Accessibility Matters – Devices for Consuming Cannabis with Ease

As a medical cannabis patient I use the plant in a variety of forms on a daily basis (oils, capsules, flower). Unlike the average prescription in Canada, cannabis patients are left to measure and prepare their own medication. Can you imagine a pharmacist handing you gel caps, a capsule machine, and your medicine all separate instead of prepared pills? This is something that medical cannabis patients, like myself, deal with on a daily basis. Unfortunately, like many people with disabilities or chronic conditions,  some days my body just doesn't work and I need simple ways to medicate. Trial and error of multiple cannabis accessories is expensive so it is important to find simple, easy, and accessible devices to make life easy on flare days.

Grinders

Grinders are honestly the bane of my existence. The standard design is smooth and sleek, making it attractive to the average consumer. But for a #spoonie, it can make grinding your flower feel impossible.

Manual

The manual grinders are still my favourite, though I exclusively purchase grinders with these grooved lids. The simple structure different between the image left and image right is profound when you have dexterity issues.

Electric

Many find using an electric grinder even  more accessible, as you don't have to deal with any small moving parts. Your options for electric grinders is massive, with varying price points. I find my old coffee grinder more than sufficient on days I can't use my manual grinder. You can also check out combination grinders like the OTTO, which grinds your dry flower and fills your pre-roll. I haven't tried it but I must admit it looks like a dream!

Pre-Rolled Cones

There are days when I make the most beautiful joints, I used to take pride in being able to roll my own. I have learned that there is no shame in enjoying a good pre-roll, they are cost effective, easy to fill and can even be super chic! You can go with a simple RAW cone (any unbleached brand really) or bring out the bells and whistles with a Canndora Darlings pre-roll.

Suppositories

You can use your medical cannabis to make homemade suppositories which are inserted vaginally or anally for quick relief. They can be made with higher concentrations of cannabis because they are not typically psychoactive. Suppositories can ease intestinal and/or uterine pain better than other methods of medicating because of how they are absorbed by the body. In Canada there are no legal cannabis suppository products but they are expected to be introduced in the second wave of legalization. Until then there are great online resources and organizations that can help you prepare them yourself.

Vaporizers

There are SO many vapes in the world, I am constantly struggling to the find the perfect one. I won't list off a million vapes you can buy in this section but rather how to spot an accessible one.

Handheld

Common issues with handheld vapes are the small buttons combined with the rapid five click system to turn the device on. I have a box full of handheld vapes I rarely use, in my experience they are too small,  difficult to hold, and don't have large enough chambers for when I am on the go all day. What I look for in an accessible handheld vaporizer is grip feel (if it hurts to hold it I won't use it), how many removable tiny components there are (affects your ability to clean them), and if I can complete a session without reloading it.

Desktop

Desktop vapes are amazing if you have a home where you are permitted to consume cannabis. They have a larger capacity and are generally easy to use and clean. Desktop vapes deliver vapour either through direct inhalation via tube, or filling a plastic bag with vapour and consuming that as desired. I haven't invested a lot of money in desktop rigs, mostly because they are expensive and I used to be out of the house a lot. I hear amazing things about the Volcano, and the much cheaper Arizer Extreme Q.