Are edibles right for you?
The world of cannabis edibles is upon us, and education is the only way to help people guide themselves through the journey. Gummies, brownies, lollies, hard candies, mints, beverages, capsules, dissolvable pills and of course, chocolates are among the products available. There are savory and sweet treats out there. So if you are into sweets, maybe choose savory items as you do not want to overdo it when you become medicated, by consuming more of the treat you desire. Measure the desired amount to put the rest away.
Considering all of these alternatives can be exciting, but edibles can also be confusing because of how long they last compared to inhaling cannabis. There is really no going back once you've consumed them. Before partaking, make sure you educate yourself the best to your ability and go slow.
Some people find edible cannabis products particularly beneficial in controlling certain health conditions but remember they are not suited for everyone. So, think about what you want to gain out of this cannabis experience, and then decide whether an edible is the best method to get there, perhaps with the advice of a doctor, or an expert that can guide you.
When you smoke or vape cannabis, its components can take effect fairly quickly. They can also last up to three hours. Consuming edibles is often a preferred and more discreet method of inhaling smoke or vapor than smoking; however, it could last much longer than inhalation, which is wonderful for chronic patients.
Edibles are promoted not just as a method of recreation but also as a tool to control certain health concerns, such as pain and insomnia. Several studies suggest they are beneficial. There is credible evidence that cannabis can help with chronic pain symptoms and moderate evidence that it can help with short-term sleep problems caused by certain health conditions.
Micro-dosing is used by individuals who wish to reap the medical benefits of THC while avoiding its psychoactive effects that can interfere with daily activities. So if you are beginning edibles, maybe go back through the "Edibles" archives and read the "dosage methods" and "micro-dosing" from previous issues.
Not all cannabis cultivars are alike, and as organic farmers continue to breed their specific genetics, users need to know what the cannabinoid profile is. Knowing the flower they are testing can bring positive experiences, the best experience and outcome, and decide what will be best for their medical issue and/or ailment. Please check with your cannabis therapy consultant for more guidance.
All information in this article is for educational purposes only. The information provided is derived from research gathered from external sources. Please check with your Cannabis Educated Primary Health Care Physician or Educated & Trained Cannabis Therapy Consultant before beginning any new diet or lifestyle change.
Written by Dr. Pepper Hernandez ND, Ph.D., CTC, CNHP in ECS & Naturopathic Medicine, Cannabis Therapy Consultant, The Founder and Education Director of the Cannabis Holistic Institute. To find out more about her Telemedicine Consultations, Educational Programs, YouTube videos, and other creative content, you can and find her on the massive inter-webs on all platforms or at drpepperhernandez.com.
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Benefits of Micro-dosing Edibles
Let us first start by explaining what micro-dosing is. It's a technique that involves taking minimal amounts of cannabis on a disciplined regular schedule. The point of this activity is to find your body’s THC perfection point. One can do this by only taking enough THC to barely perceive the effects on your mind and body without getting too altered. Why would someone want to do this? If you are a newbie and want to get familiar with cannabinoids and or terpenes, this could be a preferred method for you. Micro-dosing helps people get the light, therapeutic effects of cannabis without achieving a heavy, uncomfortable high and feel more comfortable with the plant itself. The art of micro-dosing requires discipline, patience and mindfulness.
Finding your Minimum Effective Dose - MED
In this sphere of medicine, the MED [minimum effective dose] is something patients and health care providers need more understanding of. Cannabis is biphasic, so you have this wonderful anti-inflammatory, relaxing properties with little to no side effects in small amounts. In large amounts, there is the possibility of unwanted effects of being too altered.
Many people who try edibles for the first time become overwhelmed by the experience. That is because everyone has a different tolerance level. For example, a 10 mg piece of chocolate will affect each person differently. Also, edibles are much different than smoking cannabis. Why do cannabis edibles feel so different? The human body processes cannabis through the liver and GI tract. The effects of the potent metabolic byproduct are called 11-hydroxy-THC.
This compound resulted in a faster onset and a more intense psychoactive experience than simply THC.
Micro-dosing with 2.5-milligram products allows the consumer to ingest the initial THC and then gradually eat more the following day until they find their preferred comfort level. Most people who are interested in micro-dosing cannabis typically start with about 2.5mg or less. One can start with various teas, mints or chocolates with THC concentrations starting at 2.5 milligrams suitable for micro-dosing. It can take over an hour to feel some edibles' effects, so I suggest waiting a day and trying an increased amount the following day. The reason is that some edibles if taken properly, like a tincture, can be held under the tongue goes directly into the bloodstream. Simultaneously, others are digested in the stomach and can take hours to feel the effects depending on a person's digestive system. So it is important when micro-dosing to chart the amount and wait for results.
Cannabis is a medicine that should be tailored to each patient’s individual make-up. Not all people are the same, and not all products are created equal. Cultivate an understanding of your endocannabinoid system by keeping a journal to track the cannabis farmer or grower, cultivar type, consumption method, dosage and side effects. Take your time and be patient when figuring out what dosage and consumption method works best for you. Be mindful of other elements that may impact the outcome of your experience when micro-dosing. Such as your nutrition, hydration, environment or even state of mind. As these can all affect your experience.
Beneficial in Resetting Your Tolerance
Like in all other forms of medicine, you want to treat yourself with the lowest effective dose. For those cannabis connoisseurs, micro-dosing can help you identify the perfection point you may need to reset your THC tolerance. Maybe you needed higher doses of THC for treating a past condition. Maybe you have to consume larger amounts of cannabis edibles to achieve any helpful high than you once did. You have built a tolerance to the effect and may need to take a small break. If this is the case, you can try to reset your tolerance to the effects of cannabis products by micro-dosing.
The length of a tolerance break depends on your consumption patterns. In general, it works to stop or slow down consumption for 48 hours. After that time frame, you can start again with small doses of 1 to 2 mg of THC slowly building yourself back up. I encourage my patients to do this at least once a month to reset their tolerance levels.
Micro-dosing Studies on the Rise
In Israel on July 1, 2020, PRNewswire.com -- Israeli med-tech company Syqe Medical has conducted the first clinical trial to demonstrate that extremely low and precise doses of inhaled THC – the principal psychoactive constituent of cannabis – can effectively relieve pain while avoiding the common side effects associated with cannabis use.
The study, published in the European Journal of Pain, is the first scientific confirmation that micro-dosing – the process of using extremely low doses of active drug compounds to treat various conditions – actually works with cannabis.
According to GetFluent.com, medical card users with these conditions have seen success with micro-dosing:
• Crohn’s Disease
• Chronic Muscle Spasms
• Parkinson’s Disease
• Multiple Sclerosis
• Chronic Pain
• Sleep Disorders
• Tourette Syndrome
• Anxiety Disorders
Micro-dosing can help people get therapeutic effects of cannabis without achieving a heavy, uncomfortable altered state and generally feel more comfortable with cannabis products. Micro-dosing can also help one achieve the perfect amount for their specific healing process.
If you or someone you know requires help or would like more information, contact your Cannabis Therapy Consultant for more guidance.
All information in this article is for educational purposes only. The information provided is derived from research gathered from external sources. Please check with your Cannabis Educated Primary Health Care Physician or Cannabis Therapy Consultant before beginning any new diet or lifestyle change.
Written by Dr. Pepper Hernandez ND, Ph.D., CTC, CNHP in ECS & Naturopathic Medicine, Cannabis Therapy Consultant, The Founder and Education Director of the Cannabis Holistic Institute. To find out more about her Telemedicine Consultations, Educational Programs, YouTube videos, and other creative content, you can find her on the massive inter-webs on all platforms or at drpepperhernandez.com.
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