Medical marijuana is currently the buzzword on the internet. Ever since the decriminalization of medical cannabis in 33 US states one can now enjoy ingesting this plant through different methods. Aside from vaping and applying weed oil directly to your skin, you can now also eat and drink CBD-infused edibles.
What CBD Does to the Body?
Cannabis contains many substances, including cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Both of these compounds have healing properties and can be consumed, making cannabis acceptable in the medical community. But between the two, CBD and THC, the WHO (World Health Organization) have only declared CBD as safe for human consumption. The global body based their statement on several independent studies showing that THC if consumed in large doses, can affect the mood and mental state of a person. On the other hand, CBD does not contain chemicals that can affect a person’s mental state.
In fact, many scientists and doctors have stated that CBD can help people with various diseases. Some of these medical conditions include:
- Chronic pain
- Skin diseases
- Anxiety and depression
- Insomnia and other sleep disorders
- Multiple sclerosis
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- Certain types of cancer
How CBD Relieves Chronic Pain?
New studies have shown that CBD is potent medicine in the relief of different types of aches and pain. This is mostly due to the compound’s effect on the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is located all over the brain and the nervous system and has many functions, including regulating appetite, digestion, stress, reproduction, memory and motor learning. It is also responsible for pain regulation.
Once CBD enters the body, the substance can signal the body to stop absorbing anandamide, a neurotransmitter and a part of the ECS. Anandamide is associated with pain regulation as well as feelings of happiness and well-being. The more anandamide present in your bloodstream, the less pain you feel. Aside from pain reduction, CBD can also reduce swelling in the brain and other parts of the nervous system, which lowers pain intensity.
What Are CBD-Infused Edibles?
With CBD’s healing properties, manufacturers have found a way to let patients and ordinary people reap the benefits of ingesting CBD. They came up with the idea of adding cannabinoid to foods and drinks and CBD-infused edibles became a reality. Ever since the legalization of medical weed and the declaration made by WHO on the benefits of the plant, the demand for and supply of cannabis-edibles has increased rapidly. Now anyone can enjoy the healing benefits of medical marijuana by eating CBD-infused edibles.
Here are some of the popular CBD-infused edibles you can try:
This is the purest form of CBD that can be taken orally. Since its legalization, doctors are now prescribing CBD oils as supplements to patients suffering from chronic pain and other diseases. While many patients use oil drops and capsules to ingest cannabidiol, food manufacturers and culinary experts had a better and more mouth-watering idea. They have added CBD oil to food items. Now, you can enjoy consuming CBD-infused meals. If you don’t like the taste of pure hemp CBD oil, you can buy filtered and refined versions that are produced specifically for cooking. You can create dips, bake cookies and bread, and prepare other meals with CBD oil. Just visit some blogs that post recipes of sumptuous pot meals.
CBD-Infused Edibles – Infused Drinks
You could already buy bottles of juice, sodas, tonic drinks, and even beer and wine containing cannabidiol but now you can also buy CBD-infused coconut water, sparkling lemon tea, cold brew and other canned and bottled drinks. The success of the cannabis industry has led to more and more beverage companies expressing a keen interest in CBD-infused drinks. In fact, beverage giants Coca-Cola, Molson Coors, InBev, PepsiCo, and Heineken are just some of the key players that are in talks with cannabis growers. And because of the benefits of medicinal weed to health, market analysts expect CBD drinks to become part of the wellness drinks industry, a rising trend in the beverage industry. Analysts even predict this segment of the industry will boom in the coming years.
CBD Chocolates and Sweets
You can also try munching a CBD-infused snack. You can eat your favorite brownies, cookies, chocolates and other snacks with a little bit of pot. CBD-infused spreads and jams are also available as are CBD gummies and candies, in some cannabis stores. While these “potted” sweets may appear to be intended for children, the young ones are not permitted to consume them. Only adults (18 years and over in California and other states) can consume medical marijuana. It may take a long time before researchers come up with brands and items that are safe for consumption by children.
Eat CBD Edibles with Caution
Legalizing medical marijuana does not mean it has been cleared of harmful side-effects. Just like alcohol and tobacco, eating cannabis-infused edibles can still affect your health, especially if you do not eat them in moderation. Although research proves that medical cannabis is safe for the body, even in large doses, there is still a danger in consuming these edibles. Here are some factors you should take note of:
- Many Cannabis Edibles Contain THC
Many cannabis edibles contain THC, even in some CBD-infused variants. As mentioned above, while THC is safe for ingestion, too much of this substance in your body is dangerous. It can lead to temporary side-effects such as increased heart rate, memory loss, dry mouth, and coordination problems.
For this reason, make a habit of reading the packaging. Whenever possible, avoid products that contain THC. If you are unable to avoid products containing THC, ask your doctor for advice on the acceptable dose of THC for you.
- Lack of Regulation
Because the medical marijuana industry is young, state governments have yet to provide a clear set of guidelines for cannabis-edibles. Some store owners and regulators might not even know the difference between cannabis edibles and the purely CBD-infused ones.
- Illegal in Some States
Remember, so far, only 33 states have decriminalized medical marijuana. This means that you might be arrested for possessing a bottle of CBD beverage in some states. As long as the federal government does not consider medicinal weed legal, you should know whether it is legal to consume your CBD edibles (1) in the state you are in.
The discovery of CBD marks a major milestone in modern medicine. This substance has proven effective in the treatment of many health problems, including chronic pain. The best part is, you can ingest this medical wonder while enjoying the taste of CBD-infused edibles.