Marijuana Edibles: A Beginner’s Guide

Photo Credit: Leaf Science

Photo Credit: Leaf Science

For patients who wish to partake in cannabis therapy but who do not want to inhale the medication, marijuana infused edibles may be a suitable alternative. Marijuana edibles is an ingestible product infused with oils, butters, extracts, or tinctures, that contain cannabis’ therapeutic cannabinoids. Edibles are more discreet than smoking, making it so that medical marijuana patients can consume their medication easily and secretly. Additionally, edibles do not produce any negative health consequences that are associated with smoking and inhalation. Patients who choose to use edibles should be aware that there is a delay in effects when consuming edibles because of the time it takes for cannabinoids to absorb through the digestive system. This process may take anywhere from half an hour to 90 minutes. Once absorbed, the effects may also be more potent and may last longer than those of other vehicles of cannabis administration. The effect of a cannabis edible could last four to twelve hours.

Because of this, it is important that patients find the proper dose for consuming medical marijuana, especially when it comes to marijuana infused edibles. This can be a challenging process, and the dose is dependent on which marijuana edible is consumed and by whom. Patients should be aware of the dosing suggestions on the packaging, and slowly going from there. Many recommend starting with a low dose and waiting before deciding whether or not to increase the amount. When titrating, our app can be a powerful tool! CannaBest Medical’s journaling function allows patients to keep track of the cannabinoid composition of their edibles and the amount they consume, so that they can make minor changes with each dose until optimal relief is reached. Patients will discover their perfect dose so that they can experience repeatable success and remain symptom free. Journaling daily is recommended for the most accurate results.

This information has been provided in part by Leaf Science and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.