It's a brand-new market, but according to the folks over at the Marijuana Business Daily alternative consumption methods are already becoming popular among Illinois medical marijuana patients who don't want to smoke the old-fashioned way.

According to Associated Press reports, since the first dispensaries opened last November infused products and concentrates accounted for 11 percent – or roughly $132,000 – of the $1.2 million in sales at Illinois dispensaries in January.

Medical patients who usually require high doses and don't want to smoke as part of their treatment are among those who prefer infused products and concentrates. Apparently, they're also popular with tourists who are inexperienced and want a more discreet way of consuming cannabis.

As more cultivators start manufacturing these products - and consumers become more familiar with them - they'll likely account for an even bigger share of total sales, according to MBD columnist Becky Olson.

In the third quarter of 2015, edibles, topicals and concentrates accounted for 25 percent of total recreational marijuana sales in Washington state.