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5 Ways to Use Medical Cannabis Oil

5 Ways to Use Medical Cannabis Oil

Medical marijuana patients have become increasingly interested in using cannabis oils because they are discreet, convenient, and work more quickly than edibles. Cannabis oils are the extracts of cannabis (cannabinoids) combined with a carrier oil. They vary in potency, from those containing only CBD to those with high THC concentrations [1]. The best method for consumption is a matter of personal preference and some patients use more than one method as a part of their healthcare regimen. This article provides 5 proven methods to guide new users toward finding what works best for them. 

For general information about whether a Florida medical marijuana recommendation is right for you, schedule an exam with one of our Florida Medical Marijuana Doctors. You may complete our eligibility survey in just 5 minutes to find out if you pre-qualify for a recommendation.

  • Sublingual

Using cannabis oil sublingually (under the tongue) provides the fastest method of absorption. Applied using a dropper, the oil is absorbed directly into the bloodstream by way of the mucous membranes. The effects happen within 15-30 minutes because the oils do not need to pass through the gastrointestinal system. Because of this, a higher number of cannabinoids enter the bloodstream as the medicine is absorbed by the body. Using cannabis oil sublingually is therefore referred to as “raising the bioavailability” of the drug [1].

  • Capsules

Cannabis oil capsules (cannacaps) are safe, convenient, discreet, and transportable. Available at most dispensaries, they are an easy way to ensure the product is carefully measured out [2]. Cannacaps pass through the stomach to the liver in a process that takes 30-90 minutes, depending on what the patient has eaten, their metabolism, and other factors [3]. Infused coconut oil is a common ingredient found in cannacaps. The high fat content in coconut oil allows the cannabinoids to be easily absorbed into the body, and it does not expire as quickly as some other oils. Some suggest storing cannacaps in the refrigerator or freezer to extend the shelf life even further [4]. For DIY enthusiasts, recipes with instructions may be found on the internet for making cannacaps at home [2].`

  • Pain Salve

Patients who do not want to experience the psychoactive effects of cannabis may prefer to use topical oils because they do not get absorbed into the bloodstream like oils that are ingested. Topicals are mainly used for localized pain. While the benefits of topical cannabis are not as studied or understood as other methods, it is not known to cause harm to the skin [5]. Topicals provide fast relief for pain, inflammation, and muscle soreness by binding to cannabinoid receptors throughout the body. Anecdotal evidence is beginning to show topicals are beneficial to patients with dermatitis, cramping, psoriasis, itching, and even headaches [6].

  • Baking

Cannabis oil can be used as a baking ingredient in both savory and sweet recipes. Cooking with cannabis oil requires the use of a fat or an oil infused with cannabis, for example: lard, shortening, butter, ghee, vegetable oils, and nut oils. If one of these fatty ingredients is not required for a particular recipe, the cannabis concentrate can be diluted in rum, cognac, vodka, or other similar spirit. It is important to avoid overheating the cannabis oil, so it should not be exposed to high heat, such as a skillet or hot pan. Using the proper temperatures (160-185 F) will ensure the potency of the cannabis oil is held or only slightly diminished [7].

  • Tea

Cannabis infused with butter (cannabutter) or oil (cannaoil) mixed with hot teas are a delicious way to consume cannabis. The creamy result of this mixture is similar to a latte drink. Coconut oil is the creamiest of the kinds of oils that may be mixed into tea [4]. This soothing method of consuming cannabis oil takes effect between 30 minutes to 2 hours, which is similar to edibles. A simple cannabis tea recipe can be found here [8]

Is Medical Marijuana Right for Me?

Whether medical marijuana will help your condition depends on many factors best evaluated by a medical doctor. If you feel you may benefit from medical marijuana, the first step is to take our eligibility survey. In just 5 minutes, you could pre-qualify for a Florida medical marijuana recommendation. A Florida Marijuana Marijuana Doctor can then determine if you qualify during an in-person exam. For more information, visit https://docmj.com.

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  2. https://www.leafly.com/news/cannabis-101/how-to-make-your-own-cannabis-infused-capsules
  3. https://lift.co/magazine/how-to-use-cannabis-oil
  4. https://ardentcannabis.com/blog/weed-oil-usages/
  5. https://www.leafly.com/news/cannabis-101/what-are-cannabis-topicals
  6. https://eviobeauty.com/blogs/evio-community/5-easy-healthy-ways-to-take-cannabis-oil
  7. https://www.sheknows.com/food-and-recipes/articles/1087636/cooking-with-cannabis-oil/
  8. https://www.wikileaf.com/thestash/cannabis-tea/