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Medical Marijuana 101

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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 when vaporized.
  • 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 here.
  • 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 with you. Call us at (856) 351-5277 today.