Some patients may want to try cannabis therapy, but may not want to smoke the medicine for fear it may produce harmful effects on the lungs. Luckily, in today’s world, there are various options available to cannabis consumers that don’t involve smoke inhalation. One health-conscious way to inhale cannabis involves vaporization, which heats cannabis at a lower temperature so that it never reaches the point of combustion. Vaporizers come in a variety of sizes and fit into a wide price range to fit your needs. Patients may also look towards consuming cannabis edibles, which infuses foods and drinks with therapeutic cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are absorbed throughout the digestive process, which takes some time to take effect, so it is best to start at a low dose and slowly titrate until the desired relief is reached.
Patients can also take cannabis oils orally in what is known as ingestible oils. These oils are usually contained within capsules or plastic applicators, and like edibles, may take a while to take effect. The cannabis tincture allows patients to consume liquids infused with cannabis extracts and experience the effects in a quicker manner. This is because liquid drops are applied under the tongue, where they immediately enter the blood stream. Tinctures are easy to dose, and come in a variety of flavors, potencies, and cannabinoid profiles. so that they can be catered towards specific needs. If you don’t want to consume or inhale cannabis, you may want to try cannabis topicals, which are applied directly to the skin as a balm or lotion. Topicals are useful for targeted symptom relief, where they can treat localized areas of pain, soreness, and inflammation. Topicals do not produce psychoactive effects.
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