When it comes to medical marijuana, patients have a variety of options. They can smoke, vape, or ingest. They can use patches. They can purchase dried flower, cannabis oil, tinctures, and all types of edibles. They can use potent concentrates or topicals that are absent of psychoactive effects,.
One of the great benefits of medical cannabis is that MMJ patients can even eat or drink their medicine. When your medicine is in the form of a delicious treat, taking it tends to be a more enjoyable process. If you’re interested in edibles, though, you’ll first need to get a medical marijuana card. Heally can help you take that first step by connecting you with a qualified doctor in your state, so you can get a medical marijuana recommendation. .
What Are Edibles?
Edibles are food or drink products made with cannabis or cannabis oil. That means they’ve been infused with either THC, CBD, or both. It’s a tasty alternative to smoking and vaporizing.
Unlike smoking or vaping, edibles are absorbed through the gastrointestinal system.
Every edible company has its own process for making treats. This means that the THC and CBD ratios, along with the potency and taste, can all vary from one edible to another.
How Will Edibles Affect Me?
The effects you’ll feel from ingesting edibles are unlike those of smoking and vaporizing. It’s good to know what to expect before trying edibles for the first time.
For one, the effects of smoking or vaporizing cannabis are nearly instant, while it’ll take 30 minutes to 2 hours to feel the effects of an edible.
The effects of an edible will also last much longer (3-14 hours) and be more potent. The time and intensity will vary depending on the dose, your last meal, any other medications you’ve taken, your tolerance level, and your body chemistry. Your experience level and body weight are also factors to consider here.
The psychoactive effects of edibles often seem stronger as well, so it’s highly recommended that you start slow and go slow. It can be difficult to control how much THC you consume when the amount in each edible product can vary. While 10 mg of THC is typically considered one edible dose, some products may come with several doses in one package. Read the label carefully to determine whether you should eat an entire handful of popcorn or just two kernels, one bite of brownie, or the whole thing.
As a rule of thumb, beginners with a very low tolerance should consume a suggested dose of less than 5mg to start with. Around 2.5mg will give you relief from mild symptoms and an increased feeling of relaxation without mind-altering effects. Anything from 3mg to 15mg would be better for MMJ patients looking for relief from more intense symptoms. Only veteran users should try a dose of 16mg and up. If you’ve had too many edibles, know that you cannot fatally overdose on cannabis itself. While there’s no way to immediately reverse the way you’re feeling, the effects will start to dissipate in a few hours. In the meantime, hydrate, rest, look for a distraction and stay with a friend.
5 Types of Edibles
While cannabis brownies and cookies are probably the most popular types of edibles, MMJ patients have so many more options to choose from. In fact, there is almost a limitless number of different types of edibles. Each type has its own characteristics and use, so it’s good to experiment to find the right one for you.
All edibles, however, are made using decarboxylated cannabis, which means the cannabis plant material has been heated to activate the THC. This is what gives the treats their psychoactive effects.
1. Cannabis-Infused Food
Cannabis brownies and cookies fall under the food category of edibles. This is, of course, the most popular type. Cannabis-infused foods can take on almost any form, including baked goods, candy, pasta sauces, bacon, and even potato chips. Virtually any food that contains butter, oil, milk, or even sugar or flour, can be turned into an edible. This makes it an incredibly versatile and diverse type of edible.
2. Cannabis-Infused Drinks
Edible companies have been experimenting more and more with different types of cannabis-infused drinks, including teas, sodas, coffee, and even alcohol.
Like cannabis-infused foods, the THC in these drinks is also metabolized through the stomach and can be just as potent as eating a cannabis brownie or gummy.
Tinctures are considered a type of edible because they’re meant to be absorbed through your mouth and tongue. These potent, alcohol-based cannabis extracts are typically placed under the tongue using a dropper. The tincture is then absorbed into the bloodstream.
Alternatively, tinctures can also be added directly to foods or drinks. Ingesting a tincture gives you more control over your dosage than cannabis-infused foods and drinks
4. Dissolvable Cannabinoid Powder
Dissolvable cannabinoid powders are relatively new on the edibles scene. They’re tasteless and odorless, which makes them an attractive option for people who don’t enjoy the taste of cannabis but still want to benefit from its medicinal properties.
Because these powders are dissolvable, they’re very versatile. You can turn just about anything into an edible. Just mix the powder into your favorite tea, juice, smoothie, or protein shake. You can also bake or cook with it.
5. CBD Edibles
Not all edibles have to be psychoactive. Broad-spectrum CBD gummies are infused with all of the cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and fatty acids found in the hemp plant, except for THC. These CBD edibles contain less than 0.03% THC.
CBD edibles are an excellent choice if you want the medicinal benefits without the psychoactive effects of THC. CBD edibles, including gummies, drinks, powders, and tinctures, are also legal nationwide and Heally can deliver them straight from our marketplace to your door. That means you can purchase and consume them even if medical cannabis isn’t legal in your state.