I thought I knew a lot about marijuana when my state finally passed a law legalizing it for medical use, but in all actuality I knew very little.
Simply being someone who owned a vaporizer—and had since 2010—didn’t make me special like I delusionally thought it did. Nowadays most of the cannabis users I meet at the dispensaries are all owners of dry herb vaporizers and concentrate vaporizers. There’s nothing unique anymore about simply knowing more than one consumption method of the marijuana plant. Lots of people use tinctures, capsules, oils, vape cartridges, and edibles aside from joints, blunts, bongs, or pipes. I asked one of the cannabis dispensary employees what is really popular among older cannabis users in the state, and they said it’s the cannabis oils. The oil from cannabis distillate syringes can be eaten, vaporized, put on the skin topically, and taken sublingually or rectally. That’s largely why the cannabis dispensaries sell more oil syringes than any other marijuana product that they carry. However, a lot of the cannabis oil found in these syringes is substandard at best. Not only is the oil not extracted from the strain that is listed on the packaging, but the terpenes used to “simulate” that strain are often derived from food and plants. They’re “botanical” terpenes instead of “cannabis-derived” terpenes which are found in higher quality oil syringes. These are important distinctions that are not merely trivial in categorization. Many people report headaches from vaping cannabis oils made with botanical terpenes, while others will attest to a higher quality entourage effect with the cannabis derived terpenes for a number of different reasons.