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 medical marijuana. However, here the key question is, which is better? Eat or smoking?
Smoking Medical Marijuana
Smoking is the most common way of using medical marijuana. It provides immediate effect and the patient has the ability to control the dosage. But the problem with smoking is the ingredients in the smoke can result in respiratory problems, such as coughing, excessive sputum production and wheezing, and also 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. That is why these researchers recommend people to look for some other method to consume medical marijuana.There is also some indication that long-term smoking of medical marijuana can hasten the weakening of lung function. Nonetheless, for many patients smoking medical marijuana to increase quality of life is often worth the long-term risks.
Eating Medical Marijuana
Today, for patients who experience lung and throat problems due to smoking of medical marijuana, there are medical marijuana edibles available in the form of cookies, teas, lollipops and brownies. It is believed eating medical marijuana is a better way to ingest the THC, the active ingredient in cannabis. However, this is not without risks.
When a patient eats medical 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 long to manifest and this increases the chances of overdose. Also, patients suffering from nausea cannot stomach eat.
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.