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Our current marijuana renaissance is rich in consumption choices. THC enthusiasts can puff, puff, and pass leafy green herb rolled into a joint, pull combusted weed through a one-hitter, inhale bud filtered by bong water and air chambers, smoke organic plant material and concentrates through electric vaping devices, rub on topical salves and potions, ingest a full spectrum of edibles, and shatter their minds by dabbing crumble with the aid of a blowtorch and a titanium nail.
Or, in the opinion of at least one medical scientist, you could simply shove the stuff up your ass, and perhaps enjoy the best of all possible cannabis highs.
One thing is for certain: Representatives of the medical community in both the United States and Canada believe that smoking is the most counterproductive means of consuming medical marijuana, especially for patients who smoke to address a health issue.
Paul Farnan is an addiction specialist at the University of British Columbia. Farnan likens smoking marijuana as medicine to smoking opium for pain relief. The process might relieve the pain, but presents challenges to a sick person’s overall health, particularly in the lungs.
Mikhail Kogan is medical director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. In Kogan’s opinion, sick people should stop smoking cannabis and avail themselves of other dosing methods—one in particular.
Huffington Post Canada sums up Kogan’s views: "It's difficult to absorb enough of the drug through the lungs, and gastric acids interfere when someone eats it," he said. "Rectally is actually a lot more preferred because of the volume of absorption. You can put a lot more and it gets absorbed a lot better, but not everybody is open to this way of administration."
Then again, making rectal consumption popular might be all in the way you sell it.
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