Cannabis has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years, and in recent years, the use of medicinal cannabis has become increasingly popular. With the increasing number of studies that support the use of cannabis for various medical conditions, the legalization of cannabis in many countries, and the development of new cannabis-based products, it is important to understand the various ways in which cannabis can be used for medicinal purposes.
One of the most popular and preferred methods of using medicinal cannabis is vaporizing. Vaporizing involves heating cannabis at a temperature that is high enough to release the active compounds in the plant, but not high enough to cause combustion. This results in the release of a vapor that can be inhaled, providing a rapid and efficient delivery of the therapeutic compounds to the bloodstream.
Vaporizing has several advantages over other methods of using medicinal cannabis.
First, it is a much healthier alternative to smoking. When cannabis is smoked, it releases harmful toxins and carcinogens that can damage the lungs and increase the risk of respiratory problems. Vaporizing, on the other hand, does not produce smoke, which reduces the risk of lung damage.
Second, vaporizing is a more efficient method of using medicinal cannabis. When cannabis is smoked, only about 25% of the active compounds are absorbed by the body. With vaporizing, up to 95% of the active compounds are absorbed, which means that you can use less cannabis to achieve the same therapeutic effect.
So, what are some of the various other ways in which medicinal cannabis can be used? Let's take a look.
Inhalation is the most common method of using medicinal cannabis through vaporization. This involves heating the cannabis in a vaporizer and inhaling the vapor through a mouthpiece. Inhalation provides a rapid onset of effects, making it ideal for treating symptoms such as pain, nausea, and anxiety.
2. Topical application
Topical application involves applying cannabis-infused products, such as creams or balms, directly to the skin. These products are designed to be absorbed through the skin and provide localized relief for conditions such as arthritis, muscle pain, and skin irritation.
Edibles are cannabis-infused foods and drinks that are consumed orally. While edibles are not typically associated with vaporization, it is possible to vaporize cannabis to create a vapor that can be added to food or drinks. This method of using medicinal cannabis is ideal for those who do not want to inhale the vapor directly.
Tinctures are concentrated cannabis extracts that are typically consumed sublingually, which means they are placed under the tongue. Tinctures can also be vaporized and inhaled, providing a rapid onset of effects.
In conclusion, vaporizing is a popular and C.M.O.'s preferred method of using medicinal cannabis due to its many benefits. Whether you choose to inhale the vapor, apply it topically, consume it orally, or use it as a tincture, you will achieve all the therapeutic effects of cannabis in a safe and efficient manner. If you are interested in using medicinal cannabis, be sure to consult with a healthcare professional to determine the best method of administration and dosage for your individual needs.