Medical marijuana has been legal in Canada for years, but the growing interest in the subject has greatly increased the number of patients who have a prescription for marijuana. The new demand for medical cannabis has generated some interesting trends in the market. Instead of traditional smoking methods, more and more people are becoming interested in trying out edible marijuana options. These edibles allow patients to get the benefits of marijuana without having to smoke the substance.
What Are Edibles?
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is the chemical compound in marijuana that provides so many calming, appetite-boosting, and anti-nausea effects. This compound is fat soluble, which means that it dissolves into fatty substances and binds with particles of fat. Therefore, it is possible to infuse oil or butter with marijuana and create edible items. Edibles can include baked goods, like brownies or cookies, candies, smoothies, spreads, and even gum.
What Are the Laws Regulating Edibles?
For a while, laws prevented people from making marijuana into edible products because of concerns about the concentrated nature of cannabis extracts and oils. However, a 2015 Supreme Court of Canada ruling unanimously decided that any patient who was allowed to use medical cannabis was permitted to consume it or transform it into any form that they prefer. This culmination to a six year legal battle greatly expanded
Why Are Edibles Becoming so Popular?
The new change in laws has greatly increased the market for edibles because patients no longer have to worry about accidentally breaking a law. More and more people are starting to realize that marijuana has valid medical benefits, but they are concerned about stereotypes surrounding marijuana. Eating a slice of toast with “cannabutter” or snacking on a cookie allows patients to consume their medicine without having to resort to bongs, bowls, and other methods stereotypically consumed by “stoners.” There is also a perception that edibles are healthier because they do not require patients to inhale smoke, so they are becoming the preferred congestion method for health conscious patients.
Are Edibles Healthier than Other Consumption Methods?
There is some concern that smoking marijuana can expose the lungs to carcinogens that increase the risk of lung cancer. It is true that edibles contain less of a cancer risk than traditional smoking methods. However, it is important to keep in mind that edible marijuana consumption changes the way your body absorbs marijuana. Its journey into the bloodstream is slower, so effects may not be felt for several hours. This can cause people to unintentionally overdose on edibles. Therefore it is important for patients who use medical edibles to exercise caution and not exceed recommended dosages.