Some Common Ways To Ingest Medical Marijuana
(Please note: Compassion Associates does not endorse any method of medical ingestion, and a certified doctor should always be contacted before ingesting any medicine – Below is for informational purposes only.)
Smoking Medical Marijuana
The most common form of ingesting medical marijuana in the United States is to smoke it from a marijuana cigarette (which is known as a “Joint”); to smoke it from a glass pipe; or to smoke it from a water-pipe device known as a water bong. Smoking is a quick and efficient way to deliver an optimum therapeutic dose of cannabinoids, because the patient is able to feel the effects almost immediately, and can stop as soon as the desired relief is acheived. The trade off can be an increased risk of bronchitis or other respiratory irritation, or other such illnesses.
“Rolling papers” are readily available at gas stations and corner stores, and come in a wide range of sizes, composition and flavors. Cigarette rolling machines are also widely available for those who have trouble with traditional rolling methods.
Vaporization of Medical Marijuana
Vaporization is another common and effective way to deliver the therapeutic components of marijuana without the toxic by products of combustion. The medicine is placed in the vaporization device and heated to a temperature of 180° to 200° C (356° to 392° F). This causes the essential oils to volatilize, or evaporate, into a pure vapor, which is then collected by the patient in a bag or balloon and inhaled. The resulting vapors contain no tars, hydrocarbons, benzene, carbon monoxide or other toxic pryolytic gases and by products of combustion. Respiratory risks associated with smoked marijuana are virtually eliminated.
Eating Medical Marijuana
Many people prefer to ingest marijuana by eating or drinking it. Eating medical marijuana is especially common amongst patients with throat, mouth, or lung conditions – as well as patients who do not like to intake smoke or vapors – since it avoids the risks associated with inhaling smoke or vapors.
Medical Marijuana Prepared for Cooking
1) Extracted into a fat or oil, most commonly butter, called “Cannabutter.”
2) Pulverized into powder, called “Canna Flour.”
“Cannabutter” is the common name for a butter that has been infused with the beneficial cannabinoids contained in medical marijuana. Cannabutter is not hard to make. For those who ingest their medicine by eating it, cannabutter is much more palatable than is the whole plant.
Cannabutter may be substituted for regular butter in any recipe. It is especially good for making candy, cookies and brownies. The amount to use in any particular recipe comes down to a matter of learning from experience. The best approach is to start small and then use a steadily increasing amount in each subsequent recipe until you find the dosage that is most beneficial for relieving your particular complex of symptoms. Store your cannabutter in a closed container in your refrigerator. It must be kept refrigerated.
It should be noted that a similar process in utilized to create medical-marijuana infused Olive Oil, which can be used in recipes and even on salads.
Marijuana can be cooked into any favorite recipe. However most people finds its taste to be non-desirable, so they chosse recipes that will mask the flavor. Chocolate, tomato sauce, and cookie mix are often used for that reason. You can add a cup or so of the medical marijuana flour to any recipe. Because of the great variability in cannabinoid ratios, potency and quality among the various cannabis strains, it will take some experimentation to determine the optimum amount of medical marijuana flour to add or portion size to consume.
Remember that it can take anywhere for one to three hours for eaten medical marijuana to deliver it’s active ingredients to the bloodstream of the patient. Give the first portion time before consuming additional portions. An excellent option for the novice medical marijuana cook is to use a pre-packaged brownie mix. Simply follow the directions on the box and add your medical marijuana to the batter. You may also wish to add an extra table spoon of margarine or oil and some additional water.
Drinking Medical Marijuana “Milk”
Medical marijuana milk is known as, “bhang.” To make bhang, warm a quart of milk over low heat, gently stirring. After the milk comes to a slow boil, slowly mix in a 1/4 ounce of medical marijuana. Immediately reduce heat and gently simmer, stirring occasionally and making sure the milk does not scorch. After 30 minutes remove from heat and pour through strainer. Discard plant material and, after cooling, store your bhang in the refrigerator. Add your bhang to any recipe calling for milk or drink it straight.
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