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Are edibles healthy?

Edible marijuana products typically provide the same benefits as other forms of marijuana. People ingest them to achieve certain effects, such as relaxation, or to treat medical conditions, such as chronic pain.

The effects of edibles depend on the dose a person takes. Typically, the effects increase as the dose increases. However, consuming too much marijuana through edibles is easy to do, and it can cause adverse effects, such as nausea and vomiting.

Some of the beneficial effects of marijuana edibles include:

Relaxation and anxiety relief

Marijuana contains a compound called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

THC is the chemical responsible for the psychoactive effects of edibles and other forms of cannabis. An older study suggests that THC can cause feelings of relaxation and euphoria.

Marijuana also contains the compound cannabidiol (CBD). CBD has anti-anxiety effects.

A 2019 study reports that more than 79% of people with anxiety or sleep problems who took CBD experienced a decrease in anxiety over the course of the study. Scientists need more studies, but this shows significant hope.

A further study on teenagers with social anxiety supports the findings of CBD significantly decreasing anxiety levels.

Pain management

CBD may also work as a pain reliever, as well as having anti-inflammatory properties. This makes it a popular treatment among those who experience chronic pain.

Research suggests that medical cannabis patients with chronic pain report improved pain management when they consume marijuana products.

Conditions that people treat with edibles and other forms of medicinal marijuana include:

  • arthritis
  • cancer pain
  • fibromyalgia
  • neuropathic pain

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