So you’ve followed the steps to get your medical marijuana card and now you’re wondering; what type of medicine is best for me? Walking into a dispensary for the first time can be overwhelming. Glass jars full of sticky green line shelves and rows of candy and flavored drinks abound. There are many methods one can use to ingest medical marijuana. It is critical when taking medicine to know which method is best for you.
5 Different Methods to Ingest Medical Marijuana
One of the oldest and most popular ways to ingest medical marijuana remains just as popular today. Inhalation is best for those patients who need immediate relief. If you’re struggling with chronic nausea or debilitating pain, inhaling offers the most immediate relief. Smoking does have drawbacks however. Excessive coughing and exposure to some combustible materials can be very bad to those with lung issues.
A relatively new development to the delivery of medical marijuana is Vaping. Vaping is also ideal for those who need immediate relief but don’t wish to ingest as many carcinogenic fumes. Vaping works by heating the marijuana to a lower temperature than burning it. This method releases the active cannabinoids and terpenes found within marijuana. Its effects are immediate but can be short lived.
Ingesting marijuana is very popular for those who wish to avoid smoke altogether. The range of ingestible products can run the gamut; from heath foods, to snack foods like candies and even cooking oils.
Consuming edibles is unlike dosing with other forms of cannabis. It can take from 30 minutes to an hour for you to feel the effects of the cannabinoids and terpenes. Unlike smoking or vaping, which goes directly to the bloodstream, it takes time for you liver to absorb and process the effects. Because of this, new users are cautioned to treat edibles sparingly until you know how they affect your body.
Your age, body mass, body fat percentage, body chemistry, and even your gender can affect how the edible products affect you and the conditions being treated with the product.
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While you can’t die from over consumption of marijuana, it can lead to some very bad effects. Start small when first using edibles and listen to your body. Small doses starting at 2-5 mg are appropriate levels for beginners. Be sure to read the labels carefully when buying at the dispensary.
Because all products sold in Nevada have to be tested, the potency, CBD and THC levels will be visible on the package.
Tinctures are a very effective delivery method for medical marijuana. Tinctures are herbal extracts made usually with glycerin or alcohol. They can be used under the tongue or deposited within foods. As a patient it’s important to understand how these tinctures are made. Many can contain large amounts of alcohol that range from 20-60 percent. Some tinctures are made with vegetable based glycerin that can be less harmful.
Topical solutions such as lotions, creams and pastes are quickly gaining popularity. These products are made by slowly heating cannabis in solutions such as coconut oil, olive oil or beeswax. Topicals can also come in the form of transdermal patches. While the effects of patches might not be as immediate as smoking or ingestion, they can be very good for joint pain or surface pain. The effects tend to last longer than smoking.
The freedom of choice is rapidly becoming a reality in Nevada. With more dispensaries opening their doors and stocking their shelves, finding out what method works best for you is easier than ever. Whatever method you do choose, always remember, go easy.