When it comes to medical cannabis, there are numerous ways to enjoy its benefits, and the method that you choose ultimately comes down to personal preference. Whether you are a new medical cannabis user or just looking to explore different delivery methods, we can offer some helpful guidance.
The methods of consumption
Consuming cannabis can be accomplished using three main delivery methods: inhalation, oral, and topical. Inhaling marijuana involves getting the vapors into your lungs before the effects enter your bloodstream. This involves smoking or vaping. On the other hand, oral consumption encompasses all cannabis products that are administered through the mouth, including tinctures, oils, and cannabis infused food/drinks. Finally, topical ingestion utilizes cannabis extract that is converted into a thick oil which is then absorbed through the skin.
Picking the right method for you
With a range of choices for delivering cannabis to your system, it can often feel overwhelming deciding which method will give you the desired result. Generally, inhalation is the most common form of ingestion because the added physical and mental benefits are felt almost instantaneously, compared to other methods. The most prevalent forms of smoking marijuana involve hand pipes, water pipes, and rolling papers. Hand pipes lead the charge because they are the most convenient, portable and affordable, providing a range of artistic designs and styles for the user. Water pipes are very similar, but use water to cool off the smoke and provide a smoother, more relaxing hit. Rolling papers which are composed of elements like bamboo, rice, and hemp, are typically only associated with smoking joints.
Oral and topical consumption
Tinctures are liquid cannabis extracts that are placed under the tongue and provide fast-acting benefits without the health concerns of smoking. Ingestible oils provide a solid medium between edibles and concentrates, with the method of consumption similar to edibles, but in an oil-like form. The most popular form of oral medical cannabis is through edibles, which are cannabis-infused food and drinks. Edibles come in a wide range of different products from candy and soda to hot sauce, all providing unique benefits depending on the cannabis-grade being used. Edibles are typically recommended for more experienced users as these products tend to cause powerful, full-body psychoactive effects.
When it comes to cannabis consumption, picking the right method depends on your reasons for using medical cannabis and your personal preferences. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding cannabis consumption, please contact us today.
Emerald Health Advocates
Phone: (240) 477-8158
Laytonsville, MD 20882