METHODS OF APPLICATION

Cannabis can be ingested in numerous ways, all of which have different medicinal benefits that aid various health conditions.

 

SMOKING

 

Smoking the plant matter and concentrates provides immediate relief to patients for a wide variety of ailments.

Patients suffering from asthma, or other lung conditions have other options for ingestion.

When igniting with a flame, the plant material is burned causing a significant loss of terpenes and cannabinoids, so it is not the most economical option for using your medicine.

 

VAPORIZATION

 

This method utilizes the most modern technology for the ingestion of cannabis and its resin glands.

THC vaporizes at about 360 degrees Fahrenheit, at which point the vapor can be collected and inhaled.

There are different styles of vaporizers, but they all work on the same principle of heating, not burning.

The vapor is cooler than smoke, and it contains a much higher proportion of medicine to plant matter.

This is a healthier alternative and when done properly should not burn the plant material, which can be a cause of some side-effects such as physical exhaustion.

 

EDIBLES

 

This is one of the safest ways to utilize the medicinal aspects of the cannabis plant. Edible cannabis can be prepared in many fashions.

Traditionally one would use a medium such as butter or coconut oil, since cannabinoids are fat soluble.

The plant matter is heated with the medium in order for the decarboxilization process to occur; which converts the acid form of the cannabinoid to an active form which the body can process efficiently in the digestive tract (i.e. THCA -> THC). This is done so the effects are felt in a matter of an hour or so, and last for about 4-6 hours.

Edibles can be made with the flowers or trim of the plants, as well as with hash and hash oil, the latter of which produce the best tasting results.

An important point to be conscious of is that some patients require lactose, gluten, and sugar free or low-glycemic edibles for their condition. If you are in this category, please discuss your options with our patient advisors.

Edibles are extremely effective for insomnia, opiate withdrawal, and pain relief. A note of caution with edibles: please be very conservative when eating cannabis if you have never done it before. The effects for a large portion of patients are much stronger than when consuming cannabis with other methods.

 

TINCTURES

 

This liquid form of cannabis has been used for centuries.

It is an extraction method which is usually done by suspending the cannabis in alcohol to dissolve the trichomes.

Sometimes tinctures are made with glycerine as opposed to alcohol, and can have other medicinal herbs as ingredients.

When taken orally, one may place it under the tongue in order to feel the effect almost as quickly as smoking or vaporizing.

Swallowing it will provide a longer lasting medicinal effect, with less euphoria.

 

TOPICAL APPLICATION

 

Cannabis topicals (oils, lotions, and creams for external use) are extremely effective for the body, as most of the CB1 and CB2 receptors are located on the skin and hair follicles.

Therefore salves, lotions, and creams containing cannabis can be useful for muscle pain and stiffness, joint paint, and even skin disorders such as psoriasis.

This method of application provides no noticable psychoactive effects.