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23 Exciting Ways To Use Cannabis In 2023 – Plus Everything You Need To Get Started

Hey – wanna sip some weeeeeed? That’s right, I said sip. The days of smoking from a hollowed-out apple and tripping on mysterious pot brownies are over.

It’s 2023 now, and cannabis is legal in the majority of states. That means folks from all walks of life are trying cannabis for the first time, and finding it brings them relief from pain, anxiety, provides restful sleep, or maybe just puts a smile on their face.

In turn, modern cannabis companies are bringing innovation and creativity into finding new ways to consume, there are now more ways than ever incorporate this magical plant into your daily life.

That means more ways to calmer days, restful sleep, and better connections with your friends and family.

But it also means a whole lot of dispensary overwhelm.

Maybe you’ve asked yourself, “What can I use CBD or THC for? How do I take it? How do I dose an edible? What is ‘sativa’ vs ‘indica’? What is dabbing? Are vapes safe? Which products are healthiest?” IT’S A LOT!

So whether you are:

  • New to cannabis looking for step-by-step instructions and advice on products, or
  • A seasoned pro looking to expand your weed repertoire,

You’ve come to the right place.

Here I’ve listed 23 exciting ways to use cannabis in 2023, along with super-detailed how-tos and a stash list of everything you’ll need to get started.


What Are the Best Ways to Use Cannabis in 2023?

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1. Vapor

Sip Cannabis Vapor (!!) with the Zenco Duo

Benefits of the Zenco Duo

  • The Zenco Duo is the premium sharable tabletop vaporizer.
  • Sleek design looks stylish on your coffee table
  • Comes with 2 cups so you can share with your bestie.

How to Use the Zenco Duo

  • In the base, stick a standard-size 510 vape cartridge or concentrate.
  • Press the button and the cup fills with smooth, flavorful cannabis vapor.
  • Sip the vapor from the cup, feel great.
  • Check the calendar because, yes, we are living in the future.

Stash List: What You’ll Need to Use the Zenco Duo

  • A Zenco Duo
  • A 510 vape cartridge or a cannabis concentrate (crumble seems to work best).
  • A friend to share that second cup.


2. Gummies

Pop THC Gummies or CBD Gummies

Woman's hand holding CBD THC gummies near orchids.

Benefits of THC Gummies and CBD Gummies

  • Long-Lasting Effects. Both THC edibles and CBD edibles last for 4-6 hours, a great choice when you need to feel long-lasting relief.
  • Discreet. No smoke, no smell, easy to consume.
  • Lots of options: Some THC gummies are great for day (take a hike, stroll a museum, enjoy a football game) others are great for night (fall asleep and stay asleep)! CBD edibles are most often made for relaxation and sleep.

How to Take THC Gummies and CBD Gummies

  • Plan ahead! THC and CBD gummies take 1-2 hours to feel, and can last 4-6 hours. So take it BEFORE you want to feel it, make sure your schedule allows for the long high.
  • Start Low and Go Slow. The mantra of using THC gummies for the first time (or the 15th time).
  • “Start low” means start with a low dose, 2-5 mg is good for beginners. “Go slow” means wait the full 1-2 hours for the THC gummies to hit before you take more.
  • For LOTS more tips on how to skip the bad edibles experience and make edibles your friend, check out my post THC Gummies for Beginners.

Stash List: What You’ll Need To Pop THC Gummies Or CBD Gummies


3. Tinctures

Drop a CBD Tincture

Woman holding CBD oil dropper

Benefits Of CBD Tinctures

  • Smoke free.
  • Faster onset than gummies or other edibles.
  • Use daily to feel more balanced.

How To Use CBD Tinctures

  • Stand in front of a mirror to accurately count your drops (this saves you $$!).
  • Gently squeeze recommended number of drops under your tongue.
  • Hold dose under tongue for 2 minutes to help absorption, then swallow.

Stash List: What You’ll Need To Drop a CBD Tincture

  • My favorite CBD tincture from HealerCBD. One of the few CBD tinctures on the market that is physician-formulated, by endocannabinoid doctor Dr. Dustin Sulak. HealerCBD products more effective than other brands at smaller doses (which saves you $$!)

4. JOINTS

Keep it Simple: Roll a cannabis Joint

Benefits Of Rolling A Cannabis Joint

  • Low cost. Joints are the least expensive option for using cannabis.
  • Portable. Stick your cannabis joint in a plastic or glass tube and take it wherever you roam!
  • Whole plant medicine. Cannabis is most effective in its natural, whole flower form.
  • You can use either CBD flower or THC flower.
  • CBD flower is great for daytime focus and relief from aches and pains. THC flower is great for a mood boost, and that special elevated feeling.
  • THC flower must be purchased from a state-licensed dispensary. You can use a site like Weedmaps or Leafly to help you find one near you.

How to Roll a Cannabis Joint

  • Grind it. Essential for a smooth and easy smoking experience. I love this grinder because it’s easy on my hands and has a consistent grind.
  • Pack it. Rolling the perfect J is a stoner art form all its own. But if you’re too busy to learn, you can start by using a cone. Drop your ground cannabis in there, leave ~½ inch empty at the tip. Twist the paper tip to seal.
  • Light it. No hemp wick needed here. Just use a lighter on the twisted end and inhale for 3-5 seconds.

Stash List: What You’ll Need to Roll a Cannabis Joint


5. VAPES

Be Discreet: Hit a CBD Vape or THC Vape

Mouth of woman exhaling cannabis vape

Benefits Of CBD Vapes And THC Vapes

  • Discreet. Small enough to hold in one hand and less odorous than flower, you can hit a vape pretty much anywhere.
  • Smoke-free. “Vape juice” is a concentrated cannabis extract. It gets vaporized by the coil inside the vape pen, and you inhale a smoke-free vapor.
  • Potent. Vapes pack more punch than cannabis flower. Vape juice is ~80%-90% THC, compared to flower at ~20-25% THC.
  • Because extracting cannabis from flower often involves chemical processing, buying vapes from quality sources is critical.

How to Use a CBD Vape or THC Vape

  • Very simple! Put your mouth on the mouthpiece, inhale for 2-5 seconds, exhale.

Stash List: What You’ll Need to Use a CBD Vape or THC Vape


GOOD TO KNOW


  • CBD and THC are compounds made by the cannabis plant that have medicinal effect.
  • THC will make you feel high, CBD will not. Both are great for different purposes.

6. WATER PIPE

Go Old School: Use a cannabis water pipe

Benefits Of Using A Cannabis Water Pipe

  • Instant relief. The effects of smoking cannabis with a water pipe come on within 1-10 minutes.
  • Easy on lungs and throat. The water in the pipe breaks up the smoke before it hits your lungs and throat, creating a smooth smoking experience.
  • Low cost. Water pipes like bongs and bubblers are inexpensive and widely available.
  • Whole plant medicine. Cannabis is most effective in its natural, whole flower form.
  • Cannabis flower contains nearly 400 active compounds in addition to THC and CBD. Research shows that cannabis is most effective when these compounds are all present and working together, as with whole flower. This is referred to as the “Entourage Effect.”

How to Use a cannabis water pipe

  • Grind it. Essential for a smooth and easy smoking experience. I love this grinder because it’s easy on my hands and has a consistent grind.
  • Pack it. Put the ground cannabis in the bowl of the pipe. Like a stoned goldilocks, you don’t want your bowl packed too tight or packed too loose. Shoot for the density of tea in a tea bag.
  • Light it. Use a hemp wick to light just a small bit of the bowl, saving tasty greens for later. You light the wick, and wick lights the cannabis. Or you can go old-school and just use a lighter.
  • Inhale for 3-5 seconds, exhale. You should feel it in 1-10 minutes. If you’re new to smoking cannabis, wait at least 10 minutes to see how you feel before deciding whether you to take another inhale.
  • For step-by-step instructions, check out my YouTube video, How to Smoke CBD Hemp Flower for Instant Relief.

Stash List: What You’ll Need to Use a Cannabis water pipe


7. DABBING

Go New School: Dabbing

Man's hand holding dab pen and cannabis concentrate

Benefits Of Dabbing

  • High potency. Great if your pain or anxiety require a high dose of cannabis.
  • Inhaling vapor instead of smoke.
  • Better cannabis flavor profile than traditional smoking.
  • If you’re new to cannabis, use caution with this method. It packs a punch.

How to Dab

  • Dabbing requires a dab pen or dab rig and a cannabis concentrate.
  • Concentrates” are high-THC or high-CBD extracts from the cannabis plant. They come in many forms: rosin, wax, shatter, crumble, budder, and more.
  • Start with a rice-sized piece of concentrate. Heat the rig or pen per its instructions, start with a low temp and increase as you get used to dabbing.
  • Inhale for 1-2 seconds, exhale. There is no need to hold in the vapor for long, it is absorbed quickly.

Stash List: What You’ll Need to Dab


8. drinks

Chill in the Backyard with a Cold THC Seltzer

Overhead view of THC seltzers with colorful garnishes.

Benefits Of THC Seltzer

  • Reduce your alcohol consumption. It’s super easy to swap beer or hard seltzer for a cold THC seltzer or CBD seltzer.
  • No hangover! Need we say more?

How to Use THC Seltzer

  • Crack it open, sip, smile.
  • Pack a few for your next BBQ and you wave goodbye to White Claw forever.

Stash List: What You’ll Need to Use THC Seltzer


9. Tea

Warm up with a Hot CBD tea

Glass teapot with CBD tea on macrame coaster

Benefits Of CBD Tea

  • Calming
  • Easy to incorporate into daily/nightly routine.
  • Effective method to extract beneficial cannabis compounds.

How to Use CBD Tea

  • Steep like you would any other tea.
  • Pro Tip: add a packet of chamomile tea while steeping for the ultimate restful sleep.

Stash List: What You’ll Need to Use CBD Tea


10. Bath BombS

Relish a Soak with a CBD Bath Bomb

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Benefits of CBD Bath Bombs

  • Your skin is your largest organ, and there are endocannabinoid receptors all over it. Soaking in a CBD bath bomb delivers the medicine to your whole body.
  • Nurtures sore muscles and joints.
  • Helps you relax into deep sleep.
  • Easy to add to your self-care routine.

How to Use CBD Bath Bombs

  • Once your bath is warm and full, drop the CBD bath bomb in.
  • Be fully present while it dissolves: watch it bubble, listen to the active fizz, inhale its soothing scents.
  • Relax and enjoy.

Stash List: What You’ll Need to Use CBD Bath Bombs


GOOD TO KNOW


  • Cannabis” is shorthand for the plant cannabis sativa l. The plant goes by many other names; marijuana, weed, ganja, maryjane, grass, and more.
  • The cannabis plant has been used around the globe for 12,000 years.
11. Lotion

Rub Soothing Hemp Lotion on Your Aches and Pains (and Even your Eczema!)

Woman rubbing hemp lotion on shoulder

Benefits of Hemp Lotion

  • Hemp seed oil is a natural anti-inflammatory.
  • Relieves skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.
  • Hemp seed oil in lotion is NOT the same as CBD oil. Hemp seeds don’t contain CBD, but they do contain healthy omega fats and are great at soothing skin issues. CBD topicals are great for addressing sore muscles and joints and other inflammation.
  • Smells great.
  • To learn more about how hemp lotion can help you, plus a rundown of my favorite hemp lotions, check out my article, The 7 Best Hemp Lotions Reviewed.

How to Use Hemp Lotion

  • Rub hemp lotion onto affected area for longer than regular lotion, it takes a little effort for it to be absorbed.

Stash List: What You’ll Need to Use Hemp Lotion


12. Face serum

Get Glowing Skin with CBD Face Serum

CBD face serum with eucalyptus leaves

Benefits of CBD Face Serum

  • CBD skincare is making its way from salons into your home.
  • Reduces dryness, itching, and flaking due to anti-inflammatory action.
  • Clearer skin. Research suggests CBD can reduce acne by destroying acne-causing bacteria.

How to Use CBD Face Serum

  • Apply a few drops to clean skin.
  • Gently massage into skin, let it fully absorb before sealing with moisturizer or makeup.
  • Let your skin glow from the inside out.

Stash List: What You’ll Need to Use CBD Face Serum


13. Capsules

Take Your Vitamins: Swallow a CBD Capsule

Golden CBD capsules on blue background

Benefits of CBD Capsules

  • No smoke, no oil, no fuss. Capsules are a convenient way to consume cannabis.
  • Travel-friendly. Capsules won’t leak or spill like oil droppers can.

How to Use CBD Capsules

  • Just swallow as any other pill!

Stash List: What You’ll Need to Use CBD Capsules


14. Hemp Clothing

Fashion, but Make it Sustainable: Hemp Clothing

Patagonia womens hemp jumpsuit

Benefits of Hemp Clothing

  • Environmentally friendly!
  • Hemp uses 1/20th the amount of water from seed to shirt compared to cotton
  • Durable. Hemp fabric is 4 times stronger than cotton, which means you can wash and wear for longer.
  • Stylish. Gone are the days of jute-colored hemp backpacks in headshops as your only hemp option. Whether it’s from hipster brands like Jungmaven, or gear-tech giants like Patagonia, hemp is a clear winner when it comes to stylish but sustainable clothing choices.

How to Use Hemp Clothing

  • Wear it like any other clothing, with the knowledge that you’re making an environmentally-sustainable choice.
  • Follow the care instructions on the label.

Stash List: What You’ll Need to Use Hemp Clothing


GOOD TO KNOW


  • Cannabis and hemp are the same plant! Hemp is cannabis that is high in CBD and low (<0.3%) in THC.
  • CBD is federally legal in the U.S., so CBD products can be shipped to your door.
  • THC is still federally illegal in the U.S., so THC-containing cannabis is mainly sold at state-licensed dispensaries.
  • BUT, some recently developed hemp-derived THC products can be shipped to your door.

15. Sex

Make it Intimate: Cannabis for Sex

Grapefruit with hand gripping

Benefits of Cannabis for Sex

  • Increased sensation. Weed lube and/or cannabis suppositories increases blood flow to wherever it’s applied, taking your sensation to new heights.
  • Relaxation. Smoking, vaping, or taking cannabis gummies before sex can relax your mind and help you get in – and stay in – the mood.
  • Connection. Cannabis can help you connect with your partner, elevating the intimacy of your experience.

How to Use Cannabis for Sex

  • Take a CBD gummy or THC gummy ahead of time to help you relax.
  • For tips on how to skip the bad edibles experience and make edibles your friend, check out my post THC Gummies for Beginners.
  • Apply weed lube to your favorite areas. For best results, let it linger for 20-30 minutes before you get down to business.
  • Prepare for a mind-blowing romp that you’ll want to repeat.

Stash List: What You’ll Need to Use Cannabis For Sex


16. Travel

Take it Along: Best Tips for Traveling with Weed

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Benefits of Traveling with Weed

  • Cannabis is Medicine. For those of use who rely on cannabis as a daily medicinal tool, traveling with weed becomes a necessity.
  • Patchwork of legal states. THC products are legal in some states but not others. Keeping your weed with you is critical if you’re not able to buy at your destination.
  • Check out this map for the most current legal status of cannabis in each state.

How to Travel with Weed

  • Airtight storage. An airtight, smell-proof locking stash box is the best way to transport your cannabis.
  • Know before you go. If you’re driving, note that it is illegal to cross state lines with THC-containing cannabis, but not with CBD, and different states have different approaches when it comes to searching vehicles.
  • Here is the TSA’s stated policy on flying with cannabis.

Stash List: What You’ll Need to Travel with Weed


17. Roller

Serenity Now!: Rub a cannabis roller on your pulse points

SoulSeedCBD Soul Vibes Scented CBD Roller

Benefits of Using a cannabis roller

  • Calming. Cannabis rollers usually contain a combination of CBD or THC in oil, and soothing essential oils.
  • May help ease pain and increase mobility of arthritic or painful joints.
  • Self-care anywhere. Your cannabis roller can sit on your desk, ride along in your purse, or live in your car. Super easy to use anytime you need a moment of calm.
  • Smells great.

How to Use a cannabis roller

  • Rub gently on your pulse points or painful joints throughout the day.
  • Inhale deeply as you apply, taking note of the present moment without judgement.

Stash List: What You’ll Need to Use a Cannabis Roller


18. Blends

Mix Cannabis with Smokeable Herb Blends

Dried herbs surrounded by fresh flowers

Benefits of Using Smokeable Herbs

  • Smokable Herbs are custom-blended combinations of dried herbs and plants known for their healing properties, like Damiana, Lavender, and Mullein.
  • Combining CBD or THC cannabis flower with other smokeable herbs lets you further customize your smoking experience.
  • Lots of options: You can choose blends that are relaxing, uplifting, or even natural aphrodisiacs.

How to Use Smokeable Herbs

  • Mix the herbs with your cannabis flower in your grinder and grind them together for best consistency.
  • Consume the same way you would with just cannabis flower, by rolling a joint or blunt, or using a cannabis water pipe.
  • Play around with what ratio of herbs to cannabis feels best, 1:1, 2:1, 10:1?

Stash List: What You’ll Need to Use Smokeable Herbs


19. BLUNTS

Roll a Cannabis Blunt (Yes, it’s Different than a Joint!)

Man holding cannabis blunt

Benefits of Rolling a Cannabis Blunt

  • A cannabis blunt uses a combination of cannabis and tobacco, and is wrapped in a tobacco or hemp leaf wrap.
  • Slow burn. Blunts are bigger than joints and the wrap burns more slowly, allowing for a longer sesh with more friends.
  • Blunts provide a relaxing combination that mellows out the high from using THC flower.
  • If a joint and a blunt had a weed baby, it would be a spliff. A spliff has cannabis and tobacco on the inside, but is wrapped in joint rolling paper or cones on the outside.

How to Roll a Cannabis Blunt

  • The instructions are almost identical to rolling a cannabis joint earlier in this article, but you will swap out some portion of your CBD flower or THC flower with natural tobacco, and instead of using rolling papers you will wrap in a tobacco leaf or hemp wrap.

Stash List: What You’ll Need to Roll a Cannabis Blunt


20. Protein Powder

Get Swole: Hemp Protein Powder

Hemp protein powder in blender

Benefits of Using Hemp Protein Powder

  • Excellent plant-based, vegan protein source, containing all 9 essential amino acids and 14g protein per 1/4c serving.
  • Rich in vitamins and minerals like Zinc, Iron, and Magnesium.
  • Includes heart-healthy Omega-3 and Omega-6.

How to Use Hemp Protein Powder

  • Use hemp protein powder like any other plant-based protein powder. Mix with water or a plant-based milk in a blender bottle and go!

Stash List: What You’ll Need to Use Hemp Protein Powder


21. Milk

I Like it a Latte: Hemp Milk

Latte with hemp milk

Benefits of Using Hemp Milk

  • Fewer calories and carbs than cow’s milk, but more protein and omega fats than other milk alternatives.
  • Lactose-free and nut-free.
  • Contains all essential amino acids, making hemp milk a complete protein.

How to Use Hemp Protein Milk

  • Mix into your morning coffee at home.
  • Order a hemp milk latte at your favorite coffee shop.
  • Pour hemp milk on your cereal.

Stash List: What You’ll Need to Use Hemp Milk


22. Industrial Hemp

Build a House from Hempcrete

Construction crane viewed from below

Benefits of Using Industrial Hemp

  • Alright, I admit this one is a stretch! But I’m including it to point out that the cannabis plant has thousands of uses that are not medical. Industrial Hemp is a sustainable alternative to paper, plastic, fuel, steel, and even concrete.
  • By some estimates, there are 25,000 uses for industrial hemp!
  • Environmentally friendly! Hemp is an annual plant that requires very little irrigation or pesticides to grow. Every part of the hemp plant can be used – the leaves, flowers, seeds, stalk and roots!
  • Economy-boosting. The USDA reported in 2021 that the value of hemp production total $824 million.

How to Use Industrial Hemp

  • If you work in any type of construction or manufacturing sector, explore whether you can swap hemp for plastic, steel, or textiles.
  • If you’re building a house, ask your contractor if using hempcrete or hemp steel are options.

Stash List: What You’ll Need to Use Industrial Hemp


23. Tattoo Care

Tattoo Care: Fresh Ink Loves CBG Blam

Man rubbing CBG balm on fresh tatoos

Benefits of Using CBG Balm on Tattoos

  • Soothes skin irritation, itching, and inflammation.
  • Speeds recovery of your skin after tattooing.
  • Use long term for deep moisturization, keeping ink vibrant.
  • CBG, or cannabigerol is often referred to as “the mother cannabinoid,” because all cannabinoids start as CBG before differentiating into their final forms of CBD, THC, CBC, many more.

How to Use CBG Balm on Tattoos

  • Gently rub CBG balm over your tattoo, spending a little extra time rubbing it in so that it can penetrate deeply into the skin.

Stash List: What You’ll Need to Use CBG Balm on Tattoos


What Is Cannabis?

Cannabis is a flowering herb, it’s closest plant relative is hops. It was first domesticated 12,000 years ago, and can be found in use around the globe.

It’s flowers make medicinal compounds including cannabinoids like CBD and THC and terpenes like myrcene and pinene. Its stalks, leaves, roots, and seeds can make thousands of useful, environmentally sustainable products from textiles to paper to biofuel to bioplastics, and more.

I invite you to see cannabis through the lens of a plant that is here on earth for us to use.

We’ve been conditioned to believe that it’s a dangerous drug, some unnatural and toxic substance that will ruin your life.

But the truth is, cannabis is as natural as it gets.

It grows from the ground. It grows around the globe. The human species has been using it safely for thousands of years.

Through that lens, you can see it as a plant ally that can heal us, and open your mind to the possibilities of the ways in which you can incorporate it into your daily life for optimal healtha nd wellness.

How Can Cannabis Benefit You

Cannabis has the incredible capacity to treat a host of diseases and symptoms, including anxiety, depression, PTSD, insomnia, chronic pain, nausea, and more.

How can one little plant do so much?

By interacting with the most critical system in your body that you’ve probably never been taught about: your endocannabinoid system, or “ECS.”

Your ECS maintains homeostasis, or balance, within your body.

Within your ECS, your body makes chemical compounds that are nearly identical to THC and CBD, called endocannabinoids (“endo-” meaning inside the body, “cannabinoid” meaning cannabis compound).

When your body experiences inflammation for example, your homemade endocannabinoids come to the rescue, float over to the right spot inside your body, and restore balance.

When you consume cannabinoids from the cannabis plant, you’re merely supplementing the system that already exists, taking in compounds identical to what your body already makes to balance itself.

This is why cannabis works on so many disparate symptoms. Because it’s working in harmony with our bodies!

Fascinated by this and want to learn more? Check out this great article on the ECS from none other than Harvard Medical School.

Conclusion

Cannabis is ancient, but the modern cannabis industry is not. While it is full of exciting, innovative new ways to consume this magical plant, it can be overwhelming to those of us who are new to cannabis.

In this article I’ve given you 23 exciting ways to use cannabis in 2023, along with detailed instructions and a stash list of everything you’ll need. No excuses – get started!

I truly hope that you take what you’ve learned from this article and are able to go confidently into the modern cannabis market – be that your local dispensary, natural health store, or online search – and find your favorite ways to consume cannabis that bring you that special elevated feeling every day.

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