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.
Microdosing 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 "mircodosing" 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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