Medical marijuana is a versatile medicine that is used to treat many medical conditions. Newbies may think the only way to use marijuana is by smoking it. But there are several ways that medical cannabis can be administered. Experiment with these different ways and find methods that work best for you and your situation.
The most common method is smoking by packing a small amount of dried marijuana flower into a pipe, bong, or rolling paper and smoking like a cigarette. Holding the smoke in your lungs doesn’t make the effect stronger. Start small and wait a few minutes between puffs. While smoking medical marijuana can offer instant relief and is relatively easy to do, smoke can be harmful to the lungs and is not a good option if you suffer from pulmonary damage or asthma.
Vaporizing (or Vaping) is the next common method. Vaping is done by preheating the vaporizer, adding dried weed flower or extract, pressing the button and inhaling. Like with smoking medical cannabis, start small. Vaping is less harsh than smoking weed, but still provides instant relief.
A slower delivery method is to eat food or treats made with cannabis. These foods are known as edibles. Treats like candy, brownies, popcorn, sodas, and other types of foods are medicated and delicious. Marijuana edibles provide long lasting relief. Also start small and slow with marijuana edibles. Remember to wait at least an hour before eating more weed edibles.
Tinctures or sublingual sprays – Cannabinoids mixed with alcohol, glycerin or coconut oil. Squirt or spray the sublingual spray under tongue and it will be absorbed through tissues in the mouth. Does not hurt the lungs and has a mild taste.
Cannabis Transdermal Patches
There are cannabis patches that you attach to clean and dry skin. This method is ideal for those who can’t or don’t want to inhale smoke or vape.
Topicals are also a great way to use. Causes no psychoactive effects. Great for those suffering from arthritis, muscle soreness, swelling, joint pain or localized pain. Just rub the cream on the area of concern.
A newer form of delivery is dabbing. Dabbing is a form of marijuana vaporization and is useful for urgent use, as it provides instant relief. But be warned, dabbing causes extreme psychoactive effects. Dabbing is done by heating a cannabis concentrate to a high temperature and then inhaling.
Talk to your Patient Advisor if you have any questions.