As a Florida medical marijuana patient, there are more options than ever when it comes to cannabis consumption. Aside from smoking cannabis, there are now concentrates, edibles, transdermal patches, topicals and oils. Cannabis oil is one of the approved ways to ingest medical marijuana. Whether you are looking to make baked goods, infused recipes for drinks, or simply taking the oil sublingually (under the tongue), the possibilities are endless.
What is cannabis oil?
Similar to olive, vegetable, and coconut oil, cannabis oil is made through the same chemical extraction process. Cannabis oil is a concentrate made by extracting cannabinoids, such as THC and CBD, from the cannabis plant and putting the extracts into a carrier substance (oil).
How to take cannabis oil
There are numerous ways to take cannabis oil that are safe and effective. Here are a few popular ways to help you find relief:
- Under the tongue
Cannabis oil is generally taken sublingually, where it is absorbed by the mucous membrane under the tongue, eventually making its way into the bloodstream. Unlike pills or other forms of drugs, sublingual medications can enter the bloodstream rapidly and in high concentrations, due to the high vascularity of the cheeks and gums. A few benefits of sublingual marijuana include:
- No smell associated with it
- Very convenient
- The concentrations of important cannabinoids can be very high, meaning that only a small amount is necessary to get the desired effects
Cannabis oil may also be consumed orally directly. Rather than holding the drops under your tongue, you may also immediately swallow them. Interestingly, the medication is metabolized differently when swallowed rather than absorbed under the tongue. It actually changes the way the cannabis affects your body, making it similar to an edible or capsule, delaying the onset and lasting longer. Experiment with the 2 methods to find the right balance for your condition.
Another popular way of consuming cannabis oil is by adding it to your smoothies. Cannabis oil mixes very well with mango because they share a compound called myrcene. Simply add a few drops of your cannabis oil into your favorite smoothie recipe and enjoy.
Cannabis tea is becoming increasingly popular. Some teas contain different amino acids and other balancing compounds found in essential oils that can act as stress reducers. Adding a few drops of cannabis oil to your tea can give you a ‘double-dose’ of calm and ease.
Using cannabis oil in baked goods is a classic way to consume cannabis. There is little to no taste of cannabis in your baked goods when you use this plant extract. One thing to consider when baking or cooking with cannabis oil is the temperature of the dish being prepared. Heating the cannabis oil to temperatures exceeding 245 degrees Fahrenheit will burn the THC.
Adding cannabis oil into your cooking oils, such as olive, canola or coconut oil, is a great way to inject THC into your meal. A few ideas include
- Saute vegetables
- Marinate meat
- Roast potatoes or vegetables
- Dressing for a salad
There are so many ways you can use cannabis oil. However, keep in mind the proper dosages for your recipe of choice. The general rule of thumb is to “start low and go slow” so you can find the right dose for you in your meals, drinks or other applications of choice.
Looking to get started with Medical Marijuana? At MMTCFL, we can determine if you are eligible for medical marijuana and help you get your Florida medical marijuana card. Get started with medical marijuana today by taking our online eligibility survey.