When it comes to medical cannabis consumption in 2023, the options are beginning to expand exponentially. From traditional inhalation methods to innovative sublingual tinctures and topical ointments, there is something for everyone. In this blog post, we will be exploring five of the most popular medical cannabis consumption methods that have become widespread throughout the United States over the past year. We’ll discuss their benefits, practicality, and legality so you can make an informed decision about how best to incorporate medical marijuana into your routine. By the end of this post, you’ll also find out why some doctors recommend certain methods over others! Let’s dive right in!

Dry Herb Vaporizers

The first incredibly popular medical cannabis consumption method on this list is the dry herb vaporizer. In case you aren’t aware of what this device is, it allows a person to consume cannabis by heating it to the point of vaporization.

One of the reasons why these devices have become so popular at vape shops like MagicVaporizers and generally all over the world is that they are incredibly convenient to use because they are relatively small. Another reason dry herb vaporizers have become popular is that they are a healthier alternative to combustion-based consumption methods. More importantly, since the cannabinoids aren’t destroyed due to combustion, users can reap more health benefits by using this device.


The next medical cannabis consumption method on this list, which has increased in popularity over the last few years, is edibles. As the name would suggest, edibles are food items that have been infused with cannabis. This is one of the reasons why they have become popular since they are easy to use.

Another reason edibles have become popular is that they have a duration of effects of around 6 to 8 hours. This means that if you are consuming edibles to treat a specific symptom or condition or to relieve pain, you will have those effects over a longer period of time. Finally, edibles also allow users to consume large amounts of THC, which might be necessary to treat certain conditions.


It would be impossible to create a list of popular medical cannabis consumption methods in 2023 without having tinctures on the list. Tinctures are essentially small vials that have been filled with THC oil and carrier oil, such as coconut oil.

This method has become popular because of its ease of use; all you need to do is drop a few drops under your tongue and wait about 20 minutes for the effects to kick in. Doctors prefer recommending this method since tinctures allow for very accurate dosages, which is necessary when treating certain conditions.

Transdermal Patches

The next medical cannabis consumption method on this list is one that recreational users probably haven’t heard of before, and that would be transdermal patches. As the name would suggest, transdermal patches are quite literally patches that are applied to the skin.

How they work is that they slowly release THC into the bloodstream over an extended period of time. This method has become popular because it is very discreet since the patches are applied under the clothes. More importantly, people who use transdermal patches will have a steady stream of THC throughout the day, without it peaking too high or dropping too low.

Bongs and Joints

It might come as a surprise that the two most iconic methods of cannabis consumption are also very popular methods of medical cannabis consumption, and that would be bongs and joints. A bong is a beaker-like device that is filled with water, which acts as a filtration system and allows users to consume relatively large amounts of medical cannabis if necessary.

Joints are essentially cannabis cigarettes because they are just cigarette rolling papers that have been used to roll cannabis inside. This method is by far the cheapest in terms of consuming medical cannabis and the simplest, which is why it is still so popular.

As you can see, there are quite a few different medical cannabis consumption methods, and they all vary. When choosing a medical cannabis consumption method, you’ll need to pay attention to a couple of things. For example, how long does it take for cannabis to be absorbed? What is the absorption rate of cannabis? And how long do the effects last?

By Punit