Medical Marijuana Use: Methods of Medicating
Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 04/06/2010 in Medical Marijuana
Medical marijuana is a versatile medicine that can help with countless ailments, including cancer, HIV/AIDs, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma and more. Read on to explore the variety of ways to utilize this powerful medicine.
Smoking is the most expedient method of using medical marijuana. The effects are more controllable and are experienced within moments. If you choose to smoke medical cannabis, try the following strategies to reduce some of its risks:
- Medicate with more potent cannabis. Smoking cannabis with a higher TCH content reduces exposure to irritating tars, since less cannabis is required to reach the effective dosage.
- Use a vaporizer or pipe. The most recommended method of smoking marijuana is through a vaporizer, which reduces exposure to carcinogenic smoke. If you use a pipe with cannabis, it enables more consistent and predictable dosage than a joint. If you prefer smoking joints, opt for a rolling paper made from plant cellulose, such as Naked Papers.
- Don’t hold your breath. Holding your breath after inhaling cannabis smoke does NOT absorb more THC. Doing so will only coat your lungs with more tar. When smoking medical cannabis, inhale deeply, then immediately exhale.
Another method of using medical marijuana is ingestion. Medical marijuana can be baked directly or made into cannabis butter that is used to prepare edible pot brownies, pot cookies and more. If you choose to medicate with edible cannabis, here are a few things to remember:
- Oral cannabis feels much different than smoked cannabis. This is because when cannabis is eaten, some of the THC is destroyed by the liver metabolism and a potent THC metabolite is formed.
- Beware of overmedicating. When used in edible form, the actual dosage of medical marijuana can vary widely. Choose a cannabis medicine with a known content of THC and be sure to wait for the effects to manifest before taking another dose.
- Effects take longer and last longer. Use a small dose of cannabis when ingesting, as it takes considerably longer to experience the effects than when smoking. It can take as long as two hours to feel the effects when ingesting medical marijuana, and the effects can last much longer than smoked cannabis.
Cannabis tinctures are a great alternative for patients who prefer not to smoke marijuana. A tincture is a medicinal extract in an alcohol solution, in which the alcohol is used to extract and preserve the resins and other soluble material from the plant. Cannabis tinctures may be used topically on the skin, taken orally by adding to a cup of hot tea or dropped directly under the tongue.