Qualified patients are currently permitted to possess use, or administer marijuana in the form for edibles, pills, vaporization cartridges, topical creams, tinctures and flower in a sealed, tamper-proof receptacle for vaping.
Hand-held vaporizers are designed to heat the cannabis product to a temperature just below that of combustion, thereby producing vapor to be inhaled instead of smoke. Many medical marijuana patients, who are unable to smoke, rely on different methods of delivery like vaporizing. The use of personal vaporizers has also increased in the recreational market because they provide a much less obvious way to use cannabis in public, and are also an easier tool with which to travel.
Time-released capsules can bridge the comfort gap for patients who are curious about trying medical marijuana to help relieve their symptoms but are intimidated by/not knowledgeable about the more common consumption methods. This form mirrors that of prescription drugs, of which medical patients are all-too familiar ingesting on a regular basis. And the metered dosing offers convenience for patients who need long-term relief, portability, and discretion.
A tincture is most often an alcoholic extract of Cannabis with an ethanol percentage of between 25 and 60%. The major advantage of this sublingual administration method is that the medicine is rapidly absorbed through the the sublingual artery, your body’s main blood supply to the tongue. This artery arises from the external carotid artery, which, in turn, is close to the internal carotid artery which allows the medicine to quickly reach the brain. Additionally, the tincture doesn’t come in contact with the acids in your stomach like other edibles do.
Unlike smoking cannabis, edibles are introduced to the body through the gastrointestinal tract and processed by the liver before entering the bloodstream. The liver changes the cannabinoid THC into the more potent 11-hydroxi-THC which tends to have a stronger, more sedative effect. Eating it will last longer, and result in a more intense feeling. Longer-lasting effects don’t require continued dosing throughout the day or night. Not as harsh or damaging to the lungs as smoking; when you smoke it, the burning plant material releases more than just THC vapors, and even though THC itself is a cancer-fighting agent, all of these nasty side effects of smoking can still cause cancer and/or other illnesses in your body.
Topicals are cannabis-infused lotions, balms, and oils that are absorbed through the skin for localized relief of pain, soreness, and inflammation. Because they’re non-psychoactive, topicals are often chosen by patients who want the therapeutic benefits of marijuana without the cerebral euphoria associated with other delivery methods. Other transdermal innovations are fast arriving in the cannabis market, including long-lasting patches and tingly lubricants for patients and recreational consumers alike.
Using a vaporizer allows patients to absorb a cloud of cannabinoids. Though every dose is nearly invisible to the eye – they are pleasantly flavorful and potent. A proper vaporizer will heat medical marijuana to a temperature between 355°-385°F, resulting in a perfect puff of vapor that doesn’t irritate the throat, nor cause coughing fits. By vaporizing, you get all the benefits of medical cannabis, while escaping the dangers of smoke. Cannabis vapor enters the bloodstream in seconds; patients have instantaneous gratification from a proper dose. Vaping allows a patient to taste flavors normally lost to flame, and enjoy the smokeless, ash-less experience.