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Benefits of Edibles
With the rise of all the medicinal marijuana shops making it more mainstream, many people aren’t just smoking pot anymore, they are eating it for its therapeutic effects, which are vast and well-documented by many people across the world suffering from several ailments.
Its medicinal purposes vary: it can be used to reduce nausea and vomiting in people going through chemotherapy, it has offered relief of symptoms for people with HIV/AIDS, and has been used to treat chronic pain, muscle spasticity, and several neurological disorders.
New, unproven research has also recently hinted at the fact that marijuana can destroy certain cancer cells and reduce the growth of others,
From cookies to brownies and infused salsas, along with an assortment of fudges, caramels, and candies, there are many ways to get therapeutic effects without smoking it. Cannabis is fat soluble, which is why it is generally infused into forms of butter or oil to be used in cooking.
Now before we get into the benefits of eating it as opposed to smoking it, you need to be familiar with cannabinoids.
Cannabinoids, like THC and CBD, are the chemical compounds secreted by cannabis flowers. THC is the psychoactive compound associated with being “high”, while CBD doesn’t produce psychoactive side effects, making it advantageous as a medicine. But both mediate communication between cells. When cannabis is consumed the cannabinoids bind to receptor sites within our brain and body, and different cannabinoids will have different effects, depending which receptor they bind to.
There are 85 different types of cannabinoids and they are all known to cause varying degrees of relief and comfort in patients.
What are the benefits of edibles vs. traditional cannabis
- Unlike smoking cannabis, edibles are introduced into the body through the gastrointestinal tract and processed by the liver before entering the bloodstream. The liver changes the cannabinoid THC into the more potent 11-hydroxy-THC which tends to have a stronger, more sedative effect.
- Eating it will last longer, and result in a more intense feeling.
- Longer-lasting effects don’t require continued dosing throughout the day or night.
- Not as harsh or damaging to the lungs as smoking; when you smoke it, the burning plant material releases more than just THC vapours, and even though THC itself is a cancer-fighting agent, all of these nasty side effects of smoking can still cause cancer and/or other illnesses in your body. Also, many people are unable to smoke for health reasons, so this is a viable alternative.
- It is said that you get more of a “body buzz” because your body feels very relaxed and heavier, making it beneficial for so many different illnesses.
To conclude, edibles are not just a great alternative for people who don’t want to smoke, they are great for those who want a longer lasting “high” experience. But be wary, as these edibles can be very strong and can hit all of sudden, making some users panic.