Cannabis oils and capsules provide an alternative, and potentially more precise method of consumption to smoking. Read on to learn about safe ways to consume these products, and upcoming changes to regulations that will see oils and capsules reclassified as extracts.

Cannabis oil can be consumed in several different formats. In liquid form, oils can be dropped or sprayed under the tongue, depending on the way it is packaged. Some producers manufacture oils in a bottle and dropper format, while others also offer oil products in an oral spray bottle, manufactured to dispense the same amount of THC and/or CBD with each spray.

Capsules are often made with cannabis oil, and are intended to be ingested. Ingesting cannabis oil in the form of gel capsules, or swallowing cannabis oil rather than taking it under the tongue, slows the onset of effects as the body needs to digest and process the compounds, such as CBD and THC, before they reach the bloodstream.

Cannabis oil may have a slight earthy, nutty taste and carry the aroma of terpenes from the plant. Capsules allow consumers to consume oil without experiencing the taste. Both oils and capsules are available in a wide variety of potencies (2:1 THC: CBD, THC only, CBD only, etc.) and types (indica, sativa, etc.).

Cannabis topicals (intended for external use on the skin, hair, and nails) are limited to 1,000mg/THC per package.