Edible Cannabis in Florida
On August 26th 2020, the Florida Department of Health made good on a 2016 promise and published Final Standards for Production of Edibles so that Florida medical marijuana patients can now purchase edibles at licensed dispensaries!
How to get a Florida Medical Cannabis Card
The last time that this kind of product update was released, the Office of Medical Marijuana Use experienced a boom and faced delays following the legalization of flower. In anticipation of similar activity, now may be the best time to get a Florida Medical Cannabis Card!
What is Edible Cannabis?
Edibles are snacks, foods, or beverages which contain many of the beneficial compounds of medical cannabis, including CBD and THC, as well as other active compounds. Edible cannabis products come in many forms, including brownies, gummies, cookies and other infused foods and drinks. Consuming edibles are a great alternative for patients who cannot ingest via smoke, vapor, etc.
Benefits of Edible Cannabis
While it has been well documented that cannabis has numerous medical benefits, patients are finding that edible cannabis has a number of benefits unavailable in other intake methods. Patients suffering from conditions such as PTSD, cancer, and chronic pain have found tremendous relief using edible cannabis. While the onset-period is typically longer with edible medical cannabis in Florida, many patients have said edibles have helped to reduce pain, nausea, vomiting, depression, anxiety, as well as helping with sleep. While smoking medical cannabis is an extremely popular method of consumption, this is not a viable method for every patient, and edibles offer an alternative consumption method for patients who cannot smoke or inhale vapor.
How are edibles different from smoking or other intake methods?
As with any other cannabis product, the potency of edibles can vary greatly, so always be sure to consult with your Medical cannabis doctor to get dosing guidance. When consuming edibles, cannabinoids (CBD,THC,etc) get absorbed into the bloodstream through your digestive tract. Throughout the process, the cannabinoids will go through a first metabolic pass through the liver. Since the process takes longer than other intake methods, such as smoking, and the metabolites are longer acting, the effects are typically more gradual and can last significantly longer.