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Consuming Medical Marijuana

Medical Marijuana –  “Inhalation Edition”

When we think of marijuana usage, we automatically think of people smoking it. The entertainment industry portrays Cheech and Chong or That 70s Show gang as the typical marijuana user who smokes to enjoy the recreational effects of marijuana. While that was the case previously, now that marijuana usage is legal in Massachusetts (and other states) recreationally and medically, those stereotypes are no longer accurate.

Marijuana has numerous medical benefits for which you can receive a medical marijuana card and has  proven its efficacy for conditions for conditions such as:

  • AIDS and HIV
  • Arthritis
  • Back pain
  • Cancer
  • PTSD and post-traumatic pain
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Glaucoma
  • Chronic pain

Whether you use it medically or recreationally, there are numerous ways to ingest marijuana, including smoking through various mediums and vaping.

Smoking Marijuana

Those who use marijuana recreationally or medicinally find that smoking it has a more immediate effect than using an edible. Some common ways of smoking marijuana are:

  • Rolling papers
  • Bong
  • Pipe
  • Blunt

Using rolling papers to make a cigarette is quite a frequent practice. Others chose to inhale marijuana products through a bong, either purchased or homemade. A gravity or water bong, for example, uses the function of gravity and the weight of water (or sometimes even another liquid) to pull marijuana smoke into the bong’s chamber from which it can be inhaled.

Smoking from a pipe is self-explanatory, while smoking a blunt involves hollowing out a cigar and mixing marijuana and tobacco, restuffing the cigar, and ingesting cannabis that way.

A Newer Way of Inhaling A Cannabis Product

While smoking marijuana is a widely known way of consuming it, there is concern among some researchers that smoking it, like smoking tobacco, can lead to lung problems, including Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or COPD, or even to lung cancer. We also know that if a person smokes a lot of marijuana, it will cause bronchitis.

For either medical or recreational marijuana users who prefer to inhale their product another way, vaping or vaporizing is another option. Benefits to vaping may include:

  • Less product waste
  • No secondhand smoke emanates from it
  • The user receives a more controlled dosage
  • They are easy to use
  • Decrease in bronchitis, wheezing, coughing, and mucous production compared to smoking flower
  • Fewer toxins
  • Generates less carbon monoxide
  • Much cleaner

Smoking Marijuana vs. Using an Edible


Marijuana users find that smoking the product furnishes a quick onset of its effects. Smoking or vaping provides almost immediate effects, with the peak effect occurring about 20 to 30 minutes after ingestion compared to edibles, which may take 30 to 90 minutes to become effective in the user’s body.


If you are seeking Medical Marijuana,  Canna Card Express Can Help!


Canna Card Express can help certify you for medical cannabis and help guide you on how to incorporate cannabis into your wellness routine. Canna Card Express is owned and operated by a MA state-approved medical marijuana licensed nurse practitioner who has dedicated her life to supporting patients with acute pain and chronic conditions, who are seeking alternative therapies in their health journey.

We can be reached by phone at 508-817-9300 or emailed at Make an appointment today with our nurse practitioner to be guided through the medical marijuana program in MA.

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Steps to Certification

Step 1
Book an appointment

Book an appointment via our website, phone, or email. You must be a Massachusetts Resident

Step 2
Login to HIPAA

Once the appointment is booked, an email is sent with a link to login to our secure HIPAA compliant patient portal where documents are filled out and reviewed by the Nurse Practitioner prior to your visit.

If you have any difficulty completing these documents please Contact us.

Step 3
Upload Documents
Upload a valid photo ID to the patient portal.
  • Massachusetts Driver’s license
  • Massachusetts ID
  • US military ID
  • US passport
Step 4
Receive Appointment

You will receive appointment reminders before the visit via email, automated voice message, and text.

Step 5
Your visit

Your visit: Telemedicine visits are via a secure HIPAA compliant patient platform. The visit may be done by telephone if preferable. Once connected, the provider will review your medical history and discuss how to incorporate Medical Cannabis into your routine.

Step 6

Your invoice is available for payment online in your patient portal. We will process it after your visit. If certification is denied for any reason, we will issue a refund immediately.

Step 7
Here You Go

When the above steps are complete, you will receive two emails. A welcome email is received from the Massachusetts Medical Use of Marijuana Program, and another email from us at Canna Card Express. A temporary program ID card is attached to our email, it is ready to use at dispensaries and is valid for 2 weeks. Our email contains step by step instructions on how to complete the registration online with the state. Registration with the state is required to receive the hard copy Medical Marijuana Patient ID Card. Registration requires a valid MA ID, proof of residency, and is valid for one year. In a year, a renewal visit is needed to keep certification active.

If you have any difficulties with the online state registration, please  Contact us.