As I said in previous posts, I found out that I was fighting lung cancer at age 41, a period when I should have been looking forward to experiencing good times with my family and furthering my career. Instead, I was hooked up to all manner of tubes and receiving chemotherapy.

This was not a good time for me, not a good time at all. Getting treatment for lung cancer is not a pleasant thing. There are not a lot of good days to mix in with the bad, especially when you’re feeling sick from cancer, sick from the treatment, sick from everything.

I was not in a good place. So when my doctor recommended using cannabis for treatment for my lung cancer once I had tumor necrosis, I laughed and then jumped at the chance. Seems ironic, doesn’t it? Smoking to treat cancer from smoking?

That’s not exactly how it worked though. Weed products do exist, and they don’t always have to be smoked. There are quite a few different ways to use medical marijuana that don’t involve inhaling any smoke, vapor, or fumes.

Here are five different ways to take cannabis or medical marijuana:

–    Inhalation: This is when you smoke or vape marijuana so that the lungs can absorb the cannabinoids. This works very quickly and is most likely ideal if you don’t have lung problems.  It also works the fastest.

–    Oral: Edibles don’t take effect right away, but this is an easy way to consume cannabis.

–    Sublingual: This is when it is absorbed beneath the tongue. Usually, that is in an oil form or glycerin type.

–    Topical: This is still a new way to administer and is being experimented with, but basically you use sprays, oils, patches, creams, and they can work quickly.

–    Suppository: suppositories for rectal and vaginal use of cannabis is one way that can be quite effective as well. It can make it work quickly and last a long time.

So you see, there are plenty of different ways to use cannabis with lung cancer treatment. I stuck to edibles even though they took longer to work before I tried sublingually. I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect and had never used marijuana before, so I wanted to take it slow.

It actually managed to counteract some of the effects of lung cancer and was way less harsh a treatment than the chemo. It actually reduced chemo effects as well, so I was less nauseous and sick all the time. When I took them together I definitely felt a difference.

Once reassured I wasn’t going to lose my mind with the edibles I moved to sublingual because the effects worked faster. I would have been a lot more uncomfortable after my chemo without the use of cannabis.

Something I get asked a lot is can you smoke cannabis oil? That’s definitely possible, and it’s usually called hash oil. I haven’t actually tried that, but you can if you think it will help with your illness.