How to Medicate Using Cannabis
Medical marijuana can help with numerous ailments and is available in a wide variety of forms. We promise it gets easier to understand once you learn the basics!
The cannabis flower is where the good stuff comes from, and it has high concentrates of THC as well as a number of other cannabinoids and terpenes. Terpenes are oils found in all plants that create the smell and taste of the bud. THC and some of the other cannabinoids all have their effects, but part of what makes marijuana so helpful for a wide variety of problems is when the flower with all the cannabinoids and terpenes are taken together.
There are four major classifications of medical marijuana: indica, sativa, hybrid, and high CBD.
-Indica cannabis is known for its body high. Often times an indica will create an effect that can be felt throughout your body and tend to slow you down and relax you (sometimes referred to as “couch-lock”); they’re great for times when you aren’t planning on being super active. Indicas are great for pain (especially while sleeping), insomnia, lack of appetite, and stress.
-Sativa cannabis is known for its more engaging and active euphoria. Some people even feel more energetic after smoking sativas, as they tend to create an almost creative or motivated head high. Sativas are great for daytime pain, inflammation, and depression.
-Hybrid cannabis combines the effects of indicas and sativas to create a balance of body effect and euphoria. Many popular strains are hybrids, even if they might lean indica or sativa. Hybrids are good for pain, anxiety, lack of appetite, and nausea.
-High CBD cannabis or hemp plants are specially bred to take advantage of the CBD cannabinoid. CBDs are very effective at reducing pain, inflammation, and muscle spasms; and they tend to have a much lighter or barely detected high.
While particular effects can be different among these classifications, it’s helpful to experiment with medical marijuana to find out how they make you feel and how they might improve your condition. Even within indicas, there can be medical marijuana strains that are great for getting a deep and restful sleep while others might be better for helping with pain.
Everyone knows medical marijuana can be smoked, but there are other ways to use medical marijuana that might suit you better.
-Smoking medical cannabis bud is great because it allows you to fully reap the benefits of terpenes and tertiary cannabinoids, and you will feel the effects within a few minutes allowing for easy adjustment of the dosage. On the other hand, smoking medical marijuana isn’t always convenient (or allowed depending on where you are) and can irritate your lungs.
-Concentrates are made using many different methods, but they are generally attempting to remove the vegetative matter while preserving the cannabinoids in medical marijuana. Medical marijuana concentrates cause much less irritation to the lungs when smoked and are much stronger than smoking bud. Generally the more pure a medical marijuana concentrate is, the stickier and more transparent it is. In some cases, highly purified medical marijuana concentrates can strip out some of the tertiary cannabinoids or terpenes.
-Edibles are good for taking high doses of medical marijuana and can be done very discreetly. Edibles are great because they cause no irritation of the lungs. They can be difficult to dose, because effects come after 45-90 minutes of ingesting making it easy to get too high unintentionally.
-E-liquid or Vape Pens use medical marijuana extractions that are vaporized at a low burn temperature. This can cause even less irritation of the lungs, easy dosing, and can be discreet (although much like e-cigarettes, vape pens can have their use restricted to certain locations when in public). Often times vape pens use concentrates that are mixed with oily substances to make vaporization easier. Glycerin oil, propylene glycol, or even plant terpenes help to make the medical marijuana concentrates viscous enough to vaporize.
In all it’s forms and classifications, medical marijuana can be made to work for your needs and circumstances. If you ever want guidance, we encourage you to email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call us (855-426-5246) for more information about our medical marijuana services.
These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA, and Goddess Delivers is not a medical institution. We strongly encourage everyone to discuss with their doctor in detail medical marijuana and its effects.