There are several methods for administration of your medical marijuana dosage:
Vaporizing is a common technique for consuming marijuana, while at the same time negating many irritating respiratory toxins that exists within the grown marijuana flower that are released when smoked. Conversely, vaporizing allows one to have access to all of the psychoactive ingredients available within that specific strain of marijuana, minus the combustion that ordinarily takes place during consumption.
There are three types of vaporization:
Convection has a consistent and precise flow of heat using warm air currents
Conduction is more or less direct contact with a heat source
Provides heat through electricity or a direct light source
Keep these three methods of vaporizing in mind when choosing a nail. Different nails can provide different heating methods, and in combination with certain tools, you can take advantage of more than one form of vaporization.
Smoking is the most expedient method of consumption with almost immediate effect and dosage controlled by the patient. The downside to smoking the marijuana, although not as harmful as cigarettes, is that it can damage the lungs and cause respiratory problems. Many researchers believe herbal marijuana contains toxins and carcinogens that lead to increased risk of respiratory diseases and cancer and therefore recommend other methods of consumption of medical marijuana besides smoking.
If you do choose to smoke, here are some helpful tips to minimize the risk due to toxins and tars contained in the marijuana:
• Use a higher THC count cannabis so less inhalation is necessary to acquire an effective dose
• Use a pipe as this allows a more consistent and predictable dosage
• Use a filter and non-chemical rolling paper if smoking a marijuana cigarette
Exhale immediately after inhaling deeply to avoid the tars in the marijuana from coating your lungs. It is a myth that holding your breath will create a stronger dosage or allow more THC to be absorbed.
This route of administration of medical marijuana is free from any psychoactive reactions. Using a topical made from cannabis, apply it directly onto the skin. Marijuana topical, such as balms, salves, lotions, sprays and ointments made from cannabis oils can be very effective analgesics and anti-inflammatories.
Marijuana topical has helped provide relief for arthritis, chapped skin, eczema, minor burns, muscle soreness, sunburns, swellings, joint pain, and tendonitis. It is especially useful for the unfortunate few who develop postherpetic neuralgia (phn), a nerve inflammation condition that results from shingles disease. Topical has been proven to have anti-inflammatory properties and act as an antibacterial and quickening healing times for injuries.
The effects of consumed cannabis are much different compared to smoking or vaporizing. The euphoria from edibles is slower and lasts longer. This can be particularly beneficial for those with chronic severe body pain. However, please note that it is much easier to over-consume edibles, and therefore over-medicate with ingestion. As noted, it can take longer to feel the effect of the edible, please start with a small amount, wait an hour or two before ingesting more, and be extra careful in consumption so as not to exceed recommended dosage.
Marijuana edibles are particularly helpful to relieve pain, spasticity and sleep disorders but is not the best method if experiencing nausea or vomiting. Patient Advisors can help you to experiment which type of edible and dose is best for your particular situation.
Cannabis can also be made into tinctures and tonics, which are then added to food and liquids, applied on the skin, consumed directly in small amounts or by placing drops under the tongue. This is particularly useful when nausea and vomiting are present, such as when undergoing chemotherapy treatments. Tinctures and tonics are made much in the same way as edibles, but instead of cooking them in butter or oil, the cannabis flowered tops and leaves are steeped in alcohol. The solids are then finely strained, leaving behind a liquid that contains the THC and other cannabinoids that produce the needed medical relief. Typical dosage of marijuana tinctures is between 3 drops to no more than 2 full droppers. As with the edibles, it is best to start slow and use only a small portion until relief from symptoms is achieved.
There are many ways to medicate with concentrates for those who are most ill. The descriptions below from the manufacturer will explain the tools necessary for using concentrates, or, dabbing. Check with your doctor before to ensure that this is the best method for you.
The first utensil needed is a tool to transport your concentrate to the nail. This is referred to as a dabber. Dabbers can be made out of anything from including glass, titanium, and stainless steel. It’s important to remember that it should not melt into the nail when you apply your dab. The dabber also should not affect the taste of your concentrate. Very specific dabbers work best with different consistencies of concentrates. For examples, dabbers with a ballpoint work best with oily, stickier concentrates, while flat heads work best to cut and break into shatter.
Carb Caps Method
The carb cap combines conduction-style and convection-style heating on a domeless nail by covering it with a cap. This allows your concentrate to spread out and evenly vaporized while having the added benefit of allowing you to dab at lower temperatures.
Not all nails are capable of using these carb caps. Glass, Ti, and quartz nails often require domes to keep the vapor from escaping, making it impossible to use a carb cap. While it is possible to use your finger to cover the hole of the dome for the same effect, this can cause burns.
Glass Nails Method
Glass nails are commonly seen as a ‘beginner’ nail as they commonly come with a new concentrate rig.
Titanium Nails Method
The titanium nail is a popular method as they take less time to heat compared to glass. Generally, they are more reliable in terms of daily use, but they can often disrupt the flavor of your concentrate. To best ensure the taste is as accurate as possible, you must season your nail. While your nail will become seasoned over time, your dabs may taste like metal for some time. These nails come in domeless versions as well.
Considered to be among the best nails, they are long lasting and affordable.
The ceramic nail is nonporous, so there is no need to season. Additionally, it is chemically inert, making it a medical/food grade product. However, ceramic nails have a heating time that takes considerably longer than titanium, glass, or quartz.
Skillets, Curves, and Honey Buckets
Instead of the more traditional nail, some people prefer the use of skillets. This works by heating a titanium pad attached to a swing arm to the desired temperature. By swinging it under a bell or curve, apply your dab while you inhale through your rig. This often results in vapor loss and has been deemed unfavorable by many. Similar to a curve is a honey bucket or honey pot.
The Health Stone
The Health Stone is the quickest way, apart from vapor pens, to dab. No need to wait for a nail to be heated and no domes required. The technology behind the Health Stone relies on gravity and a bit of skill. It is made from a vapor stone with many tiny holes and gaps that allows the concentrate to sink into the stone and eventually vaporize.