Everyone’s got their favourite way of smoking weed. If you’re Australian, and a normal human being, chances are that the Gatorade saxophone is your fave way to sink a cone. If you like “feeling the vibe” and bad acoustic covers, you’d probably froth a doob.
And while there are some weirdos out there that like to smoke out of make shift cans and pipes, I doubt you could find anyone that thinks that shelving their bud gives them that nice natural high that we all know and love.
But, as luck would have it, that’s exactly what doctors in Canada’s emerging medical marijuana scene are suggesting.
Paul Farnan, an addictions specialist at the University of British Columbia, reckons that just because weed might have a few nice side effects, it doesn’t mean we should be prescribing it to every Tom, Dick, and Harry.
“We know there’s something in opium that helps pain, and we’re able to pharmaceutically develop morphine and other analgesics, but we wouldn’t say to people, ‘You have pain? Why don’t you smoke opium?’ ” he said.
“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.”
Mikhail Kogan, medical director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at George Washington University, reckons that there isn’t any reason for people to smoke the herb, and he’s got an interesting alternative.
“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,” Kogan said.
“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.
Yeah sure, I can see how chuffing cones might not be exactly beneficial if you’re using weed for medical reasons, but show me someone who would rather shove a handful of nugs up their bum than hitting a bong, and I’ll show you a liar.
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