There are many different ways of consuming your medicinal cannabis. Choosing the best option for you will depend on a number of factors including but not limited to the condition in which you are treating, the type of product you are prescribed and the licensed producer that you are registered with.
Traditionally, when people think of cannabis consumption they think of smoking, although this method is not recommended by CMC physicians. Smoking allows for quick onset and minimal doses which can sometimes be advantageous. Unfortunately, patients smoking their cannabis may be susceptible to secondary conditions such as bronchitis or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.
Vaporizing your herbal cannabis can be extremely advantageous due to its portability and minimal odour. Vaporizers have a similar onset time to smoking and also allow patients to micro dose and titrate with ease. Due to varying temperature settings, patients often use smaller doses when vaporizing their cannabis. This is because there will be a different medicinal effect at each temperature settings. Given the large quantity of different models available, finding the right vaporizer for you can sometimes be a challenge. Your CMC educator will be able to help you make a selection.
Please note that cannabis oil from your licensed producer cannot be used in your vaporizer.
During your visit to CMC you may have been prescribed a cannabis oil. If this is the case you should have also been given an oil titration schedule from your educator. There are numerous ways in which you can consume your oil products. Typically patients will measure the desired dose in the provided syringe and then take the product sublingually (under the tongue). Licensed producer cannabis oils are suspended within a carrier oil which some patients find less than desirable. If this is the case we recommend mixing your oil dosage with a fatty food such as yogurt or peanut butter.
Recently, some licensed producers (Tweed, Tilray, MedReleaf) have started to distribute cannabis capsules. Currently producers are only authorized to distribute oil based capsules. Additionally, Hydropothecary will allow patients to produce their own capsules with decarboxylated cannabis. Decarboxylated product can also be mixed with food or eaten. As always caution and careful titration should be used with these.
Currently, licensed producers are not authorized by health canada to produce and distribute edible cannabis products. Patients are however able to make their own edibles from their licensed producer cannabis. Unfortunately, with edibles, it is difficult to control the dose of cannabis in each piece and therefore they are not recommended.
A tincture is cannabis that is infused into an alcohol or glycerine base. This can be consumed sublingually like a cannabis oil. Licensed producers are not authorized to sell tinctures or other extracts (with the exception of oil) and therefore it is hard for patients to regulate potency.
Currently, there is only a single topical product available from licensed producers. Patients however may be able to produce their own. To date, there is little information available on the effectiveness of topical products.
While there are numerous methods of consumption available CMC will typically recommend ingesting oil sublingually or vaporizing your herbal cannabis. These methods provide patients with the most control over their dosage and product.
For further information on consumption methods please call our patient care centre at 888-282-7763.