Smoking marijuana produces the most immediate effects and permits the most refined control of your dosage. Smoking any material is not good for the lungs, but the amount of marijuana you need to smoke is so small that you need not be overly concerned. It is better to smoke the flowers rather than the leaves as this also reduces the amount you will need to smoke.
Cannabis vaporizers are designed to let users inhale active cannabinoids while avoiding harmful smoke toxins. They do so by heating cannabis to a temperature that is just below the point of combustion where smoke is produced. At this point, THC and other medically active cannabinoids are emitted with little or none of the carcinogenic tars and noxious gases found in smoke. Many medical marijuana patients who find smoked marijuana highly irritating report effective relief inhaling through vaporizers. Also, vaporizers are very efficient so they can save money in the long term.
Marijuana can be eaten. When consumed this way, it is usually baked in brownies or cookies, and sometimes made into a candy. It takes longer to feel the effects when eaten, and may take longer for you to learn to control your dosage. However, when you do feel the effects, they may be stronger than those felt by smoking. You may also feel a certain heaviness in your body. This will not hurt you. Schedule your time so that you can relax when you take it.
Like other herbs, marijuana may be made into a tea. Boil the water first and pour it over the marijuana. Let it steep for longer than you would for common black tea; approximately an hour and a half. Add 1 teaspoon of butter. The effects are similar to eating it.
To prepare a tincture, use 5 parts fresh marijuana to 1 part vodka. If you are using dried marijuana, as is usually the case, use 10 parts marijuana to 1 part vodka. An easy way to do this if you don’t have measuring equipment, is to fill whatever container you are using (glass is preferable as you don’t want to leech any residues from metal containers) to thirds full with marijuana, then fill the container with vodka and let stand for a week or more. Afterward, strain the solution. If you use a larger portion of marijuana, the resulting tincture will be more potent.
Follow the recipe as for tea. Make as much as you need to thoroughly soak the cloth you intend to use. Apply to pain and leave on ½ hour.
Consuming Raw Cannabis (Juicing)
Please do not use this information as a substitute for medical advice from your doctor. This is meant to be a general informational sheet only.
What are the benefits of consuming raw cannabis?
Some of the potential proposed benefits* of raw Cannabis include: Immune modulating Anti-inflammatory Antioxidant Anti-tumor/anti-cancer Bone stimulation Pain-relieving Anti-diabetic Neuroprotective Antispasmodic Anti-anxiety Antibacterial
*Proposed benefits are based on pre-clinical trials & animal studies
What are the ‘active’ ingredients in raw Cannabis if there is no delta-9 THC? Terpenes Flavenoids Phytocannabinoids Cannabinol (CBN) Cannabidiol (CBD) Cannabigerol (CBG) Cannabidivarin (CBDV) Cannabichromene (CBC) CBD Acid THC Acid There are more than 525 molecules found in raw Cannabis , some with synergistic effects
What conditions is this helpful for?
Potential conditions that may benefit from raw Cannabis include autoimmune disorders, inflammatory disorders, & potentially various types of cancer or pre-cancer dysplasias.
Does it get you high?
No. The main psychoactive compound in dried, aged Cannabis is Delta 9 THC , which is absent in the raw, fresh leaf. In general, patients do not experience a ‘high’ from consuming the raw product. However, the other compounds, such as the terpenes, may have an effect on mood or energy levels.
Will it show up on a drug test?
Yes, it is possible that it will show up on a drug test.
What is the difference between juicing raw leaf or bud?
Raw leaf contains mainly THC Acid (not THC), unless you are using a strain that is much higher in CBD, such as Cannatonic. In that case, you will be getting some CBD from the leaf. Raw bud has a higher concentration of cannabinoids and is an excellent method of consumption if you have the resources to make this possible. Both are extremely beneficial but they are best combined.
Which leaves should be eaten or juiced? Bud?
Leaves picked from a plant that is 3 months of age. Bud should be at the state where the trichomes are fully present but not yet amber (i.e. cloudy).
How long before I see results?
Expect it to take 4-8 weeks before full clinical benefit is reached. It takes that long to fully saturate the fat tissue with phyto-cannabinoids. Phyto-cannabinoids are fat molecules that are stored in the adipose or fat tissue similar to the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E & K. Bud may have an effect in a shorter period of time
Marinol is a synthetic petrochemical analog of THC, one of the active elements found in marijuana. Some patients find that it helps relieve nausea yet takes a long time to work. Do not smoke this product. It has the potential for overdose. Use only under the supervision of a doctor.
SATIVEX ® is a cannabis based medicine containing Tetranabinex ® and Nabidiolex ® extracts of chemically and genetically characterised Cannabis sativa L. plants. The principal active components are delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).
Cesamet is a medicine for nausea and vomiting caused by cancer chemotherapy. It is used when other drugs have not been able to control these symptoms. The scientific name of Cesamet is nabilone.
Doctors prescribe other drugs first because Cesamet can affect your mental state. Other nausea and vomiting drugs usually do not have this kind of side effect.