How to use medical cannabis is a question that many people have. The question is a very good one because of some preconceived misconceptions of marijuana or cannabis. Smoking the dried herb is the most common method. Ingesting the herb in different medias is another good way to get the medicine into your system. Sublingual use of the oil has advantages as well. Topical application is yet another means. Last and certainly least popular is in a suppository.
Smoking cannabis either in a hand-rolled cigarette or pipe of some kind is more likely the most used method. Many consumers are concerned about the carcinogens in the smoke. The smoke clearly has carcinogens such as benzopyrene and benzanthracene. It is believed that the cannabinoids in the whole plant product of cannabis tends to offset the potential danger.
Vaporizing can be done with the dried herb or the oil. Vaporizing uses less heat and eliminates the carcinogens of the burning carbon. There are many types of vaporizers and each offers their own benefits. There are units that hold a single hit dosage and those with a much larger capacity.
Inhaling either the smoke or vapor seems to get the results quickest. Inhaling is used for various respiratory issues. My opinion is that smoking is less expensive but the cannabinoids that are offsetting the carcinogens are no longer able to fight the medical reason for taking the medicine.
How to use Medical Cannabis by Ingesting
We (I) grew up hearing about magical brownies. Edible products with cannabis in them is becoming a very popular source. Edibles are be produced with both the bud material and the oil extract. No longer is the brownie have the corner market on edible products. Marijuana can be used to make nearly anything that you or I would consume. I recently read an article about someone that made wine out of cannabis. I do not believe that I would recommend the alcohol with the cannabis. A growing concern with the edible line of marijuana is the attraction to younger children, just beware. The effects take somewhat longer to manifest but also seem to last longer.
Sublingual use of the oil can be very effective. Cannabis oil administered under the tongue will get the cannabinoid medication into the blood stream bypassing the acids in the stomach. Caution is advised on your dosage amount. Any way that you ingest marijuana will deliver the medication to your system.
Certainly, the easiest way to apply cannabis topically is to rub the oil extract to an affected area. The medication will be absorbed into the skin and do what it should do. The growing number of dispensaries carry a variety of creams, balms, and salves.
We are talking about medical conditions and situations here. This is not the favored means to deliver the medication I am aware. However, we must be concerned with getting medicine to the needed area as quickly as possible. I am not a doctor so I can not offer medical advice. You and your health advisor can discuss whether this would be effective for you or not.
In summary, inhaling gives nearly instant results with a shorter duration period. Edibles can be easier to take. The effects take longer but last longer as well. The Sublingual method works quickly but may have some bitter taste depending on the oil. Topical application can give direct delivery of the medicine to a needed area. That leaves the suppository method. The purpose of this site is to help inform you the reader about medicinal cannabis. How to use medical marijuana is up to you. To your health and may God bless you.
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