Cannabis Sativa* as medicine.
*(that's science's name for marijuana)
Legal prescription drugs "statistically kill 100,000 people a year, (but) there are no documented deaths due to marijuana." - Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson. August 3rd, 2016
Marijuana's safety is often described by comparing it to statistics for annual deaths caused by anything from prescription drugs to peanuts. In fact, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's drug sheet for marijuana states that zero annual deaths have ever been reported due to marijuana overdose.
Types of Consumption
These days, a wide variety of consumption methods exist. Recently, with advancements in extraction technologies, a new form of concentrated resin has been developed as well as concentrated forms of marijuana oils that can be ingested orally, mixed with topical lotions and applied to the skin, or vaporized and inhaled. You can even take a pill that contains a very precise and consistent dose of medication, i.e. a pill with 5mg of THC and 5mg of CBD.
Here is a quick rundown of the most common types of consumption:
Vaporization –the extracted oil is heated until the active components vaporize, at a temperature lower than what is required for combustion, and the vapor is inhaled into the lungs.
Ingestion – the cannabinoids and terpenes are extracted from the flower as oil and then either ingested as-is, combined with another medium like food, or processed into pills, gel caps and other traditionally-seen medicinal forms that can enable very precise and controlled dosing experiences (edible baked goods, pills, capsules and tinctures).
Oral absorption – the extracted oil is combined with another medium. The finished product is kept in the mouth while it dissolves under the tongue, on the tongue or through the inner cheek (mints, lozenges and breath strips).
Topical – the extracted oil is combined with a product that is applied to the skin (lotion, ointments and transdermal patches).
In Pennsylvania, it is not legal at this time to dry leaf or plant forms of medical marijuana.
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