If you’re new to medical marijuana, you can try each consumption option to see which works best for you. Let’s start with the two main ways medical marijuana patients consume marijuana: smoking/vaping and consuming edibles (foods mixed with marijuana). While both methods deliver symptom relief, they have different effects on your body and mind. Let’s discuss the effects of both to help you decide which one is best for you.

Smoking Cannabis

Smoking medical marijuana can sometimes be harsh on the lungs, so many medical marijuana patients prefer vaping or using a water pipe (bong). Smoking marijuana is often the fastest way to experience relief from your medical symptoms and feel better in general. If you’re just starting out on your prescribed medical marijuana regimen, you might want to begin with smoking or vaping.

Vapor pens are not technically smoking marijuana like consuming it through a pipe, water pipe, or in a joint. Vape pens have a self-contained central heating element that slowly heats up the cannabis, oil, or wax to between 500 and 700 degrees Fahrenheit. This takes your medical cannabis right to the point of combustion, but vaporizes the essential oils (medicine contained within the plant) using an atomizer. This is why vape pens don’t produce smoke. Since it’s not burned, it doesn’t produce harsh smoke or carcinogens but a soothing vapor which is easier on the lungs, especially if you’re not used to smoking. If you smoke or vaporize cannabis, you will feel the effects almost instantly or very quickly after consumption. Now that we’re familiar with smoking or vaping medical marijuana, let’s take a look at medical marijuana edibles and how they work.

Eating Cannabis

Consuming medical marijuana in an edible form is less predictable than smoking or vaping marijuana, simply because the onset of the medical marijuana effects takes much longer and is often more intense. Cannabinoids are absorbed into the body differently when eating marijuana edibles than when smoking or vaping marijuana. When you consume a marijuana edible, the THC is metabolized by the liver and converted into 11-hydroxy-delta 9 THC which crosses the blood brain barrier easily. This easy absorption into the body may increase the effects, symptom relief, or intoxicating feeling you experience when consuming medical marijuana. It may take 30 minutes to two hours for your cannabis edible to help with your symptoms and the effects may differ in feeling from the results of smoking cannabis.

No matter which medical marijuana method you prefer, it’s important to try both out and see which provides the best relief for your particular medical symptoms. We want you to be healthy and happy! At Grant Pharms we can help you find the right medical marijuana smokable or edible product for your symptom relief.