With the ban on medical marijuana being lifted only recently, it is surprising to see so many people choosing to practice other methods of consumption over the traditional rolled paper or pipe options. Those who decide not to smoke of can’t try other options for cannabis medication including marijuana-infused products called edibles. There is a great variety of edibles, including pills, drinks, cookies, chocolate bars, candy and of course brownies. There are even many that offer a home delivery of medicated meals-on-wheels for those who are incapacitated and can’t leave home.
When cannabis is consumed orally, the cannabinoids are assimilated into the bloodstream during the digestive process which breaks down the solids within the stomach so that active ingredients can be absorbed through the lining of the intestines.
Patients on supplemental oxygen support will often turn to these cannabis-infused edibles if smoking consumption is no longer possible. Patients suffering digestive disorders and chronic appetite loss has found that CBD edibles are an excellent source of nausea controlling medication as well as a source of essential nutrients.
The same has been found true for cancer patients that suffer from nausea as a side effect of the powerful medications that fight cancer. Expecting mothers that suffer from hyperemesis, also known as “morning sickness” have found significant benefits in CBD edibles.
Furthermore, many patients will use CBD edibles as a more discreet form of medicating themselves as opposed to smoking the plant. Finally, many prefer the long-lasting effects associated with edible CBD products over the fast-acting effects that accompany smoking.
Those are beginning their first marijuana medication often choose to start with a low dosage of between 10-15 mg of active cannabinoids, CBD or THC. OF course, the perfect dosages will come with a little more experience. Trying the different dosage amounts as well as the various types of CBD edibles will allow you to make an enlightened decision on the best potencies for you.
A good way to ensure the best results from your process is to keep a marijuana journal in which you track your progress through the experiences with various marijuana-infused products to help you decide on the best ratios of dosages are best for your specific conditions or ailment.
Different Types of Edibles
While there are innumerable varieties of-of edibles available across the culinary and medical communities, they can all be divided into three categories: those that are designed to be absorbed orally through the saliva, those that are designed to be assimilated in the gastrointestinal tract and finally those that feature elements of both.
Gastrointestinal uptake most commonly, edibles are designed to be absorbed through the gastrointestinal tract. All edibles that are designed to be eaten and the active ingredients absorbed in the stomach will fall into this category; this includes brownies, cookies, snacks, pills, gummies, capsules and many other marijuana-infused foods. These edibles can take much longer to activate within the body, even up to a couple of hours, nevertheless, they can produce a much longer lasting effect with up to 8 hours or more of intense pain relief.
Oral uptake the other option is far more fast acting, but those edibles designed for oral absorption can wear off much more quickly than gastrointestinal edibles. Edibles that fall into this category are those that must be held in the mouth for a considerable amount of time, like lozenges, candies, B suckers and tinctures.
Hybrids then there are those that can fall into both of these categories, like chocolate bars and drinks that can be absorbed through the mouth and in the stomach and intestinal tract. These hybrids are right on the division between gastrointestinal and oral and receive benefits from both types of uptake. This means that they can provide the fast acting relief of an n oral uptake edibles along with the more long lasting effects of the gastrointestinal uptake edible. Although the effects may only endure up to 4 hours after intake.
The Effects of Edibles
Because a good portion of the edibles you will find on the market are cooked they expose the cannabinoids to heat. This causes some of the inactive cannabinoids such as THCA and CBDA, to turn into active cannabinoids such as CBD, THC, and CBN. This process is called decarboxylation, combined with the high quantities of THC already present in edibles; they work together to make an effective solution to many health conditions.
Some of the health conditions treated by edibles include insomnia, chronic pain and inflammation, nausea, nervous system disorders and autoimmune disorders. Nevertheless, the acid forms of THCA and CBDA are highly beneficial as well, and it will be good to find a product that has not been entirely decarboxylated.
Ingesting cannabis will naturally affect you differently than smoking cannabis. The exact effect that cannabis has on you when in edible form will depend on a variety of factors including your body chemistry, how much you have ingested as well as the potency of the edible in question. Because the effects of an edible can be far more intense than with smoking, many first time users are surprised by the strong potency.
Despite the enormous anti-anxiety compounds in CBD, many people have found a heightened feeling of paranoia and anxiety when they first ingest an edible. These are caused by many different factors, but the primary feeling is that those ingesting for the first time can be apprehensive and this can lead to stronger feelings of paranoia. Nevertheless, these feelings tend to diminish with more the product is used.
Smoking only allows a certain measure of cannabinoids to be assimilated with each draw, although the effects will be felt instantly they will also leave the body much faster. This is not the same as eating a marijuana-infused edible which can take from 30 minutes to a full hour to take effect but will produce a more impressive result over the next 2 to 4 hour period.