5 Healthiest Ways To Medicate With Cannabis
There’s no doubt about it, cannabis consumers are some of the most creative people on the planet. But it really isn’t so hard to be creative when you’ve got a highly versatile therapeutic plant that can treat dozens of conditions.
However, for people who have existing medical conditions, the most popular way of consuming cannabis via smoking may not be the most ideal. For a healthy person, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with smoking pot the good old way. But it just isn’t the same for a person who has respiratory problems, heart ailments, or simply just doesn’t want to smoke for health reasons.
The good news is that there are many other ways you can enjoy the therapeutic benefits of pot without smoking it:
- Edibles: Eating or drinking cannabis-infused food and beverages is becoming an increasingly popular alternative for medicating. It’s more than a trend, because edibles can oftentimes be the best way to medicate especially for patients who suffer from chronic pain, cancer, insomnia, appetite loss, or other conditions requiring long-lasting relief if you’re willing to wait at least 15 minutes or more for it to kick in. In fact, many times, the effects of the edibles aren’t felt until around half an hour later. If you’re being extra health conscious, you might want to avoid the high-calorie or sugary edibles on the market and opt for more nutritious varieties. Better yet, you can make your own edibles from the comfort of your own home because ANY kind of food can be made into a cannabis edible. Just keep in mind that edibles are known for producing intense effects, so medicate with small amounts until you find that sweet spot for relief.
- Vaping: Vaporizing cannabis is more appealing to health-conscious patients because it allows you the flexibility of selecting the temperature in which to heat your cannabis. Although technically, you’re still inhaling cannabis when you vape, it’s safer and cleaner compared to flower because it provides you the benefits of ingesting cannabinoids while avoiding the toxins that come with combusting cannabis flower. It’s easier on the lungs and throat, too. The effects of vaping cannabis are felt almost instantaneously, offering patients quick relief. As an added bonus, most vaping devices are designed to be discreet, so there’s no need to worry about leaving that dank smell behind after a puff or two.
- Tinctures and oils: Highly concentrated cannabis in the form of tinctures and oils can be consumed sublingually, which means to place it underneath the tongue. This provides rapid relief due to the cannabinoid receptors beneath the tongue. Tinctures and oils are extra versatile because drops can be placed into drinks or even food, especially if you aren’t fond of its taste when consumed alone.
- Juicing and teas: Making juice or tea out of cannabis is a great way to medicate. Juicing can be done simply by tossing some raw cannabis leaves into a blender, add some fruit or vegetable juice, and voila: you have your very own tasty and health cannabis juice to enjoy as you please. Making cannabis tea is equally easy, and there are many ways to do so. You can even add some cannabutter into your tea or a cup of coffee if you want some of its psychoactive effects, or the medicinal properties of THC. Otherwise, many consumers who prefer medicating with juice or tea like doing so because of the absence of any high. You can also experiment by creating infused beverages at home and adding a few drops of tinctures or oils for that added kick.
- Topicals: Balms, creams, and other skin products that have been infused with cannabis are excellent ways to treat skin conditions or other ailments that require localized relief, such as arthritis. Topicals don’t get you high, but they do offer excellent relief without you having to worry about your lungs or throat. They work by activating the cannabinoid receptors found in our sweat glands, skin, and nerves. Some conditions that topicals work well for include cancer, muscle soreness and stiffness, eczema, or pain.
What’s your favorite, healthy way to consume cannabis? Share with us in the comments below!