Ingestion Methods

Use this simple guide to weigh the pros and cons of each method of consuming medical cannabis

Smoking Cannabis

Smoking Cannabis

How it works: Pack a small amount of cannabis flower into a pipe, water pipe, or rolling paper (a "joint")

PROS:

  • Instant relief
  • Easy to regulate dosage
  • Inexpensive

CONS:

  • Smoke may be harmful to lungs
  • Not a good option for anyone with lung disease
  • Will make you smell like cannabis smoke
Vaporizing Cannabis

Vaporizer

How it works: A vaporizer heats up cannabis to just below its combustion point to form a smoke-free vapor that the user inhales

PROS:

  • Instant relief
  • Easier on lungs than smoking
  • Doesn’t smell as much as smoking

CONS:

  • Vaporizers can be very expensive
  • Takes time to warm up device
Tinctures

Tinctures

How it works: Extracted cannabinoids are mixed into an alcohol, glycerin solution, or MCT oil. Spray it under your tongue and let it absorb through the thin tissue of the mouth.

PROS:

  • Doesn’t hurt lungs
  • Easy to control dosage
  • Mild taste
  • Preferred method for children

CONS:

  • Can be expensive in high doses
  • Not as fast as inhalation
Topicals

Topicals

How it works: Salves, ointments, lotions, and sprays

PROS:

  • Doesn’t get you high
  • Localized pain relief
  • Addresses skin issues

CONS:

  • Only effective at treating specific topical ailments
  • Doesn’t get you high

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