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5 Health Benefits Of Cannabis Edibles Consumption

After reading the health benefits of cannabis edibles you’ll wish you’d included them in your diet sooner!
09 September 2020
13 min read
5 Health Benefits Of Cannabis Edibles Consumption

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Cannabis edibles are becoming increasingly popular because of their many health benefits and besides, they are tasty! Now you can find them at practically any nearby store and in many different forms, like candies, infusions, or baked goods.

1. History of Cannabis Edibles

However, marijuana-based foods and drinks have been consumed for centuries, even as far as 1000 b.c. They were used traditionally as a form of medicine in countries such as ancient India and China, and then by the 19th century, they were introduced into Western medicine to treat patients with various conditions such as digestive issues, anxiety, and pain.

Cannabis edibles are now gaining back its territory in the medical field as more patients opt for natural ways to treat their health problems. To this day, there are already a total of 46 countries around the world that have approved the legal use of medical marijuana.

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2. Eating Cannabis is Healthier Than Smoking

If you're new to the medical marijuana field, you may find yourself wondering how cannabis can positively affect your health. To begin with, cannabis has a wide range of compounds and its effects can vary a lot depending on the intake method. 

For example, when we smoke marijuana, we are absorbing it through our bloodstream, getting a more immediate effect but also for a shorter period of time. When ingesting cannabis edibles, we process them in the liver through our gastrointestinal system. This translates into more time for cannabis to take action but it also has prolonged and stronger effects than when smoked.

 

Eating Cannabis is Healthier Than Smoking

Eating Cannabis is Healthier Than Smoking.
 

So, we could say that given the differences between both administration methods, there are different health affections on our system too.

However, when it comes to consuming cannabis edibles, not only you dodge the downsides of smoking hemp but there are many health benefits associated with its consumption too. 

Consuming weed by smoking or vaporizing, although these two also share a couple of differences, has shown to have a few negative effects on our bodies, given smoking is not good for anyone, no matter what it is that you are smoking. 

Let’s check some of the health benefits of cannabis edibles consumption listed below to find out if they are exactly what you need.

3. Helps Insomnia, Anxiety, and Mental Illnesses

Starting with the technical aspects, there are two main components found in cannabis: one called tetrahydrocannabinol -known as THC- and cannabidiol -CBD

The first one, THC is mainly responsible for the psychoactive effects of marijuana, causing feelings of relaxation and euphoria, and getting the ‘high’ effect. At the same time, CBD can have anxiety-relieving effects on the muscles and mind. 

 

Effects of CBD vs THC

When THC is mainly responsible for the psychoactive effects, CBD has anxiety-relieving effect.
 

Therefore, if you choose cannabis as a sleeping aid you should opt for THC dominant strains. At this point, you should keep in mind one major aspect of different marijuana strains: whether they are Indica, Sativa or Hybrids.

Sleeping and Anxiety Issues

Indica is the strain known for its soothing and relaxing properties, so this is the type of strain you should be looking for to treat your sleeping and anxiety issues. Sativa strains usually make people feel excited, happy, and energized so make sure you avoid it if you're trying to get some sleep. Lastly, hybrid strains contain a combination of different levels of Indica and Sativas, getting a more balanced effect between relaxation and energy. 

 

Cannabis edibles can help improve poor sleeping schedule

Cannabis edibles can help improve poor sleeping schedule.
 

Besides the type of strain of choice, the administration method can make a big influence on the effects. When it comes to edibles, as we mentioned above, they provide a much stronger effect than when we smoke weed, and it also lasts longer. 

Therefore, taking cannabis edibles or infusions before heading to bed could help patients improve their poor sleeping schedule. For patients coping with anxiety issues, a small dose of marijuana could be the key to help them feel more relaxed.

Mental Illnesses

Another interesting aspect of cannabis edibles is its efficiency for the treatment of mental illnesses such as depression, or eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia. When marijuana acts on patients dealing with such conditions, it helps them let go of the controlling voice the mental illness present in their heads, allowing them to relax and get rid of the stress. 

 

Cannabis helps to fight eating disorders

Cannabis helps to fight eating disorders.
 

For example, taking cannabis is an effective way to help an anorexic gain back his/her appetite and let go of the guilt of eating that the illness produces in their brain. Besides, in case you aren't familiar with the term munchies, it is a very frequent effect to get extremely hungry and enjoy food to the fullest after consuming weed. 

4. Inflammation and Pain Management

Another positive effect CBD is famous for is its pain relief and anti-inflammatory properties

Briefly and chemically explained, when CBD components present in the edibles reach the family of receptors called vanilloid - cells that receive stimuli - the interaction results in lower inflammation and lowers pain perception. This is the reason why many patients with chronic conditions choose to consume cannabis edibles on a daily basis as a more natural way to cope with their condition. 

 

Pain relief and anti-inflammatory properties of Cannabis

Pain relief and anti-inflammatory properties of Cannabis.
 

To this day, CBD oil and edibles have proved to be efficient for patients dealing with:

  • arthritis
  • chronic pain
  • cancer
  • fibromyalgia 
  • MS pain
  • muscle pain
  • spinal cord injuries and more

However, you don't need to be dealing with a chronic condition to test the pain-relieving properties found in weed. Many athletes and sporty people love taking edibles as a way to relax their bodies and recover after a hardcore workout.

5. An Alternative to Seizures Treatments

Due to its anxiety relief and corporal relaxation effects, cannabis edibles have shown to work well as an alternative treatment to seizures. This is due to its THC-CBD components working with their properties on the patient’s brain and body, helping them to cope with their symptoms. 

Although more research needs to be done, some studies showed CBD’s effectiveness to help control seizures in children. Besides, medical cannabis lacks the negative side effects found in traditional medicines used to treat epilepsy

 

Edible can be an alternative to seizure treatment

Edible can be an alternative to seizure treatments.
 

For this reason, marijuana edibles and infusions have become increasingly popular for the treatment of epilepsy, Parkinson's disease, and migraines. Furthermore, cannabis has been tested effectively for psychomotor dysfunction and spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis.

4. Safe Gastrointestinal System 

How many times have you gotten a bad stomach after a week of taking medication to treat some other illness, such as a fever or a cold? It is one of the most common drug-induced injuries caused by prescription and over the counter medications. 

This is mainly the case for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs1. When taking these medications for a long period of time, some patients may face secondary effects, such as inflammation of the stomach lining (gastritis), ulcers, bleeding and/or perforation of the lining. 

 

Edibles keep your digestive system safe

Edibles keep your digestive system safe.
 

However, unlike these medications, cannabis edibles have not shown any signs of negative effects on the digestive system in consequence to daily intakes. And besides, edibles taste good which turns into a win-win situation for patients with digestive problems or chronic conditions. 

Once you take a first glimpse of the marijuana edibles world you’ll find there’s a whole new book of fun and tasty recipes to include to your diet, which will make the whole process of getting healthier a lot more fun.

5. No Affection On The Lungs

While smoking marijuana may have positive effects in our bodies and brains, we can’t omit the negative effect that the smoke may have on our lungs. Cannabis smoke is an irritant to the throat and lungs and can sometimes cause heavy coughing during its use. 

 

Edibles have zero affections on our lungs

Edibles have zero affections on our lungs.
 

Smoking marijuana also produces high levels of volatile chemicals and tar generated during the combustion process, which are similar to tobacco smoke, which could be associated with cancer and lung diseases.

For this reason, many medical patients opt for cannabis edibles, which have zero affections on our lungs given they travel through the digestive system. Besides, cannabis edibles can also be used for the treatment of smaller children who aren’t old enough to smoke.

6. Conclusion and recommendations

Marijuana edibles have shown to be effective to our health systems in many ways, proving to help us cope both with our physical and psychological conditions. However, there’s still so much more to discover as science makes its path into researching the not-so-new but returning medical ally: cannabis. 

While more studies need to be done to gain certainty about the several health benefits that medical weed can provide us, we can't ignore the already evident positive results. Why not try them and see the benefits for yourself? Just remember to be careful and make sure you take the right doses of edibles! 

 

EXTERNAL REFERENCES

  1. Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs), Ida Ghlichloo and Valerie Gerriets, 2020 - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK547742/

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