What are Edibles?
There are few topics more exciting in the space than that of cannabis-infused food products. Where medicating with edibles was once a one-dimensional experience, with infused cookies and brownies serving, almost exclusively, as the options available to patients, the contemporary edibles conversation is one characterized by advancement, safety, and sophistication.
Where traditional edibles, made with cannabis-infused oil or butter, were hard to dose, new edible products make medicating simple and delicious. The space is presently stuffed with respected companies like Dixie Elixirs, which produces everything from premium chocolates to infused drinks, all of which are pushing the boundaries on the conversation around edibles and infusions.1
One of the safest and most efficient ways to medicate with cannabis, edibles serve patients a robust set of treatment options. This lineup is literally as long as the imagination is wide. With cannabis being infused into nearly every dish and dessert that can incorporate an oil or butter, which is most, edibles have become an increasingly popular means of treating symptoms with food-based cannabis products.
Unlike flower cannabis and concentrates, which are vaporized or combusted and inhaled, edibles are consumed by ingestion. Because the body needs more time to metabolize the active components in an edible, cannabis products consumed by ingestion take longer than inhalation to take effect. From a therapeutic perspective, this usually makes edibles an ideal option for anyone looking to microdose for chronic issues, or pacify persistent acute symptoms.2
The flip side of a slow onset time is the duration of the effects of an edible. Typically, the therapeutic benefits of infused foods last much longer than flowers and concentrates. In the context of treatment, this extended period can prove to be both a positive health, and cost-effective, option.
It is important to factor in safety considerations when consuming edibles. Particularly when cooking and baking at home, potency can vary, and the best operating procedure is to dose low, and go slow. Cannabinoid content is almost always labelled and, as such, medicating with pre-packaged edible products is a simple and safe option for patients. Again, however, it is important to titrate responsibly, as edible products can be quite powerful.
As the tapestry of cannabis products continues to develop, so too will more edibles – chocolates and cakes, yes, but also CBD chews and drinks – be added to the market. For both recreational and medical users, these products have already opened up a new way of consuming cannabis. In future, patients can expect even more options when it comes to treating particular symptoms and conditions with food-based cannabis products.
- Dixie Elixirs products. http://dixieelixirs.com/products/
- Weed edibles: the definitive guide to edible cannabis. https://medium.com/@amanda_60621/weed-edibles-the-definitive-guide-to-edible-cannabis-ed823c0aec4e