Medical marijuana has been a controversial subject for many years, but it is now becoming more accepted throughout the United States. Florida has recently legalized the use of medical marijuana edibles in certain cases, so consult a medical marijuana specialist in Florida if this is something you are interested in or may need. If you’re curious about edibles or want to learn how to use them, we explain everything you need to know about medical marijuana edibles in this article, so keep reading if you want to find out more!

Legal Information

Let’s take a look at our State’s recent legalization of medical marijuana:

 In 2014, medical marijuana was legalized in Florida through a constitutional amendment, which was expanded in 2016. It was legalized for a number of different conditions, including but not limited to cancer, epilepsy, HIV, PTSD, and Parkinson’s disease. More recently, medical marijuana edibles were legalized in 2020. Now, you need special permission from your doctor if you want to be able to access medical marijuana. Your doctor can approve a medical marijuana card for you if the benefits of using the drug outweigh the potential risks.  

When it comes to edibles, companies have to follow very specific and regulated laws to be able to sell them to medical marijuana consumers. Read the following passage to discover the legal information surrounding edibles in Florida:

“(9) Tetrahydrocannabinol content in edibles shall meet the following requirements: (a) A single serving portion of an edible shall not exceed 10 milligrams of tetrahydrocannabinol. A multi-serving edible shall not exceed a total of 200 milligrams of tetrahydrocannabinol; and (b) The total tetrahydrocannabinol potency printed on the label of an edible may vary by no more than 15% from the total potency result found on the certificate of analysis. Such variance shall not result in the edible exceeding the maximum milligrams of tetrahydrocannabinol described in paragraph (9)(a).”

Next, we will discuss dosing as it’s crucial to learn what dose is right for you, as everyone is different!

Dosing

It is difficult to determine the right dose for each person the first time they try edibles. People react differently to the same dose, some may need a higher dose to see an effect and some will need a lower dose. But, this is not the only dosing hurdle. There are differences in the processing of medical marijuana, so that the percentage of THC on the label may vary depending on what type of edible product you choose.

Thus, those who are new to using edibles should start with the lowest possible dose and not exceed the 10 milligram serving size. It’s difficult to predict how a new medical marijuana user will react to an edible, so you should discuss the dosage with a medical marijuana specialist in Florida beforehand. Depending on its effects on you, the doctor will change your dose accordingly. Now that we know how to properly dose, what are some of the effects of edibles?

Effects

It has been claimed that medical marijuana is effective in relieving pain and discomfort, making life easier for those who suffer from an illness with these symptoms, such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, neuropathic pain, and many more. However, although it may be able to help with a number of different symptoms, medical marijuana will produce different effects for each individual. Thus, even if it does provide some relief, there is no guarantee that it will take all the pain away.

As you may have read before, medical marijuana may also help to relieve stress and anxiety. Thus, it has been speculated that it may be helpful as a sleep aid for some people, as it may help to calm the mind. Moreover, medical marijuana may reduce muscle spasms. 

Medical marijuana is currently being used to treat several health conditions. The full potential of medical marijuana is not yet known and more research is needed. It may, though, help to relieve pain, reduce anxiety, improve sleep patterns, relax muscles, and alleviate nausea. It may also be useful for managing long-term chronic pain or losing weight. Again, the effects depend on how the individual reacts to the drug and the dosage. 

Edibles can help with a great amount of ailments. Not only are the therapeutic benefits great, legalization has opened the doors to what kind of edibles are on the market. Let’s take a look at what types of medical marijuana edibles you can expect to find at your local dispensary!

Types of Edibles

There are a number of different types of edibles. Some of the most common forms include brownies, cookies, gummies, mints, and chocolate. But, you can even find popcorn! It is likely that some of these are on sale at a dispensary near you. Each product has a different dose, so it’s important that you check to make sure you’ve select the right dose and that you’re not purchasing too much. Your doctor can tell you what dosage you should be taking, so be sure to stick to their advice.

It’s important to be careful when using edibles because they typically have a delayed onset, meaning they will likely not take effect as soon as they are eaten. Do not take more than your recommended dose, just wait to see how it affects you before dosing again.

Differences from Other Forms of Cannabis

You’ve likely heard that most people use marijuana by smoking it, but edibles are thought to be a safer option, because you are not inhaling the smoke into your lungs. One of the main differences between smoking and using edibles is that edibles can take longer to have an effect. When smoking, you may start to notice the effects almost immediately, but with edibles, the effects may not be apparent for anywhere between 30 minutes and two hours. In addition, the effects of consuming edibles tend to last longer than the effects of smoking.

Medical marijuana comes in a wide variety of products, such as, vapes, concentrates, oils, pills, tinctures, rubs, creams, and so on. Each type has its own perceived benefits, but edibles are the most popular medical cannabis product in Florida right now! 

Hopefully, you now have a better understanding of everything that you need to know about medical marijuana edibles. If you think you may need a medical marijuana card, MMJ Health is here to help! If you are interested in medical marijuana edibles, see if you qualify for a Florida medical marijuana card by filling out our qualification survey!