What You Need to Know About Medical Marijuana Candy
Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 05/17/2019 in Consumption
Updated on January 21, 2020.
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 can 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
A piece of marijuana candy can contain up to 10 milligrams of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or cannabidiol (CBD). Some products contain one compound or the other, and some contain both. The packaging should clearly state the dosages included in the product.
Pros and Cons 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 contain a specific quantity of cannabis compound per piece. The package will tell you how much THC or CBD each drop, gummy or square contains. Many brands even sell the same candy in various dosages to give you more options.
- Exciting Varieties: Once you know your ideal dose, you can find a candy that suits your taste preferences—or several types.
- Adjustable Length of Effects: You can choose a 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 also stop working sooner.
However, not all patients will benefit the most from using candies. Consider factors such as:
- Nutrition and Health: 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 and country that allows cannabis medicine permits edibles. Many officials don’t see them as medically beneficial and permit more traditional types of medication instead. Even though Canada recently legalized recreational marijuana, for example, it prohibits edible sales.
- Cost: DDue to the cost of labor and materials, candies often cost more than marijuana flower in the same dose.
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: Conditions associated with cognitive decline can create feelings of agitation, paranoia and confusion. Some patients who have these disorders panic at the sight of a pill but enjoy taking candy because it looks familiar to them.
- 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 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.
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.