What are the Best and Healthiest Ways to Consume Medical Marijuana?

Photo Credit: Medicinal Marijuana Association

Photo Credit: Medicinal Marijuana Association

For new medical marijuana patients, discovering the appropriate way to do dose isn't easy. Not only does a patients need to find the perfect cannabinoid composition, dose amount, and dosing frequency, but the patient is also faced with a wide variety of administration methods. Most patients are most familiar with smoking marijuana, but this may not be the healthiest vehicle. One similar inhalation method that is less harmful to the lungs is the vaporization method. Vaporization heats marijuana to form a vapor, reaching just below the point of combustion so as to eliminate the release of smoke filled with harmful toxins and carcinogens.

Another way you can use medical marijuana is through consuming an edible. Edibles involve infusing a butter or oil with cannabis and then using that to create another food. Edibles make it easy to portion out dosages, but it is always recommended to start slow and small as the effects don't kick in immediately and then last a while. Patients who want to target specific areas may want to consider cannabinoid topicals. Topicals can be applied to acute pain areas, as opposed to offering a full body effect, and they will not produce psychoactive effects either. The last method to discuss is the tincture, which is an alcohol infused with cannabinoids. A patient can then use a dropper to administer the recommended dosage underneath the tongue. This allows for regulated relief, like that of smoking, without any of the harmful effects that accompany smoking. 

Whether or not you're experiencing successful relief with a certain vehicle, be sure to document it in your journal! In this way, you can look back to see which methods work and which methods are inadequate. This information will be entered into our anonymous database, so that you can help other patients who are hoping to treat similar symptoms through our Chief Medical Officer approved guidelines. This information has been provided in part by the Medicinal Marijuana Association and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.