Elevele, a state-licensed dispensary of medical marijuana products, is set to open its doors to customers March 23 in Highland Park’s Briergate Business District. The dispensary at 1460 Old Skokie Road will sell marijuana in the form of flowers, oils and infused edibles to patients and caregivers holding state-issued registry ID cards. Read full article on Chicago Tribune
Vaping, or vaporizing, involves inhaling cannabis as a vapor instead of as smoke. Vaporizers that use dry herb heat the cannabis to a temperature that it releases its chemicals into the air without actually combusting it. This enables the patient to get the positive effects of medical cannabis without the negative effects of inhaling smoke. It is generally also a more discreet method of consumption.
Some vaporizers use refined cannabis oil or wax.
There is no data specifically linking cannabis to diseases of the lungs, however inhaling any kind of smoke can have negative effects on the respiratory system whether from cannabis, tobacco, a charcoal grill, or a campfire. Inhaling cannabis smoke does not carry any more risk than inhaling any other kind of smoke, and some studies have shown that the chemicals in the plant may mitigate some of the negative effects of smoke inhalation.
Smoking is the most widely known method of consuming cannabis, whether in a bowl, a pipe, or rolled in a “joint.”
CBD (or cannabidiol) is the chemical in cannabis that is considered to have the widest scope of medical applications. It is not psychoactive so it does not result in a high however it has been shown to have anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, and pain-relieving effects, in addition to providing relief to various conditions involving the nervous system. CBD-heavy strains of cannabis have been used to treat conditions relating to spasms and/or seizures.