It is not unusual to find high quality, handcrafted medical marijuana edibles. From delectable desserts like carrot cake, to clarified butter used in many recipes, there are no shortages of food choices that include some form of cannabis. But there are certain things you need to know before starting on your edibles journey. Tips that we can bet your mother didn’t tell you!
Medical marijuana edibles offer patients the ability to use marijuana and gain the many benefits without having to smoke the plant. Edibles can also be used in public places where smoking marijuana is not allowed. This means patients can medicate when they need to no matter where they may be at the time. Edibles do not produce the smoke or smell that smoking marijuana does, so it is easy to maintain confidentiality and privacy.
10 Tips about Medical Marijuana Edibles
- Don’t expect the same experience that smoking marijuana gives you when using medical marijuana edibles. Even if you smoke on a daily basis, you will get a different and often stronger effect when using edibles. Start slowly until you understand how the specific edible affects you. You can always take more if needed but you cannot go back and take less.
- Use caution with medical marijuana edibles if you have never used any form of marijuana in the past. Different people may respond and react differently to the same exact edible product with the same specific dose of THC. For some people the edible products may be too strong or they may cause an undesired reaction that is completely different from smoking marijuana.
- Know the THC dose of the edibles that you are consuming. If a chocolate bar has 100 mg of THC and it is divided into 10 squares then each square will provide 10 mg of THC. Since 10 mg is usually a good starting point, you would only consume a single square of the bar if you were new to medical marijuana and edibles. Experienced users, with higher tolerance levels, may need to use more to get the desired effects.
- Pay attention to your body when you are using medical marijuana edibles. Your age, body mass, body fat percentage, body chemistry, and even your gender can affect how the edible products affect you and the conditions being treated with the product. If you are not sure then ask the bud tender at the dispensary to suggest the right product and dosage recommendations.
- You may need to experiment with different types of medical marijuana edibles to find the right products and percentages for your situation. Check to make sure each product has been rigorously tested and evaluated, with a label that is specific and that lists the percentages of the marijuana compounds that each patient is looking for like THC or CBD.
- Medical marijuana edibles can be found in many brands, and each brand may offer specific consistencies and product types. Do some research to see what others with similar conditions recommend. Once you find a brand and product type that works well, this will often become the go to brand that you prefer and know what to expect.
- If one type of product does not offer relief try a different type. Some people respond better to gummies, others seem to get better results with infused chocolates, and some may find the optimal relief using cannabis butters and oils in prepared foods. You may need to experiment before you find the best edible products to use.
- Always take medical marijuana edibles with food, never use these products on an empty stomach. For some patients the edible products can cause stomach upset if they are taken on an empty stomach and this is an avoidable side effect. Have a small snack or a few bites of food at the least before you use any edible medical marijuana products.
- Never try to drive after using marijuana edibles. Remember that the high you get from edibles typically lasts longer than almost any other form of marijuana, for both good and bad experiences. If you do overdo it try to relax, stay calm, and remember that no one has ever died from being high on marijuana, even if it feels like you will. Seek medical attention without driving if necessary.
- Don’t be too quick to take more. Many medical marijuana edibles may take 45 minutes to have an effect, and some of these products may take an hour or even longer to kick in. Some of these products may contain an activation chart that lets you know how long you can expect it to take before the edible product starts to work.
One of the easiest ways to have a bad experience with marijuana edibles is to go back for a second serving without giving the first serving enough time to take effect.
Source: Consume Responsibly
With medical marijuana edibles becoming more popular, even top chefs are jumping on board with recipes, products, and information. Always remember your reaction can be very different from others. Different strains and potency all give different reactions with different patients. Be responsible!