The most common way of using medical marijuana is by smoking it, yet there are healthier and more effective ways of experiencing its benefits. It is a little known fact that marijuana can also be ingested. In this article various alternative methods to smoking medical marijuana including ways of ingesting and vaporizing are explored. We will also look at some health damaging side effects of smoking.
When compared with smoking, ingesting offers the biggest advantage of preventing dangerous carcinogenic chemicals and tar from entering the body’s respiratory system. Besides, smoking cannabis results in an extensive loss of other cannabinoids and THC due to their decomposition at high temperature. But, when it is ingested, a much higher percentage of the active ingredients or constituents enter the body. Ingesting marijuana is healthier for you, the only disadvantage being that ingestion is not a cost-effective option because relatively larger amount of medical marijuana is required to boost its effectiveness. But, the overall high that preparations infused with marijuana creates last longer and is also stronger.
Medical Marijuana dispensaries suggest that there are several ways of ingesting marijuana by mixing it with either a solid or a liquid base. THC from the bud and the fibers of the plant can be absorbed by the digestive system. However, it cannot be release unless it binds to alcohol or a fatty acid as it is a fat soluble component. Liquids like water, soda, ethyl or grain alcohol, or lemonade can be used. Though even cannabis tea that is made by brewing marijuana with tea leaves is mildly psychoactive, these water based infusions are not very effective because the water solubility of THC is low due to its lipophilic nature.
The solid base that is used when cannabis is cooked includes butter, oil, lard, or other fat. Hashed brown potatoes, brownies, cookies, pancakes, and other baked products enable the oral consumption of marijuana.
Cannabis vaporizers comprise flame filter and vaporization pipes and when the marijuana is heated in them, the active ingredients in it get evaporated instead of burning up that happens when it is smoked. Depending on the design of the vaporizer, lower proportion of toxic chemicals and carbon monoxide are released.
One of the latest cannabis products are flavored medicated suckers that use high quality THC, CBN, and CBD and are made using hash oil and ethanol extracts. These contain more than 30 mg THC and 6 to 7 mg CBD.