There are a number of medical cannabis formats including, oil in tincture format, vape concentrate, oral spray and softgels and dried flower (bud) Prescriptions can therefore be taken in a variety of ways:
Ingestion and sublingual: Oil, oral spray and softgels can all be ingested or administered sublingually (under the tongue). Their effects are typically felt in the first two hours of administration, lasting anywhere from 6 to 8 hours.
Inhalation: Dried flower and vape concentrate are inhaled. The effects are typically felt immediately, however it can take up to 30 minutes to reach full effect. Effects last anywhere from 2 to 4 hours.Topical: Oils can also be added to lotions, gels or creams that can be applied topically. The effects are typically felt immediately depending on the application site. Effects last for 1 or 2 hours and need to be applied frequently.
Dosage, concentration, individual biological factors and method of consumption will all affect your response time to feeling the effects of medicinal cannabis.