Medical Marijuana is a topic of debate in the United States, despite being legal for prescribed patients in 29 States, the District of Colombia, Puerto Rico, and the Guam Territories. In all of these states, those with proper licensing and prescriptions can acquire a number of different marijuana products to treat a variety of ailments.
Cannabis can be consumed in a number of different ways. There are risks and benefits to different methods of consumption, and some methods may involve complicated apparatus or preparation methods to prepare.
The most common way to comsume cannabis is to combust, or smoke it, using a pipe, or rolling it into a cigarette (joint) or blunt. This is the most crude method, and not always the most effective. Glass pipes and water pipes generally conserve more of the herb, and are favored by recreational and medical users alike for consuming dry herb.
Distillate, dry herb, and hash oil vaporization are the second most popular ways to ingest cannabis. This process removes or lessens the amount of carcinogens that the lungs are exposed to. Users who prefer vaporization to combustion, or traditional smoking, cite the lessened strain on lungs and a smoother high experience.
A tincture is an extract made with alcohol. Marijuana tinctures are made using dry, ground herbs, and may require many months to mature. Tinctures can be added to food, beverages, or taken orally. A common tincture dose is usually a few drops of the suspension.
Edible marijuana products are popular in the United States where recreational and medical marijuana are sold. Cookies, brownies, muffins, gummy bears, and other sweet foods are the most common types of edibles to find in dispensaries. These types of edibles usually contain marijuana or marijuana concentrates that have been broken down via combustion into a fatty substance like butter or oil. However, in some cases, fore example, the popular marijuana lollipops and gummy bears, a tincture is used.