First-time users may assume that the only method of consuming weed is by smoking it. However, with growth in innovation, numerous options for using medical marijuana have emerged. Healthier selections have replaced many of the traditional ingestion options. If you are a medical cannabis user looking for the safest way to consume your pot, talk to your prescribing physician, observe appropriate precautions, and weigh the upsides and downsides of the many available methods. With some trial-and-error, you will identify a consumption option that suits your needs.

1. Smoking

Recreational users in Canada and a few states in the U.S. smoke pot for a special reason, but it is not the strong aroma. Inhaling excessively heated cannabis particles is without a doubt one of the fastest and most effective methods for delivering the compound to various parts of the body. Smoking brings both the physical and psychoactive effects associated with marijuana rapidly, even within a couple of minutes, which means a patient experiencing chronic pain may get a quick relief through this method.


  • It is a user-friendly option
  • Budget-friendly
  • Multiple strains available
  • Provide instant relief
  • Fairly simple to control the dosage


  • Not an ideal option for patients or recreational users with pulmonary damage, lung cancer, or asthma
  • Combustion of weed may result in lung damage
  • Users tend to smell like marijuana smoke

2. Vaporizing/Vaping

vaping marijuanaMultitudes of studies reveal vaporizing to be an effective and healthier method for smoking medical marijuana. Vaping tends to heat the active ingredients, ranging from flower to oil, rather than burning them. The ensuing gas or vapor offers users an instant, powerful dosage. The immediate effects are ideal for patients with anxiety or serious pain or those who want to take more dosages during the course of the day. Vaporizing is also a great option for microdose users.  Vaporizers  and vape pens are available in wide array of sizes and consumption options. They deliver significant effects, probably surpassing 90 percent THC effectiveness. First-time vaporizers should begin with small dosages.


  • Offers Immediate Relief
  • Doesn’t damage mucous membranes, which are significantly affected by smoking
  • Results in fewer lung problems than smoking
  • Portable, easy to grip, and carry around


  • Most vaping devices take time to heat up
  • Expensive
  • Constant Recharging for battery powered devices

3. Edible, Drinks, and Raw Medical Pot

eating cannabis chocolateWeed edibles and drinks offer a slower delivery technique for recreational users and patients. The cannabis travels for hours through various organs before delivering a sizable dose to the user. On average ingested cannabis can take approximately an hour to travel from the liver of the user to the brain, offering the body a substantial dosage of CBD and/or THC all over the system. Be careful when selecting the food to eat with your weed. What you consume may have an impact on its effects. For instance, fats, sugar, and other additives impact on the CBD and THC bioavailability. Some medical pot users use fresh, leafy cannabis to avoid any possible food issues.

Although edibles and beverages are an ideal choice for patients with chronic pain or cancer, these products do carry risks such as excessive THC contents. The best strategy for reducing the risk is to consume certified edible with higher CBD to THC proportions. Consult with your physician concerning dosing if you are a first-time user of edibles.


  • Delivers long-lasting Relief
  • Offers an opportunity to treat yourself with a delicious dish
  • Precise dosage
  • A good substitute for users who loathe inhaling


  • Effects may kick in after a couple of hours
  • Some users may have conditions that lead to appetite loss or nausea, which makes food an unappealing choice
  • Must be stored properly and away from kids

4. Cannabis Suppositories

marijuana suppositoryThe idea of putting any medicine into the rectum turns off some patients. The effectiveness of marijuana extract suppositories triggers heated debates in both the scientific and medical cannabis community. However, many patients claim to receive quick, long-lasting relief from cannabis extract suppositories.

If you opt for suppositories as an option for using your medical marijuana, you will have to put on protective gloves on your hand, lie on your side, and put the capsule around 1.5 inches into your rectum. You will need to maintain that position for a couple of minutes to allow the medicine to absorb into your colon.


  • Quick and long-lasting effective
  • Suitable substitute to edibles
  • An effective way to break down compounds in weed


  • Stressful and embarrassing to apply
  • Refrigeration of the medication is a must

5. Sub-lingual Sprays

You can spray distillates of medical pot and alcohol or any other solution under the tongue for a reasonably fast effect. The tinctures are available in small, inconspicuous bottles. They are odorless, low dose, and have a slight taste. Rather than a spray, certain tinctures utilize a dropper – 1-2 drops beneath the tongue is usually enough.


  • Mild taste
  • No harmful effects on lungs
  • Mild taste
  • A suitable method for kids


  • Quite expensive, especially for those in need of a high dose of cannabinoids

6. Topical Marijuana Cannabis

cannabis topicalMedical pot is available in numerous topical application forms such as sprays, ointments, lotions, and salves. Topical marijuana medications are ideal for treating skin conditions, soreness, and arthritis. They do not result in any psychoactive effects – this can be a pro or a con based on your circumstances.


  • Topical cannabis medications won’t get you high
  • They are suitable for treating skin issues
  • Effective in relieving localized pain


  • Not effective in the management of serious health conditions like cancer, glaucoma, epilepsy, and PSTD
  • Don’t offer an ecstatic feeling

A specific consumption technique that all medical cannabis users should adopt doesn’t exist. Each user’s biochemistry reacts distinctively to different ratios of CBD to THC and methods of delivery. Talking to your provider about your preferred delivery method and putting into consideration the symptomatic relief you are looking for can be instrumental in finding a method that addresses your needs effectively. You may also need to try several delivery methods before getting one that works well for you.