Everywhere you look these days there’s something being said about marijuana. Even though it’s been around since the beginning of time, people still ask, “how is marijuana used?” The recent cannabis (aka marijuana) legalization trend has people seeking answers about how it can relieve pain, soothe swelling, and improve their life.
What is Marijuana
Marijuana is the female cannabis plant. It’s comprised of more than 100 compounds (cannabinoids) that interact with the human endocannabinoid system. The two most popular of these are THC and CBD, which act together to provide an entourage effect. The THC relieves pain while the CBD reduces swelling. It’s the one-two-punch of therapeutic marijuana.
Particular strains are known for their terpene profile, in addition to the myriad of cannabinoids present in the plant. Terpenes are the odorous excretions of the flowering marijuana plant. Each has its own medicinal properties that work in concert with the other compounds to provide a predictable outcome. For instance, one of the most common terpenes Limonene can be found in Super Lemon Haze and provides a citrus scent and an uplifting daytime high. You can count on that effect from that certain strain.
How is it Used
There is a strain out there for virtually any ailment and a product for every lifestyle. Visiting a licensed dispensary is the first step toward finding relief because the trained staff can introduce you to a variety of legal marijuana products from flower to topicals.
It’s used to treat everything from sleep disorders to multiple sclerosis and has been shown to have little to no side effects. People with common conditions including arthritis, menopause, anxiety, and insomnia have been known to benefit from using marijuana as well.
In addition to the instant uptake of smoking and vaping, there are a variety of ways to experience marijuana these days. Edibles are great if you have a few hours to kill, tinctures for fast-action and flexibility, while topicals can provide quick relief when rubbed into sore muscles. How marijuana is used mostly depends on the needs of the person using it.
- Smoking and vaping provide an instant effect, while edibles can take up to an hour to take effect.
- Tinctures can be taken sublingually for quick absorption into the bloodstream in a discrete manner.
- Topicals can have near-instant results relieving sore muscles when rubbed into clean dry skin.
Science is just on the cusp of learning all of the ways that marijuana can benefit the human body. However, that hasn’t slowed the tide of people flooding dispensaries in legal states looking for relief.