Trying medical cannabis? Here’s what you need to know first

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So many Canadians are newly turning to medical cannabis to treat a wide range of symptoms and conditions. It’s an exciting, fast-growing industry where new research expands our knowledge and helps patients even more.

However, the excitement about medical cannabis exists alongside a glut of information in online and even traditional media spaces. The best thing you can do is speak to your healthcare practitioner or cannabis-trained pharmacist if you have any questions about accessing medical cannabis, products or cultivars, or anything else.

There’s a lot of information out there online, much of it is inaccurate, and none of it takes your specific requirements into account. Before you try eating medical cannabis edibles, here are a few things you should know.

1. Time it Properly

Medical cannabis edibles are perfect for people who are resistant to the effects of cannabis or need an extra-strong dosage, but onset takes considerably longer with edibles than with alternative methods. Smoking cannabis may take ten minutes or less to feel, whereas edibles can take 90 minutes and last much longer.

If you need cannabis to help treat insomnia or fall asleep, it’s important to get the timing right. You can’t take an edible right before bedtime, or it will take too long to kick in, and you won’t get the relief you need when you need it.

2. Begin Low and Slow

Because medical cannabis edibles can be so potent, it’s crucial to begin with a low dosage recommended by your healthcare practitioner or cannabis-trained pharmacist and don’t take any more for at least that night.

If you want to increase the dosage later, you can. But you want to avoid the scenario where you accidentally take an excessive amount.

To the naked eye, edibles look alike, and it’s impossible to tell how many milligrams of cannabis there are per edible. Check the packaging, be sure of your dosage before consumption,

If you feel uncomfortable after taking medical edibles, don’t worry. Just wait somewhere comfortable or even try to fall asleep, and you should be fine after a few hours.

3. Store Them Safely

It’s easy to find edibles for medical cannabis in Toronto and the GTA, and you’ll notice that the medical cannabis edibles are all packaged responsibly in official-looking, so the contents inside are clear. There’s a dangerous trend in the recreational market where cannabis edibles are marketed to look like regular candy or gummies.

Just like with storing alcohol at home, it’s crucial to keep your medical cannabis edibles somewhere out of the reach of children. Medical cannabis edibles come in child-proof containers and always have official packaging to confirm duties were paid and more.

Medical edibles (cannabis), have been a revelation for many types of patients. Speak to your doctor or cannabis-trained pharmacist to see if edibles are right for you. If they are, keep the above tips in mind so you can safely and responsibly enjoy your treatment.

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