Smoking cannabis in the form of a joint, blunt, pipe or bong is a very popular way of partaking of the plant. In fact, the word marijuana is derived from the spanish slang word marihuana, which means smoked cannabis. Unbeknownst to many, though, smoking cannabis is illegal in Ohio per ORC3796.06(B)(1):
With respect to using medical marijuana, all of the following apply:
The smoking or combustion of medical marijuana is prohibited.
Fret not. There are many other ways to benefit from cannabis without actually smoking it. Below is a list of ways you can use cannabis organized by how long the effects last.
Edibles (4-8 hr duration)
These are foods and drinks infused with cannabis oil or butter. Think brownies and cookies; however, it truly can include any type of food or drink item that you can think
of, even water. People who use edibles often say that they have a more “body-centered” experience as compared to smoking. The important thing to remember is that it can take anywhere from 30-minutes to two hours for you to feel the effects. Not understanding this can easily lead to eating too much and having a very negative experience.
Topicals (4-6 hr duration)
Topicals include anything that you can put on your skin like lotions, creams and transdermal patches. Topicals rarely produce an intoxicating response. They are, however, very useful in treating skin issues such as lesions, blemishes and conditions like eczema and psoriasis. Cannabis salves are also very effective for joint and muscle pain as a result of its anti-inflammatory properties. Transdermal patches have also been found to be effective for the treatment of chronic pain, nausea/vomiting, and spasm associated with Multiple Sclerosis.
Vaporization (2-3 hr duration)
While “combustion” is illegal in Ohio, vaping is a nice alternative. It involves heating cannabis flower to a point where it begins to boil and form a vapor that can be inhaled. Dabbing is a form of vaping that uses cannabis oils and waxes instead of the flower. Vaping can be done using a table top vaporizer or a portable “pen” similar to an e-cigarette, and the effects can be felt as quickly 5-10 minutes after inhalation.
Sublingual (2-3 hr duration)
This method involves placing a measured amount of a cannabis tincture under the tongue where it is absorbed into the bloodstream. This is a good method for new users because the medicine can be measured more accurately. The effects are similar to when cannabis is vaporized; however, the effects could take anywhere from 15-30 minutes.
Suppositories (1-2 hr duration)
Yep, you guessed it, you can have cannabis administered through the rectum and/or vagina. This method is ideal for patients with prostate issues, problems like endometriosis and PMS, and the elderly. The medicine enters your system within 15-20 minutes and lasts for about an hour; and, because the cannabinoids are not exposed to digestive acids or enzymes, the maximum effects are reserved for the body.
So, even though Ohio has put the brakes on smoking, there are still plenty of ways to experience the joys of cannabis. Which methods have you tried? What’s your favorite?