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Understanding how cannabis works its way through your system

All of your cannabis questions answered here.

When it comes to getting high, different cannabis products can produce different sensations. Whether you’re a seasoned cannabis user or simply looking to learn more, the knowledgeable staff at Toke House are ready to answer any question you may have about the different types of cannabis effects.

But how exactly does cannabis work its way through your body?

Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is the primary psychoactive component found in the cannabis plant, according to, an online Canadian cannabis education website.

Simply put, THC works by binding to cannabinoid receptors concentrated in the brain and central nervous system to produce intoxicating effects.

The different ways we consume cannabis also play a factor. Depending on the high you are looking to experience, there are different types of products available for you to try. 

For example, one of the fastest ways to get high without smoking or vaping, is to use a sublingual, says Toke House staff.

“Sublingual simply refers to placing tincture oils, extracts or strips under the tongue. It gets absorbed into your blood stream through the tissue and glands.”

Overall, there are two main ways to consume cannabis; inhalation and ingestion. According to Health Canada, inhaling cannabis produces a much faster high, while ingestion can take several hours before an individual begins to feel cannabis effects.

“When cannabis is inhaled into the lungs, it is absorbed directly into the bloodstream, and its effects are quickly felt by the brain and body,” the website says. “It can take seconds to minutes after consumption to begin to feel the effects, but 10 to 30 minutes to feel the full effects.”

It can take up to two hours after consumption to begin to feel the effects of ingested cannabis. It can sometimes take up to four hours to feel the full effects.

Toke House offers a wide variety of products you can use to inhale and ingest, including dried flower, pre-rolls, vapes, edibles, cannabis-infused drinks, oils, and accessories such as bongs, pipes, and much more. Each method to consume cannabis offers different advantages. Some people prefer rolled joints because they are small and portable while others may prefer to use pipes or bongs.

These accessories can alter your experience when consuming cannabis, so here is a brief breakdown on a few of the top ways to consume your cannabis.

Bong or water pipe:

A glass vase like device that is filled with water to filter and remove tar and other combustible substances. The main advantages of using a bong is that the smell will be less pronounced, and producers a cooler, smoother air into the lungs. You can even add ice to further enhance the cooling of the smoke.


An electronic device that is used to roast or vaporize dried cannabis, oils and concentrates such as shatters, badder and rosin. This method produces some of the cleanest smoke, as you are not combusting any product, leaving you with a much tastier experience.

These devices are generally battery powered, so they are very mobile and more discrete.


Using rolling papers is the oldest, most nostalgic way to consume! The experience can be fun, social, messy, and down right stinky.

Now, papers can be found almost anywhere, they are inexpensive, lightweight, making them perfect when on the go. You can also decide how much herb you pack, what strain you use, and if you add wax or kief.

The biggest draw back is that you are still combusting the product, making ash and a strong odour.

Where does cannabis get its smell?

You’ve likely noticed the strong scent when you walk into a dispensary and thought, ‘why does cannabis have such a strong smell?’

Cannabis contains several aromatic compounds that determine its scent, flavour, and effects. Some of the most popular terpenes found in cannabis include myrcene, pinene, caryophyllene, limonene, and terpinolene. The next article will expand more on some of the more popular terpenes.

More information on terpenes and their different effects can be found by visiting Toke House’s official website or visiting in-person at one of their two locations at 1500 James Street South or 320 Arundel Street.

Information provided by and Health Canada.

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