What To Know About Using Marijuana Edibles

What To Know About Using Marijuana Edibles

21 February 2020
 Categories: Health & Medical , Blog

Medical marijuana has numerous benefits including reducing pain levels, alleviating nausea, and decreasing the occurrence of anxiety and insomnia. If you've recently received your medical marijuana card, you may not know which products to use or which ones will work best for your ailments. 

Medical marijuana dispensaries offer many options, including smokable marijuana, vapable marijuana, marijuana for topical use, and marijuana edibles. Marijuana edibles are baked or packaged products that contain cannabis; some of the most common options include brownies, cookies, and gummies. If you decide to purchase marijuana edibles, here's what you should know about using them. 

It Takes Time to Feel the Effects of Marijuana Edibles

It's essential to understand that you don't immediately feel the effects of marijuana edibles. Once you consume the edible, your body has to digest it before the effects are felt. This can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.

Many new users of marijuana edibles make the mistake of taking another edible because they don't feel the effects of the first edible. In reality, they're usually just not waiting long enough to feel the effects. If you notice that you feel the same after taking an edible, wait an hour before taking another. You should always start with a small dosage when using edibles and build from there.

Some negative effects associated with consuming too much cannabis at once include paranoia, hallucinations, and impaired motor skills. If you notice any of these effects, stay calm. A cannabis overdose isn't deadly and is rarely dangerous.

Reach for your favorite snack or have an appetizing meal. Low blood sugar exasperates the effects of consuming too much cannabis. Once you have a full stomach, the effects should subside.

You Need to Know the Concentration of the Edible

Before selecting an edible, you need to take a few minutes to read the label of the edible so that you know exactly what it contains. Some edibles contain only THC, while others also contain a percentage of CBD. THC is the component in marijuana that yields the high feeling, but it also helps with the following ailments:

  • Chronic pain
  • Muscle spasms
  • Insomnia
  • Low appetite
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety

CBD won't make you feel high, but it does help with pain management and assists with symptoms related to:

  • Seizures
  • Migraines
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Digestive disorders

The best formulation for your marijuana edibles depends on the conditions that you need relief from. If you have conditions that will benefit from THC and CBD, experiment with different percentages to see which best suits your body. 

Find a medical cannabis dispensary in your area today.