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What Marijuana Products Are Right For Me?

Start Low And Go Slow.

Sometimes, the effects of marijuana aren’t always immediately felt. Everyone responds differently. Methods of using marijuana can be discussed with a Verilife representative to find a method that is comfortable for you. Finding a balanced ratio of CBD and THC that creates the right combination of both compounds is the goal. The basic principle for consuming marijuana is “start low and go slow.”

Marijuana has a wide margin of safety and there is a limited risk of overdose. However, caution is warranted until you fully understand the effect that marijuana may have. Product types and consumption varies greatly among individuals.

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What Factors Impact the Effects of Marijuana?

There are many factors that impact the effect, including:

Amount

The amount (dosage) of marijuana you consume.

 

 

Type

The method of consumption (smoke, vape, eat, etc.).

 

 

Experience

Your experience and history of marijuana use.

 

Setting

The place/setting in which you use marijuana.

 

Biochemistry

How your body processes chemicals.

Mood

Your mindset or mood.

Inhalation

Inhaling through the lungs through:

Smoking
Hand- or machine-rolled cigarette
Pipe or water pipe (bong)

Vapor inhalation
Battery-powered handheld vaporizer
A disposable handheld vaporizer with replacement cartridge options
Electronic vaporizing device

Effects are felt almost immediately, within minutes.

Effects peak in 10–30 minutes, tapering off after approximately 2–4 hours, lasting about 4–12 hours in total.

Flower*: The actual flower of the marijuana plant. This is the part of the plant that is harvested and used for medical purposes as it contains the highest concentrations of active cannabinoids.

Oil: Cannabis oil is a thick substance made up of cannabinoids extracted from the cannabis plant. It is obtained by separating the resins from cannabis flowers using a solvent extraction process. Oil can be administered through a vape.

Concentrates**: A blanket term for a variety of marijuana products, concentrates are forms of marijuana flower. They contain high amounts of cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes and no excess plant matter. While regular flower typically offers between 15 and 20% THC, concentrates boast 80% or more, making them one of the most potent forms of marijuana around. Concentrates also deliver a smoother hit and don’t produce a strong odor.


*Flower is not an approved form in New York.

*Ohio & Pennsylvania law prohibits smoking or the combustion of cannabis, but it can be inhaled through a vaporizer machine that heats the medical cannabis plant material and releases a steam-containing THC, the psychoactive element in cannabis.

**Concentrates are not an approved form in New York & Ohio


Oral

Taking cannabis in through the mouth under your tongue absorbs via the digestive system or blood vessels in the mucous membranes in the mouth.

Offers a faster onset than edibles but much slower absorption than inhalation, with 15-45 minutes before effects are felt.

Some individuals see lower, more delayed peak THC levels with oral administration, with effects lasting approximately 4-8 hours.

Tinctures or oils: are concentrated forms of marijuana that are taken under the tongue (sublingually) or by mouth.
 
Spray*: A spray is also a marijuana oil extract that is absorbed directly under the tongue (sublingual) and into the mouth.


*Sprays are not an approved form in Ohio

Edible Consumption

When taking marijuana in through the mouth, it enters the bloodstream after being digested or broken down in the stomach and absorbed into the digestive system.

Edibles take the longest to take effect, with onset at 30 minutes-2 hours.

Individuals see the effects of edible cannabis last between 5-8 hours on average.

Capsules/Tablets: Marijuana in a pill allow chemicals to enter the bloodstream through the digestive system to provide potent treatment. Taking marijuana in pills instead of smoking produces a stronger and longer-lasting effect.

Food/Candy*: Marijuana that is eaten enters the bloodstream after going through the digestive system. Edible marijuana is often used when smoking isn’t possible and produces a stronger and longer-lasting effect than smoking. 

Beverages*: Beverages with marijuana can produce a stronger psychoactive effect because as the body processes a liquid form of marijuana, it changes the structure of the THC, one of the chemicals in marijuana.


*Food, candy, and beverages are not approved forms of consumption in New York and Pennsylvania

Topicals

Topicals are applied to the skin directly ‘on top’ of the place where it is needed.

Topical forms act very quickly. Transdermal patches will take at least 1 hour. 

Topicals can last 1-2 hours. Transdermal patches can last up to 12 hours.

Ointment/Lotion: Marijuana can be used in ointments, lotions, and creams for symptoms like rashes or joint pain. These forms are not absorbed into the bloodstream and do not have any psychoactive effects.

Transdermal Patches: Many medicines are delivered transdermally, or through the skin, like pain medications or nicotine replacement. Medical marijuana delivered this way will eventually be absorbed into your bloodstream, and have psychoactive effects. 

Balms: Marijuana can be used in a balm—for example, to topically treat headaches or muscle pain. Marijuana in a balm is not absorbed into your bloodstream and doesn’t have any psychoactive effects. 


Topicals are not an approved form in New York

This website contains medical cannabis information and is restricted to individuals 21 years of age or older. Please confirm your age and state:

  • IL
  • MD
  • MA
  • NY
  • OH
  • PA

Did you know that most medical marijuana information is state-specific? We have dispensaries in each of the above states, along with state-specific resources for patients. For the best experience, please select a state.