Different Ways to Use Marijuana

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Medical marijuana is taking the world by storm. As the benefits of medical marijuana become clearer, countries and many U.S. states have decriminalized marijuana, allowed the sale of medical marijuana, or totally legalized marijuana use for anyone at over the age of 18. This “herbal remedy” has been shown to provide relief of symptoms or outright cures for many conditions and medical issues, including helping ease the pain, nausea, and appetite loss that comes with cancer and HIV.

Marijuana has also been seen to help cut down on epileptic seizures and ease the effects of multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. Plus, it also helps alleviate the effects of chemotherapy. That’s just the start. You might think there is only one way to use marijuana: smoking it, perhaps in a joint, bong, or pipe. That is certainly one way to go and the most popular. The act of smoking does allow the marijuana to take affect on your body quickly – virtually instantly. But it can also burn your throat or cause coughing. But there are plenty of alternatives available in medical marijuana dispensaries or marijuana stores in places where it is legal. For the most part, you’ll see two different strains of marijuana, Sativa, and Indica, as well as hybrids of each. The menus in marijuana dispensaries can be quite extensive. And each strain has little differences in how it makes you feel and the impact it might have on certain medical issues. Best to check with the staff or your doctor to get their recommendations.

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Edible marijuana is becoming increasingly popular and there are many forms. You can try marijuana brownies, cakes, cookies, drinks like infused lemonade, lollipops, candies, and more. You could make them at home yourself, but with it so readily available in marijuana stores, there’s no need really. Keep in mind that edibles, especially those made with the potent strains of marijuana, can be very strong. Be sure to start with a small dose and increase the amount you eat as needed. When you eat marijuana it also takes longer for the high to hit you. There are cannabis concentrates like cannabis butter, cannabis oil, dabs, hash, hash oil, kief, cannabis topicals, and finger hash available. Basically, all the “plant matter” has been eliminated and the resin glands extracted, leaving the most active ingredients in marijuana. This form of medical marijuana is especially beneficial to folks using marijuana to treat a medical condition. This is more concentrated and pure. Some of these concentrates you can smoke, others can be ingested orally or taken in other ways. Topicals are lotions and balms infused with cannabis applied to the skin. This might be for the relief of soreness, pain, or inflammation. You will not have any psychoactive effects. Tinctures are extract cannabis compounds in alcohol and are applied under the tongue in small doses. They are fast-acting and you can choose from a range of potencies and flavors. Some concentrates are high in THC, which is the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Others are higher in CBD, which is the compound that has a positive effect on certain health issues and doesn’t get you high.

Something to keep in mind when making your selection. You’ve probably seen vapes that people use to smoke nicotine and replace cigarettes around. Turns out there are also vaporizers for marijuana using some of these concentrated oils mentioned earlier. It’s quite a handy way to take marijuana. And it’s odorless and smokeless, so there’s no problem with smoking in public. Nobody can tell what you’re up to. Medical marijuana is certainly a versatile substance. And with so many ways to use it, there’s certain to be one that fits your needs. The wave of legalization can only get bigger too, with many more legal ways to find the type of marijuana that you want to use.

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