My experience with cannabis edibles

Consuming Indica Edibles in Oregon; A good experience for me

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by Neva J. Howell unless otherwise noted

My experience with recreational marijuana

IMPORTANT NOTE: With the legalization of recreational cannabis, the greed associated with any kind of hot product soon followed. The result? A lot of cannabis tainted with pesticides. It is the strongest warning I have about using cannabis. Make sure you know your source because it can be dangerous. I am so sad that this is what is happening with this new and promising industry. There are several companies that have been selling marjiuana that has heavy pesticide residue and people are getting sick from it, even dying. This is NOT the result of consuming cannabis but the result of unethical growing practices that are not yet adequately regulated in some states. From what I understand, Oregon has stricter regulation than Colorado but know your grower! That’s my strongest advice. That, and start low. With new extraction processes, it’s now possible to get much stronger concentrations that non-users would be familiar with and I don’t think that’s such a good thing.

What about pesticides in cannabis?

It’s a definite concern for me, just like it is with my food. I was a little naive about it, thinking that growers of marijuana would somehow be more conscientious. Turns out, many are not and use the quickest, least expensive way to deal with pests, seemingly without regard to how that may affect the consumer.

Be very careful to investigate the companies that make the edibles or other forms of recreational cannabis you will be consuming. Ask if they are tested for not just chemical pesticides but also for neem, which is exempted for testing at the moment since it is a “natural” pesticide.

Since neem oil is often used to kill the spider mites that commonly like mj plants, education and testing need to be in place with all growers. From what I’ve read, neem can be safely used but it depends on several factors including being sure to rinse the neem off and not using it at all during flowering. If too much need is used and it is concentrated in the plant when harvested, it may cause health issues. In certain concentrations, neem oil has been linked with the new “disease” called CHS (Cannabinoid Hyperemis Syndrome). Propagandists are saying this proves using more mj (in legal states) to be harmful but the amount of pesticide must be ruled out in every case of CHS to be able to say that is true. That being said, the potential for abuse with any medicinal product is a real potential and I advocate starting low and staying with lowest dosage for benefit.

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OK, on to my personal experience with cannabis edibles…

This is from a visit to Oregon in February of 2018. I was the Ashland area, considering it for relocation. There’s a lot to like, particularly for 55+ folks but that’s the subject of another report.

One of the reasons I wanted to come to Oregon is that recreational marijuana is legal here (well, as “legal” as it can be, given the federal government’s continued hold on this natural medicine) and I wanted to see if it would be of benefit to me.

I have researched the medicinal properties of cannabis and learned that our body has natural cannabinoid receptors. A receptor in the body is designed to receive a specific substance. My understanding is that the substance for a specific receptor will fit it naturally, like specific key for a specific door will unlock that door. If our body has these cannabinoid receptors already, why are they are there? I wanted to find out what it would feel like to be able to activate those receptors every day.

I purchased indica edibles because the indica strain is relaxing, not stimulating like the sativa. I also chose, again at the good advice of the bud tender, an edible that contained CBD since it modulates down the effect of the THC. My goal was not to get high but to sense the medicine potential.

I got the smallest dose they had and, as advised by the bud tender with regard to the qualities I wanted (help with joint pain and sleep) I chose an edible with a 1 to 1 ratio, meaning it had the same amount of CBD as it had THC. I think a half a jelly had around 5 units.

I started taking 1/4 of an edible in the morning, at noon and at night. I can absolutely attest that it helped my joint pain. In fact, the result was dramatic. I went from hardly ever walking long enough for it to be aerobic exercise to walking 2-4 miles within a week. I also slept deeper. I felt more relaxed, spiritually connected and focused than I had in a very long time.

The drawback for me with consuming cannabis edibles is that I had dry mouth and woke feeling a little hung over. This effect became uncomfortable for me when I tried to take half of an edible instead of 1/4 so I stayed at 1/4.

Was I getting high?

At 1/4 of an edible containing a total of about 3 units of thc, no. I felt relaxed and was able to meditate better but I did not feel “high”. With 1/2 of a edible, yes. I did feel high. For me, the indica low dose edible has helped me get back in shape and increase my personal physical stamina very quickly, by reducing joint pain so I could increase how long I walked without pain. The benefits for me were so dramatic that, if I lived somewhere that it was legal, I would take a very small dose of 1:1 edible every day. 1:1 refers to a balance of THC to CBD, which worked great for me.

What about Sativa?

Well… had a low dose sativa edible too and uh, no. Not for me. Edibles last a long time so the effect can be unpleasant due to duration, if it doesn’t agree with you. I had very rapid heartbeat that lasted a long time. I didn’t immediately connect this with the edible because it had been an hour since I ate it; edibles take longer to kick in. I had just walked two miles when it started so I didn’t immediately make the connection but later on, looking back, I figured it out. It scared me. I won’t be eating another sativa edible.

My bottom line: Low dose indica edibles provided sublime relief from joint and muscle pain and allowed a type A like me to more easily relax, slow down and smell the roses. Sativa did not agree with me at all and is a very different experience. It’s important to know your grower and rule out pesticide residual, particularly neem because it is not yet regulated.