the purity.

Avoid topicals made with cannabis grown using pesticides or synthetic fertilizers. Look for cannabinoids extracted using ethanol or CO2 – these solvents don’t leave harmful residues behind.

Make sure it’s strong enough. 

Look for at least 10 mg of cannabinoids per usage or 250 mg per ounce.

Tinctures

What are tinctures?

Tinctures are alcohol-based cannabis extracts. They come in small glass bottles with a dropper for precise dosing. As you might already know, accurate dosing is essential for cannabis microdosing.

Tinctures are discreet, and you’ll feel the effects in as little as 15 minutes if you drop the liquid under your tongue.

How do I choose a tincture?

THC to CBD ratio:

You can buy tinctures with THC or CBD on their own or purchase a product with both. Tinctures with a higher CBD ratio will offer a less psychoactive experience and vice versa.

CBD: full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, or pure isolate?

Full-spectrum contains CBD and all other terpenes and cannabinoids, including THC. Broad-spectrum is similar, but it’s THC-free. Pure isolate contains CBD only.

Some Michigan dispensary visitors choose full or broad-spectrum CBD for the entourage effect – the theory that cannabinoids work better when consumed together. 

How do tinctures work?

You can consume tinctures in one of the following ways:

Sublingually:

Add drops under your tongue and hold for at least 30 seconds. The cannabinoids are absorbed directly into your bloodstream through the membranes in your mouth. To maximize the benefits, don’t eat or drink anything for 15 minutes after.

Add to food and drinks:

Add drops to your coffee or dessert. The effects are similar to consuming edibles or drinkables.

Topically:

Add drops directly to the skin where you’re experiencing pain and rub in the liquid.

Check the concentration listed on the bottle to find your appropriate dose. The strength of the solution determines how much THC or CBD is in each drop or dropper. With THC, first-timers should start with 1 to 2.5 mg and wait at least 6 hours before consuming more.

Drinkables

What are drinkables?

Drinkables are cannabis-infused beverages. And they come in various forms like cannabis-infused sodas, teas, waters, and even cold brew coffee. 

Cannabeverages (as they’re also known) appeal to Michigan provisionary customers because the experience is similar to drinking a glass of wine without the next-day hangover.

How do drinkables work?

Cannabinoids in drinkables are absorbed through membranes in the mouth so that the effects can kick in just 15 minutes. The rest of the active compounds travel through the digestive system and into the bloodstream, taking effect in the same way as edibles.

How do I choose a drinkable?

Drinkables contain THC or CBD, and often a mixture of both.

THC levels begin around 0.5mg and top out around 10 mg, while CBD levels begin about 1 mg and go up to 20 mg. If you’re combining the two cannabinoids, choose a ratio that works for you. But, at the end of the day, when it comes to selecting a cannabeverage, it’s all about flavor and beverage style. Choose your own adventure.

Want to learn more about alternative cannabis products? Pop into our Muskegon provisioning center and let us guide you through our topicals, tinctures, and drinkables.

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