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Everything You Need To Know About Edibles
Edibles have been a popular form of marijuana consumption for a very long time. There is a long history marijuana brownies, gummies or cookies, popping up at parties for decades.
Here at Louisiana Marijuana Card, we want to go above and beyond being your medical marijuana card provider. We also want to give you quality, accurate information about marijuana formats so you can have the tools you need to make the best decision for your health and wellness!
Yes edibles are very popular but there also is a lot more that people should know about them before using them.
Today, we will be going over what edibles are and why they’re beneficial. We also will be discussing how to properly dose edibles, make your own at home and how to get access to dispensaries to purchase them.
Keep reading to become an edibles connoisseur!
What Are Edibles?
Edibles are in fact just that. They’re edible marijuana! Edibles refers to any food that is infused or contains marijuana.
Marijuana is usually infused into a fat-soluble base such as butter or oil. Once you have the butter or oil infused with marijuana, it is easy to then use that in foods such as brownies or cookies.
Edibles are of course consumed orally and so they are digested through the stomach and the liver. This is what makes them more potent and have long lasting effects. With this also comes a longer time for it to take effect.
Edibles are so beloved because you can get a precise dose that lasts long without having to smoke marijuana which often feels more recreational to some.
The benefits of using edibles:
There are many benefits to using edibles as your medical marijuana format of choice!
One benefit is that the dosing is spot on. If you buy your edibles from a licensed dispensary in Louisiana, the dosing will be accurate. This will give you a dependable and consistent method of consuming marijuana which is harder to get with other formats that marijuana comes in.
Edibles also last longer! They do take longer for the body to feel the effects since they are absorbed through the stomach and liver, but once they are, the effects last. This is great for medical conditions that you want relief from for a long period of time such as chronic pain, anxiety, or insomnia.
Edibles are discreet as well. If you are worried about the marijuana smell that is very potent, edibles will help you avoid that. Or if you just have a noisy mother snooping through your things, edibles just look like any other food. Just make sure no one else eats it by accident!
How Do I Know The Right Dosage?
Good question! The right dosage of any marijuana product varies from person to person. But why?
There are many factors that are involved in how a person’s body reacts to marijuana (and medication in general). These factors can include one’s marijuana use, gastrointestinal issues, or how sensitive or functional one’s endocannabinoid system is.
About 3% of people are highly sensitive to THC so they do much better using extremely low doses, such as 1 mg, when using edibles.
If a person tries a 50 mg edible or higher, they could risk feeling an uncomfortable high. Over consuming marijuana can cause nausea, paranoia, and anxiety even for those that are seasoned marijuana users.
Wait to feel the effects:
The number one rule when using edibles is be patient!
Because edibles take longer to be absorbed into the body, many consume an edible, don’t feel the effects right away and consume more. This can lead to an uncomfortable feeling and can insight paranoia or anxiety.
This may seem scary to some but it is super easy to avoid. Just make sure to start with a low dose and wait patiently for the effects to kick in. It could take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour for you to fully feel the effects of an edible so keep that in mind.
General Rule of Thumb for Proper Dosage:
There are general rules for the amount of an edible you should consume based on the effects and the relief that you are looking for. Below are the basic guidelines but remember these vary from person to person so start low and slow and keep patience in mind!
2 - 15 mg THC edibles:
Within this dosage you can feel strong relief from chronic pain, insomnia and anxiety as well as experience some euphoria. This is a good dosage if you are looking to treat symptoms that haven’t been treated previously by lower doses.
25 - 50 mg THC edibles:
With this higher dosage you are more likely to feel an intense euphoric effect. This is a good dosage for those that have a high tolerance of THC and consume regularly and for those whose IG systems don’t absorb cannabis well.
50 - 100+ mg THC edibles:
At this level you could start to feel negative effects and have an uncomfortable high which could insight paranoia, nausea and increase heart rate. This could be a dosage beneficial for those with cancer or other serious medical conditions.
Finding the right CBD to THC ratio:
Finding a marijuana product that has CBD with THC can actually enhance the medicinal properties of marijuana while at the same time decreasing any adverse effects. This is because CBD is a partial blocker of the psychoactive effects that THC has. So if you wish to get the medicinal values without too much of the “high,” a CBD and THC hybrid is best for you!
As the ratio of CBD:THC increases, the likelihood of negative effects decreases. So for example at a 4:1 ratio the negative effects are less likely unless a person takes a super high dose. Therefore if a person takes 5 mg of THC and they feel impaired, they could take 20 mg of CBD and 5 mg of THC together and feel less impaired or no impairment at all!
Can I Make My Own Edibles?
It is definitely possible to make your own edibles at home and in fact many people do!
Since THC and CBD cannabinoids are fat-soluble, they have to bind the fat in your body in order for you to process them. This is why most people use butter or oil to infuse their marijuana buds with.
Marijuana buds need to be decarboxylated before infusing. This means it needs to be heated for our bodies to absorb the effects. When marijuana is smoked, this happens when it catches fire but for edibles this happens by heating weed in an oven at a low temperature, then using it to infuse oil or butter.
In Louisiana, flower is not available for sale yet at dispensaries so infusing your own oil or butter with flower can’t be done legally. But flower could be coming to Louisiana soon so this may be an option for many of you in the near future!
Making edibles by decarboxylating marijuana is not the only way to make edibles though! In Louisiana, marijuana oils are permitted which can be used to make edibles too. Check out our recipes and summer cocktails that you can make using tinctures!
How To Get Edibles in Louisiana:
The only way to access edibles in Louisiana legally is by going to a licenced dispensary but in order to do that, you need your medical marijuana card.
We can help you with this!
At Louisiana Marijuana Card, our job is to make it as easy as possible for you to get approved for your medical marijuana card. You can do this with us in four easy steps!
Schedule an appointment with us by booking online or calling us at (833) 253-2943.
Submit all your documentation by completing the patient intake form and sending us your medical records.
Meet with our certified medical marijuana doctors and discuss your medical condition.
With the doctor’s approval you will receive your medical marijuana card and have access to dispensaries all throughout Louisiana!
It really is that easy. Don’t wait another day for the relief you deserve!
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Call us at (833) 253-2943, or simply book a medical marijuana evaluation to start getting relief you can trust today!
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