A Beginner’s Guide to Marijuana Edibles

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Photo Credit: Medicinal Marijuana Association

When it comes to medical marijuana therapy, an important step towards discovering effective dosing is determining an intake method that relieves symptoms without exacerbating them. One such method is consuming medicinal edibles, which provides patients an alternative to inhalation methods, like smoking and vaporizing. Edibles are categorized into three groups, the most common being those that are ingested through the stomach, which take longer to activate but provide longer duration for relief. The other categories include edibles that are kept in the mouth and interact with saliva, which immediately enter the bloodstream but provide shorter relief, and those that fit both categories and provide fast acting as well as long lasting relief.

Patients who choose to medicate through the use of edibles should use caution, as marijuana edibles are often considered stronger than the other forms marijuana due to the fact they have undergone a heated cooking process. During this process, inactive cannabinoids convert into additional THC and CBD compounds, and therefore edibles contain a higher concentration of these chemicals than other forms. Because this potency along with delayed relief, it is recommended beginners start slowly using a small dose so that they can analyze the effects before deciding to up their dose. 

This information has been brought to you by the Medicinal Marijuana Association and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.