3 Methods of Consuming Medical Cannabis

Photo Credit: Medicinal Marijuana Association

Photo Credit: Medicinal Marijuana Association

If you're new to medical marijuana, you may still be trying to figure out which vehicle of administration works best for you. Most patients are familiar with smoking marijuana, but they may not know that there are a wide range of healthier alternatives that could be just as effective for treating specific symptoms. Today we will discuss three methods: vaporization, ingesting edibles, and using tinctures. 

Some symptoms are best relieved through inhalation, but smoking marijuana can produce harmful toxins and carcinogens through combustion. One alternative that provides similar relief is vaporization, in which the plant is heated at a lower temperature so that it does not reach the point of combustion, so steam as opposed to smoke is inhaled. Edibles are another vehicle for administering cannabis. Edibles usually involve using cannabis infused oils and butters, and because the medication is ingested rather than inhaled, and therefore takes time to absorb through the gastrointestinal tract, the effects on the body are vastly different. Relief from edibles take longer to take effect, last longer, and they are more potent, so using caution and starting at a low dose is recommended. Lastly, one method of quick consumption is the tincture, involves allowing ethanol to absorb cannabinoids. This method is administered under the tongue by a dropper, and takes little time to take effect.

These different methods affect how your body absorbs the medication, so the vehicle you choose could have a drastically different effect on your symptoms. By journaling everyday on our app, you will be able to see how changes in your dosing regimen ultimately affect your symptom relief, and therefore you can discover which method works best for you. This information has been provided in part by the Medicinal Marijuana Association and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.