Scientists are continually testing new medical uses for marijuana, but they’ve yet to derive a safe method to put it in our bodies. From difficult dosage control in edibles to the potency of weed concentrates and smoking, which is not great for the lungs, new methods have to be employed in 2017. As medical pot becomes increasingly more popular in the states, other countries are reimagining how we consume and benefit from THC. Health experts specifically, are emphasizing the need for doctors and patients to consider the side effects that are directly related to the various methods of consumption.
In a recent interview, Paul Farnan stated that “We’re kind of saying to people, We think there’s some stuff that cannabinoids will be helpful for. Why don’t you just smoke cannabis? First of all, cannabis is actually a really dangerous thing for your lungs.”
The medical director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., states that there is no need to smoke marijuana.
Yes, ladies and gents. Rectal weed is a thing.
“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. We have so many other products now, so many modes of delivery, that smoking in my opinion is very archaic and has very little clinical applicability,” he added.
For you edible lovers out there, under the tongue, Kogan told the Post, is also more effective than a simple smoke or edible due to the gastric acids that can apparently interfere with absorption. However, those days are long from here due to the popularity of smoking marijuana, which many alternative marijuana proponents are arguing due to the health factors.
But why the butt?
The answer is simple.
“When the body absorbs compounds into the bloodstream, it does so best via its mucus membranes — any of the “wet” tissues in the body, like the mouth, nasal passages, lung, stomach, urethra, and rectum — but they don’t all absorb substances equally.”
Suppositories have already began dissolving cannabis extract in oils and butters, further supporting the idea of using the final product in the rectum. It’s said to have rapid systemic effects in addition to reducing marijuana’s psychoactive effect. Thanks to organizations such as Back Door Medicine which aims to educate the public about putting marijuana in the anus, people are beginning to be open to other ideologies and theories pertaining to weed consumption. Although more studies have to be done to fully test the safety factor, it seems like we are heading in the right direction.
It will be interesting to see this immediate shift in the world of marijuana, but before we get ahead of ourselves, can we legalize it everywhere?
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