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Comprehensive Cannabis Course Topic II: The Administration, Dosing and Contraindications of Cannabis
Cannabis Products and Modes of Administration
In this part of the course, we will discuss a variety of cannabis products and several modes of administration. We will also discuss the pharmacologic profile of cannabis for each of the modes of administration. This discussion ends with a description of cannabis vaporizers.
Editors' Note: Medical marijuana has become an important area of study in healthcare. Doctors and healthcare professionals must understand the medical, legal, social and political issues to best respond to their patients’ questions and attend to their needs. This content area is not intended to encourage or dissuade the use of medical marijuana, but has been created to provide a balanced portrayal of the research in this area.
Note: Medical cannabis laws vary among the U.S. states. Each state has specific rules and regulations about the dispensing of medicinal cannabis. Below is a list of multiple ways in which cannabis is dispensed. All of the below forms of cannabis may not be allowed in the state where you practice medicine. Please refer to the local laws to determine which forms of cannabis are allowed in your state.
Cannabis products come in a variety of forms and include:
Unprocessed plant material for smoking or vaporization
Liquid or oil preparations for vaporization
Liquid or oil preparations for oral, oromucosal or sublingual administration or administration per tube
Common modes of cannabinoid administration include smoking, vaporization, oral, and oromucosal. Smoking and oral administration have been used for centuries. Vaporization and oromucosal modes of administration are relatively new and rapidly gaining traction. Rectal administration goes back to the 19th century, but is currently not as popular as most of the other forms of administration. Some individuals apply cannabis products topically, but this mode of administration is relatively uncommon.