Many patients consider baking edibles as an alternative method of consuming medical cannabis. However, this isn’t the best idea. Here are a few reasons why.
The Dosage Isn’t Clear
Smoking medical cannabis allows patients to know exactly how much medication they’re ingesting. It’s easier to monitor dosage and impact via inhalation because it enters the bloodstream so quickly—users feel the high effect shortly after smoking. Users eating edibles may not feel the effects until three hours later. Edibles take longer to affect the patient, which may cause the person to eat the entire snack in an effort to feel relief. This may leave them feeling far too medicated.
Even with the right strain, edibles vary in strength. Patients can’t always be sure of the potency in one of these food items. It’s hard to measure how much concentration is in one bite: Is it necessary to eat the entire cookie or just half of it? Authorization is typically measured via milligrams, with 10 mg equal to one dose of THC. One snack can contain more or less than your daily dose.
The side effects of smoking versus eating are very different, and if the dosage is too strong in edibles, patients will overdo it. Baked edibles don’t provide an accurate view of how much medical cannabis is consumed per snack.
Unintended Side Effects
Both the delay and timing can result in some undesirable side effects that the patient wasn’t expecting. The inability to accurately measure dosage contributes to the unwanted results. The effects of baked edibles are unpredictable, and most patients don’t know how much to eat.
Although overdosing on marijuana isn’t lethal, it’s certainly an issue you don’t want to deal with and one that may occur if users overeat. Common side effects include feelings of anxiety, panic, and paranoia. Patients may experience psychotic episodes of hallucinations, delusions, and confusion—all of which can be scary to deal with.
The authorized dose is a recommendation that patients need to follow. People metabolize medical cannabis differently. It isn’t fast-acting for everyone, meaning the effects could rush the patient all at once. Edibles are absorbed through the stomach instead of the lungs, which is why the body reacts differently.
Regulation and Safety Concerns
There’s no way to read the label of home-baked edibles: You’re trusting how much you’ve added from your authorized amount. Baked edibles aren’t a legal form of purchase for medical cannabis. Patients who choose the illegal route and buy them from a dispensary create a new risk for themselves. These aren’t regulated products. Patients can’t be completely sure of the levels contained inside.
Another concern will no doubt affect parents using this authorization: Edibles, such as brownies and cookies, resemble their kids’ favourite snacks. You don’t want to leave these lying around by mistake. Keeping these treats out of reach is an important safety measure.
At this time, baked edibles aren’t recommended as a consumption method. A medical marijuana brownie may sound more appealing than smoking, but take some time to consider this intake method and its risks.
Before you decide to bake medical cannabis treats, speak to the doctors and nurse practitioners at Aleafia Health. While they can’t recommend intake methods, they can give you more information about different types of ingestion and how each one impacts individual patients.