Marijuana 101: Methods of Consumption

Beginning the use of medical marijuana therapy can be confusing and all around overwhelming. Where traditional pharmaceuticals often come in the form of a pre-measured pill with a select composition of ingredients and a specific regimen, medical marijuana patients have to choose their strain and material, determine the amount per dose, create a dosing regimen, and select a method of consumption. All of these factors can be daunting, but thankfully Marijuana Investor News has taken the time to at least break down the methods of consumption to help make your vehicle selection easier. 

The traditional method most widely associated with marijuana is smoking. This method involves using a pipe, water bong, or a joint/blunt to smoke the dried flower or leaves of the marijuana plant. The effects of smoking are often felt instantly, and can last between an hour and a half and four hours depending on strain potency. Smoking marijuana is considered safe, but smoke inhalation of any kind can have negative effects on the lungs, which makes smoking one of the less healthy options for marijuana consumption.

Another popular method involves eating cannabis infused food products. Generally, cannabinoid extracts are infused in butters and oils that then used to create edible products. The most popular and widely available edibles are baked products. This method of consumption is not instant, however, and the effects can take half an hour to two hours before they kick in at all. Because the effect is gradual, patients should use caution when consuming edibles and remember to avoid overconsumption. 

A method of consumption similar to smoking and gaining in popularity is vaporization. While both smoking and vaporizing involve inhalation, vaporization involves inhaling water vapor, which is less harmful on the lungs and nearly eliminates carcinogens from the equation. Vaporizers heat dried marijuana or marijuana oils at low temperatures, allowing active cannabinoids like THC and CBD to convert into vapor. The effects of vaporization are similar to the effects of smoking.

One method that is not widely known is the application of infused topical solutions (like sprays, creams, lotions, oils, or balms). Topicals are non-psychoactive, so patients seeking therapeutic effect without the high often apply marijuana-infused topicals to treat joint inflammation, muscle pain and headaches, and more.

The last method Marijuana Investor News discusses is the tincture, which is a mixture plant extract in an alcohol solution. Tinctures are generally dosed as a few droplets and placed under the tongue or in a beverage. Tinctures are generally very potent and may take a while to take effect. 

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