Different Forms of Medical Marijuana Consumption: Which Is Best?

Different Forms of Medical Marijuana Consumption: Which Is Best?

What Is the Best Way to Use Medical Cannabis?

Ultimately, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to a medical cannabis prescription as there are many different ways to consume marijuana, and each of those methods appeals differently to every patient. However, some methods may be safer, more effective, or faster acting than others. Here’s a look at the pros of some of the different forms of marijuana consumption, some things to consider, and how they all compare.

Different Forms of Medical Marijuana Consumption

In Utah, various forms of medical marijuana include tablets, capsules, concentrated oils, skin patches, or gelatin cubes that can be dissolved or chewed. The state also allows the vaping of cannabis flower, resin, or wax in addition to the purchasing of vape pens or vaporizers. However, any smoking or use of flames like blowtorches is prohibited, as are edible products such as candies, brownies, cookies, and more.

Tablet/Capsule

Marijuana tablets or capsules are ingestible pills that contain botanical extracts of the cannabis plant. These pills typically contain liquid concentrates or ground-up cannabis flower. They are known to enhance mood, relaxation, and creative thought and provide pain relief among medical patients.

  • Pros:
    • Convenience and discretion
    • More medicinal appearance
    • No respiratory side effects
    • Potent
  • Things to Consider:
    • Delayed onset of effects
    • Potency can be uncomfortable for some

Vaping

Vaping or inhaling smoke of any kind comes with risks to lung health. However, these risks seem to be linked more to vaping concentrates than actual cannabis flower. So, if you’re partial to vaping, one that allows you to use flower is the safest route.

  • Pros:
    • Delivers instant relief
    • Convenience and discretion
    • Does not produce smoke
    • Much control over vapor output
    • Does not leave harsh odor
    • Strong flavor
  • Things to Consider:
    • Can be expensive
    • There is a learning curve
    • Requires regular battery recharge
    • General maintenance (cleaning, etc.)
    • Effects arguably less potent than other methods

Concentrated Oil

An oil, extract, or concentrate is any product derived from cannabis flower that’s processed into a concentrated form. However, each type of oil is unique. Common forms of medical marijuana concentrates include tinctures, capsules, and vaporizer cartridges.

  • Pros:
    • Easy, precise dosage
    • Clean, refined flavors
    • Efficient; takes less product to reap desired medicinal benefits
    • Potent
  • Things to Consider:
    • Can be costly
    • Tolerance may vary
    • Potency can be uncomfortable for some

Skin Patch

Transdermal skin patches or transdermal delivery systems (TDDS) have been around for years. A THC skin patch is a thin piece of plastic coated with adhesive and infused with cannabis. They can either offer all day or all night relief, depending on the patient’s needs. Simply place the patch on a venous part of the body. Then, the body’s heat will activate the patch and cause it to release a small amount of the cannabinoid THC through the skin and into the bloodstream.

  • Pros:
    • Will not produce psychoactive effects
    • Absorbs slowly, long-lasting
    • Whole body relief
  • Things to Consider:
    • Increased hunger
    • Heightened sense of smell
    • Can be costly

Gelatin Cube

Gelatin cubes can provide medical patients a lot of relief, and one cube is an excellent low dose for beginners.

  • Pros:
    • Long-lasting
    • Easy to dose
    • Convenience and discretion
    • Good flavor
  • Things to Consider:
    • Best stored in cool climate; refrigerated
    • Can take up to 2 hours to feel full effects
    • Fatigue, drowsiness
    • Dry mouth

No matter your preferred forms of medical marijuana, our pharmacists can help provide you with product insights to find the best product for your needs. Stop by a Perfect Earth Modern Apothecary location near you to discover the different forms of medical marijuana that are available to you.

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