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Many people enjoy cannabis edibles for various reasons, including the fact that they are an alternative to consuming weed by smoking or otherwise inhaling it. For people with certain medical conditions, edibles are the only way to ingest cannabis. Examples of popular edibles include gummies (and other chewable candies), baked goods (cookies, brownies, etc.), and liquids (e.g., root beer). These products are often infused with canna-oil or canna-butter (or cannabis extracts for liquid products). There are several health benefits to consuming edibles. Here is a close look at each of these.
Although each person’s level of tolerance to edibles is different, these products generally take anywhere between 45 minutes and 2 hours to work, while the effects themselves may last up to eight hours (for liquid edibles, these durations are shorter). Here are some notable advantages of these cannabis products.
THCA merely turns into THC once it has aged or has been exposed to heat in a process known as decarboxylation. This process typically occurs at around 220 degrees Fahrenheit and approximately 30–45 minutes of exposure.
Cannabis edibles can help with chronic pain management for those with arthritis, fibromyalgia, and neuropathic pain. Doctors also often recommend medical cannabis (in any form) to treat muscle spasms. As always, be sure to begin with small doses.
Like other forms of medicinal marijuana, edibles have been clinically proven to alleviate nausea. However, given the fact that edibles take longer than joints to take effect, they may not be able to reduce unanticipated bouts of nausea. Therefore, only consume these products after doing something you know may cause you to feel unwell.
Cannabis edibles contain many antioxidants, which are vital because they shield us against anxiety, as well as cancer and other severe illnesses. Antioxidants also protect the human body from “free radicals,” highly reactive molecules that are extremely destructive.
If you have recently experienced drastic appetite or weight loss (due to cancer or any other reason), cannabis edibles can help treat your issue. One Canadian study involved giving advanced cancer patients dronabinol (an artificial compound containing cannabinoids) and resulted in increased protein consumption, improved sense of taste, and improvements in quality of life for the subjects.
As beneficial as cannabis edibles are, they also have notable side effects and other drawbacks. Firstly, the combination of the long latency period of edibles (how long it takes for their effects to begin) and the variable concentration of THC means they can easily be overconsumed (accidentally).
This may lead to impaired motor skills and paranoia, among other symptoms. Additionally, edibles often have side effects such as drowsiness, dry mouth, and altered visual perception. Although nobody has ever died from “overdosing” on cannabis, it remains important to take adequate precautions when consuming this drug. An experienced budtender can help you choose a product and dose that is suitable for your tolerance level. Also, remember to never mix cannabis edibles with certain medications, such as antidepressants and blood thinners.
Reach out to the professionals at Pure Oasis to learn more about the benefits of cannabis edibles. We are Boston’s first recreational marijuana dispensary and provide a user-friendly experience that includes staff who are highly knowledgeable about all of our high-quality products.
If you do not wish to smoke cannabis because you do not enjoy doing this (or because health reasons prevent you from doing so), edibles are the perfect alternative. The edibles we offer include baked goods, chewable candies, and root beer. When making these products, we are always careful to introduce safe levels of THC. For baked goods, the THC is infused into either canna-oil or canna-butter. For liquid products, drops of cannabis extracts or tinctures are inserted into the drinks. Remember that edibles take longer to go through the body than joints (sometimes up to 90 minutes) and that the effects they generate also typically last longer. Call Pure Oasis today at (617) 420-6837 or contact us online to speak with one of our budtenders.
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