As of August 26th, the wait for medical marijuana edibles in Florida is over! After nearly three years of finalizing regulations, the Florida Department of Health finally released the standards for the production of edibles, which means that dispensary sales of marijuana edibles are now legal in Florida! 

Medical marijuana edibles in Florida now include a broad range of tasty, orally-administered products, including baked goods, gelatins, lozenges, drink powders, and chocolate. Each edible contains a specified quantity of CBD and THC, making precise dosing easier than ever. Some other benefits of medical marijuana edibles include:

Convenience: Most products are easy to carry and administer when the patient requires medication.

Discretion: Medical marijuana edibles offer an easy way of medicating without attracting attention compared to smoking or vaporization.

Symptom relief: Edibles provide long-lasting symptom relief from gradual digestion. Edible effects tend to last for around six to eight hours, while the effects from inhaled methods tend to diminish after only two to three hours.

Consistent effects: With smoking methods, there is usually a rapid progression of the medical effects. With edibles, the effect comes on more gradually over a few hours and then lasts some time before dropping back down.

When you eat an edible, it passes through the digestive tract where it is then absorbed by the stomach. Active compounds are then metabolized in the liver, where the THC is converted into 11-hydroxy-THC, a cannabis compound that is more potent and longer-lasting than THC.

Why choose marijuana edibles?

Patients are choosing to medicate with cannabis with different methods than traditional inhalation. A common method of medical marijuana administration is ingestion, a practice that is growing in popularity due to how diverse and flavorful edible products can be. 

Medical marijuana edibles are a helpful choice for providing pain relief and relaxation to patients who suffer from a variety of conditions. The edible method is especially popular for patients who cannot inhale marijuana due to health reasons or personal preferences.

Tips for consuming edibles

If you choose edible cannabis to provide you with relief from your symptoms, keep these things in mind:

  • Eating cannabis brings a different feeling/experience than smoking it. When you consume cannabis, the liver metabolism converts some of the delta-9 THC, to 11-hydroxy THC, a more powerful metabolite.
  • Whether you have smoked cannabis before or not, you should always start with the lowest amount possible when taking edibles for the first time. 2mg of THC is considered a “low” dose, 5mg of THC is a standard dose, and 10mg of THC is a strong starting point with higher medical and intoxicating effect.
  • Patience is a necessity when taking edibles. Edible products will usually require at least 30 to 60 minutes to take effect. Make sure you’ve given the product time to digest and begin taking effect before consuming another bite of the edible.

Ready to try edibles for pain relief?

You’ve done your research and you are ready to find pain relief with medical marijuana edibles. Great! To legally purchase edibles in Florida, patients MUST have a marijuana card. The physicians at MMTC of Florida are trained and certified to assist you with your medical marijuana needs. Find out if you are eligible for a Florida medical marijuana card today!