How to Use Cannabis: Different Methods of Consumption

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Today, patients have access to more vehicles of cannabis consumption than ever before. This is extremely helpful, as patients want to find a way to consume their medication in a way that will not exacerbate their symptom-dependent discomfort. 

The most common form of cannabis consumption is smoking, in which a flame is applied to cannabis. A far healthier method of inhaling cannabis comes in the form of vaporization, in which heated air is applied to cannabis prior to inhalation. Vaporization offers patients a safe and accurate alternative to smoking so they can inhale their medication but avoid the carcinogens and toxins that release when plant matter combusts by flame. Patients suffering from lung or esophagus cancer, bronchitis, or asthma gain relief from vaporizing cannabis because the THC and CBD delivered directly to their lungs combat inflammation and act as bronchodilators. Another well-known form of cannabis consumption is the edible, which varies widely in form but always involves cannabis-infused foods or liquids. Edibles are great for patients who want enhanced potency and long-lasting relief, but the slow onset of relief and unpredictable efficacy force patients to wait for relief and make it difficult to understand proper dosing amounts. 

A relatively new vehicle comes in the form of cannabis topicals, which include creams, balms, and salves infused with specific ratios of cannabinoids that are then applied to the skin. Some medical professionals claim a ratio of 1:1 CBD to THC within a topical offers effective relief for various ailments, specifically ones involving inflammation like arthritis and Crohn's disease. Tinctures, or tonics, use alcohol as a solvent to separate the resin glands (full of cannabinoids and terpenes) from the rest of the plant. The alcohol absorbs the resin, and then is cooked off until a low-alcohol liquid dense in cannabinoids remains. Concentrates, or extracts, also extract potent amounts of cannabinoids and terpenes with or without the use solvents. Due to their high percentage of cannabinoids and terpenes, concentrates offer patients quick and efficient access to relief. 

We remind you to journal your preferred method for consumption so that we can help inform other users of the overall best method for specific symptom relief. This information has been provided by Whaxy and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.