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Methods of Consuming Medical Marijuana
INHALATION OF MARIJUANA
Patients may elect to use medical marijuana through traditional methods of inhalation including smoking the product in rolling papers, a pipe, or a water pipe. Additionally, patients can medical marijuana via flower (the dried leaves), oil, or premade cartridges in a variety of commercially available vaporizers or dispos- able units. These products heat, without burning the medicine, until it vaporizes and allows for the patient to separate the cannabinoids from the plant material. Patriot Care will dispense several different types of commercially available vaporizers and a selection of custom designed single use applicators.
Marijuana Infused Products (MIP’s), or edible medical marijuana, are products that have been prepared with oils made from supercritical CO2 fluid extracted marijuana flower. For patients who wish to avoid inhaling the product, eating a MIP is an alternative that provides effective treatment and for some patients necessary additional calories. In addition, oral ingestion increases the available amount of cannabinoids to the body. Consequently, you may need to consume only 25% of the amount you would normally smoke or vaporize. In addition; edibles take longer to take effect, 20-60 minutes at least. Thus, it will take much longer to feel the effects of edibles. If you consume edibles be patient and wait; don’t over medicate.
Concentrated marijuana oils and extracts are another alternative format that patients can choose for medicating. These products are produced through a solvent-less extraction process that separates, and concentrates, the essential oils from the marijuana flower. Concentrates allow a patient the ability to select a form of medica- tion that accentuates and intensifies the particular cannabinoid qualities they are looking for. Concentrates can be inhaled either by smoking or through vaporization.
TOPICAL APPLICATION OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA
Topical treatments can feature both THC and CBD and come in a variety of different forms including lotions, ointments, and balms. These products can be used to treat a specific medical need or can be used, in conjunction with other topical regimes, as a preventive. All topical products produced will have undergone the necessary formula- tion to ensure that all the active ingredients will work in their transdermal form.
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