Edibles are a popular way to ingest marijuana alternatively without smoking or vaporizing cannabis. Cannabis is put into different tasty and recognizable food products. Many people choose this method because it’s a more discreet way to medicate, but many people prefer the long lasting effects compared to the fast fading effects of smoking. Patients can use edibles for treatment for autoimmune disorders, chronic pain, muscle inflammation, nervous system disorders, insomnia, and nausea.
Although there are a lot of different types of edibles, they can be categorized into three different categories:
Gastrointestinal uptake: Any edible such as brownies, cookies, chocolate bars, etc. falls into the category of gastrointestinal which means that it’s digested through the stomach.
Oral uptake: Tinctures, lozenges, gum, etc. fall into the oral uptake category and can affect a patient almost immediately.
Hybrid (both gastrointestinal and oral): Some items such as drinks fall into the hybrid category because they are absorbed by both the stomach and mouth. The benefit of these hybrids is that they offer fast acting relief, but can last for four or more hours.
A cannabis extract is any oil that concentrates the plant’s chemical compounds such as THC and CDB through a variety of extraction processes. These extraction processes involve solvents such as butane, hexane, isopropyl alcohol, and ethanol to retain certain cannabinoids of the cannabis plant. The end product results in a highly potent oil of varying consistencies that allow users to choose their preferred method of medicating.
Topical Marijuana Information
Working with the body, cannabis infused topical products can help with a various assortment of ailments including pain, itchiness, soreness, and chronic conditions. The cannabinoids in the topical ointment bind with receptors in your skin that help regenerate cells and allow wounds to heal faster.
Throughout your body are a network of receptors called CB1 and CB2. They can be activated by cannabinoid compounds such as THC and CBD. Cannabinoids penetrate the skin enough to relieve arthritic and muscle pain, but don’t enter the blood stream or central nervous system. They are often chosen by patients who want the benefits of marijuana without a cerebral effect that’s associated with other delivery methods.
Different topicals have different benefits depending on the way they are processed and the ingredients that are used.