Smoking is the oldest and most common method for administering cannabis. It’s been popular in America for decades, and can be a quick, effective way to experience the effects of marijuana. Many people today avoid smoking because they are concerned about lung cancer, but you don’t need to worry. Studies have shown that there is no correlation between smoking marijuana and developing lung cancer.
Vaporizers are becoming more and more common among marijuana users. Vaporizers works by heating dried cannabis plant or oil at a lower temperature than smoking. This creates a light vapor that doesn’t contain as much tar and smoke and is easier to inhale. Vaporizers come in a variety of shapes and sizes and it takes seconds to feel the effect.
Cooking with marijuana has been popular for decades. Eating the plant has a similar effect on the body as smoking. Cooking with marijuana is traditionally used with oils and resins that are extracted from the plant into an oil or butter before being added to food. In some places, edibles are available for sale.
4. Hashes and Oils
Hashes have been around for centuries. In a nutshell, hash is the concentrated resin collected from cannabis leaves. There are a variety of methods for collecting hash, and it can be used in a variety of ways. It is almost as versatile as the raw plant material. Hash can be smoked, eaten and vaporized just like the buds from marijuana. Cannabis oils are also extracted from the raw plant material. Oils have grown in popularity during the past few years because of their success in treating children with epilepsy and other seizure disorders.
Marijuana tea is a traditional remedy used in cultures around the world. The main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana is THC, and THC is not water-soluble. Instead, you first have to make an infusion of cannabis into an oil-based substance like butter or coconut oil. You then add the infused oil to a tea to create a chai or latte-type drink. Many people love drinking cannabis teas and believe they are one of the healthiest ways to ingest marijuana.
6. Tinctures and Tonics
Tinctures and tonics are highly-concentrated infusions of marijuana, and they often contain alcohol. The effects of using a tincture are similar to the effects of edibles. Tinctures and tonics give you the ability to combine marijuana with other beneficial plants and herbs for a balanced, individual treatment.
7. Topical Application
Lotions, salves, oils, creams and even patches are relatively new to marijuana culture in America, but they have extraordinary potential for those who wish to use cannabis without the psychoactive side effects. Topical marijuana is an excellent treatment for pain, soreness and inflammation, so those using cannabis for muscle and joint pain may benefit from this option. Creators of these wonderful products are including other beneficial ingredients like essential oils for additional pain relief and skin care.
There are many more benefits surrounding medical marijuana, although the negative stigma surrounding it. Schedule your appointment with Dr. Lyn to discuss how medical marijuana can help treat you!