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Smoking and vaping are the two basic inhalation methods for using marijuana. Both of these methods are popular, however they differ slightly in terms of health, discretion, convenience, flavor, and potency. Learn more about each and you’ll be able to choose which one is right for you.

5 Factors

Health

Health is perhaps the most important factor when it comes to smoking and vaping. We all love marijuana for its awesome health benefits, but is one method safer than the other? Smoking marijuana may leave tar and carcinogens in your lungs. Vaping releases the essential oils, and allows you to enjoy cannabis’ cannabinoids and terpenes without these negative factors, because it is heated below the combustion point. Smoking should be avoided for those suffering from lung issues, or with compromised immune systems.

It must be noted that some vaporizers (mostly made in China) have been found to contain harmful chemicals, glue, and metals that when heated can be inhaled along with marijuana. Most are safe, but if you want to be extra cautious, consider using a vaporizer with a ceramic or titanium heating element.

Discretion

When it comes to using marijuana discreetly, vaporizers win again. They produce a soft-smelling, quickly dissipating cloud. Better yet, because there is little to no odor, no one will know what you’re smoking.

Although vaping is permitted in more places than smoking is these days, you should still be courteous to the people around you. There may be parents of children, or people with compromised immune systems around that don’t want to inhale your vapor. While you should absolutely have the right to use your medicinal marijuana when you need it, common courtesy should not be thrown out the window.  

Convenience

You may think that vaping is also more convenient, but most marijuana users would actually disagree. Although rolling a joint is slightly time consuming, you must remember that vaporizers have to be charged, loaded and cleaned regularly. Smoking, on the other hand, is a quick and reliable method of use.

Flavor

Heat is a big factor when it comes to the flavor of your marijuana. On one hand, vaping is a good option for maintaining flavor because you can adjust the temperature. If you overheat cannabis, it can destroy some of the beneficial cannabinoids and aromatic terpenes. While smoking presents a greater chance of overheating, it typically provides a much richer flavor. Depending on the quality of your vaping pen, your cannabis may taste weak. If you’re using flower, smoking is the way to go. If you choose to vape, use a concentrate instead of flower as the flavor will be much more consistent and apparent.

Potency

When it comes down to it, smoking yields stronger effects. Smoking marijuana in general offers strong effects, with a very rapid onset. Again, the potency while vaping largely depends on the quality of your pen and whether you’re using flower or concentrate.

Which is Right for You?

It’s largely a matter of preference. If you are more health conscious, and looking for a cleaner way to consume, you may consider vaping. If you don’t mind the stronger smells or effect, or are looking for a less complicated and time-consuming method, you may enjoy smoking. Regardless of which method you choose, smoking and vaping are both relatively safe, effective methods for the using marijuana.

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Today, we’re comparing decriminalization versus legalization of marijuana. Contrary to popular belief, the terms are not interchangeable. There are distinct differences between the two. If you’re a marijuana user or looking to become a medical marijuana patient, it’s important for you to know the difference.

In the state of Florida, medical marijuana is now legal. Recreational pot use on the other hand, remains illegal. 21 states and DC, not including Florida have decriminalized marijuana while recreational pot is only legal in 9 states and DC. Marijuana possession and use in general, remains federally illegal in all 50 states.

What is Decriminalization?

Decriminalization is the loosening of criminal penalties pertaining to personal use and possession even though the drug itself remains illegal.

If you hold a valid medical marijuana card, and are only in possession of a personal amount, you will usually be fine if confronted by law enforcement. You must always have your card on you, and your marijuana must be in its original packaging. You can still be charged with a criminal offense if stopped by a federal official. This is due to the fact that marijuana is still federally illegal. 

In states where marijuana has been decriminalized, law enforcement will usually overlook small, personal amounts of marijuana. Instead of criminal charges, those caught with small amounts of cannabis will only face civil fines. Production and sale of the drug remain illegal and will usually result in arrest. Remember, you must always purchase your medical marijuana from a licensed dispensary.

What is Legalization?

Legalization of marijuana lifts the laws that have previously banned personal use and possession. In other words, it is perfectly legal for you to be in possession of personal amounts of marijuana. It is worth noting that it is still illegal to drive while under the influence of marijuana.

Furthermore, legalization allows the government to regulate and tax sales of medical marijuana. Legalization can also help taxpayers save millions of dollars on judicial fees.

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You must be aware of state and federal laws if you plan on using marijuana. 

If you believe you may be a good candidate for medical marijuana, call us at (786) 224-4005 or schedule your free consultation ONLINE. There’s no reason to live in pain a minute longer, medical marijuana can change your life. With a medical marijuana card you can find relief while obeying state law.

Today, some of the most popular items on the market are isolates. Isolates are singled-out cannabinoids like THC or CBD, that have been extracted from the marijuana plant. A term you may not be as familiar with is ‘whole plant therapy’.

Isolates

There are over 100 different cannabinoids in the cannabis plant, but the two most popular are THC and CBD. These components are largely responsible for the medical benefits that marijuana has to offer. THC treats a myriad of symptoms, but is most well-known for its euphoric effect, or “high”. CBD treats many of the same symptoms, but CBD doesn’t produce a high. Some people are in it for the euphoric feeling and will choose a THC isolate. Not everyone wants to get high, which is why they’d choose a CBD isolate instead.

Whole Plant Therapy

This brings us to whole plant therapy. This form of medical marijuana will essentially keep it in its natural form, combining all of the 100+ cannabinoids, including terpenes (aromatic compounds), into one medication. You may think that this would make it more extreme than isolates, yet that’s not always the case.

Entourage Effect

There is something called the entourage effect. This happens when all of the cannabinoids synergistically work together. Isolates are typically void of the many other cannabinoids that could potentially offer significant benefits.

THC and CBD both have the ability to treat a wide range of ailments, but it is very possible that they are even more effective when combined. Whole plant therapy and full-spectrum extracts preserve the natural effects while filtering out the impurities than can dampen the benefits. The outcome can be intense, but extremely helpful. It’s important to note that CBD has the ability to lessen the effects of THC, so whole plant therapy isn’t always going to get you high, however, it is still possible to feel some psychoactive effects.

No matter which cannabinoid you prefer at the moment (THC or CBD), give whole plant therapy a try. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the outcome.

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Whole Plant Therapy is a medical treatment that not only holds the potential to treat a myriad of symptoms but can also save thousands of lives.

If you’re a Florida resident interested in becoming a Marijuana Doctor patient, Call us at (786) 224-4005 or schedule your free phone consultation ONLINE, today.

In this article, we’re going to compare and contrast, Alcohol Vs. Cannabis, to discover their similarities and differences. Alcohol and cannabis share the ability to alter a person’s mood and state of mind. Both of these things are also capable of affecting us physically, albeit in different ways.

While alcohol has been linked to approximately 88,000 deaths per year, it has been federally legal for quite some time. Most supporters of the legalization of medical marijuana would agree that cannabis is far less risky than alcohol, which begs the question… Why is cannabis still federally illegal, while alcohol is not?

Alcohol

There are many different types of alcohol (beer, wine, vodka, etc), however, they are all essentially made from sugar and yeast through a process called fermentation. More than 52% of Americans aged 12 or older consider themselves current alcohol users. 1 in 10 Americans aged 12 or older, have admitted to operating a motor vehicle while under the influence.

Mental and Physical Effects

If you’re a healthy adult, having a drink every now and then is not going to hurt you. A glass of wine or a beer, can help you relax and even provide a boost in mood. With that being said, it doesn’t take much for those positive effects to turn negative.

Occasional and moderate drinkers can experience symptoms such as memory impairment or blacking out. This can cause he/she to engage in reckless activities, such as unprotected sex or driving under the influence. Moderate drinking can also increase the risk of certain types of cancer, violent confrontations, falls, drownings and car accidents.

Heavy drinkers are even more likely to experience the previously mentioned symptoms. They are also prone to brain damage, permanent memory loss, increased depression, anxiety & thoughts of suicide, difficulty sleeping, paranoia, panic attacks, high blood pressure, and gastrointestinal disorders.

Other Dangers

It’s important to note that alcohol is much more likely to negatively interact with other medications. Alcohol has the ability to kill you if you drink too much, too fast. It can shut down your brain and other essential organs.

Cannabis

Cannabis comes in several different forms as well, all of which are made from the natural cannabis flower. Nearly 22% of American adults ( 55 million people) over the age of 18, claim that they currently use marijuana at least 1-2 times per year. 70% of Americans agree that cannabis is less risky than alcohol.

Mental and Physical Effects

The effects experienced after marijuana use, depend largely on the specific strain used. There are many reasons why marijuana is becoming more and more popular in the medical world. The benefits of this plant, far outweigh the risks. As you will see, the possible negative effects of marijuana are much less severe than the negative effects of alcohol.

Different Strains, Different Effects

There are two primary categories of cannabis: Sativa and Indica. Sativa typically contains higher concentrations of THC. THC is the component of marijuana that provides the ‘high’. Sativa is known for its effect on the mind. These strains promote increased energy, making them a great option for those partaking in physical activities. Sativa also promotes creativity and productivity.

Indica is commonly higher in CBD and lower in THC. This means they can provide benefits to people who are not looking to get high. These strains have more effect on the physical body by acting as a natural sleep aid due to their relaxing and sedating properties.

Compared to Alcohol

People that suffer from a variety of diseases, choose to use medical marijuana for a number of reasons. Cancer patients choose to use cannabis to increase their appetites, reduce their pain, and provide them with energy. People suffering from mood disorders and PTSD also use marijuana for pain relief and it’s mood boosting properties. Those suffering from gastrointestinal disorders experience relief through the use of medical marijuana. Have you noticed a pattern here? While Alcohol creates a lot of these same symptoms, cannabis is working to treat them.

While they are less severe, cannabis does come along with a few negative effects. These include short term memory loss, a decrease in attention span and focus, a slowed reaction time and lack of coordination. Driving while under the influence of marijuana is just as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol. It’s important to note that people that are predisposed to high anxiety may experience paranoia or heightened anxiety, although this is quite rare. You may also develop dry mouth and red eyes, as well.  

Answering the Question…

Why is cannabis still federally illegal, while alcohol is not? There are many different theories as to why this is the case.

Some people say that it’s just a matter of timing. They claim that if alcohol wasn’t currently legal under federal law, it would probably be just as hard to legalize it in this day and age. People were just more open to things like alcohol and tobacco back then.

Another theory is that the fed is ‘in bed’ with the big pharmaceutical companies. These companies would stand to lose billions of dollars if marijuana was to become federally legal.

The simplest explanation, and probably the most common is the ongoing belief that marijuana is a gateway drug. Most opponents of the legalization of marijuana will claim this to be true, although there are no scientific studies that prove this.

Conclusion

To be fair, there have been many more studies on the effects of alcohol than their have been for marijuana. Alcohol is much more accessible, to a wider range of people. This could explain, at least partially, why there are so many more alcohol related deaths in this country. This doesn’t change the fact, however, that marijuana has the ability to promote many more positive effects when compared to alcohol.

Whether or not cannabis will ever be legalized federally is still up in the air. Fortunately, all that truly matters is the fact that many states are legalizing medical marijuana. When it comes down to it, any American in need of relief should have the right to access marijuana as a viable medical treatment.

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