If you have been contemplating getting a medical marijuana recommendation from a doctor, you have probably been wondering about the difference between medical and recreational marijuana. With an increasing number of states legalizing the use of medical marijuana, there has never been a better time to discover more. You may be feeling a bit apprehensive as, like most people, you associate the term "marijuana" with illegal actions. However, there's an excellent wealth of evidence to demonstrate that cannabis can help in many different chronic medical conditions. It has been used for centuries by cultures like the ancient Egyptians.
When people talk about medical marijuana, they are talking about using the entire unprocessed plant or the compounds contained within it to relieve the symptoms of specific conditions or diseases. It's important to be aware that the FDA doesn't approve or recognize the plant as a medicine.
The marijuana plant is comprised of over 100 chemicals, called cannabinoids, with all those having different effects on your body. The two main substances used in the medicinal application of marijuana are THC and CBD.
THC is the psychoactive compound in marijuana -- i.e. the component that generates the high. CBD doesn't create any psychoactive effects. Medical marijuana has a greater CBD content, so when you are taking it, you do not feel the euphoria that is associated with its recreational counterpart.
When browsing cannabis strains or purchasing cannabis at a shop, you may notice strains are commonly broken up into two distinct groups: indica and sativa. Most consumers have used these two cannabis types as a touchstone for predicting effects:
Medical Marijuana can be used in many different forms and depending on that specific form or route will be the onset of the medication, how long it will last and what type of experience the patient gets. Florida law permits patients to utilize it as Oral, Sublingual, Topical, Vaporized, Rectal and soon also smoking bud and eating edibles will be legal in Florida. Make sure you experiment around to find out which one works better for you. Also keep in mind that orals have a very slow onset when compared to vaporizing which is almost immediately.
The oral route is very popular but sometimes difficult due to different metabolism and absorption rates. It has a slow onset at 30-90 minutes so make sure not to over medicate. Also it will give you a longer relief since it will last 4-8 hrs depending on the patient and the amount used.
Tinctures are cannabis extracts. By soaking cannabis in very high-proof alcohol, the cannabinoids are extracted creating an extremely potent tincture. Cannabis tinctures are dosed sublingually - applied under the tongue or to the lining of the mouth. Start tincture dosing at 2.5 milligrams of THC and titrate up to avoid over medicating which is fairly easy with this method.
Vaporizing cannabis heats the active ingredients to a boil, turning them into an inhalable vapor. While vaporizing avoids the health drawbacks of smoking, it delivers terpenes and cannabinoids to the bloodstream just as fast. Vape pens are the 1# prefered by patients but also they can use vape cups.The process of vaporizing is fairly similar as smoking; inhale, hold for three to five seconds, and exhale.
As technology advances, methods are being created to enhance the absorption of cannabinoids through the skin. Patients have the option of purchasing creams infused with THC & CBD, which are often used to relieve pain and muscle spasms. Topicals don;t get you high making them a great choice for pain relief when working or on the go.