Many different types of edible cannabis products are sold through dispensaries from gummies, candies, chocolates, oils, teas, and capsules. Weed edibles can also be made at home by using butter or oil infused with cannabis and mixed into baked goods and other recipes. There are several benefits to cannabis-infused edibles. Unlike smoking, there is no respiratory risk since edibles do not involve inhaling smoke. The effects of edibles also last longer than vaping, making them an ideal option for medicinal users. Because edibles are small and can be taken inside, it is possible to consume them without others noticing. For some medicinal users, this discretion is very beneficial.
Safely Consuming Edibles
There are many medicinal benefits to consuming weed edibles. Edibles have been used to treat conditions such as:
· Chronic pain
· Cancer-related symptoms
Edible marijuana has a longer latency period than other forms of consuming cannabis. This means that it can take a while to feel an effect. While using a vape to consume marijuana, THC reaches the brain and takes effect in just a few minutes. The effects of edibles, however, may not be felt for 30-90 minutes after they are consumed. How long edibles last depends on the amount ingested, your weight, and your metabolism. Typically, you will feel the most effect 2-4 hours after ingestion.
To eat edibles safely, it is best to avoid alcohol and certain medications such as blood thinners and antidepressants. If baking your own edibles, be careful to avoid accidental ingestion. Consuming weed edibles rather than smoking is a great alternative to those worried about lung health and cancer risk, as edible marijuana products do not adversely affect the lungs.
How Much Should I Consume?
The packaging of most edible cannabis products indicate how much CBD or THC is in a serving. Be sure that you take into account the serving size and do not confuse it with the entire package. In some cases, a single dose may not be the entire package, especially in the cases of brownies and cookies.
Even after carefully reading the package, edible dosing is not always predictable. It is recommended to start with a lower dose and increase your dose until you feel the desired effect. Remember, with edibles, it may take a few hours before you feel an effect.
It is also important to note that THC tolerance is different for smoking and edibles. Consuming THC through an edible produces more intense effects, so even if you have smoked marijuana, it is still best to start with a lower dose when it comes to trying weed edibles.
Although CBD does not produce psychoactive or “high” effects, it is still best to start small as high doses can lead to undesired effects such as fatigue.
Before trying edibles, talk to your doctor to make sure that it will not interfere with any of your current medications or supplements. When purchasing weed edibles, always do so from a reputable edible manufacturer or dispensary, and your doctor may be able to recommend a dose.
The content in these blogs is not meant to be taken as medical advice or used as a substitute for speaking with a doctor. Always consult with a doctor if you have any questions or concerns or to make sure taking cannabis is safe for you.