Edibles are the preferred way to medicate for many patients. Edibles are created using a unique cooking process utilizing decarboxylation to activate the cannabinoids. The primary benefit of medicating with edibles compared to other forms of ingesting cannabis is the fact that edibles last for a much longer period of time, providing relief for as much as 10 hours even, depending on the potency of the product.
What conditions are best suited for medicating with cannabis edibles?
- Crohn’s Disease is an inflammatory disorder that affects the gastrointestinal tract. Also known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), Crohn’s disease occurs when an abnormal immune response results in chronic inflammation in the digestive tract. The symptoms of this condition include painful rectal bleeding, feeling constipated, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Ingesting cannabis edibles are beneficial to Crohn’s disease patients since it enables cannabinoids to be evenly distributed to the actual root of the problem – in the stomach area, where the edibles are metabolized.
- Respiratory and lung diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), lung cancer, the flu, chronic bronchitis, the common cold, and asthma can be managed effectively using cannabis edibles. While smoking or vaping tends to be more popular with the majority, patients with respiratory or lung diseases can’t use the same administration method because they can introduce irritants to the lungs or cause airway obstruction when smoked heavily. On the other hand, it’s easy to consume edibles even if you have a respiratory condition. But depending on the case, a patient may want to consume edibles ahead of time as a preventive measure since in most cases it takes around 30 minutes for its effects to set in.
- Cancer treatment, especially chemotherapy, may bring with it a host of side effects. These include appetite loss, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and pain – all of which cannabis can help address. Patients undergoing chemotherapy can consume edibles to treat these conditions while reducing the risk of cancer spreading within the body because of cannabis’ cancer-fighting properties. Edibles can provide long-lasting relief from these symptoms as opposed to short-lived methods like smoking or vaping, for maximum comfort.
- Chronic pain is one of the most common reasons patients use medical cannabis. Many things can cause chronic pain: inflammations caused by infections, injuries or casualties, cancer, fibromyalgia, and many more. Chronic pain is defined as debilitating pain that lasts for over 12 weeks, sometimes for months or even longer. Due to the incapacitating nature of chronic pain, many patients are unable to go about their normal lives. But cannabis is an effective natural remedy for pain with no side effects. Edibles can be used to prevent and treat chronic pain symptoms, giving patients the ability to continue doing life with minimal to no more pain.
- Musculoskeletal pain affecting the muscles, bones, and joints can be treated by edibles. These conditions may be brought about by rigorous workout routines (such as those done by athletes), muscle spasms, muscular dystrophy, arthritis, gout, lupus, and more. Musculoskeletal pain may be chronic and last for several hours at a time, which calls for more powerful pain relief in the form of edibles. Elderly patients suffering from age-related problems such as arthritis may benefit more from using CBD or low-dose edibles.
- Migraines are so common that over 37 million Americans experience them. In severe cases, migraines make it impossible to get anything done. Migraines may also be accompanied by nausea and vomiting. The benefits of cannabis for migraine treatment is widely documented, and may be an excellent administration method of choice for patients who suffer from long bouts of migraines.
- Mental disorders such as depression, anxiety, and even stress-related conditions can be treated through edibles. Clinical depression lasts for a long time, sometimes with patients experiencing depressive bouts for several days, which makes edibles an excellent form of treatment. Additionally, edibles can safely provide the same benefits of antidepressants but without the side effects and addictive properties.
- Did you use cannabis edibles to treat something else?