Back to Basics: Marijuana Practices

Smoking medical marijuana in a joint has always been the most popular method for consuming the drug. Which is surprising, considering how bad joints really are for you. Combustion of cannabis (the burning of cannabis into ash, with smoke being the by-product) fills your lungs with toxic compounds and irritants. And very few people know that you actually get more tar from a joint than you would an equal-sized cigarette. Thankfully, we live in an era where several alternatives exist for delivering tetrahedroncannibol (THC) into your system that are much safer for the user, particularly for those who must consistently consume marijuana in order to benefit from its many healing and therapeutic properties. Here are three alternative methods for consuming medical marijuana that come with far fewer health risks.

  1. Vaporizers

In a vaporizer, marijuana is, for lack of a better word, cooked, at a temperature that allows for the creation of vapor, as opposed to burning marijuana, which produces smoke. Being able to control the temperature at which the plant is being heated can reduce smoke inhalation by as much as 95% according to some estimates. By reducing the smoke, you dramatically reduce the amount of carcinogens and tar that enter into your lungs and bloodstream. And without the burning of any plant material, you will also notice a lot less resin build-up on your teeth, while being to truly enjoy the unique flavor each particular strain of marijuana has to offer.

  1. Edibles

Making yummy snacks and pastries with marijuana as the key ingredient eliminates the need for having to inhale anything, for those with sensitive throats who aren’t fond of coughing or phlegm. The first step in baking Weed Brownies or any sort of edible, begins with the creation of cannabis infused butter or oil, which can be made from home or purchased at medical marijuana dispensaries. The conventional wisdom behind edibles is that the high associated with eating marijuana requires more time to take effect. Which makes sense when you consider that the THC in the food must go through the additional processes of digestion before entering your bloodstream. However, once the high does kick in, it’s believe far more potent than what you’d expect after smoking a joint.

  1. Tinctures & Tonics

A tincture is defined as any medicine that is made by mixing the active ingredient with alcohol. Marijuana tinctures are alcohol extractions of cannabis, containing all 80 of the essential cannabinoids found in the plant. It’s extremely cheap to make, and doesn’t give the user any of the psychoactive effects or high that would normally result from the consumption of marijuana using other methods. The user simply places a few drops under his or her tongue, and the THC gets quickly absorbed into the bloodstream. Patients have found this to be an extremely effective method of pain relief, and has been known to effectively treat muscle spasm and epilepsy.

Jason Quintal | March 6, 2016

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