Methods of Cannabis Consumption
In order to satisfy our patients’ specific needs, we offer different forms of medicating. Cannabis can be consumed in a variety of ways:
|Smoking Cannabis This method involves smoking the dried leaves or flowers of the cannabis plant. It can be rolled using paper, packed in pipes or placed in water pipes. The effects are felt almost immediately after inhalation, making it easy for the patient to gauge how much they actually need. Depending on the patient and the strain of cannabis used, effects can last anywhere between 90 minutes to 4 hours. Smoking, although effective is not always the healthiest form of medicating.
||Vaporizing CannabisVaporizing is considered a healthier alternative to smoking. A vaporizing device heats up the medicine at a low temperature (instead of burning it) extracting the cannabinoids. There are different devices on the market that range from large vaporizers to handheld. Many patients enjoy this method because they are able to achieve the same effect from smoking without the discomfort and harshness on the throat.
|Edible Cannabis Cannabis can be infused into butters and oils and then cooked or baked into food. Unlike, smoking and vaporizing, edibles can take up to 90 minutes to take effect and last much longer. It is important to start slowly and talk to the bud tender about the amount of medicine in each edible. Due to it’s slower process, over-medication can be an issue with patients because some are inclined to increase the dosage prematurely. While over-medicating cannabis isn’t dangerous, it’s always best to listen to your medical professional.
||Topicals Cannabis can be infused into creams, salves and balms applied directly to the skin. For patients suffering from skin conditions, joint pain, migraines and other ailments, topicals can provide unparalleled relief when applied directly to the problem area. Topicals are also non-psychoactive, a good alternative for those who don’t want to get the “high” effect.
|Tinctures Tinctures are comprised of concentrated liquid cannabis in an alcohol solution (we also carry non-alcohol based tinctures.) A single drop under the tongue or in a beverage is enough to feel relief. As a general rule, one should always use less than they think they need, and then, if necessary, up the dosage after enough time has passed. Unlike edibles, tinctures can be added to any beverage and patients who need to avoid sugar or want to cut back on high caloric edibles can do so and still get the desired relief. Some users also report that it takes effect at a quicker rate than when ingesting edibles.
Concentrates are created using a solvent to eliminate all plant matter and extract the resin glands from the plant. The solvent is comprised of H2O, CO2, butane, alcohol, etc. The solution is then strained and purged, removing dangerous solvents from the product. This has become a popular form of medicating. This may not be recommended for very fragile and sick patients as it can be very strong and is not the purest form of medicating.
Eating marijuana-infused edibles is one of the healthiest ways to ingest cannabis. This is an ideal choice for patients seeking relief without smoking. Patients with throat and mouth cancers find this to be the best option. Patients who have trouble sleeping find edibles helpful in sustaining their sleep throughout the night.
It is discrete, effective, and generally safe. Not all edibles are created equally so caution must be taken when eating the edible. Patients must be cautious when dealing with edibles and be informed about how much medicine is in the desired edible. Eating marijuana tends to produce a stronger and much longer-lasting high than smoking. Depending on how much a patient has ingested, edibles can act differently on the same person. If eaten on an empty stomach the edible can be too strong and, at times, irritate the stomach. It is important to be aware of your diet and eating habits because those can effect how the edibles work. Patients who have eaten a large meal before taking the edible have said they felt it was less effective then when they ate lighter meals. Once a patient tries edibles a few times and proceeds slowly with their dosage, they should be able to properly gauge how much or little to ingest to achieve the desired effect.
Do not operate heavy machinery, motor vehicles, boats, or motorcycles while taking edible medication. Do not use if you are pregnant, nursing or caring for an infant. Do be aware of your surroundings and possible hazards, and prepare for your needs before taking medication.
Remember: Edibles can vary greatly in potency. Products often contain multiple doses or lesser doses of medicine. Weight, metabolism, and eating habits can alter dosage effects. Taking medication on an empty stomach can intensify medicinal effects. Learn dosage management that works for you when ingesting cannabis medicine.
If you feel you have eaten too much of a food-based medicine, do not panic, your symptoms will subside within a few hours. Remain calm. Stay hydrated and eat food to help symptoms pass. Edible cannabis is safe and will not cause any long-term toxicity.