“No one’s looking at me and judging, for once,” said Laura. “The high I get from marijuana gives the needed release. Release from everything that has been building up in my head for the last couple of hours. The marijuana experience feels like visiting an old friend’s house after being gone for a while. However, the friend is a 420-friendly god of relaxation and paranoia reduction.” Hence one of the reasons patients tries edibles.
Why Edibles Are An Option For Patients Who Don’t Want To Get High
Laura is one of many Coloradans who consume Cannabis without inhaling it, either for medical or recreational reasons. For her, using edibles is the best way to handle chronic back pain caused by scoliosis. She’s a longtime Cannabis user and has found it the most effective treatment for managing her pain.
“In my experience, edibles are great if you want to relieve stress. Or enjoy a mellow high at night,” she said. “I would say three or four doses of CBD is perfect for a relaxing evening.”
But it’s not just about calming anxiety. One of the most popular reasons for patients to try edibles is to experience a high. They say it’s less intense than smoking or vaping Cannabis. Smoking and vaping aren’t optimal choices for people new to cannabis. Nor for people with short attention spans who don’t want to be distracted by a cerebral “weed hangover.”
Edibles allow users to take in Cannabis gradually. And they can also control the dosage so that smoking doesn’t.
In particular, people with heart conditions often use edibles because inhalation is not recommended for them. This patient population includes those who have experienced heart attacks or are at risk of having one because of family history or other factors.
Cannabis Edibles And Being Economical
Edibles also tend to be more economical than other forms of Cannabis consumption – not only because they’re cheaper in general, but because a patient can, in theory, use just one edible instead of smoking or vaping several times throughout the day. This is especially true for patients who need their medicine every two to four hours and don’t want to munch on edibles constantly.
“The high I get from marijuana is like a release of everything that has been building up in my head for the last couple hours.”
Watling, who uses CBD as part of her overall treatment plan and recreation, also emphasized the importance of using reputable companies. While buying edibles online might be the most convenient way to purchase them, it’s also risky. It’s dangerous because you can’t be sure of the quality of what you’re getting. And in a worst-case scenario, you could potentially overdose on THC or other cannabinoids.
“I would recommend looking into your different options for local dispensaries,” she said. “I would say the same goes for delivery services if you know how to find trustworthy ones. It’s easy to look at a menu online and pick out what you want. However, it’s best to have someone help you through the process in person.” The advice for patients choosing to try edibles for the first time.
Edibles Not For Everyone
Of course, edibles aren’t perfect for everyone – even those with medical conditions. Many people, especially those who aren’t familiar with edibles, find edibles‘ delayed effects and duration to be discomforting.
Some long-term smokers also don’t like edibles because they are not as potent as smoking Cannabis. However, this is less true for consumers who smoke high-THC strains or use cannabis for a long time.
If you’re a new medical or recreational patient wanting to try edibles, it’s important to remember; not all products made with cannabis will get you high. Edible makers can add CBD and THC to almost anything – from ice cream to soda, gummy bears to bacon – but not all products will get you buzzed. To be sure, check the label for CBD and THC levels before buying!
Conclusion On Patients Trying Edibles
“Edibles are a great option if you’re looking for something more than just an herbal supplement,” Watling said. “They’re also good if you want to save money or don’t have any access to a smoking option.”
She recommends taking edibles with friends for the first time and suggests waiting around two hours after eating them before doing anything else – like driving home or getting behind a desk.
“Once you get used to it, it’s not that hard,” she said. “And I’ve found that even when I accidentally get a high dose, it’s easier to manage than smoking or vaping.
“In terms of side effects, I just feel relaxed and like everything around me is slowing down – especially if I’m having a hard day,” she added. “I get headaches from migraines, and when that happens, Cannabis helps me relax.”