You need medical marijuana, but you don’t want to smoke it. Fortunately, for you, there are many different alternatives you can use to ingest it and get the benefit of cannabis. Here are a few preferred methods.


This is probably the most widely-recognized method as a substitute for inhaling through smoking. If you’re going to make an oil preparation, make sure you:

• Make a large batch each time. You get a more consistent dose each time.
• Use high quality butter or olive oil as the carrier. Using lower-quality oils may not mask the (awful) taste of the oil and may make it harder to take.
• Use 1-4 oz cannabis trim to 16 oz oil. Your exact dosing depends on your desired potency.
• Use the same size capsule each time.
• Keep capsules in the freezer until use. This helps them from becoming mushy and inhibits mildew and mold growth.
• Start with just 1-2 capsules. Wait at least 45 minutes before taking more, since the full effects might be delayed up to 3 hours.

Some Oregon marijuana dispensaries can help you find the high-grade weed necessary for oil extraction.

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Edible Preparations

If you don’t want to take the time to prepare an oil, you can eat weed. Edible preparations or tinctures, are good because they’re easy to make and transport. Usually, you do not have a cannabis odor with this method and they can be consumed almost anywhere. You can even eat them at your desk just like any normal medication.

Dosing can be difficult because, unlike smoking, edibles take longer to take effect. You might end up taking more than needed or intended while waiting for the effect to come on. Since cannabis’ effects can take up to 3 hours to reach full potency and effect, you might be waiting for hours and not know whether the dosing was correct.

There are ways to improve the safety of this process, however. Start with a very small amount, then wait 2 hours before taking more. A good dose is 5-10mg of THC to start. Then, increase the dose when you know how it affects you (assuming you need more).


Another easy alternative to smoking is vaping. Most people are familiar with this because it’s what ex-smokers often turn to. It involves heating the plant and extracting the active ingredients. These ingredients are usually distilled down to an oil.

So, you will be back to making an oil preparation. But, instead of ingesting the oil (which delivers a lot of THC at once), you inhale the THC through vapor. It’s not the same as smoking, and doesn’t carry the same risks, but it does still involve inhaling.

There are several types of vape pens: ones you fill with your own oil and ones that come pre-filled. Patients tend to like vaporizing because it lets them titrate their own dose, and they get the right effect almost immediately so no waiting around. Plus, there’s little or no burnt organic matter, so you’re not inhaling nasty stuff into your lungs.


Finally, there are topicals, which are like gels or oils you rub into your skin. You get pain relief without intoxication, which makes it great for the office. But, it’s localized, so the pain relief will be localized.

Danny Russell works as a medical research assistant. In his free time he likes to write articles on medical related topics for the general public. These appear on health/medical blogs as well as news and lifestyle.

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  1. Clutter says:

    I think the author should have mentioned that medical marijuana and cannabis oil are illegal in the UK. HMRC are likely to confiscate medical marijuana imported from the USA.

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