The sweeping legalization of medical marijuana across the states, including Pennsylvania, has led to an influx of ways to consume cannabis. From tinctures, beverages, and vaporizers to patches, topicals, and delicious treats, there are dozens of ways to use medical marijuana to treat your health conditions.
One of the most popular ways to consume cannabis is through edibles, which have come a long way since the hash brownies of the past. Here are a few reasons you should consider using edibles to treat your health needs:
Accessibility & Convenience
Part of the edibles appeal comes down to the fact that they are easy to access and convenient to take. Their inconspicuous nature means you can medicate your condition without worrying about the stigma that is so often, and unfortunately, tied to medical marijuana. Since edibles are not available in Pennsylvania dispensaries, you have the opportunity to make your own edibles, which will save you time and money. If you’re interested in making your own, please keep any eye out for our upcoming cooking class (you can make your own gummies at home!) or become a Greener Institute member and gain access to our recipe section.
Edibles, unlike consumption methods like vaping, offer you the chance to be in control over your dose. When you make cannabis-infused goods yourself, you know the exact amount of THC you are consuming. This becomes especially useful when it comes to micro-dosing for chronic pain and anxiety.
If you’re new to the world of edibles, many experts suggest to start with a dose between 2 – 2.5 mg. However, everyone is different, so dosage varies from patient to patient, even if they share conditions. For some, to effectively manage acute pain, a dose of 5 mg may be preferred. Regardless, making your own edibles puts you in the driver’s seat, allowing you to figure out and understand how to properly treat yourself.
Long-Lasting & Effective
The best reason to give edibles a shot is because their effects are incredibly long lasting and especially effective for conditions like:
- Crohn’s disease
- Liver and digestive conditions
- Anxiety and depression
- Cancer and chemotherapy
- Neurological problems
- Chronic pain
- Autoimmune disorders
Edibles are the preferred consumption method for young children or the elderly who are using medical marijuana to treat their conditions since they do not require inhalation. What’s more, edibles cause a different reaction in the body, resulting in a “body high” that is more beneficial to those suffering from chronic pain.
While the research in the field of medical marijuana is rapidly expanding and evolving, doctors who champion the medicinal benefits of cannabis have long endorsed using edibles to treat certain conditions. Besides, who wouldn’t like their medicine to be effective and delicious? If you’d like to learn more about edibles and how to make your own, be sure to visit our recipe page and keep an eye out on your email for information on our first cooking with cannabis class.
If you’re a Pennsylvania resident looking for more information on the Medical Marijuana Program or would like help obtaining your card, please visit our FAQ page or schedule a virtual appointment with our doctor.