Medical Marijuana 101
Fighting for Your Health, Wellness & Quality of Life
New Jersey Alternative Medicine is registered under the Medicinal Marijuana Program (MMP), which means
we can treat certain patients with medicinal cannabis. For many people
suffering from serious ailments, marijuana is new to them and they can
be hesitant to approach the plant as a medical solution. Below, we provide
basic marijuana information for patients and explain what cannabis can
do to help manage their health.
Consuming Medical Marijuana
When most people think of consuming marijuana, they think of smoking. However,
not all patients are comfortable with this method. Fortunately, there
are numerous ways you can introduce your medical marijuana into your body.
Smoking. Smoking is still a popular option for patients looking to benefit from
a marijuana regiment. This can be done through a pipe or a cigarette (a
"joint") or through a water pipe (a "bong"). Smoking
cannabis produces near-immediate effects in patients, but it can wear
off fast. While benefits can last as long as four hours, they can also
dissipate in as little as 90 minutes.
Vaporizing. A vaporizing device allows a patient to extract cannabinoids from cannabis
at a much lower temperature than smoking allows for. This produces a smoke-like
vapor that can be inhaled without producing any irritating effects that
smoking sometimes produces. Vaporizing doesn't often provide immediate
effects, but some patients find that their prescription is twice as potent
Edibles. An edible is any food item that contains marijuana. Commonly, marijuana-infused
butter or oil can be used in these items. Unlike smoking or vaporizing,
eating marijuana produces a delayed effect-- even up to an hour in some
cases. However, there is one advantage: many patients report that the
medicinal effects of edibles tend to last longer, sometimes up to four hours.
You can find a recipe for cannabis-infused butter
Tincture Concentrates. Tinctures contain concentrated cannabis in an alcohol solution. This
consumption method requires careful dosages that need to be gradually
adjusted so that the patient feels the desired effects. Tinctures can
be mixed into beverages, although some patients prefer to take them directly
under their tongue.
Topical Application. Some lotions, creams, and balms can be infused with cannabis and be applied
directly to the skin. This has been known to help with spasms, arthritis,
restless leg syndrome, and muscle soreness. Topical application is also
completely non-psychoactive, so it never produces a "high" for patients.
Have more questions about medicinal marijuana? Our team is ready to speak
Call us at 856.351.5277 today.