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Can I take this medication rectally?

At this stage, medical cannabis is not approved in Australia for rectal administration.

Do I vape oil or flower?

It’s legal in Australia to vapourise both of these product types.

Can I smoke medicinal cannabis?

No – smoking increases the risk of serious health conditions. It can also make it difficult to ensure you’re taking the correct dose. Smoking of medical cannabis products is not recommended.

How do I clean my vapouriser?

It’s always best to check the instructions that came with the vapouriser as each one may be different. As a basic guide, see the steps below:
1. Make sure your vapouriser is off and not hot to touch.
2. Remove the mouthpiece from the device.
3. Use a brush or cotton earbud to remove any excess debris from herb chamber.
4. Dampen a cotton earbud with alcohol and scrub the inside of the chamber until it’s clean.
5. Dampen a pipe cleaner with alcohol and snake it through the inside of the vapour path until it’s clean.

How do I inhale cannabis flower from my vapouriser?

Use this as a guide only:
1. Wait 30-60 seconds after your vape reaches temperature before taking the first puff.
2. Drag on the mouthpiece until you fill your lungs with vapour.
3. Exhale.

How do I know when it's time to replace the bud in my vapouriser?

Most dry herb vapourisers are session vapes – meaning they cut off at some point and need to be turned on for another round. Depending on the heat temperature, there more than likely will be life left in the bud which is known as “already vaped bud” (AVB). Mixing the herb before each session will help maximise usage by keeping the granules evenly vaped. This is observed by the colour change in the bud after each session. A good guide to recognising AVB is its green-brown colour. When AVB begins to look brown, that’s the ideal stopping point as there are minimal cannabinoids left in the product.

How do I load flower into my vapouriser?

Use this as a guide only:
1. Make sure your vapouriser is off and not hot to touch.
2. Using a grinder, grind up the buds to make fine to medium granules.
3. Place dry herb into your vapouriser’s herb chamber.
4. Pack the herb in evenly, ensuring the surface is relatively flat, and making sure the herb isn’t packed in too tight as airflow still needs to pass through it.
5. Turn on the device and select your desired temperature.

What should I look for in a vapouriser?

First and most importantly, it must be compatible with dry herb! The two categories of vapourisers are desktop and portable. Desktops units are powerful stationary devices made for at-home users, while portable vapourisers are engineered for on-the-go consumption. Prices vary throughout the two categories and is based on preferred heating method and battery life (in the portable range), as well as temperature settings. Each individual patient’s needs will determine the type of vapouriser required.

What’s the difference between vapourising it and taking it orally?

When medicinal cannabis is vapourised, the effects are immediate and last 2-4 hours. Alternatively, when medicinal cannabis is consumed orally, the onset is delayed, taking effect anywhere from 30 mins up to 2 hours after ingestion. Additionally, the effects last much longer from 4-8 hours depending on the dose taken.

What's a convection vapouriser vs a conduction vapouriser?

Convection vapourisers work by pushing heated air through the herbal material to produce a vapour. Convection technology tends to be much gentler on herbal blends, producing a more mellow flavour and promoting the gentle release of active ingredients. As it’s difficult to accurately measure the air temperature as opposed to the temperature of the chamber itself, convection units typically require power-hungry thermostats to provide accurate readouts. As a result, they can suffer from slightly reduced battery life or increased power consumption (depending on whether they’re a desktop or portable). Conduction vapourisers, on the other hand, require herbal material to make direct contact with a hot surface. This makes them easier to regulate, however on the downside, they can heat very fast and carry a risk of combustion. Conduction vapourisers can also heat unevenly, meaning patients may have to stir their blends more frequently to ensure the bowl is heating efficiently. It’s worth noting though, that every vapouriser will inevitably use a combination of the two to some degree.

What's a vapouriser?

A vapouriser is an electronic device which allows patients to release the active ingredients and therapeutic compounds of cannabis via inhalation rather than smoke. When used properly, a vapouriser heats dry herb to just below the point of combustion, which produces the flavour and effect of the plant into a vapour form. Vapourising results in significantly more efficient extraction (a 46% increase) of cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids, as well as decreases the irritation and harmful effects caused by smoking. Since no plant matter is being burned, no potential carcinogens are consumed. Vapour is much more flavourful and smoother to inhale than smoke, which makes the entire experience more enjoyable and comfortable for the user.

What's the best temperature for vaping cannabis?

Playing around with your vapouriser will help you find what temperature works best for you. As there are differences and advantages to different temperature ranges, it all comes down to consumer preference.

Use this as a guide only:

1. 165°C – 177°C
This range makes the bud lightly toasted, producing a cool fresh tasting vapour that is less harsh on the throat. Possible side effects are decreased at this temp, and it’s best suited for patients new to medical cannabis therapy or recommended for daytime use. Descriptions: light euphoria, calming, invigorating.

2. 177°C – 200°C
In this range, the vapour is thicker and warmer. More cannabinoids are accessed, and the psychotropic effects are noticeably stronger (as more THC is volatilised). Descriptions: relaxed, euphoric, but not sleepy.

3. 200°C- 205°C
This is the range for maximum cannabinoid extraction. The vapour is hot and less flavourful, and the psychotropic effects are at their strongest. Best suited for night-time. If it begins to burn, your temperature is too high. Descriptions: intense effects, strong euphoria, lethargy.

Where can I use my cannabis?

Although you’ve been prescribed legal medical cannabis, public discretion should be followed. Vapourising in a non-smoking area can cause confusion amongst authorities and result in unwanted and unnecessary time with the judicial system. Capsules and oils are easier to conceal, but as a general rule of thumb, be discreet!

Why is vapourising recommended over smoking?

At least 40% of medical cannabis is lost in side stream & combustion when smoked, making it difficult to estimate the exact dose an individual patient is receiving. Additionally, there is well-documented evidence that smoking in general is harmful, therefore smoking of cannabis products should not be supported.

Can I vape my oil?

There are currently two types of oil products. There’s liquid vape oil which is designed to be inhaled via a vapouriser, and there are oils designed to be ingested orally via an oil dropper.

One of our cannabis specialists will help you navigate through these two different types of oils.

Cannabis oil that is meant to be consumed orally is not compatible with vapourisers. Because medical cannabis oil is not a vape liquid, it will damage a vapouriser and could even be detrimental to one’s health.