How can medical cannabis be administered/used?

It can be used in a variety of forms, some are associated with therapeutic benefits and others for recreational purposes. The forms can be separated into four main groups; inhaled, ingested/sublingual, topical and other. The reasons why some methods (vaporizing dried herb, ingesting extracts/capsules, using the spray and using it as a topical) are considered to have more medicinal value than others is because:

  • The products from a Licensed Producer are regulated by Health Canada.
  • When smoked combustion takes place and produces carcinogens, gets cannabinoids deactivated and causes infections in the airways.
  • Absence of alcohols and other harmful gases.

(Wang et al., 2016, Devinsky et al., 2014)

What is the difference between medical and recreational cannabis?

In Canada, the difference relies on the existence of a prescription, the more concentrated CBD strains and the possibility of insurance coverage. To read more please visit our Patient portal and general population (Health Canada, 2016).

What is the best way to use cannabis medicinally?

For therapeutic purposes is better to vaporize, ingest extracts (not edibles), capsules and  use spray. Thus, cannabinoids require a certain process to be activated (decarboxylated). There are three known ways in which these components are decarboxylated; pH changes (alcohol), temperature (heat) and exposure to UV light (Wang et al., 2016).

Is vaping better than smoking cannabis?

It is less harmful, though the risks do not disappear. The use of a good vaporizer allows the user to control the temperature and avoid combustion, which has carcinogenic, pro-infectious effects and also facilitates the waste of cannabis (Wang et al., 2016)