Medical Marijuana Candy
Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 11/23/2018 in Consumption
Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
Marijuana edibles have a reputation for sweetness. When someone mentions edibles, most people immediately think of “pot brownies.” Dispensaries that sell infused food often have shelves of brightly-colored desserts to enjoy. Medicated sweets make treatment fun, and some of them include fat that helps you absorb THC.
While we often talk about baked goods, we don’t always mention their confectionery counterparts. Cannabis candies could change the way you take your medicine.
About Marijuana Candies
Infused candies come in many different varieties, including:
- Hard candies and lollipops
- Flavored popcorn
- Popping candy
- Dried fruit
- Fruit leather
With the cannabis industry booming, you can find just about any kind of candy infused with cannabis. A piece of marijuana candy can contain up to 10 milligrams of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or cannabidiol (CBD). Some products have only THC, while others have only CBD. Certain candies combine the two components. The packaging should clearly state the dosages included in the product.
Benefits and Drawbacks of Medicating With Candy
Marijuana candies offer a wide range of benefits. Some of them overlap with the perks that all edibles provide, while others are unique to these confections. When you take cannabis candy, you get to enjoy:
- Easy Dosing: Many patients have difficulty finding the right dose to take every day. Marijuana candies have a specific amount of medicine per piece. The package will tell you how much THC or CBD each drop, gummy or square contains. A lot of brands even sell the same candy in various dosages to give you more options.
- Exciting Varieties: Once you know your perfect dose, you can find a candy that suits your taste preferences. After you finish one package, you can get an entirely new kind of candy to spice up your treatment!
- Adjustable Length of Effects: You can choose candy that releases into your system over time or an option that kicks in quickly. Any candy you eat will take between half an hour to an hour to take effect. Then, it will provide benefits for up to seven hours. Hard candies, mints and other sweets that dissolve in your mouth work much faster, but they also stop working sooner.
However, not all patients will benefit the most from using candies. Consider factors such as:
- Nutrition and Health: Candy doesn’t exactly promote good nutrition. While cannabis medicine relieves a broad range of symptoms, medicating only with candy could harm your health. The excess sugar, calories and fat in marijuana sweets contribute to problems like heart disease and diabetes. Unless the benefits outweigh the risks, try not to count on candy as your primary medicine.
- Availability: Not every state or country that allows cannabis medicine permits edibles. Many officials don’t see them as medically beneficial and permit more traditional types of medication instead. For example, even though Canada recently legalized recreational marijuana, it won’t allow edible sales. These kinds of laws leave it up to patients to create their own candies, which isn’t always feasible.
- Cost: Due to the cost of labor and materials, candies often cost more than flower in the same dose. Patients trying to save wherever they can may not have the option of buying edibles like candy.
Just like any other marijuana medication, you need to consider all the factors involved before you medicate with candy. Fortunately, most states let you choose any product when you get a recommendation from a doctor. If candy doesn’t work for you, you can try another type of medicine.
Best Uses for Cannabis Sweets
Infused candies serve all sorts of purposes. You can use them to:
- Create a Pleasant Medicating Experience for Patients With Cognitive Disorders Like Dementia: Conditions associated with cognitive decline can create feelings of agitation, paranoia and confusion. Some patients with these disorders panic at the sight of a pill, but candy looks familiar to them.
- Directly Address Digestive Issues Such As Crohn’s Disease: Candies you eat travel through your digestive system. Infused candy could help you relieve health issues related to digestion.
- Raise Your Blood Sugar for a Condition Like Hypoglycemia: When your blood sugar gets low, you need to eat something high in sugar to replenish it. If you choose medical marijuana candy, you can boost your glucose levels while you medicate.
- Help Fido Feel Better: Did you know medical cannabis producers create gummies for dogs? Give your pup one of these treats, and they won’t know the difference. Remember only to give your dog gummies meant specifically for them.
Marijuana Candy and Children
Cannabis candy works well for many children, but you must also handle it with care. Since so many children love candy, medicated sweets can make taking medicine more enjoyable for them. Pills and oils have a funny taste, and the child needs to stay still while you administer them. Candy, on the other hand, feels much more familiar and fun. If you have a child who dislikes taking different kinds of cannabis medication, you can try candy.
However, remember to store your marijuana candy away from where kids can get to them. Children may not realize the candy has medicine in it and try to eat too much of it. Even if the child is the patient, not taking their medication as recommended could cause severe health problems. Kids love the sweet smells and bright colors associated with candy, making them more likely to consume it than other cannabis items.
Learn More About Medicating With Edibles
If you want personalized advice on candy as a medical marijuana treatment, consult a professional in the industry. Cannabis-trained doctors understand how different kinds of marijuana medicine work. Even in states where you don’t need a recommendation, they can provide the help you can’t find anywhere else. You can also talk to the staff at a medical dispensary. Some providers even have medical experts on-staff who know how to advise you on your treatment plan. Schedule an appointment with a marijuana-positive doctor today or find a dispensary in your area.