Administration of medicinal cannabis
There is now a wide range of products in Australia used for the administration of medical cannabis, and more types of products are becoming available all the time.
Pharmaceutical forms of medical cannabis currently available in Australia include:
- Liquid Capsules
- Oro-mucosal spray
- Crystal Isolate
- Flower buds (also known as bud or flos)
- Granules (ground-up flowers)
These medicinal cannabis products can be administered in a variety of ways.
Vapourising / Inhaled Administration
Vapourising results in a similar absorption rate and blood level reading as smoking. However, because vapourising is heating and releasing the desired cannabis compounds at a lower temperature, it is not combusting. This produces a lot of less harmful toxins than smoking.
The side effects of vapourising cannabis are more or less the same as smoking it:
- Breathing Issues
- Higher THC levels in the blood ( based on research conducted at Johns Hopkins University in 2017)
The big positive with vapourising medical cannabis is a consistent temperature. This allows patients to predict onset better while finding their optimal dose under medical supervision. The effects last from 2 to 4 hours, being recommended to relieve conditions that requires a fast relief.
Capsules, lozenges and oral syringes are becoming a more common method of administration for those uncomfortable with the idea of vaping.
Bioavailability of cannabinoids when ingested are low (10-20%) due to the intestinal tract and liver metabolism, and the active compounds are absorbed much slower than with inhalation.
The maximum effects can occur two to four hours after consumption and can last from eight to as much as 24-hours after administration.
This can make dosing hard at first but is one of the safer ways to administer the drug. The prolonged onset and extended effects of oral application can be useful to people who have previously responded well to slow-release medications.
Full strength oral cannabis products can produce a strong, long-lasting effect, and some patients have reported preferring inhalation methods due to the shorter duration.
Canview sits at the leading edge of medical cannabis
The passionate team here at CanView are on the pulse of Australia’s medical cannabis industry. We provide one simplified ordering platform for doctors and pharmacists to access a wide range of medical-grade cannabis products.
CanView does not endorse the use of Medicinal Cannabis without lawful prescription. Just like any Medicine, Medicinal Cannabis may have both positive and negative side effects on the user, and should only be prescribed to patients by a Health Professional with the authority and expertise to do so. The information provided by CanView is for informational and educational purposes, and is of a general nature. If you are interested in accessing Medicinal Cannabis please talk to your doctor and request a referral to a Medicinal Cannabis clinic.