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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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