If you’re interested in trying marijuana edibles to see what kind of health benefits they hold, then variety is on your side. Edibles come in a wide range of forms, including: candies, baked goods, juices, oils, butter, honey, and more. You can eat these products on their own, or add them to other foods and your cooking. Like any health product on the market, edibles have their benefits as well as some risks (most of which can be avoided if you use a dosage calculator when cooking edibles.) Here’s a closer look at everything you need to know when experimenting with edibles.
What are the health benefits?
In order to maximize the health benefits of marijuana, it’s essential to get your dosage right. Once you find that correct dosage, these are a few of the benefits you can reap;
- You will experience a relief from anxiety, and feel a sense of calm and relaxation. The active ingredient in marijuana is THC which is a psychoactive cannabinoid, but it also contains non-psychoactive CBD which also has anti-anxiety effects.
- CBD is also known to have effective pain management abilities, as well as anti-inflammatory properties. CBD is terrific for reducing pain and swelling, but it’s most commonly used for treating chronic pain rather than acute pain. CBD is particularly effective in treating arthritic pain, cancer pain, fibromyalgia, and neuropathic pain.
- Muscle spasms and seizures decrease significantly when using marijuana in any form, but edible doses are best for treating spasms. CBD’s miraculous effect on seizures is so remarkable, it is now being researched as a promising hope for the treatment of epilepsy.
What are the potential risks?
Long term, uncontrolled use in high doses can potentially lead to conditions like schizophrenia and heart issues, so it’s important to use moderation. Also, edibles often come in the form of sugary candy, and someone who doesn’t realize these candies are psychoactive could potentially take too many, leading to paranoia, hallucinations, etc. Make sure to always talk to your doctor before taking any marijuana product.
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