With all the options available to cannabis patients today, many are choosing to explore methods of medicating beyond the traditional pipe or paper. Cannabis infused foods commonly referred to as edibles, provide another option to patients who cannot or choose not to imbibe through smoking. Eating infused products is a healthier alternative to inhaling cannabis smoke, as there is no exposure to carbon, tar, carcinogens, or other pollutants.
Any consumable can be infused with cannabis, including popular, ready-to-eat items like brownies and candy, or cooking ingredients like butter and hot sauce. There are even companies that offer a “medicated” meals-on-wheels service for patients that cannot physically leave their homes.
Some patients, such as those on supplemental oxygen, turn to cannabis-infused edibles when smoking is no longer an option. For patients with eating and digestive disorders, edibles testing high in cannabidiol (CBD) are not only a source of nausea-reducing medicine but also a vital source of essential nutrients and calories. The same is true for cancer patients suffering from nausea caused by their treatments, or expectant mothers dealing with hyperemesis (morning sickness). In addition to this, many patients choose edibles as their preferred method of consumption because they are a more discreet way to medicate, while others simply prefer the longevity of effects when ingesting cannabis compared to the fast-acting effects of smoking.
First-time cannabis patients typically start with a low dose of 10 to 15 mg (milligrams) of active THC and/or CBD cannabinoids. The right dosage can only be determined by the patient himself and
often requires experimenting with different potencies and types of edibles. Finding the right dosage is a learning process and keeping a journal is recommended. Patients are encouraged to record their experiences with different products, dosages, and the ratio of cannabinoids in dosages, to optimize therapeutic effects on their particular conditions.
Infused edibles are divided into three basic categories, including the gastrointestinal uptake, oral uptake, and hybrid categories. Edibles absorbed through gastrointestinal uptake are digested through the stomach and edibles absorbed through oral uptake are ingested through saliva. The hybrid category refers to edibles absorbed simultaneously through the stomach and saliva.
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