There is an ever growing number of ways to consume medical marijuana. The following are just a sampling of how patients today can choose to ingest.
Smoking / Inhalation
Smoking remains the most common way that patients use medical marijuana. The usual ways to smoke marijuana include grinding or separating the flowers or buds into a smaller and more manageable form and then either rolling it in a wrap or placing it into a pipe.
Vaporization is another form of smoking medical cannabis. It is achieved by heating up the dried marijuana in a “vaporizer” which does not burn the bud with an open flame but heats it up to a point just before it does burn which releases the cannabinoids in gas form. The gas cannot be seen but is inhaled through a plastic tube or a bag in which the vapor is caught and then inhaled. It is not as hazardous as smoking may be and the potential side effects are not as severe.
Tincture is a concentrated liquid preparation that is administered by placing a few drops under the tongue. This is a great alternative for patients seeking long-lasting effects without smoking and we’re excited to make this option available.
Extracting and concentrating using chemical processes is not a new thing. Food manufacturers have been doing it for a long time when extracting vitamins from broccoli or caffein from coffee. Hash has also been used for centuries but it was always a long and complicated process. Advancements in butane extractions,similar to the process used for foods, has led to a new and more “high tech” way to smoke concentrates or “do dabs” as the kids are calling it. It may sound complicated and we should always be cautious when chemicals are involved but concentrated Wax and Oils do provide incredibly effective relief for many patients. Oils and Wax’s may be smoked using traditional smoking tools, like a bong, but VapePens (similar to e-cigarets) have become the most recent “must have” smoking accessory. State Licensed Dispensaries have the resources to test for quality and pure extracts to help encourage safe production and use.
While the science behind recommending dosing for the amounts of THC, CBD and other cannabinoids has come a long way, it is an ongoing challenge to provide recommendations for dosing. Kitchens producing the various edibles and extracts are working to create industry standards while patients and their doctors use trial and error methods for trying new products.
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