Maryland is poised to join the 30 other states that currently allow the sale of edible cannabis products. Medical cannabis has gained wide acceptance in recent years and more cannabis products are being approved for sale in various states and localities. As more people learn the benefit of cannabis edibles, it is likely that more states will approve its sale and use.
Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission
The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission oversees all cannabis related issues in Maryland. This commission is responsible for setting laws regarding the sale, marketing, and use of cannabis for medical reasons. After the use of edibles was approved in April, the commission was tasked with developing regulations to “ensure the safety of minors”. In early December, the commission’s policy voted unanimously on a set of regulations for edible cannabis in the state. The next, final, step is for the regulations to be passed by the entire commission.
Maryland will institute strict regulations on the packaging, sale, and marketing of edibles. The proposed rules state that they must be sold in clear, opaque, child-proof, packaging that in no way appeals to minors. Additionally, the products cannot be made in a shape, design, or flavor that will appeal to children.
The commission’s rules also contain dosing limits. The proposed limits state that no edible products can have more than 10 mg of THC per serving or 100 mg of THC per package. Some locals have expressed their opposition to these dosing limits on the grounds that they make edibles too expensive for low-income customers.
Once the commission passes these regulations they will hire staff who will inspect and approve the facilities in which edible products are made.
Edibles are cannabis infused food products. Cannabis will infuse into most foods, so the variety of edibles is virtually endless. Popular edible products include brownies, gummy candies, lollipops, chocolate, and various drinks.
Difference Between Eating and Smoking Cannabis
Many people prefer edibles to smoking cannabis. Edibles tend to provide a more relaxed high than smoking does and a large portion of people prefer edibles because they prefer not to smoke. Typically, edibles take longer to cause an effect than smoking does, but the effects last longer and are often more intense.
Finding the right dose for edibles is a little trickier than it is with smoking. The strength of the edible depends on the THC content, as it does with smoking. THC levels vary from product to product and how the body metabolizes it is different for every person.
Effect of Edibles
As stated before, edibles often cause relaxing effects in the body. They are known to cause euphoria, giddiness, happiness and many of the same effects that you might get from smoking cannabis. However, the effects usually last longer and fade out gradually.
Medical Applications for Edible Cannabis
Edibles are especially effective for patients who do not want to risk the dangers that are associated with smoking. Cannabis has been observed to be effective for a variety of medically therapeutic applications.
There are multiple types of pain that have different causes. Cannabis can be effective at treating each of them.
When part of the human body is injured multiple cells go to the site of the injury. These inflammatory and immune cells release proteins that activate pain receptors and result in the feeling of pain. Cannabis can activate receptors on those cells which will decrease the amount of pain.
This type of pain is caused by damage to the nervous system and usually results from disease. Neuropathic pain is difficult to treat because, unlike pain from injury, there is no centralized location for medicine or cannabis to act on. Despite this, cannabis has been observed to effectively treat neuropathic pain.
Central pain has become a term to describe any pain that can’t be attributed to a single cause. This type of pain very difficult to treat. An example of central pain is fibromyalgia. Though the cause of fibromyalgia is not known, it is believed to result from a dysfunction in the way pain signals are sent to the brain. Interestingly, cannabis has shown itself to be one of the most effective ways to treat fibromyalgia pain.
Cannabis has been observed to reduce the occurrence and severity of seizures in epileptic patients. It is typically as effective in reducing seizures as traditional pharmaceutical are.
Cannabis helps treat insomnia by restoring a regular sleep pattern. Some researchers observed that cannabis can reduce the time that it takes to fall asleep. There is not an extensive amount of research regarding cannabis’ effect on sleeping but it is widely used by many who suffer from insomnia.
Cannabis can reduce the pressure in the eyes of glaucoma patients. Researchers have found that it can reduce eye pressure as well as most pharmaceutical treatments. Additionally, it seems to work no matter how it is given (ingested, inhaled, etc.).
In addition to treating symptoms, cannabis may also be effective in preventing some diseases. Many believe that it can help to prevent Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and anxiety.
The Future of Edible Cannabis
The positive effects of cannabis is leading to its acceptance throughout the country. As people become more educated about the subject we will likely see the legalization spread even further. The State of Maryland’s recent moves to allow the legal sale of edible cannabis will benefit the public in many ways.
Once Edible cannabis is officially made legal in Maryland, residents will be free to enjoy the unique effects that edible cannabis can give. Additionally, people who are suffering from various ailments can find relief without worrying about the legality of the substance.
At Euphoria Wellness, we want to help you get relief from your pain and discomfort. We are a Maryland cannabis dispensary who knows how important access to medical cannabis is. We strive to provide our community with education and the best products available. Our trained staff can help you find what will work for you. We can help determine if cannabis edibles will provide results and give you tips about how to use them.
Contact us to discover how we can help you discover what medical cannabis can do for you.