Today, inhalation and in particular smoking, via a joint, blunt or bong for example, is the most common method of consuming cannabis in the western world. Inhalation of cannabis results in direct feedback (aka effect) to the consumer, allowing for easy self-regulation of the intensity of the experience (commonly known as ‘high’) and avoiding adverse effects (i.e., paranoia, dizziness, or anxiety). Inhalation is the preferred method of consumption when requiring or desiring a quasi-direct effect from cannabis. The effects of inhaling cannabis also don’t last very long, peaking within 30 minutes and decreasing following the hour.
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a complex network in the human body that plays a role in various physiological processes. THC and CBD are believed to be the main agents responsible for the effects of cannabis, but research has suggested that the combination of different cannabinoids in cannabis may produce effects that are different from the simple combination of each individual component, a phenomenon known as the “entourage effect.”