Medical marijuana patients can choose the form of cannabis they would like to use. There are a few options that suit different individual needs. While infused edibles are universal, the two other forms, flowers and concentrates, have their own pros and cons.
Medical weed patients have to be careful both when choosing the way of consumption and assessing the quality of the product. Marijuana edibles have proven to be the most delicious kind of medicine. They suit everybody. However, depending on the ailment that you treat with the cannabinoid-based products, edibles may or may not be the best choice. For example, if you require an instant relief, cookies and cakes are the last things you should resort to. Their effects come in about half an hour or even later.
Here come the flowers and concentrates, which hit you immediately. However, when we use cannabis for the first time, it is not clear how we can medicate ourselves and what exactly we need. If you have problems choosing between the plant's flowers and concentrates, we are ready to provide you with the essential information about both products.
First, let us look at the components of a flower that can heal us. Marijuana buds are covered with resin glands, also known as trichomes, that contain various cannabinoids. These chemicals are exactly what we are looking for. Two main types of cannabinoids are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). In addition, the buds contain many other compounds that can boost their medical value when combined with cannabinoids. A bright example are terpenes—molecules that give weed its aroma.
So, to medicate ourselves, we need to roll the flowers into joints and smoke them. What is good about this way of treatment is that the buds are unprocessed, unlike concentrates. The trichomes in the dried flowers are intact, meaning that you get not only useful cannabinoids but terpenes as well.
However, there are several downsides of opting for dried marijuana. First of all, not all of us like smoking. While anyone would be ready to acquire this bad habit to get rid of a serious ailment, we do not have to force ourselves if we have an alternative. Besides, while cannabinoids may be useful for our bodies, the smoke it not completely harmless. Of course, you can also buy a vaporizer, which is definitely more beneficial to your health.
Another disadvantage of medicating with cannabis flowers is the dosage. While inhaling the medicine can bring you an almost instant relief, the dose is lower than when concentrates are used. While in most cases, flowers are enough, some serious conditions like cancer need something stronger.
All in all, cannabis buds are a common and standard choice for both recreational and medical marijuana users. They are easy to come by, relatively cheap, contain all the useful compounds, and, in addition, can be cultivated at home. They are not without some flaws but are time-proved.
Concentrates come from processed cannabis flowers. The resin is extracted from scrap cannabis material with the help of some type of solvent. As we have mentioned above, many of them can lack other useful compounds of the plant aside from cannabinoids.
When choosing a quality concentrate, we instantly face their biggest disadvantage—price. If the product is good, it is expensive. However, they are very potent, so you require less product than you would think. You will be surprised how many buds the manufacturers need to process to get such concentrated stuff. The top choice of patients is full extract medical cannabis oil. It is successfully used for the treatment of such serious conditions as epilepsy, Parkinson's disease, and cancer.
However, concentrates are not perfect as well. Sometimes, this product can contain a large percentage of impurities. Often, patients have compromised immune systems that are not ready to fight off such aggressive toxins as pesticides. In addition, it is not easy to find a decent producer of the organic remedy.
Moreover, there are many concentrates that are not considered full-spectrum, meaning that the producers did not process the whole plant. In this case, you are losing some beneficial compounds.
Even with all the information about cannabis flowers and concentrates, it is not easy to make a smart choice. Every patient has to regard their own needs and preferences.