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Layering Medicine Sustains Cannabis Effects

As you explore your world of cannabis, one idea to consider is layering your medicine.

Many people consume cannabis throughout the day to help improve their quality of life. While that may seem strange, or suggest that they are not being productive, it's a common consumption method that allows many people to be the best version of themselves while being productive. It also helps users control the intensity and may even save them money. Here's how it works.

First, understand that every type of consumption may affect your body differently. Many people report feeling stronger body effects when cannabinoids and terpenes are processed through our livers (basically, edibles). Edibles also have a longer effect. Smoking, on the other hand, has a more immediate effect on your body but may not last as long as edibles. This is why layering is so effective.

Once you have an idea of how each product affects your body, start working on a routine. For instance, in the morning you may want to smoke or vape a sativa flower to get an immediate boost of medicine. Adding tinctures and edibles at the same time will help maintain that effect without coming down. Then around lunch add another edible and maybe smoke some flower or vape.

Like everything else with cannabis, this takes a lot of trial and error on your part. Your endocannabinoid system is like your personality, it's different than mine. That means you have some work to do to figure it out. But have fun while you're at it and make sure to dose your tincture and edibles low.

Here's a more thorough outline of each consumption method and timing:


  • Onset: Instant - 15 minutes

  • Peak: 15 minutes

  • Duration: 2 - 3 hours


  • Onset: 45 mins - 2 hours

  • Peak: 3 hours

  • Duration: 4 - 10 hours


  • Onset: 15-45 minutes

  • Peak: 90 minutes

  • Duration: 4-8 hours


  • Onset: Instant

  • Peak: 15 minutes

  • Duration: 2-4 hours


  • Onset: 15-20 minutes

  • Peak: 3.5 hours

  • Duration: 6-8 hours

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