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Cannabis is one of the most commonly used substances in Connecticut and across the nation, second only to alcohol. Cannabis is legal in Connecticut for adults 21+. Just because it’s legal for adults does not mean it’s safe for teens! Today's cannabis is much stronger than ever before. Today’s varieties contain over three times the THC content—the psychoactive ingredient—compared to those available 25 years ago.

How Cannabis is Consumed

There are several way of ingesting cannabis, each with its own onset time and duration of effects:

  • Smoking: Smoking cannabis involves inhaling the smoke produced by burning dried cannabis flowers or buds. This method provides rapid onset of effects, typically within minutes, but the effects may wear off within a few hours.

  • Vaping: Vaping involves heating cannabis extracts or oils to create vapor, which is then inhaled. Vaporization is often considered a less harmful alternative to smoking, as it produces fewer harmful byproducts. Effects typically onset quickly, similar to smoking.

  • Edibles: Edible cannabis products come in various forms, including baked goods, candies, chocolates, and beverages, infused with cannabis extracts or oils. When consumed, the cannabinoids are metabolized by the digestive system, leading to slower onset of effects, typically within 30 minutes but up to 2 hours. Effects can last longer compared to smoking or vaping, often lasting 4 to 8 hours or more.

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  • Topicals: Cannabis-infused topicals, such as creams, lotions, and balms, are applied directly to the skin. While they do not produce psychoactive effects when applied topically, they may provide localized relief from pain, inflammation, and other symptoms.

  • Tinctures and Sublinguals: Tinctures are liquid cannabis extracts typically administered orally, either by placing drops under the tongue (sublingual) or mixing them into food or beverages. Sublingual administration allows for faster absorption into the bloodstream compared to edibles, with effects typically onset within 15 to 30 minutes.

  • Dabbing: Dabbing involves vaporizing high-potency cannabis concentrates, such as wax, shatter, or budder, using a specialized dab rig or vaporizer. Dabbing can produce intense and immediate effects due to the high concentration of THC, but it also carries a higher risk of overconsumption and adverse effects.

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