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Legalizing Medical Marijuana Edibles-Pros and Cons

Much news is being generated in regard to the legalization of both Canada / USAmedical and recreational marijuana for most US states and in July 2018, Canada, who will be the first of the G7 countries to legalize both. Germany, Peru, Mexico and Italy are discussing the possibility with many others keeping close attention.

However, the legalization of marijuana for both recreational and medical purposes create both pros and cons for the industry, especially when it comes to the use and distribution of marijuana edibles. Many people consume edibles as they prefer this method over smoking marijuana. It may be concern over the health of their lungs or just because, well, a lot of edibles taste real good and you get a buzz! Not so bad!

However, this is where legalizing marijuana edibles becomes debatable.

The Concern Over Marijuana Edibles

Today, the State of Colorado announced the effective October 1, 2017 that marijuana gummy bears that are shaped like humans, animals or fruit are prohibited. This also includes that resemble or contains characteristics of a realistic or fictional human, animal or fruit. Gummy bears, chocolate rabbits and other such products will no longer be sold in Colorado dispensaries. Squared gummies are still available.

The reason behind the sudden change is due to the concern with children obtaining and consuming these edibles which could cause serious medical harm. marijuana edibles-an introductionGummy bears and chocolate are very enticing to children, regardless of its ingredients.

This does raise a serious issue, but there are other concerns to address.

What’s In My Gummy Bear?

One of the most serious and possibly dangerous is the manufacturing and distribution of marijuana edibles by unlicensed facilities. These facilities have a no regulation production line, and produce as much as they can as fast as they can. Sometimes in a rented space or most times in their own kitchens. There is no quality control, no health inspections or protocol to packaging. Mind you, not all facilities are like this, but they do exist.

With that in mind, the main concern over marijuana edibles is the potency factor being produced. Since there is no regulation factors involved in the production of edibles, they can be made as strong and potent as possible, or with little to no THC/CBD, the active ingredients of the marijuana flower.guide to edibles These are then sold in dispensaries by choice. For recreational users, this is a bonus. They can purchase the strength they prefer and have away. Again, just because those gummies say 10mg of THC per gummy that does not mean that is what you are getting!

Buyer beware!

Edibles for Medical Treatment

For most users this is not an issue, but if you are consuming the edibles for medical reasons, regulation is of the utmost concern. Since you will be under a doctor to acquire medical marijuana, they will monitor your usage and reaction by prescribing a certain dosage, which may or may not be in relation to medications you may already be taking.marijuana doctor

Acquiring your medical marijuana edibles from a licensed grower or manufacturer, then you can be assured that your dosage will be correct and they are clean and ready to consume. They have been inspected by a health regulator who may also overlook the quality control.

If I was a patient under doctor care, I think I would be using the prescription form of edibles. But then that’s me.

Why I Like Marijuana Edibles

When most people think of marijuana, they automatically relate the usage of it with a big puff of smoke and blurry eyes!! In fact not so long ago, marijuana smoking was the root of madness!! Today, marijuana can come in many forms, and one of those forms are edibles.

I like edibles. They do taste good if prepared correctly, and they do result in a nice, relaxing mood elevation.types of marijuana edibles Whether they be in gummy bears, brownies, cookies of any kind, honey, olive oils-the list goes on!! Do a search for “recipes containing marijuana and the list in endless!

Chef Beware!

Sure, anybody can do a recipe with marijuana. Savory dish or pancakes. Eat what you will. The use of marijuana in food is catching on. Not just for the buzz, but as an actual food enhancer to main dishes or desserts. Making marijuana edibles is not that difficult. If you can follow a recipe, you should be OK.

I really like marijuana edibles for their portability. They don’t really smell strong of marijuana, they can be consumed in public (check YOUR laws) and they offer a more consistent dose than smoking. With smoking, you must keep having to inhale more smoke to maintain the level of usage comfort. With edibles, the elevation is more consistent, lasts much longer than smoking. Smoking does offer immediate gratification though. Try a Vaporizer!!

Legalizing Marijuana Edibles

For me, it’s a no brainer. There is a viable and confident market for both manufacturers and consumers of marijuana edibles. There has to be a common ground in which government control can be abated. I remember when news stories told of children eating laundry detergent pods because they were colorful! Public service and common sense said “Keep Out of the Reach of Children”!! More so common sense. The same goes for your gummies and cookies. If you bought or made them, then you know they have marijuana in them so “Keep Out of the Reach of Children”.

For non-smokers or those who do not like to marijuana, this is the best alternative available at the moment, and would leave them with fewer choices in their consumption

Federally oversee these manufacturers in the sense that they must be a listed business and subject to the same rules and regulations that the licensed facilities are. The dispensary market will never go away. They fill an important role in the industry but will have changes necessary to compete in the market.

But with some enforcement, the market will not only become stronger, but more interesting to the consumer as a whole.

 

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11 thoughts on “Legalizing Medical Marijuana Edibles-Pros and Cons With all the news

  • October 15, 2017 at 1:48 pm
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    This is just another thing to add to the litany of legislation that the pharmaceutical industry, banks, insurance and big tobacco are firing at the marijuana industry. It’s just part of the death by a thousand cuts that these soulless lawyers create for themselves really. I mean no big deal that you now have to make your gummies look like blocks instead of bears, so whatever but bottom line is they are wanting to cut out the small players and eventually take it over for themselves to line their own pockets.

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  • September 30, 2017 at 12:49 pm
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    The marijuana industry is under attack from several angles, a couple being the alcohol industry and the pharmaceutical industry. Hopefully the marijuana industry will be able to overcome these obstacles and make edibles easily accessible. It seems perfectly acceptable for uncle bob to get hammered on a case of beer, but bring pot up and its shocking to see how many people take exception to it. Edibles are one way to get around the problem people have with smoking in general.

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    • October 1, 2017 at 9:35 am
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      Hello Jeremy and thanks for the comment.
      You are right on all level. I know of a number of alcoholics but know no one who is a marijuana addict. This is here to stay, and the sooner the establishment realizes it, the easier the transition will be.

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  • September 30, 2017 at 12:00 pm
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    I think it is good to legalize editables for medical marijuana as there are individuals that do not like to smoke it. I agree with you that people tend to be fearful due to the health issues related to the lungs. With regards to enforcing it, they should just put labels as they do with food. Here in Ontario in Canada, all food must contain the nutritional facts. The same will need to apply with edibles such as the THC and CBD content. As well, using common sense and putting labels to keep out of reach of children will need to be indicated. Marijuana edibles are not new and have been there for thousands of years throughout the different civilizations and I am sure that through the practical use, it was mainly used by mature individuals. Perhaps the only cases would be for children that had severe maladies such as epilepsy where it would of been used but in proportionate amounts and only when needed. Great post.

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    • October 1, 2017 at 9:45 am
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      Hello Sam and thanks for the comments.
      I agree with the warning labels as you suggest, but as with all types of substances like this, there will be those who will say it will never happen to me, and unfortunately, it will happen and that’s when the laws will become even tighter. For now, too many people are still on the opposed side, and until that changes, it will always be scrutinized.
      There are looking at laws very similar in Canada, and will be interested in the new laws the come up with.

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  • September 30, 2017 at 11:16 am
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    This is quite a fascinating situation. For ages something that was under a ‘prohibited item’ list is now gradually being freed of regulations. With a substance like Marijuana going through this transformation, people are going to go helter-skelter in terms of consumption as well as marketers to take the first mover advantage in gaining market shares and revenues. It is sure going to be very onteresting how consumers , marketers and authorities steer this and in what direction.
    Great write up!

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    • October 1, 2017 at 9:54 am
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      Hello Deepika and thanks for the comment.
      The race has already begun. As more and more US states, and now Canada with legalization set for July 2018, big buck are being invested in the industry and the scrambling for position is already happening. I don’t think there will be a mass outpouring usage, but it will have an uptake as people will want to try the various forms of marijuana rather than just the smoking issue of it. I think once the hoopla has settled down, the industry will regulate itself, and will work as designed.

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  • September 29, 2017 at 10:38 pm
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    Legalizing marijuana edibles? Seriously, I never thought there would be so many of these edible varieties for sale. I come from a place where they say, the marijuana variety found in plenty (in the wild too) is one of the most potent. In my place, the leaves are sometimes consumed as fried snack (fried in edible oil with gram flour paste) by some people. Though I have never tasted it for myself, but they say it’s really tasty and the post-snack effects are heavenly. In other parts of India too, the crushed leaves are made into balls (paste) and are consumed with milk. They call it bhaang. But gummy bears, cookies, brownies? Marijuana Popsicle anyone? Love this post.

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    • September 30, 2017 at 10:24 am
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      Hello Sukumar and thanks for the comment.
      Yes, unfortunately here in North America, the view of marijuana use for either medical or recreational use is gaining acceptance but has a long way to go.
      For too long the attitude in regards to this plant that grows wild all over the world has been one of condemnation and illegal activities.
      With the new laws coming into effect in some US states and soon to be Canada in July 2018, it seems that a lot of the talk is centered around the financial windfall that many expect, instead of diverting the attention to the benefits of the plant.

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  • September 29, 2017 at 3:14 pm
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    Totally agree with your statement regarding the laundry pods and the ‘keep out of reach of children.’ A kid is going to go for anything that looks somewhat reminiscent to candy- especially if it actually is candy! I can see the reasoning for why Colorado is instigating these new laws, as you said, but at the same time it would be pretty simply to put a ‘keep out of reach of children’ warning label on any edible products just as laundry detergent and many other companies do. Interested to see what new edibles come to production in shapes other than humans, animals or fruit!

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    • September 30, 2017 at 10:29 am
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      Hey Connor and thanks for the comment.
      Ya, this is such a no brainer!! Unfortunately, common sense can be a difficult reality for some.

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