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Ways to Consume Medical Marijuana, Part 1

By June 19, 2017April 27th, 2022No Comments

When most people think about cannabis, the first thing that comes to mind is smoking. While it is still the most common method of consumption, there are many different ways to medicate with cannabis and explore its vast therapeutic potential. You can experiment with various forms to find a therapy that works for you.

Our experts at People’s OC, a trusted OC dispensary Santa Ana, describe several common ways of medical marijuana consumption so that you can make a well-informed decision and achieve optimal relief.


Smoking is a well-known method of cannabis consumption that is also the fastest way to get cannabinoids into your system.

When you inhale the medicinal compounds with the smoke, they will enter your bloodstream directly from the lungs. And once these compounds are in the circulatory system, only a few seconds part them from reaching your brain. You will feel the effects almost immediately or within few minutes.

Though providing the quickest relief, smoking is one of the least healthy ways to consume medical marijuana. You might face throat and lung irritation. It’s because the heat dries out the throat and lungs, which are meant to remain moist. Another problem is that burning produces waste products, which you inhale along with the cannabinoids. If you have lung problems or asthma, you should definitely look into alternatives to smoking.

You may use pipes and bowls instead of joints and blunts if you want to skip the act of rolling. Also, the dosage is more consistent if you smoke cannabis in a pipe rather than in a cigarette. There are also bongs and bubblers, which are actually bongs small enough to fit in your pocket.


Vaporizing or vaping releases the chemical compounds at a lower temperature than smoking, so you’ll avoid exposing your lungs and throat to the excessive heat. Another benefit compared to smoking is less combustion by-products. You’ll also find the flavor of vaporized cannabis to be different from the burnt taste of smoking it.

Besides being a safer alternative to smoking, vaporizers can also be used with oils. Vapes, also known as vape pens, come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Convenient and practical, they will easily fit in your pocket. You may also get a table-top vaporizer to use at home.


Oral consumption is one of the top alternatives to smoking and vaporizing. People usually turn to edible products because they taste great and there’s a myriad of choices to get their medical marijuana rush. You’ll be able to choose from crackers, brownies, chocolate bars, gummies, macaroons, or even treat yourself with some tasty ice cream.

The relief edibles provide lasts a long time, but it also takes time for the effects to kick in – from 30 minutes to several hours. This is because the ingested cannabis has to make its way through the digestive system to the bloodstream and, ultimately, the brain.

But it is the trip that actually concentrates and enhances the effects. This is why they could be stronger than you assumed. So beware of overmedicating. Be sure to wait for the effects to manifest before deciding whether you need another dose.

Best OC dispensary Santa Ana

Searching for the best OC dispensary Santa Ana has to offer? People’s OC is the biggest dispensary of its kind in California and right after you set foot in our facility and talk with our helpful, pleasant and knowledgeable staff, it will become your new go-to dispensary in Orange County.

Visit us at 2721 S. Grand Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92705 or call 714-582-3446. We will help you determine which method of medical marijuana consumption is best for you!