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Ways to Consume Medical Marijuana, Part 3

By July 31, 2017April 27th, 2022No Comments

Studies have shown that cannabis has therapeutic potential that cannot be ignored or compared to other currently prescribed medications. This is why more and more people are turning to Orange County medical marijuana dispensaries. And there are more options than ever to get the relief you need.

In the installment of this mini guide, we described the most common consumption methods, only to continue to present you with alternatives in the second one. After this final article, we hope you’ll gain a better insight into how to get the full benefits of medical marijuana’s healing properties. If you are in any doubt, know that our kind and knowledgeable staff at People’s OC is here to help!


Marijuana topicals have proved to be very effective in treating localized inflammation, soreness and pain. These creams and lotions are infused with active ingredients found in medical marijuana. They usually make use of the medical properties of CBD, which doesn’t affect the brain like THC does. Therefore, when applied near the area of inflammation or pain, topicals provide the healing and pain-relieving benefits without producing psychoactive effects.

Topicals are also a good choice for treating localized physical pain caused by cancer and some other conditions. They only affect the area where they’re applied, and the effects are long-lasting. Keep in mind that, though great for arthritis, eczema, chapped skin, muscle soreness, minor burns, joint pain and swellings, topicals don’t help cancer, epilepsy, PTSD or glaucoma.

Transdermal patches

Medical marijuana transdermal patches work similar to nicotine patches. Place a patch on a clean, hairless surface of the skin. You’ll get a time-released dose of active ingredients over a long period of time. Just keep a close eye on the skin, because some people can develop an allergic reaction.

While topicals are used for specific areas, transdermal patches put the active ingredients right into the bloodstream and help relieve general pain. Your body can absorb the entire dose.


Dabs are extremely strong extracts of cannabis, containing as much as 90 percent THC. Solidified hash oil, called the dab, is meant to be smoked using a device similar to a bong, called a dab rig. This is a specific type of water pipe used for smoking extracts, concentrates and smoking oil.

First you need to heat the nail with a torch. Then put the concentrate on to the nail and inhale it through the vapor rig. The concentrate is burned at very high temperatures, creating vapor instead of smoke. With no combustion process, dabbing is easier on the lungs than smoking.

This method is meant for experienced users. If you’re not careful or accustomed to using the device, you can get burned. Due to high THC levels, dabbing may cause an overdose; never fatal, but uncomfortable. You are also at higher risk of being exposed to harmful chemicals.

This method isn’t recommended for patients with a low THC tolerance or those new to cannabis medications. It causes extremely strong psychoactive effects. Though dabbing is effectively relieving some of the worst symptoms, such as extreme pain or nausea, you should consult with your doctor before you try it.


Medical cannabis can also be taken in a suppository form. When inserted into the rectum, it is absorbed promptly through the colon, so you’ll feel the effects very fast. And they last a long time. Most medical marijuana suppositories come in two strengths but can be cut in half for smaller doses. They need to be refrigerated, which makes them impractical to use away from home.

The administration of suppositories is what makes this method controversial and somewhat embarrassing, though some patients say they would never consider any other option.

Looking for Orange County medical marijuana dispensaries?

If you are looking to buy medical marijuana from a dispensary you can trust, People’s OC is the #1 choice. With more than 10 years of experience, People’s OC is the best among Orange County medical marijuana dispensaries, offering top-notch service and high-quality medication to their patients.

Call 714-582-3446 or visit our store at 2721 S. Grand Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92705 and check out our selection. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff is ready to recommend the remedy you need and answer any questions you may have.