• Jennifer Betz

Gummies are the New Magic Brownies: A Guide to Using Marijuana Edibles in Virginia

Edibles Can be Intimidating to Use For the First Time. Virginia Marijuana Card Has You Covered.

Even though adult-use marijuana is going to be legal to possess starting on July 1, 2021, there will not be any producers or dispensaries licensed for adult-use sale until 2024. You can, however, access legal marijuana now, with a Virginia marijuana card.

Getting one is simple, as long as you have been diagnosed with one of the many qualifying conditions specified in the most recent bill. And once you get your Virginia marijuana card, you can shop for a variety of products at Virginia dispensaries, including vapes, tinctures, suppositories, topicals, and of course edibles.

New edible products are getting approved regularly, but right now only two brands are on Virginia dispensary shelves. Dharma Pharmaceuticals and gLeaf both make medicated chews—the less fun way of saying weed gummies—and gLeaf is putting out a delightful THC-infused chocolate square as well.

While the availability of cannabis edibles is exciting, even some of the most experienced cannabis consumers are a little hesitant to give them a try. That’s because over the last several years, they have gotten a reputation for making people feel overwhelmed. News stories about users ending up at the hospital when they’ve had too much have the effect of frightening people off.

However, with a little bit of foresight and some understanding of how they work, gummies could become one of your favorite ways to consume medical marijuana.

In this short guide, we are going to take a quick look at the variety and dosing of edibles available at Virginia dispensaries. Then we will dive right into how to get started and what to expect. By the time we are finished, you will be ready to start your adventure with THC infused edibles—and you might never look back!

THC Edibles Available at VA Dispensaries

The nice thing about the edibles is that they are straightforward. Instead of being labeled as having a certain percentage of THC that makes precise dosing impossible, their specific dose is noted.

Additionally, there are not any differences between strains. You don’t have to worry about paying attention to terpenes and how they may alter the effects. You simply choose between indica, sativa, and hybrid.

The edibles at Virginia dispensaries come in the medicated chew (gummy) format, and you can also purchase tinctures. While tinctures are meant to be taken sublingually, you can also add them to your favorite food and beverages, which would then have the same effect as if you took an edible.

The majority of chews currently being sold at dispensaries contain between 8 and 10mg of THC, and around 5mg of CBD each. Most tinctures have about 3.5mg of THC and just over 2mg of CBD in each dose, but gLeaf makes tinctures that have a much higher concentration of CBD with a lower THC content.

Vape Pens Vs. Edibles

Inhaled products like vape pens enter your bloodstream immediately through your lungs. They generally take effect quickly, within a few minutes. It’s easier to control how “high” you get when you inhale your cannabis, because you know almost right away how it is going to make you feel and you can stop any time. Their effects do not last very long, and getting too high is easy enough to remedy because it ends quickly.

Edibles are more of a challenge to dose when you first start using them, because they can take up to two hours before you feel anything. The active components enter your bloodstream after being processed through your liver.

It can take a while for them to kick in; and they may last an unexpectedly long time based on your digestive system, your metabolism, and what you ate before your session.

Most people who use edibles say that they are felt in the body more than inhaled products, which is great for people who struggle with chronic pain, muscle spasms, and other physical conditions that may benefit from a stronger “body buzz.”

How to Get Started Using Cannabis Edibles

The best way to have a good first time experience with edibles is to understand how they work and start out SLOWLY. Even if you have a lot of experience with marijuana, you don’t want to just pop a whole 10mg gummy into your mouth on your first run.

You also want to allow ample time for the first dosing to take effect. Edibles take longer to kick in, and you are going to want to wait it out before you take more.

Taking the First Dose of Marijuana Edibles

You’re going to want to make sure your calendar for the rest of the day is clear when you take edibles for the first time. They may last longer than you expected, and you don’t want to be stuck having to cancel your plans because you got too high. We recommend starting with around 2-3mg. This may seem a little extra cautious, but it will help ease you into what marijuana gummies feel like. Wait at least one hour before taking more, but preferably two hours.

If you still don’t feel anything after an hour or two, take 2mg more. Give that dose an hour or so before taking another, and continue in this manner until you’ve hit the right spot. If you end up taking a lot of THC combined in your first session, we still recommend starting less the next time around. You can work your way up to taking more once you are confident with how they will affect you.

Make sure you drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, and eat at least a small meal before you take your edibles, and again during your session. This helps prevent nausea, anxiety, and headaches associated with dehydration and hunger.

In order to prepare for your next session with gummies, try keeping a cannabis journal. Using one will help you remember how you felt the last time you took edibles, how much THC you ingested, and things you did that either helped or hindered your experience.

And remember: If you don’t feel anything, you can always take more. If you get too high, however, you can’t untake your edibles. Check out this advice for how to manage if you get higher than you want to be, and enjoy your journey!

Get a Virginia Marijuana Card to Start a New Adventure With Edibles!

In order to get started using legal, medical marijuana edibles, you’re going to need a Virginia marijuana card. Our compassionate doctors are here to help you, and they can give you the information you need to create a treatment plan that works for you. Schedule an appointment today, to start getting the natural relief you deserve!

Doctors Who Care. Relief You Can Trust.

At Virginia Marijuana Card, our mission is helping everyone achieve wellness safely and conveniently through increased access to MMJ. Our focus on education, inclusion, and acceptance will reduce stigma for our patients by providing equal access to timely information and compassionate care.

Call us at (888) 633-5808, or simply book a medical marijuana evaluation to start getting relief you can trust today!

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