Here’s A Quick Guide For New Patients
There are many ways to medicate with cannabis. I remember being a new patient years ago. My first few trips to the dispensary were a little bit overwhelming, to say the least. There were so many things to choose from that I had never heard of before. It’s kind of funny now, but I was lost even with the kind help of the staff.
This quick guide can help you figure out what the best method is for you and maybe help you avoid some confusion at the dispensary counter.
Ways To Medicate With Cannabis
Cannabis topicals are a favorite for patients who need localized relief without wanting the intoxicating effects of THC. They include creams, salves, lotions, ointments, serums, etc.. that are meant to be absorbed through the skin. These products can be made with either CBD or THC but they will not get you high. This is where you can learn to make your own infused Topicals.
Taking It Orally:
Edibles are cannabis-infused products, made with CBD or THC, that are consumed orally. They can include beverages, snacks, and foods, but they can also be in the form of softgels, capsules and tinctures, etc..
Edibles can pack a more potent and longer lasting effect than some other methods. But, it does take longer to feel the effects due to digestion. Here are some great edible recipes using cannabis flower.
Inhaling cannabis usually offers the fastest onset of all available methods. You can use flower or concentrates with different types of devices. How fast does it get into your system? It only takes about 2-3 milliseconds for the tiny air sacs of the lungs to absorb the available cannabinoids and terpenes once you inhale.
Different ways to inhale cannabis include: smoking joints/blunts or dabs, using vaporizers, bongs, bowls, or by other inhalation devices.
Using Trans-dermal Patches
Trans-dermal Patches can offer all day or night relief. They boast a slow time-release of the cannabinoids. Like topicals, patients can place the patch in the desired location to have the medication delivered directly to the bloodstream. That meant trans-dermal patches that contain THC can have intoxicating effects.
Suppositories – similar to topicals, are effective locally and are a good alternative for patients who are unable to take prescriptions by mouth.
They’re made by mixing cannabis-infused oils with carrier oils that melt over time by coming in contact with body heat.
As you can see, there are many ways to take your canna-meds. The key is – figuring out which method works best for you. Good luck & happy hunting!