Most of the time, when you think of consuming cannabis, you probably picture someone smoking, whether it is from a joint or a pipe. But, many people that depend on cannabis as a medication to treat conditions such as glaucoma, anxiety, and the aftereffects of cancer treatments, are not able or willing to smoke. So, what are the alternatives to lighting up?
Well, there are actually many ways to consume cannabis outside of smoking! Here are just a few of the most common methods that you might choose if you don’t want to smoke.
Pills are usually prescribed to older folks that may have some cognitive dissonance with marijuana being prescribed for medicinal purposes. Whether they are distributed as tablets or capsules, they simply swallow the treatment with a glass of water and the properties will release over time. The specific strains or quantities might be different depending on the brand and the prescription, so there’s likely a version out there perfect for your medical needs.
When cannabis is vaped, it is heated to a level that ensures that the cannabinoids are released into the air in order to be easily inhaled. This is much easier on diseased lungs since there is no smoke involved. It also circumvents the hassle of the traditional pipe and lighter that comes with smoking cannabis.
Edibles, not unlike the proverbial “pot brownies” of the past, are any food products that are infused with THC and eaten as a quick way to receive a potent dose of cannabis. Consuming medical cannabis edibles is also a discreet way to get the medicine needed at any time without lighting up where it would be frowned upon or taking pills or vaping.
These convenient patches are placed on the skin in an inconspicuous spot and penetrate the skin with a hefty dose of cannabis. The THC will enter your bloodstream directly and you will enjoy the benefits of an extended-release.
Like any other topical medicine, cannabis topicals are applied directly to your skin. Lotions, balms, gels, and salves are steeped with cannabis and can be used to treat muscle and joint pain at the source. Unlike other ingestion methods, however, these products have a lower amount of THC and will not produce any psychotropic effects.
Not unlike sports powders, cannabis powder can be easily dissolved in water or any other cold drink for a rapid intake. It is simple to take and it even works faster than regular solid edibles, so it is especially effective on pain and anxiety.
In conclusion, there are so many different methods for consuming cannabis that you should never let an aversion to smoking keep you from engaging in the treatment. Cannabis is finally being accepted as a first-rate medicine for a variety of issues, so don’t let ingestion methods get in the way of that important progress.