Marijuana has been used as medicine since the ancient times.
Yet when opioids, aspirins, and other pain-relieving substances rose in popularity, cannabis use for medical purposes declined.
Today, marijuana makes a comeback!
Not only does marijuana legislation continue to change around the country (or even world), the ways to use cannabis in the health and wellness field has tremendously grown.
Before we deep dive into marijuana as a medical treatment, it’s worth noting that it’s not a one-size-fits-all cure.
Whether your physician has already recommended a specific method to add cannabis to your treatment plan or you just want to find out before asking your doctor about it, read on to learn more about the 4 different ways to use medical marijuana.
Cannabis topicals may take in the form of balms and lotions that are infused with cannabis. They are an excellent choice for patients who don’t want to experience the side effects of using marijuana through vaping or by eating it.
Often, cannabis balms and oils are used for the relief of pain and inflammation. If you’re thinking about topical cannabis, experiment with various strains or brands. They may have different benefits depending on the additional ingredients and way they are processed.
In a nutshell, vaporizing or vaping is the process of heating cannabis without burning. The corresponding heat releases the active ingredients into a vapor, which in turn are released into the air. Since combustion does not occur, smoke is not created.
Vaporizing is healthier than smoking for two reasons:
- Users tend to inhale fewer toxic compounds and carbon monoxide when vaping
- Vaping helps reduce the respiratory symptoms associated with smoking marijuana
Besides being a healthier alternative to smoking marijuana, the vaping experience tends to be cleaner, smoother, and less harsh.
Quick fact: cannabis oil and hemp oil are two different things.
Sure, they’re derived from the same species but hemp oil usually contains only a fraction of THC and CBD (compounds found in marijuana plants) that cannabis oil is mostly made of.
With that said, cannabis oils can be added to food and drinks or consume directly. They are typically packaged in capsules or vials with dropper applicators. Depending on your needs, cannabis oils come in several varieties with various CBD:THC ratios.
Like with oral CBD oils, it takes longer to feel the effects of marijuana edibles. If you’re considering this type of medical treatment, keep in mind that effects can be stronger on an empty stomach. And don’t forget to properly mark and safely stash away your edibles!
Ultimately, keep in mind that concentrations or percent of each cannabinoid (the chemical compound found in marijuana) ranges widely, depending on plant type and strain. As a result, beneficial effects may also vary.
To get started with medical marijuana, you might want to initially try out a few, allowing you to identify which strain is ideal to suit your medical marijuana needs. Finally, talk to your doctor or primary care physician before using cannabis as dosage are different even between patients with the same condition.
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