Medical Marijuana; Should I Smoke it or Eat It?

Now you have the weed for pain, do you know how to use it?
Now you have the weed for pain, do you know how to use it? | Source

What to do?

You just got a Medical Marijuana (MMJ) card and you want to go get your medicine, but don‘t know where to go or how to get it? Legalized MMJ states have both online and physical dispensaries and if you’re not comfortable with going online, you only need ask around; legal dispensaries are everywhere and well-known by their neighborhoods.

If the marijuana dispensary is well stocked, you’ll find all kinds of ways to take the medicine. You’ll see many different names of medical bud strains with a bunch of other items, like pipes, cigarette rollers, capsules, vaporizers - and MMJ foods (butter, cake, spaghetti sauce, brownies, oil), tinctures, and a myriad of other creative items.

Medicinal Weed Comes in Many Forms

Should you smoke your medicine or should you eat it? If you have COPD or any other breathing-related illness, or if you just hate smoking, then eating it is definitely the way to go. But, what if you don’t like it?

Well, most of the stuff is palatable and even tasty, but you can always taste the weed; it has a “green” taste that many associate with grass. However, there’s nothing stopping you from making up your own tasty recipe for it.

It can be taken home and sugared or mixed in something to make it taste better without changing its efficacy.

Reap the Medical Benefits of Marijuana

Reap the Medical Benefits of Marijuana

The biggest plus with MMJ is that no matter how you use it, you cannot overdose. You can eat or smoke too much weed, and you’ll have a long nap or a nice sound sleep, but that’s the worst of the damage it’ll cause. Nobody gets killed or goes nuts on the public, nobody has hallucinations or gets a heart attack; it’s the most benign substance anyone could (ab)use.

Studies at McGill University show that MMJ works better for some people than others, and dosages are difficult to figure out. Doctors have left that largely up to the patient because there are so many variables that could be involved, and since it’s safe to use, nobody suffers from experimenting with it.

Most dispensary workers have extensive knowledge of their products and can help you decide which strain is most likely to relieve your particular symptoms, how much to take and how often you should take it, and the recommended ingestion method.

Medical Marijuana Benefits Patients in Different Ways

As mentioned before, dosage is difficult at best because of variables that are numerous and include details of the patient, like, weight/fat ratio, metabolism rates, the patient’s tolerance to pain and medicine, and there are differences in the weed strains, as well. Different strains of marijuana are of different strength, and some strains are best for certain pains and ailments, while other strains are better for other maladies.

Dr. Mark Ware MD, is Director of Clinical Research at the Alan Edwards Pain Management Unit at McGill University Health Centre in Canada, and his studies show that the best pain relief was achieved when the MMJ patient’s dose was only one puff, three times during the day. That’s a very minimal dose.

Dr. Gabriella Gobbi, at the same Health Centre, conducted studies that showed not only was a minimal dose required for maximum benefit, but also that smoking was more effective than ingesting the marijuana. Dr. Birgit Kraft, MD at the Medical University of Vienna found the same conclusion in his studies.

Dr. Gobbi also wrote that when using MMJ for depression, a small dose is more effective.

Medical Benefits of Marijuana via Imposter

Dr. Gobbi is currently looking into new drugs that have the ability to mimic THC (the stuff in MMJ that kills pain) by enhancing the brain’s natural endo-cannabinoids. Endo-cannabinoids are produced in the brain to help us deal, as is serotonin; another substance the brain produces to help us feel better.

Whether you smoke, eat, or drink MMJ, is totally up to you. Try new things and see how they work for you, and again, talk to the people running the legal marijuana dispensary. They are there because they want to help, so ask all your questions. Maybe they can help you decide how you want to take your medicine.


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How Do You Take Yours? 4 comments

PWalker281 4 years ago

I think this is the first article I've read that discusses the pros and cons of the different ways of ingesting medical marijuana. Most articles are of the "should it or shouldn't it be legal" variety. Good, practical, and well-researched information for those who do use it as medicine. Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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MikeNV 4 years ago from Henderson, NV

"Your weed doctor"

You just destroyed any credibility in your article.

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SandyMcCollum 4 years ago Author

PWalker thanks for reading. I'm tired of the legalization arguments, too.

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SandyMcCollum 4 years ago Author

Mike NV, you are always first to come and argue about ANY MMJ related article like you're some kind of crusader. You even commented rudely on one where I was making the same point as you, so I'm not worried about my credibility when it comes to YOU.

Weed doctors are what MMJ patients call the one they get their signed form from. Nobody gets weed from the doctor. It is just a name given by patients.

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