7 Ways to Consume Marijuana

When considering medical cannabis as a treatment, it is important to know that there are many ways of using marijuana. This resource will help you understand the different methods of consumption, the advantages and disadvantages of each method and ultimately, help you select the method that is best for your needs.

Ganja.ca– Medical Marijuana Authority

Method 1 SMOKING

One of the most common ways to consume medical marijuana is by smoking the plant. Smoking can be done in a variety of ways, the most common being a joint. Other common methods include smoking from a pipe, a bong (a water pipe) or any other smoking apparatus. This method is very common and provides immediate relief. Smoking makes it easy to regulate your dosage since simply taking more pulls from the joint or pipe will intensify the effect/relief and vice versa.

Pros of Smoking:

  • Immediate relief/high
  • Easy dosage regulation
  • Pure and minimally processed
  • Inexpensive

Cons of Smoking:

  • Smoking can be damaging to the lungs.
  • Requires tools (papers, pipe, lighter, filter, etc.)
  • Smoking is smelly
  • Not an option available to those with lung cancer or pulmonary issues
  • Not discrete
  • Not appropriate for children

Method 2 Vaporizing

Vaporizing is commonly done with the help of vape pens and vaporizers (eg. Volcano). To vape you should preheat the vaporizer, insert desired amount of cannabis into it, heat it up, and once it starts creating “marijuana vapor”, inhale. This method sounds similar to smoking, however, unlike smoking, the temperature required to create vapor isn't high enough to combust (burn) but high enough to release the medicinal compound contained in medical marijuana.

Pros of Vaporizing:

  • Immediate relief/high
  • Not as damaging to the lungs
  • Not smelly
  • Discrete

Cons of Vaporizing:

  • Vaporizer/vape pen can be expensive
  • Vaporizer/vape pen requires recharging
  • Some prep time needed for warming up vaporizer/vape pen
  • Not an option available to those with lung cancer or pulmonary issues
  • Not discrete
  • Not appropriate for children

Method 3 Eating (edibles)

This most tasty way to relieve your symptoms. You can cook almost anything with marijuana, including brownies (or any baked good), candies (eg. gummy bears), or popcorn. Eating is a very popular method and a great one for those who are opposed to smoking or vaping. This method has progressed and developed to the point where the taste of the cannabis is barely noticeable.

Pros of Edibles:

  • Long lasting relief
  • It’s tasty
  • Accurate dosage
  • Smoke-free alternative
  • Child-friendly

Cons of Edibles:

  • May take up to 2 hours to take effect
  • Effect may feel stonger than that of smoking
  • Effect may be very long lasting
  • May induce nausea or stomach pain

Method 4 Oils

Oils More recently, marijuana oil has gained popularity. This versatile is commonly injected orally with a syringe, vaporized, or smoked in a pipe. It can also be applied on to the skin, or added to foods and liquids.

Pros of Oils:

  • Safer to inhale
  • Multiple ways to consume
  • Powerful
  • Discrete
  • Child-friendly

Cons of Oils:

  • Can be messy
  • Expensive
  • Can be difficult to ratio

Method 5 Tinctures

This is when the cannabis plant is soaked in an alcohol based solution or MCT oil (eg. coconut oil) creating a liquid containing THC. Tinctures usually come in a small bottle. This tincture or liquid is also extremely versatile: it can be added to drinks and food, or placed under the tongue, as well as applied directly to the skin. It is commonly sprayed under the tongue and absorbed through the mouths tissue. Tinctures are commonly the preferred method for child patients.

Pros of Tinctures:

  • Relief without psychoactive effects
  • Not damaging to the lungs
  • Easy controlled if desiring low dosage
  • Very subtle taste
  • Child-friendly

Cons of Tinctures:

  • Not as potent
  • Contains alcohol (doesn’t apply to MCT oil)
  • Takes 20-30 minutes to kick in
  • Can be expensive if looking for a high dosage

Method 6 Topicals

Topicals are ointments, oils, salves, sprays, and lotions. These are specifically great and geared to patients suffering from any sort of joint pain, swelling, burns, muscle soreness, dry skin, eczema, arthritis etc. This is the best method for those seeking treatment but no psychoactive effect or “high”. Topicals are very unique in that they can be directly applied or sprayed on to problem areas and provide localized relief.

Pros of Topicals:

  • No psychoactive effect
  • Relief in specific areas (eg. skin issues)
  • Not damaging to the lungs
  • Child-friendly

Cons of Topicals:

  • Doesn't relieve certain things (PTSD or epilepsy etc)

Method 7 Drinks

There’s a large variety of drinks to infuse with THC. Some examples are tea, juices, or soft drinks. Cannabis tea is made by steeping a bud of weed, wax, or tincture in hot water. To improve the taste you should add a bag of your preferred tea.

Pros of Drinks:

  • Effect/relief is long-lasting
  • Not damaging to the lungs
  • Can relieve stress
  • Can boost energy levels
  • Child-friendly

Cons of Drinks:

  • Kicks in slowly (can take up to 2 hours)
  • Hard to monitor dosage
  • Can be expensive

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