I will never buy commercially made cannabis edibles again!
Thanks to a terrifying experience with cannabis edibles over the weekend, my week is off to a rocky start. After a week of excruciating pain from what can now be identified as a broken rib, all I wanted to do was relax and hopefully reduce the pain it was creating.
BTW, no it is not a new injury but is instead one of the ribs that broke last year and did not heal properly. It was discovered after addressing and reducing the effect of two other contributors to my abdominal pain.
I have relied on my homemade cannabis edibles to provide longer periods of pain relief than what vaping or smoking flower could since the original break. On occasion, I have decided to try a premade cannabis edibles from a dispensary. Unfortunately, my experiences have not been good.
Each experience resulted in an extreme psychedelic high that would have completely freaked me out had I just ventured into the world of cannabis. Two of those experiences lasted for 24 hours.
Knowing the risk, but in desperate need of pain relief, I decided to take a chance on an edible while shopping for flower to make more homemade edibles. But my weekend did not go as planned.
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Canna From Hell
I consumed my very small two-bite edible at 5PM on Saturday. We had burgers and tempura green beans from The Habit delivered for dinner. With my high kicking in, I savored each bite.
Typically, I do not feel the full effect of an edible for at least 120 minutes. But on this evening, they took less than 30 minutes to hit.
I can also usually tell when the peak of the high hits, which with my edibles is between the two and four hour mark. This moment serves as my bedtime signal. If I push through it, the high dissipates and falling asleep becomes a struggle.
On this evening, however, new and higher peaks kept hitting. When the TV show we were watching looked like it was in 3D, I laughed. But the laughing stopped when another wave hit and took me on a ride that I never want to ride again.
At one point I began laughing at the show we were watching. My laugh turned into a silent laugh, you know the kind, where you laugh so hard that no noise comes out. It was at that point that I felt like I was falling backwards into different realms of time. I kept trying to pull forward, but something was holding me back. It wasn’t until I heard my husband and daughter say, “Are you okay” and then “I think we need to call 911” that I was able to fight the forces that were pulling me away from reality.
I quickly sat up and declared that I was okay. They could see that clearly I was not, but said that if what they saw what happened to me occur again, they were calling for an ambulance.
After grounding myself the best that I could, I went to bed. My husband and daughter checked on me throughout the night and thankfully there was no repeat of what happened on the couch. What happened is and will remain a mystery. It appeared to be a few convulsions from their view. The rest of the night was spent trying to sleep while fighting off more interdimensional flights and involuntary muscle twitches in my legs. The interdimensional flights were terrifying. I could see, hear, and feel what was taking place in a particular moment of time, while also seeing, hearing, and feeling the same event but in different dimensions. While I enjoyed watching The Matrix, I have no desire to live it!!
When I awoke Sunday morning, I was still high. Too high to drive, write, or even socialize on social media. My hope was that I would have my head and body back by five, but I was wrong. Twenty-four hours later and I was still too high to function like I normally do.
This brings me to this morning. Here it is after 8AM and my head is still not clear. I have been high for over 36 hours! This is from one edible!!! While I am able to write, I still do not have the clarity needed to drive or the ability to concentrate for long. If I am lucky, this high will have worn off before the 48-hour mark.
What Went Wrong?
I have been medicating with cannabis for chronic pain from fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, and endometriosis since 2013. At that time edibles were my favorite form of consumption. It wasn’t until 2016 that I began venturing out of my comfort zone with vape concentrates, flower, and tinctures.
The reason I share this information is that you can clearly see that I had many years of premade edible consumption without any issues. In fact, my first adverse experience didn’t occur until 2017.
Medical marijuana has been legal in the state of California since 1996. In 2016, recreational usage was approved, but it did not go into effect until January 1, 2018. However, many dispensaries quietly began serving the recreational crowd in 2017.
With my first of several terrifying edible experiences taking place after recreational was approved, I can’t help but think there was a shift to make products geared for recreational users who prefer a psychedelic high versus patients that use it for pain relief and to function.
As the years have progressed, so has the intensity of the edibles I have purchased, and the undesired effect.
Taking Control of My Medical Marijuana
In 2018, I began dry vaping. I instantly fell in love with this form of cannabis consumption for several reasons. It cost less, it gave me the ability to choose strains that best suited my pain and symptoms, and the flower served a dual purpose.
With dry vaping, the cannabis flower does not burn. Instead, it is warmed. This process decarboxylates cannabis which the first step in using it to make cannabutter, oils, and tinctures.
I have saved thousands of dollars making homemade edibles and oils by decarboxylating my cannabis via dry vaping.
What Needs To Change With Cannabis Edibles
I will never buy premade cannabis edibles from a dispensary again. That is until they can provide me with the same information that I have in regards to my homemade edibles.
Listing the milligram dosage on the package is not enough.
Labeling the product with the type of strain is not enough. Not all Sativa strains are the same, some address my nerve pain perfectly, while others send my anxiety into overdrive. The same goes for Indica strains. Some produce a calming effect, others relax my muscles better, while others only do one or the other. Not every patient will have the same experience.
What needs to change to make cannabis edibles a better option for medical marijuana patients like myself is the labeling of dosage and the strain(s) used to make them. This would help patients choose products based off of strains they have tried and had success with. It would also help patients with dosing. There are some strains I know my body needs a higher dose of whereas others it requires less.
How to Make Your Own and Never Buy Cannabis Edibles and Topicals Again
Until cannabis retailers include this information on their products, I will continue to assume that medical patients aren’t their target customer and encourage patients to research and make their own edibles.
My biggest fear in regards to making homemade edibles and oils was messing it up and wasting money that my family didn’t have to spare. If that is your fear, I want to be the first to tell you that it is actually quite simple and can be inexpensive.
There are two ways to decarboxylate cannabis. One saves you a ton of money, while both give you control over what you consume.
As you will learn in my free ebook, high-end expensive equipment is not needed and you don’t have to be an expert to create edibles or oils that address your health needs.
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What Are Your Thoughts?
Do you live in an area where recreational marijuana use was legalized after medicinal use?
Have you noticed a difference in the edibles available at your local dispensaries?
Have any of the changes to how your dispensary runs or the products they carry prompted you to make your own?