Below, we have highlighted the 5 most common ways Medical Cannabis can be administered as a treatment. We are excited say that all of the options listed below are available in our Illinois medical cannabis dispensary.
- Smoking Medical Cannabis
This is the most traditional method of administration, due to the almost immediate effects that bring relief to the patient. Medical Cannabis can be smoked through a pipe, a cannabis cigarette (a joint), or using a water pipe (a bong). Patients have reported effects lasting 1-4 hours depending on the strain of Cannabis and amount consumed.
- Edible Medical Cannabis
This method of administration is often preferred among patients who do not like the idea of smoking. Medical Cannabis can be infused into butter or oil used for cooking and baking. Patients report that the effects of edible medical cannabis products can take up to an hour to take effect. Patients also report that the effects of medical cannabis last up to 8 hours which is longer than most other methods of administration.
- Vaporizing Medical Cannabis
A vaporizer is a device that is able to extract the therapeutic ingredients in Cannabis plant material, known as cannabinoids. This method allows patients to inhale the therapeutic ingredients as a vapor instead of smoke, which cuts down on the unwanted effects of smoking. Patient have reported that effects can take up to 20 minutes to be felt, and are said to last up to 6 hours while using half of the amount of cannabis normally used in the traditional smoking method.
- Topical Medical Cannabis
This method is used to treat skin conditions such as psoriasis, joint diseases, migraines and restless leg syndrome. They are administered in the form of lotions, creams, oils, balms, and sprays. Topical Medical Cannabis is applied directly to the affected area with the effects only being felt on the area of application. Topical Medical Cannabis products are non-psycho active meaning they can be used any time of day.
Tincture is a form of Medical Cannabis in an alcohol solution. This method is designed for oral administration in the form of drops that can be taken under the tongue or mixed into a drink. The high concentration level requires specific dosage directions, usually consisting of small amounts. This method is often used in pediatric patients to treat a variety of conditions.