By Paul Morgan
Editor’s Note: National Pain Report urges anyone considering cannabis to due so with caution and to consult your healthcare provider to ensure proper dosage, and to ensure that it does not interfere with your current pain treatment regimen. Please remember that medical marijuana use may not be legal in your area and may have employment risks.
Marijuana is an excellent therapeutic plant with numerous benefits to patients battling serious health conditions. Many are aware that cannabis extracts can help them deal with chronic pain, PTSD, and nausea, among other conditions. Even so, some of the possible beneficiaries are averse about smoking cannabis. Besides, smoking has its share of discomfort. The smoke is known to irritate the throat, leave a lingering smell, and the act is indiscreet.
What if you could still get your daily dose from an afternoon bite or beverage? People have come up with creative ways of administering marijuana. One of the popular methods in use today is the oral method of marijuana consumption, providing a good alternative for those who cannot, or choose not, to smoke cannabis due to health related reasons, or otherwise.
Oral methods of administering marijuana
With the rising legalization of marijuana, most businesses have increasingly availed marijuana-infused edibles. In fact, the culinary science in this area has evolved making cannabis cookies, candies, and brownies among the tastiest snacks in the market today. For the patients who love baking, one could include marijuana products like butter or oils as substitutes for regular butter and oil. It is possible to find canna oil and cannabutter in most dispensaries licensed to sell medical marijuana.
A more hassle-free option is to walk into a marijuana licensed medical dispensary and choose from a collection of cannabis-infused options including lollipops, fudges, tinctures, bagel bites and pizzas. However, one cannot forget that the snacks are a form of medication which should be taken under the supervision of a doctor to ensure the right dosage.
Have in mind that the cannabinoids, and especially THC (the primary active compound in marijuana), are very potent. Consequently, a large dose can be administered in small portions of food. This makes it challenging for users to determine the right dosage. A consumer ought to take care not to overdose when using marijuana edibles.
In some states such as California, Maryland, and Colorado, one may be required to produce a marijuana recommendation letter or patient’s card before acquiring these products. A qualified doctor will examine the patient and write a recommendation that the medical condition of such a person could be better managed through marijuana.
It is possible for a patient to add marijuana to common beverages to relieve pain or any other relevant medical condition they are dealing with. Many dispensaries licensed to sell marijuana products have juices, sodas, tea, and smoothies mixed with cannabis. Besides, one can prepare their drink at home and add the appropriate marijuana extract. For instance, when making tea, one may choose to include a tincture or bud in their regular ingredients to get it to produce the desired effect.
A tincture is an alcohol-based extract of marijuana mixed with glycerin and Medium-Chain Triglyceride. They come packed into small containers or spray bottles. The user squeezes the recommended amount under the tongue and gives it a few minutes to absorb. It is an efficient method for those interested in small precise dosages.
Unlike edibles and beverages which take a while for the user to experience the effects, tinctures are absorbed faster. One can feel the effect within five to fifteen minutes of ingesting. THC sprays are examples of tinctures in the market today.
Pills are another option for a person to take to address their pain. These are typically prepared using marijuana oils and their main ingredients are THC and Cannabidiol. One can find capsules such as THC (80mg-100mg) in the market today. Pills typically have a consistent amount of the active ingredients making it easier to prescribe precise doses and predetermine the effects.
Generally, when consumed orally, marijuana produces more intense effects than smoking. The effects do last longer too. It will typically take the consumer at least 30 minutes to experience the effects, but the intensity could peak after 2 hours.
Paul Morgan is a marijuana enthusiast with 5 years worth of experience working in this industry. He started by trying to grow something for himself and now he is trying to educate people about marijuana seeds, stores, breeders and brands as a content manager at CannabisOwl.