Not that long ago, a medical marijuana user only had a handful of ways to use their preferred strain: if they didn’t want to smoke it directly, the only other option was to convert the flower into butter and make some baked treats. Today, marijuana use has expanded to many new areas and markets, while the technology behind the substance has expanded as well. Edibles are far more diverse now; vaporizers mitigate the harm of combustion; and concentrates pack a huge heft in a small package. The new technology of a marijuana nebulizer or inhaler adds to the list of smoke-free delivery methods, promising safer, more targeted dosing of marijuana. The good news for medical marijuana patients is, that you have several effective and smoke-free alternatives to choose from.
Edibles: Once primarily brownies, today’s edibles come in a diverse array, including candies, drinks, and even gourmet meals. Starting with a small dose is essential, as the effects may be more potent and longer-lasting than smoking.
Oils/Tinctures: These are marijuana extracts typically dissolved in alcohol or another solvent. You can add a few drops under your tongue or in a drink. They provide quick absorption and allow for precise dosing.
Topicals: For those with localized pain or skin conditions, marijuana-infused creams, balms, lotions, and transdermal patches are ideal. They don’t produce the “high” but can be effective for relief.
Suppositories: These offer rapid absorption via the rectal mucous membranes. As a result, users experience a swift systemic impact with diminished psychoactive effects.
Vaporizers: Vaporizing heats the cannabis without combustion, releasing the active compounds without the harmful by-products of smoke. It offers the immediacy of inhalation without the downsides of smoking.
Nebulizers/Inhalers: Claimed to be the purest method to administer medical marijuana, this relatively new delivery method is very exciting. A jet nebulizer produces a fine, cold aerosol mist, eliminating the need for heat or combustion. An inhaler provides a specific quantity of THC and/or CBD with a single hit. For those who need specific dosages, inhalers can be a particularly practical product to have in their back pocket.
Remember, it’s vital to consult with a medical professional when choosing a consumption method. The goal is to ensure you’re using medical marijuana in the most beneficial way for your unique needs.
Medical marijuana (cannabis) can be administered through various methods, including capsules, lozenges, tinctures, dermal patches, oral or dermal sprays, cannabis edibles, and vaporizing or smoking dried buds.
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