Month: June 2020

Cannabis Edibles for Senior Citizens

Many people are choosing to explore more methods of medicating using marijuana beyond the traditional pipe or paper smoking Kush Oil CO2 Edibles, cannabis-infused products, provide a viable option to those who prefer not to smoke. The edibles business has proven lucrative, turning profits of more than two hundred million dollars. There are an untold number and varieties of edibles available in the market today but can all be generally grouped into three categories: those geared towards gastrointestinal uptake, oral uptake, and the hybrid that targets both uptakes. Edibles whose marijuana antioxidants are absorbed through the stomach and intestines fall under the gastrointestinal uptake and include brownies, pill capsules, snacks, and cookies. Gastrointestinal edibles depend entirely on digestion, thus taking up to two hours for the effects to kick in. The effects, however, last up to eight hours. The effects of edibles geared toward oral uptake e.g., suckers, tablets, and tinctures, are felt almost immediately but are wear off in about two hours. The hybrid edibles, which include infused drinks and chocolate bars, are absorbed both orally and gastrointestinal. The effects of hybrid edibles are middle ground compared to its predecessors. 

 

Edibles are subjected to heat during the cooking process. This heating process, known as Decarboxylation, converts the THCA and CBDA cannabinoids to THC, CBD, and CBN. The high levels of THC, found in edibles, as well as Decarboxylation, create an ideal treatment for many disorders and ailments. These ailments include chronic pain, autoimmune diseases, arthritic pain, migraines, muscle inflammation and spasms, nervous system disorders, nausea, insomnia, depression, and appetite loss. Anyone who has Crohn’s disease will significantly enjoy the benefits of edibles since it is an autoimmune disorder of the gastrointestinal tract. The medicinal benefits of marijuana’s antioxidants can also be used to reduce the symptoms of PTSD, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and glaucoma, which are common among senior citizens. Medical marijuana has also proved helpful to cancer patients, especially in dealing with the effects of chemotherapy, such as appetite loss, nausea, and vomiting.  

 

Trying to avoid the adverse side effects of pharmaceutical drugs, many senior citizens, with the support of medical practitioners, have turned to the use of medical marijuana as opposed to pharmaceutical medications. However, like everything else in life, medical marijuana, especially edibles, have their downside. For example, CBD has an unfavorable drug interaction with some pharmaceuticals. Sadly, governments in most parts of the world do not support this practice. As a result, doctors and other medical personnel are unable to acquire the necessary skills to find the right strain, dose, and delivery system for their patients. Out of the many unknown numbers of marijuana strains, the most suitable for senior citizens include Sweet and Sour, Valentine X, Pennywise, Cannatonic, and AC/DC.