Cannabis goes far beyond the limits of a bowl and lighter. Some people find the act of smoking to be impractical and unfavorable, so many smoking alternatives have been created. Edibles are the go-to when smoking isn’t an option, but most people know that weed brownies, cookies, and candies are a large market in legal states. Medicinal cannabis inhalers take care of those that can’t light up but can take a puff from something that fits in your pocket. Topical products like soaps and lip balm are the most budding industry considering the lack of effort required to use them. It doesn’t matter what your tolerance level is because all of these smoking alternatives will affect you differently.
Eat Your Heart Out
Edibles are a safe and discreet alternative to smoking for delivering CBD and THC to your body. Edibles provide a great source of nutrients and calories and helps keep morning sickness at bay too. During the cooking process, inactive cannabinoids such as THCA and CBDA are converted to THC, CBD, and CBN through heat. The results are the perfect treatment for muscle inflammation, chronic pain, insomnia, nausea, and autoimmune disorders. Additionally, people with Crohn’s disease get a quicker and more effect dose of medicine to aid their symptoms.
The three basic categories that covers edibles are gastrointestinal uptake (digested through the stomach), oral uptake (done through saliva), and hybrids that do a little of both. Most common edibles fall under the gastrointestinal absorption category and take longer to activate inside the body and give off a longer effect than oral. Saliva-based treatment hits you faster, but wears off much more quickly so you usually require more of it.
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Inhale Your Medicine Without Smoke
Inhalers are perfect for discreet medicating and those that prefer inhaling their cannabis. Taking in a single dose of whole-plant cannabis through an inhaler is effective for patients suffering from nerve pain, according to clinical trial data published ahead of print in the Journal of Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy. The device gave an efficient, consistent, and effective dosage of cannabinoids to everyone who partook in the study.
They concluded, “This trial suggests the potential use of the Syqe Inhaler device as a smokeless delivery system of medicinal cannabis, producing a delta-9-THC pharmacokinetic profile with low inter-individual variation of (maximum drug/plasma concentrations), achieving pharmaceutical standards for inhaled drugs.”
Getting High With Just A Touch:
Transdermal cannabis relief works by stimulating a network of receptors called CB2 that are located throughout the body. Naturally-occurring endocannabinoids and phytocannabinoid compounds such as THC or CBD sets them off. Transdermals don’t give off the same high as ingesting it into your bloodstream, although some patches have the psychoactive effects of activated THC.
Cannabis oil is a great pain reliever since it stimulates localized phytocannabinoid compound receptors in our bodies to lower swelling and relieve pain through stimulating circulation. Salves on the other hand are for bruises, cuts, dermatitis and infections, along with similar cases associated with first aid kit responses.
What smoking alternatives for cannabis have you tried, and what did you think?
*Phytocannabinoids- Naturally occurring cannabinoids in the plant.