Different Types of Medical Marijuana and Their Benefits

There are a variety of ways to enjoy cannabis on a daily basis, so the biggest differences in choosing between the different variations are the amount of marijuana you need at the time, the type of flower needed for pain relief, and which delivery option you personally prefer for taking medical marijuana. Every person is different in their preferences for taking medical marijuana, so we are going to discuss the difference in each one to try to help you narrow down which would be best for you and your specific needs, or maybe just try something new that you have not experienced before.


Flowers are the most well-known form of cannabis and are what most people think of when referring to medical marijuana. At Herbal Alternatives, we have a wide variety of flowers that provide our customers with the help they need in pain management and relief. When referring to the flower, we are referring to the dried and cured calyxes harvested from the colas of the female plant. By purchasing the flower, you can then use the cannabis to smoke, vape, roll, drink or eat the flower. While some of these options seem like better choices than others, they are all viable options when taking cannabis.


Our pre-rolls are flowers that have been ground and packaged (or rolled) in natural, unbleached paper. We generally prepare our pre-rolls in ½ gram to 1 gram weights. While our selection for pre-rolls is smaller than some of our other options, their benefits are their main draw. From cramps to muscle and joint pain to anxiety to adhd, our pre-rolls help with a range of pain and symptoms. Pre-rolls are often used as a way to overcome nicotine addiction with a more natural alternative in pre-rolls. The benefits of pre-rolls are generally felt faster than other methods of ingesting medical marijuana which makes it a great option for anyone needing fast relief.


Edibles, or as we like to call them, Medibles, are a great way to ingest cannabis that includes part of your routine and are our most popular seller. Just as eating is a natural part of your day, adding medical marijuana to certain foods and drinks allows you to remember to take cannabis by adding it to a daily routine. Edibles can be some of the most difficult ways to take medical marijuana as it can be hard to figure out the right amount per serving when cooking and the heat can interfere with the overall effects, so doing some research or asking for help can go a long way beforehand. We have a huge variety of products in stock to provide our customers with the medibles they need. Tinctures make it easier to measure out the necessary amount needed and is our most popular form of edibles. We also sell lozenges, capsules, honey, and suppositories that each have a unique usefulness in helping with pain management, healing, and other symptoms.


Concentrate refers to any form of medical marijuana that has been extracted from flowers into something cleaner and more potent. This could include hash, kief, shatter, wax or oils. Concentrates can have intense effects of high-THC extracts as it is much more pure than other forms of cannabis. We have a lower number of concentrates available, but their benefits still include helping with symptoms and conditions such as depression, anxiety, cramps, insomnia, migraines, and more.


Topicals are cannabis-infused lotions, salves, and balms that were created for more specific needs to allow the cannabis to soak into the skin and bloodstream. Many customers have seen a huge increase in pain relief and help through our topicals. Topicals can help with so many different symptoms including spasms, inflammation, cramps, arthritis, muscle and joint pain, skin irritation, and more.


While accessories may not seem like they should be a part of this list, they are needed in order to take medical marijuana in different forms. Our accessories include a variety of bubblers, grinders, jars, pipes, and vaporizers. Each of these plays a specific role in creating the right form of cannabis that you can take at home or on the go. One of our products even includes the world’s smallest vaporizer, allowing you to take it with you anywhere you need to go. With so many options available, we are sure you will find exactly what you need to complete your cannabis purchase.

If you have questions about using medical marijuana with the different forms available or are interested in learning how to obtain your medical marijuana card in Washington, D.C., contact our dispensary, and our staff would be happy to answer any questions you have. You can also check out our FAQ page on our website that has a lot of helpful, up-to-date information about medical marijuana.

We look forward to helping you with your pain management and relief journey and hope you will consider Herbal Alternatives a quality dispensary to go to for all of your cannabis needs. It is our goal to provide quality products and service to every person who steps through our doors, as we know the reasons so many come to us. Each of our staff has a personal history with cannabis and its ability to help with pain and symptoms, so we truly do care and want to help on a personal level. Let us help you begin the freedom of pain relief and healing through the help of medical marijuana.