Is It Safe To Dose With MMJ If You Have Coronavirus?

COVID-19 is a serious illness, especially when it comes to how it can impact the health of the lungs. Many people who dose with MMJ do so through smoking or vaping, which can also affect the lungs. Understandably, you may be wondering: is it safe to dose with MMJ if you have coronavirus? Here’s everything you need to know.

Are MMJ Users More At Risk From COVID-19?

Since COVID-19 attacks the lungs, and since inhaled substances can have an impact on the respiratory system, it makes sense to stop smoking MMJ if you have coronavirus. Researchers have found that cannabis smoke causes irritation to the lungs as well as microscopic injury to the tiny cells that line the lungs. When you expose lung tissues to smoke, you can increase the body’s inflammatory response – something that can be a problem if you have coronavirus.

While healthy people may easily handle the lung irritation that comes from smoking MMJ, a person with coronavirus may not be able to. That’s why it’s important to keep irritants to your lungs to a minimum if you’ve been diagnosed with COVID-19.

It’s also important to note that bronchitis is an established side effect of inhaling cannabis smoke. That’s why some regular users will develop chest congestion and a cough. These symptoms are normally temporary, but during a pandemic that impacts the health of the lungs, it can be a good idea to avoid cannabis smoke.

Other risk factors for lung injury include:

  • Your age
  • Whether you have allergies or not
  • Whether you have other issues such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or an autoimmune disease that puts you at higher risk

 

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Image by Roberto Valdivia on Unsplash: Researchers don’t yet know the exact relationship between cannabis and coronavirus.

Should You Be Smoking MMJ If You Have SARS-CoV-2?

Vaping may seem less dangerous than smoking, but the truth is that the ways vaping impacts the health of the lungs simply isn’t known. Plus, some vape cartridges have been thinned with polyethylene glycol or vitamin E acetate, which can destroy lung tissue. (If you’re buying your MMJ cartridges from a legitimate MMJ dispensary, chances are you won’t run into those products.)

If you do choose to vape, make sure it’s with a device that allows for temperature control, since higher temperatures can damage the lung tissue. You can further reduce harm by:

  • Using a flower vaporizer in place of a vape pen
  • Washing your hands before and after you vape
  • Sterilizing the mouthpiece between inhalations with alcohol
  • Keeping temperatures for vaping low – around 390 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Vaping outside and away from others
  • Taking small doses of vapor instead of larger ones to help reduce coughing

Precautions If You’ve Been Diagnosed With COVID-19

If you have been diagnosed with coronavirus, you will need to take precautions to ensure you don’t spread it to others. That means you shouldn’t share any type of device used to dose MMJ.

You should also try to reduce your chances of coughing when dosing, since that can send infected droplets through the air. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after you sneeze, cough, or touch your face. And be sure not to share small spaces with others in your household, especially the bathroom.

Should You Abstain From MMJ With Coronavirus?

There’s no reason not to dose with MMJ safely if you have COVID-19, as long as you explore other ways to take it that don’t involve inhaling. Think about shifting to edibles while sick – you don’t want to miss out on MMJ’s therapeutic benefits while you’re ill, such as:

  • Helping to control inflammation
  • Helping with anxiety
  • Helping to deal with pain and discomfort

There is some evidence that MMJ may also help you to breathe better in small doses, as well as help to quell the inflammatory response called a cytokine storm that has been dangerous to many coronavirus patients.

If you have coronavirus, go ahead and dose with MMJ as you ensure you’re resting appropriately to help your body to heal.

 

Image by Kimzy Nanney on Unsplash: Can cannabis and CBD affect coronavirus? It’s possible.

CBD Oil And Coronavirus

CBD oil has some established antibacterial and antiviral properties, but its best feature is that it helps to control inflammation. Coronavirus ravages the body through inflammation, so anything that can help to reduce overall inflammation is a good thing.

Coronavirus is scary, but it doesn’t mean you should stop therapeutically taking MMJ. You may want to adjust the delivery method with the health of your lungs in mind, but overall, MMJ just might help to keep you healthy.

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Tinctures, Vape Liquids And Edibles: How Much MMJ Product Can I Legally Possess?

At this time, recreational marijuana is still prohibited in many states. In the 11 states where it is legal, there are still restrictions on how much a person can possess. But are the rules different for medical marijuana products possession? The answer is yes. There are different regulations for individuals who use medical marijuana (MMJ) to help them treat medical conditions. Here’s what you need to know about how much MMJ product you can legally have at any one time.

What are the MMJ possession laws?

The laws on how much MMJ product you can possess vary greatly from state to state. Generally, MMJ cardholders can grow and possess greater amounts of MMJ product than people using who are using it recreationally. This is because individuals need to have enough product on hand at any given time to treat the symptoms of their health issues. These people also require greater amounts of product because they can find it harder to get to dispensaries in person, and often need a variety of strains or types of products in order to treat their condition.

How many MMJ tinctures can I legally possess?

Cannabis tinctures are alcohol-based marijuana extracts. They’re usually administered by putting a drop under your tongue. You can begin to feel the effects in about 15 to 45 minutes (with a peak high at around 90 minutes). In the states where medical marijuana is legal, there is a range of what is permitted for possession of tinctures or other cannabis concentrates. Some states have no limit (like California), while others have a higher amount you can possess (like 20 ounces in Georgia). In New York, you are allowed to have a 30-day supply of the MMJ products you need. However, the majority of states where medical marijuana is legal have a limit of around 2.5 ounces. Check the law in your state so you know how many MMJ tinctures you can have legally before you purchase anything.

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Image by Margo Amala on Unsplash: The amount of MMJ edibles you can possess varies from state to state.

How many MMJ edibles can I legally possess?

The law on MMJ edibles possession also differs from state to state. In states where marijuana usage is illegal, edibles (items like candies, baked goods, etc.) are also still prohibited. However, they are allowed in states who have legalized either recreational or MMJ usage. These limits technically fall under the same amounts as the concentrates listed above. For example, in Oklahoma, you are permitted to have up to 72 ounces of edible products on your person in public. You also have the option of purchasing cannabis oil or making it at home to use in your edibles so that you can stay under the legal limit in your state. Because each state is so different, it’s a good idea to check your specific state’s requirements before you stock up on edibles or before you decide to make them at home.

How many MMJ vape liquids can I legally possess?

Cannabis vape liquids involve heating marijuana flowers or concentrates to a temperature that turns the active compounds into vapor. They can then be smoked in vape pens or vaporizers, which allows you to feel the effects typically within just minutes. As stated above, the amount of MMJ liquid concentrate you can possess at any one time varies by state. Typically, MMJ patients are permitted to have larger amounts of vape liquids because they need it to treat a medical condition.

How can I get an MMJ card?

In order to get an MMJ card and to access its many benefits, you’ll need to have a qualifying medical condition. These can include a large variety of conditions such as:

  • Eating disorders (like anorexia)
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Arthritis
  • Cachexia (wasting syndrome where a body becomes weakened due to chronic illness)
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Chronic migraines
  • Chronic pain
  • Seizures (from epilepsy or other seizure conditions)
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Muscle spasms
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Severe nausea
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Image by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash: Many physical symptoms can be alleviated through the usage of MMJ products.

If you have a medical condition that causes physical or emotional symptoms that significantly impact your day-to-day life, you could benefit from using MMJ products. In order to see if you will qualify for an MMJ card, you can head to MMJRecs. We’ll connect you virtually with a doctor who can assess your medical history to see if you could benefit from using MMJ products. We can then get you all set up with an MMJ card that you can show when purchasing your MMJ products at dispensaries.

It might take some experimenting when you first start out using MMJ products, because you’ll need to determine which types of products and dosages best help your symptoms and fit your personal preferences. It’s always wise to stay under the legal limit so that you’re not taking more than the recommended dose, and so you won’t have any legal issues if you’re stopped and questioned by law enforcement at any point. To stay on the safe side, do your research on what the legal limits are for each type of MMJ product in your state before you purchase anything. That way you can be sure that you’re staying under the legal limit while still being able to purchase the MMJ products you need to help you feel better.

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6 Different Forms of Medical Marijuana and How They Can Work for You

There are many myths about MMJ and one of the main ones is that the only form available is joints that you can smoke. The truth is that there are many different forms of medical marijuana and, depending on the condition that you’re treating, they may have wildly differing effects. You may also prefer differing treatment forms due to personal taste, but no matter what your preference, there’s a form of MMJ out there for everyone!

1. Tinctures

A tincture is one of the most highly concentrated forms of medical marijuana in liquid form. It can be bought or made at home, but it should only be attempted by people who are comfortable with making it. It’s a discreet form of MMJ as you can slip it in your purse or pocket and pop a few drops on your tongue as and when you need it. It’s a good entry point for people who are a bit nervous about medical marijuana.

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With edibles, you can have your MMJ and eat it too!

2. Edibles

Edibles are one of the most popular forms of medical marijuana, and it’s easy to see why. Who doesn’t want to combine medication with dessert? They take many forms in and of themselves, including lollipops, hard candies, brownies, and cookies. These can also be made at home, but they’re very widely available. Their strengths can vary, so it’s a good idea to discuss your requirements with a dispensary employee so you don’t end up with an edible that’s too strong. It’s also important to make sure that you eat the right amount to properly treat your condition.

3. Oil

Cannabis oil is a natural essential oil that is derived directly from the cannabis plant. It has attracted a lot of media attention for its therapeutic benefits and is one of the most popular forms of medical marijuana. Make sure you don’t take it on an empty stomach, as it can be quite strong. Take a little at first to build up your tolerance, then you can test how much your body needs to treat your condition. It is not as discreet as a tincture, but it is just as powerful; just make sure you pick a strain that is suitable for your condition.

4. Lotions

Lotions are one of the lesser-known forms of medical marijuana, but they’re an excellent gateway for a first-time user. They are usually recommended for people with chronic pain as they can treat conditions locally and quickly. Medical marijuana lotions come in all shapes and sizes, scented and unscented, so there’s a lotion out there for everyone. Try a few different options until you find one that works best for you, but don’t be afraid to ask for advice if you’re a bit intimidated. It can be worse than a beauty counter in some dispensaries!

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Joints are one of the most commonly used forms of medical marijuana.

5. Joints

The old reliable when it comes to medical cannabis, joints and smoking MMJ are one of the most popular forms of treatment. Combining tobacco with medical marijuana, it’s a good form of MMJ for people who are comfortable with smoking. It’s not a form that is particularly discreet, but if you’re happy to smoke at home and enjoy the ritual, it could be the perfect type of medical cannabis for you. Make sure that you pick the correct strain and speak to a dispensary employee to ensure the combination of tobacco and MMJ in the joints is right for you.

6. Vaping

If you’re not comfortable with smoking tobacco, vaping could be one of the perfect forms of medical marijuana for you. You use herb cannabis or oil to create a steam vapor, which you inhale through a special device that can be easily customized. Many people buy into vaping as a lifestyle and learn how to make interesting and cool vaping devices. Vaping is a lot more discreet than smoking joints as it creates steam as opposed to smoke, and it doesn’t smell as strong as smoking medical marijuana with tobacco. You can get a simple vaping pen at any dispensary and an employee can advise you on the best ways to use it.

If you’re unsure as to which of the forms of medical marijuana to take, it’s best to speak to someone at your local dispensary. Once you have your MMJ card, they’ll be able to give you some advice on the best form of medical cannabis to treat your specific condition. You may also like to speak to the medical professional who provided you with your MMJ letter, as they usually tend to specialize in medical marijuana and are best-placed to give you advice. The good news is that in California, you can pick and choose your medical marijuana, so don’t be afraid to try a few forms out until you find the one that’s right for you.

The Beginner’s Guide to Vaping Medical Marijuana

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, you’re probably aware of the omnipotence of vaping. Not just reserved for show-off teens making trick videos on YouTube, vaping has become more and more commonplace in recent times, and is now fast becoming the most popular method of consumption for medical marijuana card holders across the state of California.

For those of you who may not be quite au fait with what exactly vaporizing is – or you’ve been too afraid to ask – here’s a simple beginner’s guide to the phenomenon, without the jargon.

All About Vaporizing

So, what is vaporizing? How do you do it? It should come as no surprise to you that vaporizing is done with a … vaporizer! Simply put, a vaporizer works by heating your MMJ and creating a vapor cloud, which you then inhale and exhale, like you would with a joint.

For those of you want a bit more detail, here’s the science stuff. When you put your MMJ into the vaporizer, it’s heated to around 400 °F, which quickly releases the all important THC in the plant. A vapor cloud is created below the cannabis chamber of the vaporizer, which mixes with all the MMJ goodness above it. When you pull on the vaporizer, you inhale this THC-laced mist cloud, sending it flying through your body to target the symptoms of your ailment. As none of your medical marijuana is burned, there’s no smoke created.

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One of the benefits of vaping: no medical marijuana smoke is created.

Benefits of Vaping

There are plenty of reasons why MMJ card holders would choose to vape over other consumption methods – especially smoking. Unfortunately for MMJ card holders, smoking MMJ is no different to smoking anything else when it comes to exposing you to smoke-related dangers. When you smoke medical marijuana, you’re burning the plant, which then produces tar, carcinogens and other nasty products that should be kept well away from your body. When you vape, the plant isn’t being burned, so there’s no harmful smoke or carcinogens produced.

As most medical marijuana card holders will know, the cannabinoids in the plant are the most important players when it comes to tackling the symptoms of your ailment. These cannabinoids work to tackle pain and discomfort by mimicking the work of the naturally occurring endocannabinoids found in the body. These endocannabinoids are vitally important to your health, as they regulate immunity, pain and sleep so when they’re depleted, you can be in big trouble.

By replacing these endocannabinoids with the cannabinoids in MMJ, you’re restoring your body’s equilibrium, so it’s important that you consume as many of these wonder cannabinoids as possible. Thankfully for MMJ card holders, when you vaporize the plant, you’re inhaling approximately 95% cannabinoids, each one jam packed with the healing power necessary to get you feeling better.

A big reason that more and more medical marijuana card holders are opting to vape is that vaporizing your MMJ is delightfully discreet. The plume of mist created by a vaporizer doesn’t have an unpleasant weed smell. Any smell that may be created by the vaporizer is masked by the flavor of the oil, so people around you are none the wiser that you’re consuming – for all they know you’re just using a regular ‘ol tobacco vaporizer!

The plume of mist created by a vaporizer doesn’t have an unpleasant weed smell, unlike when you smoke a joint using medical marijuana.

Types of Vaporizers

Choosing which vaporizer to buy all depends on what you want out of it. Need something handy and portable? Then opt for a pen vaporizer. These are similar to the e-cigarettes that are currently on the market. The small size of these vaporizers mean they can be carried around discreetly and with ease. Although pen vaporizers can be great, some MMJ card holders would attest that they don’t provide you with the same amount of medical marijuana that more robust vaporizers would create.

If you’re looking for something slightly more durable but with the same portability, get yourself a portable vaporizer. These are slightly larger than pen vaporizers so they pack more of an MMJ punch.

If you cherish effectiveness over portability, then you should consider investing in a good quality stationary vaporizer. Though these machines don’t come cheap – they retail between $400-$700, depending on the model – they are unrivaled in their ability to produce MMJ-packed vapor.

It’s worth noting that although vaping is a great, handy way to consume medical wee, you do need to put some effort into the upkeep of your vaporizer. Try to clean your vaporizer at least once a week to avoid any old residue building up. No one wants to take a pull of their fresh MMJ, only to be met with the foul taste of some weeks-old buds. If your vaporizer is one that needs to be charged, make sure to do this regularly – perhaps overnight – to make sure you don’t get caught needing to consume, without the working equipment to do it.

Although vaping is an undeniably great method of consumption, sometimes even the best methods just don’t work for some people. If you’re not sure of whether vaping is for you, try out a vape or two at your local dispensary to see if it’s a good fit. If you think it’s right for you don’t worry, there are plenty of other consumption methods available to you.

Is Vaping Medical Cannabis Really Better for Your Health?

Over the past few years, many medical marijuana card users have switched from smoking to vaping their weed. The assumption is that vaping is healthier than smoking because it does not expose the patient to cancer-causing compounds, poisons and tar that come from ingesting smoke into the lungs.

Expert opinion points to vaping as being healthier for the lungs, heart and body while at the same time producing a stronger high that may come as a surprise to a first-time user.

A medical cannabis vape machine heats the weed to approximately 350 F to 400 F, releasing the THC. Vapor from a chamber below the weed-containing chamber rises up and gathers the THC in its misty embrace. This tasty weed-infused vapor is then inhaled. Nothing is burned, so no smoke is created. The substance inhaled is merely THC-laced vapor.

There are many types of vaporizers for cannabis card users to choose from, from basic, cheap models that look like a pen with cartridges containing cannabis oil to expensive, state-of-the-art balloon vaping machines. To ensure safety and quality, invest in a high-quality vape. Don’t waste your herb by using a crappy vaporizer!

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A large body of research says that vaping medical marijuana comes with much fewer health risks than smoking medical cannabis.

It is widely understood and accepted that there are considerable health risks associated with smoking any substance, including medical marijuana. Smoke is very harmful to the lungs.

John Malouff of the University of New England in Australia has done research on the benefits of vaporizing marijuana.

“Aside from all the carcinogens in [smoke], you’re going to get soot in your lungs,” he says. “Because [smoking is] not filtered in any way, it’s really harsh to everything it touches.”

When you smoke, you inhale dangerous carcinogens. Smoking is a proven cause of bronchitis, emphysema, heart disease and cancer. Regular inhalation of smoke leaves a lethal residue of tar in the lungs. 

A large body of research says that vaping medical marijuana comes with much fewer health risks than smoking medical cannabis. Studies have shown that when MMJ is vaporized, most of the dangerous components are substantially reduced or eliminated.

A study that appeared in the Journal of Cannabis Therapeutics in 2004 found that vaped cannabis contains little else apart from cannabinoids.

A 2010 study by Mitch Earleywine at the University of Albany found that medical cannabis users who suffered from respiratory irritations, such as asthma, shortness of breath and coughing, reported large improvements in their symptoms only a month after switching to a vape pen. Earleywine also measured objective improvements in the patient’s lung capacity.

In 2011, the Global Drug Survey polled 37,000 drug users about their substance use. Using the results of the survey and the best available current research, the group published a series of guidelines for safe and effective drug use called the High-Way Code. Its top recommendation for safe cannabis use was to use a vaporizer.

In 2014 the American Heart Association published a statement saying that electronic cigarettes (which use vapor) “present an opportunity for harm reduction if smokers use them as substitutes for cigarettes.”

A study released in 2015 by the U.K.’s Department of Health and published by Public Health England found that electronic cigarettes are 95 percent safer than regular tobacco cigarettes.

To date, there are no studies that suggest that vaping has anything like the life-threatening potential consequences of smoking. Although in 2015, the New England Journal of Medicine published a study that showed that if the temperature in a vape pen is very high, formaldehyde — a carcinogenic chemical — can be released. The study also concluded that when vaping is done at a moderately high temperature, no formaldehyde is released.

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Vaping provides the patient with a higher concentration of the psychoactive ingredient THC than smoking does.

Another key difference between vaping and smoking is that the high created by vaping your MMJ is usually stronger. Vaping provides the patient with a higher concentration of the psychoactive ingredient THC than smoking does. The first time you vape, it is likely that you will get considerably higher than you usually do when you smoke.

This is definitely a plus, but it also necessitates caution. New research tentatively suggests that vaping medical cannabis may lead patients to more quickly develop a tolerance to the drug and may also lead to greater risk of suffering marijuana withdrawal. This suggests that the increased potency of vaping MMJ needs to be kept in mind, and care must be taken to regulate the dosing.

In conclusion, yes, vaping medical cannabis is indeed better for your health, and it also provides a more potent high. That’s a win-win if you ask me. So get your hands on a California medical marijuana card, and start vaping!

The Most Respectful Ways to Consume Medical Marijuana in Public

Although consuming medical marijuana has finally started to become a widely accepted thing to do, 420 card holders still have a long way to go until doing so in public becomes completely welcomed. Not only are there those who would rather you didn’t consume around them for surface reasons — the smell, the image it creates — but there are also people who unjustly hate for the plant and go out of their way to make consuming in public as hard as possible. Fortunately, these people are becoming rarer.

It’s important to know how to consume your MMJ respectfully and, most importantly, legally. Until the new legislation is passed legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, medical marijuana card holders will still have to be careful about where and when they consume. Thankfully, MMJ is a wonderfully dynamic plant, and 420 card carriers won’t ever be short on ways they can use it.

Smoking

It should go without saying that smoking is not an inconspicuous way to consume medical marijuana. The smoke produced is not only very visible to anyone who may want to complain about it, but also it creates a very distinctive smell — one that is usually unwelcome to those around the smoker. Weed smoke clings to people’s clothes and hair and can create an unpleasant atmosphere for those in the vicinity of the smoker. This is especially true for children.

It is imperative to be respectful of those around you when consuming MMJ. You can’t put your need for some relief over everyone else’s right to inhabit a comfortable environment.

It’s also important to note that the police will not take kindly to someone openly smoking marijuana in a public place, regardless of whether you have a medical marijuana card or not.

Vaping

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Vaping medical marijuana doesn’t give off a strong smell

A nice alternative to smoking MMJ is vaping. Vaping is done using a vaporizer and is a much more conspicuous way of consuming than smoking. When you pull on the vaporizer, the cannabis is heated and creates a vape cloud, which you then inhale. This vape cloud is much more discreet than smoke as it disappears nearly instantly once you exhale it. Additionally, vaping doesn’t give off a strong smell. You can even get special scented vapes to cover up the marijuana scent completely.

Tinctures

Probably the sneakiest and most discreet way for medical marijuana card holders to consume is via a tincture. A tincture is a highly concentrated form of marijuana that has been mixed with an alcohol solution. This solution comes in dropper form, similar to eye or ear drops, making it perfect for carrying around under the radar.

The dropper packaging enables you to discreetly pop a drop onto your tongue or into your food or drink whenever you need to consume. If orally consuming the mixture doesn’t appeal to you, don’t worry: You can also put a few drops onto your skin, and it will have the same effect. The incredibly discreet nature of tinctures means you’re being respectful of everyone around you when consuming while at the same not earning yourself any unwanted attention.

Edibles

A discreet — and delicious — way to consume medical marijuana is edibles. You can conjure up tasty MMJ-infused treats into just about any form you want — the more imaginative the better. MMJ Recs favorites include MMJ granola bars and MMJ mac and cheese. Edibles are perfect for respectful public consumption as they are indiscernible from normal snacks. The only way you could possible insult someone by consuming any of these delectable treats in public is by refusing to share them!

Drinking

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Drinking your medical marijuana is particularly useful to those 420 card holders who need to consume on the go.

Another respectful and handy way to consume medical marijuana in public is by drinking it. MMJ is just as delicious when consumed in a drink as it is in edible form and can be done so in a whole host of ways, from juices to smoothies to teas. Creating medical marijuana-infused drinks is easy to do, but there are some guidelines you need to follow to ensure you do it right. Check out our guides on how to make juice, smoothies and tea to become au fait with the best methods.

Drinking your medical marijuana is particularly useful to those 420 card holders who need to consume on the go. You can make up batches of juice in the morning for you to consume in the car, at work and at home discreetly and respectfully with ease. Additionally, being stopped by the police with a flask of tea in your car isn’t going to land you in any hot water – (excuse the pun!).

When consuming your MMJ, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings. Although most people wouldn’t have a problem with someone consuming discreetly in public, they will have a problem with you doing so in a disrespectful manner. To be safe from insulting anyone, stick to the above methods of consumption when out and about, even if you have your medical marijuana card, and you’ll be creating the safest and most comfortable environment for everyone.

Smoking vs. Vaping: The Best Way to Consume Medical Marijuana

Living in the dawn of the medical marijuana card revolution sure does have its perks. Not only are more MMJ card holders able to access the amazing benefits of this super plant, but they’re also spoiled by all the ways they can consume it. But tinctures, edibles, topical lotions and juices still take a backseat. When it comes to popularity, two consumption methods still reign supreme: smoking and vaping.

Although most people instantly think of lighting up a joint when they consider consuming medical marijuana, a lot of medical marijuana card holders will tell you that this is not representative of their experience. Many opt to vape instead. Although you may be onto something in thinking that vaping is seemingly “better,” the argument is much more nuanced than that. There is no “right” way to consume MMJ, nor is everyone better off choosing one method or the other.

If you’re still humming and hawing over which method to choose, take the following points into consideration. And remember, when it comes to MMJ, you should trust your gut, and choose the method that works best for you — regardless of what others say.

Health

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Burning medical marijuana, just like burning tobacco, produces tar and other carcinogens that actively harm your lungs.

There are no prizes for guessing which of the two methods win when it comes to health. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for your whole life, you’re aware of the risks associated with smoking. Unfortunately for medical marijuana card holders, when you smoke MMJ, you’re still exposed to these dangers. Burning MMJ, just like burning tobacco, produces tar and other carcinogens that actively harm your lungs.

When you vape, you keep the MMJ below the point of combustion, so none of the bad stuff is created. Instead, it’s gently heated with essential oils, which means you’re getting all those amazing benefits without the dirty side effects. However, it’s important to remember that though there are countless studies done on the harm that smoking does to you, because of their relative newness, vaporizers haven’t been subjected to the same amount of testing, so they’re ability to do you harm is largely unsearched.

Cannabinoids

What most medical marijuana card holders may not know is that there is a huge difference in how much good stuff is inhaled when you choose to vape your plant over ignite it. When you hit the bong or smoke a joint, 88 percent of what is inhaled is smoke gas with non-cannabinoid elements. As we all know, cannabinoids are the best, most active part of the plant and the part most likely to alleviate you of your ailment. Conversely, when you vaporize your MMJ, the substance you’re inhaling is approximately 95 percent cannabinoid, which is much, much better. These lovely little cannabinoids then get to work instantly to make you feel right as rain.

Potency

One place where vaporizers certainly lose points is potency. Although they do give you a more plentiful blast of those all-important cannabinoids, the effects, more often than, not don’t last as long as when you smoke, which means you may have to consume it more often to get the same buzz.

Discreetness

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A vape pen is an incredibly discreet way to smoke medical marijuana.

One thing that keeps MMJ card holders opting for a vaporizer over a joint is how delightfully discreet it is. Vaping gives you a sense of mystery in what you’re vaporizing. For all anyone knows, it’s just a classic tobacco vape pen. This enables you to consume whenever and wherever you like without fear of backlash from those around you.

Not only is a vape pen more discreet, but it also allows you to escape the added unpleasantness of potent marijuana smoke sticking to your clothes, hair and breath, which is not a stink you want following you around all day, especially if you have important events on your schedule.

Convenience

Some 420 card holders would argue that vaping is infinitely easier than smoking. Sure, you can just hit a button on the pen and — presto — you’re good to go. But it’s not that simple. Most vaporizers are USB chargeable and will need to be plugged in for an hour or two when their batteries waste, which isn’t exactly ideal when you’re stuck in a jam and need a hit. Plus, you need to regularly clean your vaporizer; otherwise, you’ll start to get an unpleasant, stale taste.

Although vaping presents some challenges when it comes to ease of use, something as primitive as lighting something on fire doesn’t. Loading a bowl or rolling a joint is something that can be done anywhere, at any time, provided you have the right tools. Additionally, smoking will give you the same level of relief each time, something that a vaporizer with a weak battery cannot.

Choosing your preferred method of cannabis consumption is an important decision, but always go with your gut instinct. Your body knows best and will respond better to one or the other, sometimes without rhyme or reason. So just trust it, and you’ll be walking on sunshine in no time.

The Definitive Guide to the Best Ways to Consume Medical Marijuana

So you finally got your medical marijuana license and your MMJ — now what?! Well, you have a big decision to make: How are you going to consume it? Medical marijuana is just about as diverse as a medical treatment can come, and there are plenty of ways you can choose how to consume it.

Before you make your decision, you need to ask a couple of questions: Do I want a discreet way to consume it? Do I like the idea of smoking? Do I want to be able to consume on the go, on my own time and with as little preparation as possible?

MMJ card holders are more inventive than ever, and these days, the list of ways to consume is growing even longer. If you’ve only recently gotten your medical marijuana card, you may be a little lost as to what consumption method to choose. Lucky for you, that’s where we come in to help you make an informed decision. We’ve outlined the best ways you can consume your medical marijuana.

Smoking

When you think of marijuana, the first thing that comes to mind is probably people smoking it, whether via a joint, pipe or bong. Sure, this is the preferred ingestion method for most recreational marijuana users, but for MMJ card holders, it’s not as popular, largely due to destructive nature of inhaling smoke. However, some medical marijuana users rate smoking as a good method of consumption because it delivers instant relief from their ailment as they inhale it through the lungs into the bloodstream.

Vaping

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Vaping replicates the experience of smoking without the detrimental effects.

Ever increasing in popularity, vaping has become the new way to ingest MMJ without the dangers of smoke inhalation. As is evident by the name, a vaporizer creates a cloud from the cannabis by heating it up. Then, you inhale through a mouthpiece. As you’re not heating up the cannabis as much as you would be via smoking, you’re saving more of those all-important cannabinoids from being destroyed, thus making vaping all the better for you. A bonus of vaping is that it has been proven time and time again to be of assistance to those trying to quit smoking. It replicates the experience without the detrimental effects!

Edibles

The amazing beneficial effects of MMJ with the added deliciousness of an edible? Sign us up! And no, we’re not just talking about making some pot brownies! Medical marijuana edibles have come leaps and bounds from the clichéd chocolate treat that was once (OK, maybe still is) omnipotent in college dorms across the States. Granola bars, gummy bears, popcorn and even mac ’n’ cheese are some of the food items that have been given an MMJ makeover, and foodie 420 card holders around the world are ever so grateful for it. Consuming edibles has not only been proven to give longer lasting relief than other methods, but it’s also an ultra-discreet way to consume, which can be incredibly important depending on your surroundings. If you’re looking for some edible inspiration on what to make, check out some of our recipes here, here and here.

Tinctures

A what now? You may be scratching your head trying to figure out what exactly a tincture is. Let us give you some clarity: A tincture is a concentrated form of medical marijuana that is made in an alcohol solution. You use a tincture by adding it to your food or drink, dropping it under your tongue, or even by applying it to your skin. The container it comes in is very discreet — it looks like an eyedropper — making it perfect for public consumption. If you have a child that is consuming medical marijuana, this would be the best method for them.

Drinking

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Drinking medical marijuana in juice or smoothie form avoids the loss of some of the nutritional value of MMJ.

Yes, you heard us right! Consuming your MMJ by drinking it has become very popular of late — not least in California thanks to the juicing craze that’s sweeping the state! Like most other vegetables — yes, MMJ is technically a vegetable! — cannabis loses a lot of its nutritional value when it’s heated like it is using other methods. Drinking MMJ in juice or smoothie form avoids this loss of the good stuff and allows users to benefit from the ameliorative powers of the plant without getting the cloudy high that is sometimes achieved via smoking, vaping or edibles. If you’re intrigued by this inventive method but aren’t sure where to start, check out our how-to guide for juicing medical marijuana. You’ll be reaching for your juicer in no time.

This is only a rundown of the most popular ways, but if none of these take your fancy, there’s plenty of other methods to choose from such as dabbing, patches, topicals, suppositories and even just ingesting the fresh plant on its own. Most California medical marijuana card holders will usually consume via a combination of these methods depending on their surroundings or the relief they’re looking for. As with most things, your MMJ journey will be an ever-evolving one, and you’ll figure out what works best for you as you go along. Embrace what works, and discard any method that doesn’t agree with you or is ineffective for your ailment. Don’t forget to trust what your body is telling you. It knows best!

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