A common and popular method that uses cannabis inflorescences that are packed into a rolled cigarette (commonly known as a joint), either with or without tobacco. Much like a standard cigarette, here too, it must be smoked and inhaled into the lungs. When lighting up, the active substances in the cannabis are burned and penetrate the lungs through inhalation, such that the effect is felt within a matter of minutes. We do not recommend this method because of our fear of the detrimental effect on health it has, particularly for anyone who has breathing difficulties.
Good extraction of the substance
Ability to control the dose
While smoking cannabis is less detrimental than smoking regular cigarettes, it also has an impact on the lungs and can lead to respiratory problems.
Vaporization is done through special devices called vaporizers that can be purchased at pharmacies. In principle, this is similar to smoking, where the user puts the substance into the device and then inhales it through the mouth and into the throat. As opposed to a rolled cigarette, in the vaporizer, the substances vaporize without burning and as a result the release of a large quantity of harmful substances compared to smoking is prevented. Generally speaking, vaporization is the most recommended method for consuming cannabis for medical purposes.
Good extraction of the substance through the heating action
Ability to control the dose
Products of burning are not inhaled
No harmful impact on the environment
Additional expense of the vaporizer
Large vaporizers make mobility difficult
Prevents the detrimental health effects that are associated with smoking.
Saves the unpleasantness of smoking or vaporizing and is especially suitable for populations of users such as children or the elderly
The effect is longer lasting than the alternatives – between 4 and 6 hours.
Relative late onset of effect
Some patients may have a bad taste in their mouths and bitterness over time. Those who experience this should consult with a pharmacist about the possibility of administration by swallowing.
In recent years, additional methods for consumption of medical cannabis have come onto the market, including inhalers (similar to use of evaporators) and capsules. Another known method is eating cannabis, when the cannabis is mixed into other foods such as cookies or chocolate, and the active ingredient works through the digestive tract and not through inhalation. This method is popular particularly among patients who have acute pain, due to the powerful and long-lasting effect compared to alternatives. Here there is also a high risk of uncontrolled overdose and, therefore, the method is less advisable, and the Ministry of Health has even prohibited its use.
Those who are interested in consuming cannabis as a beverage, like an infusion, should know that the substance is not soluble in water and therefore the action is not effective