What Are Marijuana Edibles?

Photo Credit: Medicinal Marijuana Association

Photo Credit: Medicinal Marijuana Association

For seasoned medical marijuana users, knowing the differences between different methods of consumption may be as easy as understanding the back of your hand, but for those who are new to the medication, understanding the differences between these methods of intake can be a daunting task. One such method of intake is the marijuana-infused edible, which introduces the therapeutic cannabinoids to the body via the gastrointestinal tract. Many medical marijuana patients praise edibles for being both discreet and convenient. In addition, edibles can have a stronger effect that lasts longer than what one experiences when smoking the medication. Edibles offer an ideal option for patients who cannot tolerate smoke, and the relief they provide has been recommended as a great option for those treating pain, nausea, or a lack of appetite.

While many patients prefer marijuana edibles, the vehicle is not without its downside. Dosing medical marijuana is difficult, making their effect hard to predict. In addition, because the cannabinoids enter the body through the GI tract before interacting with the endocannabinoid system, marijuana edibles offer delayed relief. To avoid over-consuming, a patient should remember less is more; too much of an edible could lead to a negative psychoactive experience, which could include paranoia, hallucinations, and in severe cases a loss of consciousness. As with any medication, weight, gender, eating habits, and metabolism all affect the experience a patient may undergo.

With time and experimentation, discovering the ideal edible dose for your specific symptoms and body type can mean everything when it comes to finding relief. Our app can aid this experimentation process by making it quicker and more efficient. It provides patients a good starting point based off of the successful dosing experiences of others, and it allows patients a way to keep track of their dose so they can look back and see what works and what doesn't. By journaling each medication session, you can view more accurate information so you can rapidly achieve relief. This information has been provided in part by the Medicinal Marijuana Association and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.