How is Marijuana Used: The Most Commonly Treated Ailments

Everywhere you look these days there’s something being said about marijuana. Even though it’s been around since the beginning of time, people still ask, “how is marijuana used?” The recent cannabis (aka marijuana) legalization trend has people seeking answers about how it can relieve pain, soothe swelling, and improve their life.

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What is Marijuana

Marijuana is the female cannabis plant. It’s comprised of more than 100 compounds (cannabinoids) that interact with the human endocannabinoid system.

The two most popular of these are THC and CBD, which act together to provide an entourage effect. The THC relieves pain while the CBD reduces swelling. It’s the one-two-punch of therapeutic marijuana. 

Particular strains are known for their terpene profile, in addition to the myriad of cannabinoids present in the plant. Terpenes are the odorous excretions of the flowering marijuana plant.

Each has its own medicinal properties that work in concert with the other compounds to provide a predictable outcome.

For instance, one of the most common terpenes Limonene can be found in Super Lemon Haze and provides a citrus scent and an uplifting daytime high. You can count on that effect from that certain strain.

How Is it Used

There is a strain out there for virtually any ailment and a product for every lifestyle. Visiting a licensed dispensary is the first step toward finding relief because the trained staff can introduce you to a variety of legal marijuana products from flower to topicals. 

It’s used to treat everything from sleep disorders to multiple sclerosis and has been shown to have little to no side effects. People with common conditions including arthritis, menopause, anxiety, and insomnia have been known to benefit from using marijuana as well.

In addition to the instant uptake of smoking and vaping, there are a variety of ways to experience weed these days.

Edibles are great if you have a few hours to kill, tinctures for fast-action and flexibility, while topicals can provide quick relief when rubbed into sore muscles. How weed is used mostly depends on the needs of the person using it.

  • Smoking and vaping provide an instant effect, while edibles can take up to an hour to take effect.
  • Tinctures can be taken sublingually for quick absorption into the bloodstream in a discrete manner. 
  • Topicals can have near-instant results relieving sore muscles when rubbed into clean dry skin.

Science is just on the cusp of learning all of the ways that marijuana can benefit the human body. However, that hasn’t slowed the tide of people flooding dispensaries in legal states looking for relief.

Below are some of the most common types of marijuana consumption other than smoking.


When people dab weed, they are using THC resin extracted from the marijuana plant. According to VeryWell Health, the resin can come in the form of oil (hash oil or honey oil), a softer, solid form (wax or budder), or a hard solid (shatter).

The resin is heated in a glass bong or pipe with a blowtorch. It’s known to produce a greater high for people than smoking marijuana.


With vaping, people heat up weed just below the point of combustion to produce a vapor that they can smoke. Vapor is generally healthier for people than smoke.

People often enjoy vaping because vape pens are easier to conceal and the smell is less potent than with marijuana.

Oral Ingestion

Marijuana edibles have been around for a long time. However, the range of products infused with weed has seen a surge in recent years due to the passage of medical marijuana laws in many states.

Edibles can come in many forms from the traditional brownie to even chewing gum. Eating edibles is typically less harmful than smoking weed, making it a great alternative for people seeking relief.

Marijuana Tinctures

Marijuana tinctures are the liquids dispensed from weed plants. These liquids are mixed with alcohol or alcohol and water. To consume it, you need to take a few drops of the solution and put it under your tongue.

The solution gets absorbed by your bloodstream, producing a high in about 15-45 minutes. You can expect to peak around 90 minutes. People with chronic pain often prefer this method due to its potency and the speed at which it takes effect.


Topical oils come from thick oil extracts from weed plants. You can take the oils and place them on your skin to relieve muscle pain and soreness. The topical oils do not reach the bloodstream and therefore don’t produce a high.