Gone are the days when smoking a joint was the main way of consuming marijuana. Cannabis spray products are growing in popularity with medical marijuana users because they deliver many of the same benefits and medical relief without having to smoke the drug or consume edible products that contain active marijuana compounds.
In order to determine whether cannabis sprays are right for you it is important to fully understand these products and their uses.
What is Cannabis Spray?
Cannabis spray is a medical marijuana product that does not have to be eaten or smoked. Instead, the user simply sprays the solution under their tongue or inside their cheek, eliminating any paraphernalia and avoiding many of the possible risks associated with smoking or eating the drug. These spray products are usually flavored so that they do not have an unpleasant taste when used.
Most cannabis spray products are tinctures. This means that they are an alcohol based liquid, and the cannabinoids are extracted from the marijuana plant. Dosages for these products are typically calculated by number of drops. This is based on the strength and ratio of compounds in each specific product.
How do these Spray Products Work?
When cannabis spray is used, the liquid is sprayed underneath your tongue, called sublingual application, or between your gum and cheek inside your mouth. Because the oral tissues are highly absorbent and they contain many small blood vessels. This helps the medication reach your bloodstream faster. Since your digestive system is bypassed a lower dose may be necessary.
Homemade Sprays, Commercial Products, Synthetics, and Sativex
It is possible to make cannabis spray at home, purchase commercial spray products in this category using the Internet, or eventually you can ask your physician for a prescription for Sativex if the drug is ever approved by the FDA. One thing to avoid is any sprays that use synthetic compounds instead of natural substances derived from actual marijuana.
Synthetic THC and other synthetic compounds designed to mimic marijuana can be very dangerous. Never use synthetic marijuana to make a spray at home because the results can be far different from what you expect. Commercial products are normally tested to determine the exact percentage and ratio of THC and CBD, so you know exactly what you are getting in every spray.
Medical Conditions that May Benefit from Marijuana Spray Products
There are many different medical conditions that can be treated with cannabis spray products. Cancer, severe pain, epilepsy and seizures, lack of appetite and wasting, and many other conditions. Clinical studies have shown that marijuana has benefits for many conditions and medical problems, and a spray can be just as effective as the actual marijuana plant or edibles made with cannabis oils.
Why Not Just Smoke Marijuana?
There are some advantages to using a cannabis spray rather than smoking marijuana or using edible marijuana products. Spray products are very discreet, and no one else knows whether you are freshening your breath or medicating when you are in public. There are many restrictions on where marijuana can be smoked, and this form of use causes a very distinct odor that others may notice.
Will Sprays Provide the Same High and Sense of Euphoria as Smoking Marijuana?
One issue that some people have with spray products rather than using actual marijuana is that the effects on the user may be different. According to the pharmaceutical company that makes Sativex this specific spray does not provide the same exact mood altering benefits that the natural plant does. That could be a drawback for many medical marijuana users.
The website for GW Pharmaceuticals, the company that produces Sativex, states that this spray shows no evidence of producing a comparable high to that of smoking recreational marijuana. If this is true then people who deal with anxiety or certain other medical conditions may not get the same benefits from the spray that they do when they smoke marijuana or even eat edible products made from the plant.
The advancements in methods to consume cannabis continue but the cannabis spray seems to be a viable consumption method for many medical marijuana users.