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Medical marijuana has been effectively used by so many patients around the world. It is used to alleviate and provide treatment to symptoms of chronic illnesses that otherwise don't respond to the traditional treatments that many have come to rely on.

There are studies done to prove that you can feel safe to use marijuana as a medicine since it has therapeutic properties that cannot be imitated by any other prescribed drug. When patients use marijuana as a medicine, it induces fewer side effects that are commonly known to be serious when prescribed drugs or over the counter drugs are taken.

The Basic Principle

Medical marijuana has the basic principle of beginning with a lower dose, going slow in consuming more until you have fully realized the effect of the initial dose. Why? Well the marijuana effect is not instantly felt at all times. When you use marijuana as a medicine and start at lower doses and go slow, it allows you to accommodate and engage the varying experiences that you might have.

The Dosage

Marijuana has always proven to be safe to consume, whether by ingesting or smoking. The epilepsy patient for example has restricted risk of having an overdose or dying from it. However, you still have to be cautious until you fully understand how to deal with the effects. The dosage will vary for different patients, even if the same medical condition is being treated.

The Factors

Let's look at some of the factors that might impact cannabis effect. Some of these include:

  • The dosage used
  • The setting or environment
  • The type of marijuana strained used
  • The consumption method
  • History and experience as it relates to the use of marijuana as a medicine or for recreational use
  • Biochemistry
  • Mood or mindset
  • Inhalation
  • Oral administration
  • Diet or nutrition

When you inhale weed, it has an advantage or benefit. It allows you to know how to easily adjust your dosage to get the most benefit. Why? It gives you an immediate feeling. Once it is inhaled into the lungs, it tends to absorb quickly as it goes through the capillaries, ending up in the bloodstream.

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Oral Administration

There are many cannabis patients that use marijuana as a medicine for depression because they are more comfortable with this. Many of them prefer oral administration. But patients should be aware that it has a slower absorption period when it is orally administered. It has more delayed levels of THC and lower CBD and THC bioavailability because of the extensive metabolism effect in the digestive system. We recommend that your initial dose should be low and you should take a little at a time until you get used to it.

The Different Methods

To use marijuana as a medicine for epilepsy, you can smoke it, use a vaporizer or consume edibles. Smoking usually involves combustion with the use of an open flame. Vaporizing with a vape pen allows the cannabis to heat steadily to a high temperature so that the CBD and THC can be extracted into a mist that you inhale without burning. Many people prefer to consume edibles because they might not like to smoke or inhale mist.

You can make homemade pot brownies or buy other cannabis edibles at your local marijuana dispensary. But, be forewarned that you should eat less of the product because when it gets into your bloodstream, you can feel a more intense high than if you were to smoke weed.

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Final Thoughts on How to Use Marijuana as a Medicine

When you use marijuana as a medicine, it provides the user with lasting cognitive effects.  Despite what some people think, marijuana does not make you an addict as other strong drugs like cocaine do. For most people, it is easy to withdraw. Therefore, you can feel safe to use marijuana as a medicine.

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