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All You Need to Know About Medical Marijuana Edibles

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In the United States, cannabis is legal for medical purposes in more than half of the states. In each marijuana legalized state, there are medical dispensaries where cannabis products are available. To access these state-licensed dispensaries, you need to have an MMJ doctor’s medical marijuana recommendation.

Smoking isn’t the only way to consume cannabinoids present in the cannabis plant. Edibles are cannabis-infused products available at medical dispensaries. As compared to other consumption methods, edibles deliver extended and more intense effects.

What Are Edibles?

Edibles are marijuana-infused foods and beverages, which deliver therapeutic benefits. Using different techniques, cannabis flowers are infused into various foods and drinks. Usually, marijuana edibles contain high levels of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), a psychoactive cannabinoid responsible for delivering high effects.

With more US states now opting for cannabis legalization, an increase in the demand for marijuana edibles has been noticed over the past few years. With an MMJ doctor’s recommendation, you can purchase different cannabis-infused edibles from the medical dispensaries. However, people are searching for new ways to infuse cannabis into different recipes.

Some of the most popular cannabis edible products are—cookies, chocolates, candies, brownies, pizzas, chips, energy drinks, ice creams, coffees & teas, and dressings.

How Edibles Differ From Other Marijuana Products?

When compared with other cannabis consumption methods, marijuana edibles take longer to kick in. In other words, their effects are delayed. While smoking and vaping provide immediate effects, you have to wait for 30-90 minutes to experience edibles’ benefits. 

Through cannabis smoking or vaping, the phytocannabinoids reach the bloodstream through the lungs within seconds. But, when you consume marijuana edibles, the cannabinoids are digested, and then reach the bloodstream. 

Marijuana edibles’ effects are stronger and they usually last longer than other consumption methods. However, the effects may vary from one person to another. Here are some important factors that may influence the effects-

  • Your body’s metabolism
  • The number of cannabis edibles consumed
  • The concentration of THC present

Beginner’s Guide to Use Marijuana Edibles

For beginners, it’s quite difficult to determine the effects. Because of the delayed effects, it’s common among first-time users to take the second serving before they experience the effects of the first one. Here are some useful tips to have a positive experience with marijuana edibles-

Find a Comfortable Place

You don’t know how exactly the edibles hit. So, it’s good to use them in a comfortable setting. Home is one of the safest places to consume edibles. However, you can consume them with your close friends. As it’s your first time, so always have someone to track the amounts you are consuming.

Read Serving Guidelines Carefully

Check THC concentration (in mg) on the package. Remember, edibles such as chocolates are designed for multiple uses and you should use them carefully. For instance, if you bought a chocolate bar of 100 mg THC, then it can be divided into 10 equal pieces with 10 mg per piece.

Go Slow

It’s advised to start with a low amount of THC. Once you become familiar with the effects of edibles, increase the dosage to get the desired health benefits. As edibles take longer to show their effects, don’t take the second serving immediately. Wait for at least 120 minutes to analyze the effects, and then take another serving if required.

In conclusion, edibles are marijuana-infused foods and beverages, which provide lots of health benefits such as chronic pain and anxiety relief. As compared to other consumption methods, edibles take longer to deliver their effects, which usually last longer. When using edibles for the first time, make sure you consume lower amounts of THC. Go slow, analyze the effects, and increase the dose to get the desired benefits.

Using telemedicine services, talk to our doctors to apply for a medical marijuana recommendation or medical marijuana grower license online. The process involves three simple steps-

  • Sign up an account
  • Talk to a doctor
  • Receive your PDF MMJ recommendation letter in the email