Cannabis Administration Methods

Cannabis is an effective alternative for a variety of ailments and conditions, and it can be administered in a variety of methods. We’ve created this guide to help you discover the right method for your needs.

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How To Properly Dose Cannabis?

Recreational and Medical cannabis users may find that one consumption method is more effective than another or may prefer certain methods for their specific condition or ailment.

Each method produces different results. Based on the consumption method, the approximate onset and duration varies. The four main types of medical cannabis delivery system methods are inhalation, ingestion, sublingual, and topical. Keep reading to explore these marijuana dosing methods.

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Approximate Onset: 1-2 Hours, Duration: 4-8 Hours

The ingestion of cannabis infused products leads to a more powerful physical and psychoactive effects. After being broken down in the gastrointestinal tract and passing through the liver, the active cannabinoids are delivered into the bloodstream.

Staff Favorites:

Troches (Available in Maryland)

Sour Gummies (Available in Illinois)

Encore Edibles (Available in Nevada and Oklahoma)

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Approximate Onset: 0-15 Mins, Duration: 2-4 Hours

Historically the most common method of inhalation is smoking the dried flowers from the cannabis plant. The other method of inhalation is vaporization, which uses a lower temperature and does not require combustion to receive the benefits of medical cannabis. A patient can receive the safest and healthiest way to consume cannabis via vaporization, with a minimal onset time. The most common forms of vaporization utilize dry flower or concentrated forms of cannabis.

Staff Favorites:


Flower, Vaporizer Cartridge, Concentrate

(Available in Illinois, Maryland, and Nevada)

Mag Landrace

Flower, Vaporizer Cartridge, Concentrate

(Available in Illinois and Maryland)

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Approximate Onset: 30-60 Mins, Duration: 4-8 Hours

By utilizing sublingual cannabis products such as tinctures, infused liquids and dissolvable tablets, patients can bypass the need for intestinal absorption with a quicker onset time than most edibles.

Staff Favorites:

THCa 100mg Tincture (coming soon to Florida)

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Approximate Onset: 15-30 Mins, Duration: Up to 12 Hours

Topical products include infused products such as creams, lotions, salves, and patches. This form of administration is geared towards physical alleviation of ailments such as inflammation, skin-irritation and pain. The majority of topicals affect only the localized area they are applied to. Very few forms of topical administration, except specialized transdermal patches, deliver cannabinoids into the bloodstream to provide a more prominent full body effect.

Staff Favorites:

Avexia Pain Balm and Epsom Salt Soak

(Available in Illinois and Maryland)

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