Topical application: These cannabis products are used mostly for medical purposes and come in the form of a lotion, cream, salve, bath products or other personal care products. Topical cannabis products are applied to the skin and work locally to help with specific areas of the body, like muscle pain for example. They are rarely psychoactive. Even so, it is wise to apply a small amount on your skin to start.
Juicing: If you have access to growing cannabis, fresh cannabis flowers, leaves and stems can be made into a juice using a juicer machine. You would still ingest the plant’s cannabinoids, vitamins and minerals through this method. There is no intoxicating effect from this method because the cannabinoids have not been heated and activated. Some people consume cannabis this way for its nutritional benefit.
Nasal spray: Similar to sinus medication, this method delivers a standardized dose of THC or CBD directly to the bloodstream. This medical product format is not currently available in the Canadian regulated market.
Suppositories: These may be used anally or vaginally for specific medical conditions. Currently, these types of products are only available if you make them yourself at home.
Transdermal patches: There are patches that you apply to the skin and leave on for several hours and the cannabinoids slowly enter the bloodstream and have a psychoactive effect.