Washington residents demonstrated their approval of cannabis consumption through medical legalization in 1998 and recreational legalization in 2012, but many have yet to try it.
It is legal to purchase, but now what? The legalization of cannabis in Washington state allows adults to enjoy cannabis in many forms: They can smoke dried cannabis flowers, inhale concentrated cannabis oil vapors, apply topical products (such as lotions or gels), or consume cannabis products in edible forms such as candies, baked goods, beverages and tinctures.
If one is curious about experiencing cannabis, but is unsure where to begin, it helps to visit a retailer that merchandises its products with a focus on what type of experience the consumer seeks. This allows the customer to work closely with a knowledgeable store representative to aid in finding them the products that best fit their specific wants and needs.
“Before we dive into what type of product someone wants,” says Kirsten Barber, manager at Vela Cannabis in Seattle’s Sodo neighborhood, “we use the Vela Spectrum to understand what type of experience someone is hoping to have. It ranges from Hush to Unwind to Flourish to Ignite, showing people that some types of cannabis can have calm, sedating effects while others can have energizing or exhilarating effects.”
How can you consume cannabis?
“The traditional method is inhalation, either via smoke or vapor, which enters the bloodstream quickly through the respiratory system,” Barber says. “Consuming edibles or liquids is also common. Feeling the effects is a slower process, though – it can take 30 to 90 minutes to feel the effects when ingesting it, and they’ll last longer. Edibles are a very approachable way to consume