With more states legalizing cannabis for medical and recreational use, edibles have grown in popularity with users as well as marijuana entrepreneurs.
For example, following the legalization of recreational marijuana in the state of Colorado, the sales of edibles have grown three times from $17 million in the first quarter of 2014 to $53 million in the third quarter of 2016.
The cause of this rise in demand (and supply) is that the growing cannabis market has begun to reach people who don’t want to smoke. This is especially true about people using marijuana for its medicinal effects. After all, a doctor wouldn’t advise you to burn any drug and inhale its smoke rather than taking it orally.
There are more benefits of edibles over smoking like getting the right dosage with smoking can be difficult as opposed to the measured intake of edibles. Besides, breathing in smoke can cause irritation and inflammation of your respiratory tract. Also, when compared to smoking, edibles are slow-acting and have a longer lasting effect. As a result, medical marijuana patients nowadays, are opting for other ways of medicating beyond the conventional pipe or paper.
These ‘edibles’ are available in several diverse varieties like brownies, candy, chocolate bars, cookies, drinks, pills, snacks, spreads and more. So you can pick your favorite snack or food to take your medicine! They are also a discrete way to consume pot if you’re worried about the stigma still associated with marijuana in the minds of some people.
Furthermore, if you’re a patient with disorders related to eating or digestion, edibles containing high amounts of cannabidiol (CBD) are not only a good source of nausea-reducing medicine, but also an indispensable source of vital nutrients and calories.