In addition to making dosing easier, smoking flower allows you to take advantage of all of the cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids found throughout the cannabis plant. (1)
Medicinal Benefits of Marijuana Flower:
Medical marijuana utilizes the cannabis plant and its chemicals to treat disease and conditions. (2) Medical marijuana may contain one or both cannabinoides, THC and CBD. THC is known for the reported “high” people feel. And, CBD is recognized to target and relieve pain.
Medicinal marijuana is used to treat a range of symptoms related to:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Appetite loss
- Crohn’s disease
- Diseases affecting the immune system (HIV/AIDS or Multiple Sclerosis)
- Eating disorders (Anorexia)
- Schizophrenia and PTSD
- Multiple sclerosis
- Muscle spasms
To break it down, experts are still trying to fully realize all the benefits of medicinal marijuana, including:
- pain management
Marijuana Flower Consumption:
Enthusiasts enjoy medicinal marijuana in many ways. Enthusiasts weigh the pros and cons of each method of consumption. Many enjoy the quick effect. Inhaling smokable flower is preferable for those minding bioavailability. (3)
The following list demonstrates which methods produce the most powerful effects:
- Intravenous (injection) – 100%
- Smoking/Inhalation – between 31% and 56%
- Nano-Emulsified – up to 50%
- Liposomal – over 35%
- Sublingual (under the tongue) Tincture – between 12% and 35%
- Oral Consumption – between 4% and 20%
- Transdermal – inconclusive
- Topical – inconclusive
When inhaled, marijuana’s effects can come instantaneously and last for several hours. (4) Other factors influence the effects such as device used and how long you hold in each hit.
Marijuana Flower Storage:
To make it easy, think of the acronym, CHAD in reference to marijuana storage. You’ll want to keep your flower somewhere cool, preferably about room temperature. Next, think of storing flower somewhere with low humidity. (5)
Then, find an airtight container. Optimally, you want a container that’s snug – the less extra room in the container, the better. Lastly, you want to keep your flower out of the light, somewhere dark.
CHAD- cool, low-humidity, airtight, and dark.
Marijuana Flower THC Percentage:
Medicinal marijuana is dispensed with an indication of the percentage of THC contained within the flower.
- Flower containing 10% THC or less is considered mild and perhaps appropriate for beginners
- Flower with 10-20% THC is optimal for casual smokers but could be strong for beginners
- Flower exceeding 20% THC is considered strong
Marijuana Flower Smoking Instruments:
Enthusiasts leverage a variety of instruments to smoke marijuana. Some grind the flower further to make it easy to place within a rolling paper or tobacco blunt. The availability to easily light, hit, and share a joint is preferable. However, some believe that a good amount of marijuana is wasted through idle burning.
Alternatively, people put flower in glass or metal pipes, lighting and inhaling at will. Some pipes are affixed with water bladders, providing a filtration effect.
Many celebrate water bongs or pipes due to the filtration. Marijuana contains a lot of chemicals aside from THC. (6) Therefore, water pipes are recognized to eliminate some chemicals while providing a more purified hit.
|↑1||Atakan Z. (2012). Cannabis, a complex plant: different compounds and different effects on individuals. Therapeutic advances in psychopharmacology, 2(6), 241–254. https://doi.org/10.1177/2045125312457586|
|↑2||Bridgeman, M. B., & Abazia, D. T. (2017). Medicinal Cannabis: History, Pharmacology, And Implications for the Acute Care Setting. P & T : a peer-reviewed journal for formulary management, 42(3), 180–188.|
|↑3||Ribeiro, L. I., & Ind, P. W. (2016). Effect of cannabis smoking on lung function and respiratory symptoms: a structured literature review. NPJ primary care respiratory medicine, 26, 16071. https://doi.org/10.1038/npjpcrm.2016.71|
|↑4||Russo EB. (2011). Taming THC: potential cannabis synergy and phytocannabinoid‐terpenoid entourage effects. DOI:|
|↑5||Arundel, A. V., Sterling, E. M., Biggin, J. H., & Sterling, T. D. (1986). Indirect health effects of relative humidity in indoor environments. Environmental health perspectives, 65, 351–361. https://doi.org/10.1289/ehp.8665351|
|↑6||Atakan Z. (2012). Cannabis, a complex plant: different compounds and different effects on individuals. Therapeutic advances in psychopharmacology, 2(6), 241–254. https://doi.org/10.1177/2045125312457586|