Around the globe people are using medical marijuana to treat as well as alleviate symptoms of certain health conditions that conventional medications cannot help. People are eating as well as smoking marijuana. Here is the key question. Is it better to smoke or eat marijuana?

Medical Marijuana: Is It Better to Eat or Smoke Marijuana?

Smoking Medical Marijuana: Pros

Smoking is the most common way of using medical marijuana. It provides immediate effect and the patient has the ability to control the dosage.

Smoking Medical Marijuana: Cons

The problem with smoking is that the ingredients in the smoke can result in respiratory problems such as coughing, excessive sputum production, wheezing and also result in lung damage. While clinical trials have come up with mixed results on the effects of smoking medical marijuana, many researchers believe that it contains carcinogens and toxins and this increases the risk of cancer and respiratory diseases. Those problems are the reason why researchers recommend people to look for some other method to consume marijuana. Some research has also shown that long-term smoking of marijuana can hasten the weakening of lung function.

Nonetheless, for many patients, smoking medical marijuana is often worth the long-term risks because it increases their quality of life.

Eating Medical Marijuana: Pros

For patients who experience lung and throat problems due to smoking of marijuana, there is edible marijuana available in the form of cookies, teas, lollipops and brownies. It is believed eating marijuana is a better way to ingest the THC, the active ingredient in cannabis. Eating medical marijuana has the following benefits:

  • Has a different effect on your mind and body
  • Desirable for people who want relief from anxiety, pain, or depression
  • Helps in distributing the effect of THC and other cannabinoids evenly across your body and brain
  • Prevents damage to your throat and mouth

Eating Medical Marijuana: Cons

When a patient eats marijuana, the active ingredient does not get absorbed into the blood as quickly as it would have if the patient had smoked the cannabis. As a result, the effects of the marijuana take longer time to manifest and it increases the chances of overdose.

How to Safely Eat Medical Marijuana?

When you are eating medical marijuana, it takes hours to start affecting your mind and body. It’s important to follow a measured and empirical approach so you can enjoy the benefits of eating marijuana. Follow these steps to get the most out of marijuana:

  • Determine your limit. Get over-the-counter consumables as they contain measured amounts of marijuana.
    Wait before you eat more.
  • When you are making your own edibles, take a low dose. Wait for at least a few hours before you take another dose.
  • Infuse marijuana into oil or butter. The effects will be evenly distributed when you cook or bake.

Both smoking and eating medical marijuana have their own advantages and disadvantages. What sets them apart is the way they affect your body and mind.

Ray Boroumand is the Office Manager of 4th Street Medical, a leader in providing evaluations for medical marijuana in Santa Ana. An advocate for medical marijuana, Ray believes in making the process as simple and easy for patients as possible through quick and convenient verification. At 4th Street Medical, he stresses convenience, affordability and transparency 100% of the time.

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