Why edibles aren't usually the best choice for medical patients

Published Oct 12, 2021 01:00 p.m. ET
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It seems so easy, doesn’t it? Simply pop a few fruit edibles or down a few slices of weed pizza and your troubles will all soon be behind you. At least that’s how the story goes, but it’s far from the reality that plays out when medical patients test this approach. We see it in media headlines, on social media platforms, and even some medical dispensaries are getting in on the action by introducing their own lines of medicinal edibles that are supposedly designed for the average patients' needs.

Are edibles good for you?

Think about the examples that were provided thus far, which were fruit edibles and weed pizza, two items that we bring up for a very specific reason. Gummies are all the rage, touted as healthy as a daily vitamin, and just this month, a medical store released a thick greasy cannabis pizza for its patrons to indulge in cannabinoid delight. It all sounds good on paper until you take a look at the other ingredients that are often in these cannabis products, many of which are not good for anyone, in particular those with health issues.

Unhealthy ingredients

Think of how much grease must be in a single cannabis pizza and how much sugar goes into the making of gummies. Weed brownies aren’t any better, filled to the brim with sweet chocolatey goodness, and lollipops, taffy, caramels, and chocolate bars which are some of the most widely produced cannabis edibles, are also tarnished with a long line of fatty, unhealthy ingredients that should only be enjoyed on occasion in moderation.

Those who are struggling with inflammation aren’t going to benefit from bad food, nor are those who are trying to lose weight, and even if you cast all of these facts aside ignoring the lack of healthy ingredients, there’s another problem with them and that’s with dosing.

Less control with dosing

Cannabinoids bind to fatty particles, which hold them in a form that can be injected into recipes of all sorts, but even with the most precise steps and overzealous mixing, it's almost impossible to get consistent dosing across the board. The bigger the edible, the more of a problem this can be, and in cases like the weed pizza we mentioned earlier, much of the most powerful elements could slide towards one area of the dish, making a slice or two incredibly potent, and the rest mediocre at best.

If you were served a pot pizza, would you eat a slice and save the rest for later? Are you under the assumption that there is a relatively even amount of power behind each and every bite? Chances are you answered yes like most normal people, and that could be problematic, especially if you’re trying to take consistently measured doses to get you through the day. Are you going to down a whole slice every few hours to keep the effects going?

What about when you’re not hungry? The truth is though it sounds like a lot of fun, most medicinal users aren’t going to get anything they really need from your average edible.

Healthy alternatives

Sure, there are some exceptions to the rule. Still, in general, cannabis edibles are much more ideal for the occasional boost or recreational session than they are for the majority of medical consumers. Luckily, there are healthier options on the market today, such as:

  • Oil
  • Capsules
  • Patches
  • Inhalers
  • Tincture
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