Americans are turning in record numbers to the healing potential of cannabis. Although, these days cannabis can be a little hard to recognize. In addition to high-tech vapes and tempting edibles, the cannabis syringe is making big inroads, especially for those of us seeking a reliable, easy-to-administer dose of pure cannabis medicine.
Don’t worry: Cannabis syringes don’t inject cannabis into your bloodstream! Instead, they dispense a rich and potent cannabis-infused oil into food or beverages, or directly into your mouth. A growing number of us are taking advantage of its many benefits. And if you’re seeking consistent and repeatable relief from chronic symptoms and conditions, here’s why it may be a useful alternative to other administration methods.
How to Use a Cannabis Syringe: Why Oral Solutions?
Even before the global COVID-19 pandemic hit, a growing number of cannabis consumers were interested in finding dosing options that were easier on the lungs than traditional inhaled cannabis. For one thing, the rash of vaping illnesses beginning in 2019 threw doubts on the wisdom of vaping.
Still, the desire for an alternate administration has pushed researchers to develop new and cutting-edge formulations of cannabis medications. And that’s where the cannabis syringe comes in.
In one sense, this medicine is nothing new: We humans have been processing the cannabis plant in various ways for literally thousands of years. But modern oral solutions couldn’t be farther from those imprecise and relatively crude concentrates. These days, they’re produced under clinical laboratory conditions so as to be consistent, easy to metabolize, and free of additives and impurities.
These oral solutions, by the way, are the same ones that appear in such products as cannabis soft gels. Some patients prefer the option to change the dose with a simple squeeze of the cannabis syringe. And the question of dosage, it turns out, has a very important effect on how our bodies metabolize cannabis medicine.
How to Use a Cannabis Syringe: The Importance of Proper Dosing
More than with most medicines, cannabis’ effectiveness is closely linked with its dosage. Quoted in the International Food Technologists journal, Keith Woelfel, director of research and development for a cannabis edibles company, put it succinctly:
Dosing THC accurately is as difficult as it is important. For most consumers, the difference between 5 mg and 10 mg is the difference between feeling better and feeling useless.
Because it can dispense a precise and repeatable amount of cannabis medicine, it vastly simplifies the task of achieving a uniform dose.
Here’s another thing to understand about cannabis medicine. While it might seem counterintuitive, some patients receive greater benefit from less cannabis medicine. If you’re not getting the results you want, you can always take a little more. That said, we recommend you wait at least three hours before taking more cannabis medicine.
How to Use a Cannabis Syringe: Best Practices for Best Results
The medicine in a cannabis syringe is similar to the cannabis concentrate found in portable vapes. But because it’s swallowed, it’s metabolized through the liver, allowing for a longer-lasting release. Because it’s potent, shelf-stable, and readily metabolized, it can also be dispensed directly onto food, mixed into beverages, or taken on its own. Here are a few other tips to make your experience more successful:
- While it’s technically impossible to take a toxic dose of cannabis, it is possible to take too much cannabis oral solution at a time, especially if it contains the intoxicating cannabinoid THC (the compound responsible for cannabis’ distinctive “high”). It can make for an uncomfortable or unpleasant experience.
- Start with the lowest possible dose, and wait a sufficient amount of time—again, we recommend at least three hours—before taking more.
- Depending on the ambient temperature, the cannabis oral solution may be too thick to easily dispense. In that case, simply warm the dispenser in your hands or in warm tap water for a few minutes. And to maximize its shelf life, we suggest you avoid extreme temperatures and direct sunlight, storing it instead at room temperature and in a dark environment.
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