Smoking or vaping cannabis is still probably the most common way of medicating with it. There is, however, a growing understanding and appreciation of other approaches such as cannabis topicals and cannabis edibles. These both allow patients to medicate without inconveniencing other people with the smell of cannabis.
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There is now a much wider range of cannabis edibles on offer commercially. It’s also fairly easy to make your own at home. Here is a brief guide to what you need to know about them.
Cannabis edibles still contain all the goodness of cannabis
From a medical perspective, the actual plant matter in cannabis is just waste. It can have practical uses, but not medicinal ones. What really matters are the cannabinoids the plant matter holds and these can be extracted and used in cannabis edibles (and cannabis topicals).
Cannabis is liposolvent
Basically, this means that cannabis dissolves in fat rather than in water. As a result, cannabis edibles all have to contain some form of fat. Traditionally, this was butter, often known as cannabutter.
These days, however, patients can choose from a wide variety of fat sources. In fact, some people even look for fat sources to suit their condition. Butter is still widely used however and coconut oil is also very popular.
Cannabutter or its equivalent is very easy to make at home. The one point to remember is that it’s very much a “low and slow” process, so you do need to plan ahead.
Cannabis edibles can be healthy options
Even though cannabis edibles must contain some form of fat, they can still be perfectly healthy. Basically their overall nutritional value depends what other ingredients are used to create them.
Many cannabis edibles can be pre-made and stored
For the most part, cannabis edibles can be treated in much the same way as their non-cannabis-infused counterparts. In other words, if the regular food can be made ahead and stored in the fridge or freezer, then you can do the same with the cannabis-infused version.
Obviously, the same rules apply to the treatment of frozen food, in particular, once you’ve defrosted it you have to use it up, you can’t refreeze it again and it has to be cooked thoroughly before you eat it. One slight difference between cannabis edibles and regular food is that it’s considered preferable to cook it in a standard cooker rather than a microwave.
Cannabis edibles can be used for quick or slow treatments
When people think of cannabis edibles, their first thought may be of cannabis confectionary. In actual fact, however, any food which contains fat can be created as a cannabis edible.
The reason cannabis confectionary is so popular is because it acts very quickly. It’s therefore often a very good choice for conditions which require patients to medicate reactively rather than proactively.
For example, when someone feels a headache starting, they could use cannabis confectionery to deal with it quickly. People with more chronic conditions may wish to medicate more proactively. They may therefore be better served with cannabis edibles which take longer to digest and hence release the medication more slowly.
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