With legalized cannabis sweeping into the mainstream, alternatives to smoking are exploding. Items such as edibles, tinctures, and capsules are providing people with options outside the traditional methods. But the question arises: how do you choose the right edibles for anxiety and depression.
Cannabis edibles provide a different feeling from smoking
First of all, it’s important to note the different effects and feelings that edibles provide over smoking. There are several things to keep in mind:
- cannabis edibles are processed thru the liver and take up to 2 hours to take full effect.
- edbiles can have a “stronger” feeling than smoking, even if they are of the same strength and dose.
- the effects of consuming edibles last several hours longer than smoking.
Dosing is extremely important
When treating any type of medical condition, proper dosing is paramount. Using cannabis edibles for anxiety and depression is no exception.
One of the major issues around cannabis edibles is the standardization.
- Manufacturers vary widely in their production methods.
- Lab testing and industry guidelines are just beginning to emerge.
- And consumers are demanding accuracy and standards so they know exactly what they are getting for their money.
The potential downsides of edibles for anxiety and depression
Here’s the bottom line: using cannabis edibles for anxiety and depression should be approached with caution. If the item is too strong (or stronger than the label says), panic and anxiety attacks can occur. Worse than that, any negative effects can last for hours!
Unfortunately, smoking is still the most reliable method at the moment because it acts quickly and the effects diminish quickly. This provides the user with a much more reliable effect while safeguarding against any long term anxiety spikes.
But things are changing…
Food vs. capsules vs. tinctures
Food items such as brownies, gummy bears, and even soda pop, are surging in popularity. They are a great way for recreational users to get high. But despite labelling and some lab testing, food can still vary greatly in their strength and effectiveness, depending on the batch.
Capsules seem to be the wave of the future, expecially for medical only users. These are intended to give cannabis patients an exact dose of their medication daily and reliably. Capsules are still in their infancy, but the dosing is much more accurate. CBD oil capsules are the most popular for the treatment of anxiety and depression.
Tinctures are the best current form of cannabis for treating anxiety and depression.
- Lab testing has consistently shown tintures to be the most accurate method of dosing.
- Tinctures have actually been around for hundreds of years and is considered the most reliable method for medical uses.
- CBD oil based tinctures are recommended for anxiety, depression, epilepsy, and Crohn’s disease.
What do cannabis edibles cost?
Suprisingly, when it comes to dosing, edibles actually go alot farther than smoking. As mentioned, the effects last longer, and with a smaller amount of CBD/THC
The average cost of a CBD tincture for a one month supply (30 ml) ranges from $60-80 for a quality formulation.
Are cannabis edibles recommended for my anxiety and depression?
Here’s the bottom line…
Cannabis edibles can be an excellent alternative to smoking when treating your anxiety and depression. But it must be approached with a grain of salt. The industry is still just emerging and manufacturing standards are increasing on a seemingly daily basis.
If you are serious about using cannabis edibles for anxiety, then the best recommendation at the moment are tinctures. The second best choice would be capsules. Brownies and other food products should be a last resort.
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To your health and well being,