As more and more states legalize cannabis for medical and recreational use, cannabis edibles are growing in popularity. Not only are traditional edibles (cookies, brownies, etc.) easier to find than they were 10+ years ago, but the edibles category in general is growing larger. Now, medical cannabis patients can find drinks, snacks, and cannabis-infused gummies in addition to the traditional baked goods.
So, what are cannabis gummies? How can cannabis gummies be used by medical patients in Maryland? Do they offer any unique benefits? What about dosing? In this blog, we’ll answer some frequently asked questions about cannabis gummies.
What are cannabis gummies?
As you probably guessed by the name, cannabis gummies are gummy candy that has been infused with THC, CBD, or THC and CBD. They’re the most popular cannabis edible on the market and come in many forms, including circles, squares, and rectangles. Many medical cannabis patients choose edibles, like gummies, because they’re more discreet than using flower or a vape and may have a longer shelf life. The latter is especially important for infrequent cannabis users.
What kind of gummies are there?
All kinds! As mentioned, the medical cannabis market is growing and, as a result, so are the options for patients. Depending on the dispensary you visit, you’ll be able to find sour gummies, sweet gummies, gummies that only have CBD, and gummies that have THC. This is why it’s super important to always read the label and discuss the gummy product with a budtender. Since CBD and THC produce very different effects, always read the label thoroughly to ensure the gummy product you’re purchasing contains exactly what you want it to.
Do they taste like cannabis?
Out of all the edible choices on the market, cannabis gummies tend to taste the least like cannabis. Although edible manufacturers do their best to mask the taste of cannabis, the taste tends to come through more often in edibles like brownies and cookies. Of course, any kind of edible tastes less like cannabis than other consumption methods, like vaping or smoking flower.
Since CBD and THC gummies do not taste or smell like cannabis, please be extra cautious if a child is in your household. Always store your cannabis products in a locked area that is out of your child’s reach.
Are cannabis gummies legal?
If you live in a state where cannabis is legal for medical or recreational use, cannabis gummies are legal -- as long as they’re purchased from a dispensary that’s operating legally. At CULTA, we encourage all patients to always purchase their cannabis products legally. Not only does this ensure that you aren’t breaking the law, but there has been a trend of black market cannabis products being laced with fentanyl, one of the deadliest synthetic opioids to ever exist. Please be smart and obey the law.
Are CBD and THC gummies safe?
The cannabis industry is still in its infancy and, since it’s still illegal on a federal level, is less regulated than other industries. Unfortunately, this means there are black market companies that try to take advantage of this. The best way to avoid these companies is by doing research. First, make sure they’re a legal company. (Maryland keeps a list of all legal dispensaries here.) Next, read reviews of their products. Finally, find out if they use third-party testing.
Regardless of safety, all THC and CBD gummies should be kept out of reach of children, particularly since they can easily be mistaken for candy.
What are the benefits of gummies over other products?
The biggest benefit of gummies over other cannabis products comes down to taste and smell. Cannabis gummies, like other gummy candy, have sweet flavoring and a familiar gummy texture. Pretty much everyone is accustomed to munching down on gummies -- but swishing tinctures and oils around in your mouth? Not so much. Edibles like gummies tend to have broader effects than other products, like lotions and topicals that only target one area and, for some patients, they’re easier to dose.
Speaking of dosing, how do I dose gummies?
The convenient thing about cannabis gummies is that the dosing is usually right on the label. Many gummies come in either 10mg or 25mg doses. If you’re a first time patient, speak with your budtender about the best dosage for you. Every patient is different, and there’s no going back if you’ve consumed too much. Start small and slow and gradually work your way up.
How long will they take to start working?
Since the THC or CBD content in gummies is absorbed through the digestive system, you’ll have to wait until your body breaks down the gummy particles for the gummies to start “working.” How long this process takes depends on multiple factors, including your weight, metabolism, and what else you ate throughout the day. They usually take anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours to start working, so always wait at least two hours before you take more.
What if I accidentally took too much?
If you think you consumed too many cannabis gummies, it’s important to note that nobody has ever died from a cannabis overdose. We have an entire blog on what you can do to feel better, but the short version is: relax, go for a walk, drink water, and try your best to distract yourself. If you feel physically ill or threatened, consult a medical professional for more information. If you feel like you require immediate medical attention, please visit your nearest emergency room or urgent care.
Tips for consuming cannabis gummies
Whether you’re taking a gummy for the first time or have never had an edible before, there are a few tips to keep in mind:
- Start small- You can always consume more, but can never consume less. Remember that.
- Make sure you’re in a safe environment- Make sure you feel comfortable in your environment and avoid big crowds or loud environments if you can.
- Be with someone you trust- Edibles can be overwhelming, so make sure to have someone you trust who can help you out.
Finally, make sure you’re using a product you can trust. Many manufacturers, including CULTA, go the extra mile to ensure that their cannabis gummies are made from the best ingredients.
To learn more about edibles, check out Edibles 101: A Beginner’s Guide to Cannabis Edibles.