It’s entirely possible that as a first-time medical marijuana user, you may not want to smoke it. A lot of people who haven’t smoked at all in their lives may not feel comfortable doing it, even for medical reasons.

And with marijuana, that works pretty well since it can be consumed in a lot of other ways.


As the name suggests, this is a way by which you directly consume marijuana by taking it orally. This could be in the form of baked goods like cookies and brownies, or drinks, tinctures, candies, capsules, and so on. Most of these edibles are THC-infused and have different effects based on the quantity used.  Almost all edibles are made by decarboxylation.

With edibles, you have to be careful about the dosage as you can’t be too sure about the quantity you’re consuming. Additionally, baked goods are one of the most potent ways of consuming marijuana and it can make the effects linger a lot longer.

Vape Pens

These are similar to e-cigarettes and are very popular with most beginners. It’s a tool that looks like a pen with a distillate CBD cartridge infused with 0.5 milligrams of cannabis.

You can put it in a vape pen and smoke it like a regular e-cigarette. It’s a pretty simple way to consume marijuana in a very non-messy way. The effects are also very controlled, and vape pens are also easily accessible, making this such a popular choice.


These are basically balms, creams, and lotions that are infused with cannabis. They work magically for patients experiencing any physical pain, like in the joints, for instance. Chronic pain is one the most common conditions that qualify people for medical marijuana in most states, and topicals are great, especially for older patients.

It’s a great alternative to smoking it and other mainstream ways like edibles and vape pens.

If you have a medical condition that qualifies you for medical marijuana, you can get any of the products mentioned above from a dispensary. However, in most states, you would be required to provide a medical marijuana certification.

If you want to obtain a medical cannabis card in Manhattan or anywhere else in New York, California or Minnesota, get in touch with us, and we’ll walk you through the process.