“What are the best and healthiest ways to consume medical cannabis?”
Smoking Medical Cannabis How it works: Pack a small amount of dried (cured) cannabis flower into a pipe, water pipe (bong), or rolling paper (to create a “joint”).
Then hold a flame to the cannabis flower until it combusts as you inhale the smoke from the mouthpiece or other end of the joint.
Pros Delivers instant relief Fairly easy to regulate dosage Inexpensive Minimally processed Multiple options Cons Smoke may be harmful to lungs.
Studies have reached contradictory conclusions about whether and to what extent cannabis may cause lung damage, but combustion of any substance makes it harder to breathe.
In many cases, not a good option for anyone with pulmonary damage (lung cancer, emphysema) or asthma Will make you smell like cannabis smoke
Vaporizing ``Vaping`` Medical Marijuana How it works:
Preheat the vaporizer to the recommended temperature.
Insert a small amount of dried (cured) cannabis flower or extract into a vaporizer. Press the button and inhale. The cannabis will be heated to a temperature below its combustion point, but still hot enough to release the medicinal compounds. Vaporizers are available in a wide array of shapes and sizes, from fancy home units to pocket-friendly pens. Pros Delivers instant relief Less harsh on lungs than smoking Doesn’t make you smell as much as smoking Cons Vaping units can be very expensive. Battery powered units must be recharged. Need time to warm up device.
Medical Marijuana Edibles How it works
: Once upon a time, edibles were limited to homemade brownies that tasted pretty awful and contained a mystery dose of THC. Nowadays you can find medicated cookies, popcorn, crackers, nut mixes, lollipops, ice cream, gummy bears, chocolate bars, chews, and many other kinds of food. The culinary science has evolved enough that most products are yummy—you can hardly tell they contain cannabis. Pros Provides long-lasting relief. Good alternative for people averse to inhaling. You get to eat a delicious treat. Dosage can be very precise. Cons Can take half an hour to several hours to kick in. Dosage can be difficult if the manufacturer. Must be locked up to avoid children and pets. Causes a different “high” than smoking.
Medical Marijuana Tinctures or Sub-Lingual Sprays How it works:
Extracted cannabinoids are mixed into an alcohol, glycerin solution or MCT Oil (Medium-Chain Triglyceride), which in many cases is coconut oil. These sublingual products usually come in a small bottle. Just squirt or spray it under your tongue and let it absorb through the thin tissue of the mouth. Pros Doesn’t hurt lungs like inhaling cannabis. Easy to control dosage for a very low dose. Mild taste Preferred method for children. Cons Can be expensive for people who require a high dosage of cannabinoids. Takes effect faster than edibles, but still not as fast as inhalation.
Medical Cannabis Transdermal Patches How it works:
Apply patch to a clean, dry and hairless skin surface. Many medical professionals recommend adhering the patch on the inner-wrist area, top of foot or ankle. This is the ideal method for any patients who rather not inhale the medicine. If you have explored multiple options without success, this might be the right path for depending on your choice of high you are trying to reach.
Pros No Smoking Required. Comes in different formulations. Mild dosages. Cons Some individuals may develop an allergic reaction. Must be applied on a clean and dry skin surface. Not be applied where a great deal of body hair.
Medical Marijuana Suppositories How it works:
You insert a small cone-shaped mass of cannabis extract into the rectum, where it absorbs through the colon. This method is somewhat controversial and rather less dignified than other ways to medicate, but some patients swear by it . Put on protective gloves, lie on your side, and insert the suppository about 1.5 inches. Squeeze your sphincter muscles and stay in place for at least a few minutes. When you’re ready, get up, throw away the gloves, and thoroughly wash your hands. There are also companies who make pre-made ratios of medicine for rectal use – 1 mg non-injectable syringes. Pros Great alternative to edibles. Kicks in quickly and lasts long Most Efficient way to digest. Cons Difficult and embarrassing to administer. Must be refrigerated. Difficult to apply.
Dabbing Medical Marijuana How it works:
A “dab” is a cannabis concentrate (hash oil, budder, shatter, wax, etc.) that you heat to a high temperature and inhale. The delivery devices vary, but they tend to be complicated and usually involve the use of a butane torch. Also, concentrates can contain as much as 90 percent THC, so you will get a very high dose of psychoactive compounds. This method is NOT recommended for patients with a low THC tolerance or those new to cannabis medications! Pros Useful for urgent medication of acute illnesses. Cost-efficient for patients who need High-THC. Provides instant relief. Cons Concentrates are at higher risk of containing harmful chemicals. Solvents are used to extract the medicinal chemicals, may not be properly removed. May cause overdose, while never fatal, can be very unpleasant and uncomfortable. Devices are difficult to use; accidental burns are more likely.
Ingesting Fresh Medical Cannabis How it works:
Raw cannabis has developed quite a following. Patients claim that the raw plant has medicinal properties that are lost when the plant is dried or heated. You ingest the raw leaves and buds straight from the plant, usually by mixing them into a juice or smoothie. Pros Raw cannabis is packed with THC-A, the acid form of THC, which is not psychoactive. Some patients and doctors believe THC-A has unique medicinal properties. Some patients whose chronic diseases never responded to other treatment (including dried cannabis) say that juicing raw marijuana has been their miracle cure. Cons Requires large amounts of fresh cannabis. Has an unpleasant vegetal taste. Studies have not confirmed results.