In today’s cannabis market place, there is a wide selection of products that are available for users looking for medicinal benefits. If you’re not up to speed on all the different ones, take a quick look at five of the main types below.
1. Flowers and Leaves
These are the most recognizable form of cannabis. It’s what people usually bought (and still do) on the black market in times past. Aside from growing and harvesting flowers, not much is done to them to get them ready for medical consumption. Some states do require testing for banned pesticides and molds; however, aside from that, users simply smoke or vaporize the flower and inhale to experience its effects.
Concentrates come in a variety of forms but are all essentially extractions of THC or CBD. To make them, you treat cannabis flowers and leaves with solvents or heat and pressure. The result is a highly potent form of THC or CBD that can have a variety of different textures. Sometimes, it comes out hard and translucent like glass and is called shatter. In most cases, concentrates have much higher percentages of THC and CBD than do flowers. Some can have up to 95% of these alkaloids.
Everyone’s heard of marijuana brownies. Well, today, the medical cannabis market includes a lot more edible cannabis products than just brownies. In most dispensaries, you can find not only brownies, but lollipops, cakes, cookies, candies, and even soft drinks. In all edibles, the key ingredient is either THC or CBD, and most of them will say on their label just how much of these substances they contain.
Tinctures are liquid products usually sold in eyedropper bottles. You don’t want to put the solution in your eye since many of them are made with alcohol. Instead, you put a drop or drops on your tongue. To make tinctures, you take your desired liquid (preferably one which naturally absorbs THC and CBD), you put cannabis flowers in the liquid, and then you let the blend sit for weeks or months until the liquid has absorbed enough THC or CBD. After that, it is ready to go. For additional info, visit www.solacehealth.com and learn from their resources.
Medical cannabis isn’t always ingested. Topicals are a popular and easy way to experience the plant’s medicinal benefits without consuming it. Salves, balms, creams, and lotions infused with THC or CBD come made with a variety of natural ingredients and are intended for external use only.
With those five forms of medical cannabis, you’ve got most of your bases covered. That being said, as the industry grows, more and more forms of cannabis ingestion will most likely appear.