Are Medical Marijuana Edibles Right for You?

Photo Credit: The Medicinal Marijuana Association

Photo Credit: The Medicinal Marijuana Association

As a medical marijuana patient, you've probably done your research and understand that there are wide varieties of medicinal strains and methods of intake available to you, but even with all of this knowledge in hand, it's often difficult getting started. The variables of each treatment regimen can provide a different effect based on your unique body type and the different symptoms you're treating. In this post, we will discuss some simple questions you can ask yourself to help determine whether or not the cannabis-infused edible, one of the many vehicles of marijuana consumption, would be a good starting point when beginning medical marijuana therapy.  

Is smoking difficult for you? You may find yourself unwilling or unable to smoke if you suffer from asthma, emphysema, lung cancer, or other lung or throat problems. If this is the case, you may prefer ingesting your medication.

What symptoms are you treating? Because edibles deliver cannabinoids through the GI tract and tend to have more of an effect on the body as opposed to the head, those who suffer from body-focused symptoms like inflammation, spasms, chronic pain, autoimmune disorders, nervous system disorders, nausea, Crohn's disease or insomnia may want to consider medical marijuana edibles.

Are you searching for convenience? With medical marijuana edibles, you can discreetly medicate in any given moment. Edibles don't necessarily emit a smell, and edibles don't violate no-smoking zones in public.

How low is your tolerance? If you have a low tolerance, you may want to proceed with caution if you want to try the medical marijuana edible. Edibles can be more potent than other methods of intake, they are often inconsistent between batches, and they can be extremely difficult to dose. In addition, because cannabinoids are absorbed through the GI tract, onset of relief is delayed and the effect is long-lasting. 

Do you have kids or animals in your household? As with any medication, you'll have to be extremely diligent when it comes to keeping it out of the wrong hands. Because edibles often resemble other household kitchen food items, others could easily mistake the product for a non-medicated item. 

Once you've decided how you'd like to begin your medical marijuana therapy, be sure to document your treatment on our app so that you can compare your different regimens and discover what works best for you! This information has been provided by the Medicinal Marijuana Association and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.