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  • Writer's pictureAshley Slimak

Using Cannabis Edibles as an Alternative to Smoking Marijuana

Updated: Jul 10, 2023

When you think of consuming cannabis, you probably tend to think of smoking as the primary method. However, medical marijuana offers a variety of consumption methods for new patients.


Although flower is the most popular option at dispensaries, edibles have become increasingly in demand among medical marijuana patients. In Arkansas, dispensaries have numerous options for edibles including: gummies, hard candies, chocolates and tinctures.


Benefits of Edibles Compared to Smoking Marijuana

As an alternative to smoking, edibles provide a number of benefits:

  • The effects of edibles can last six or more hours while the effects of smoking usually last one or two hours.

  • Due to its longer duration of effects, edibles can be a great option for patients who are looking to alleviate pain.

  • Because the effects of edibles are stronger than the effects of smoking, it can help patients who suffer from insomnia.

  • Edibles are consumed orally and do not require patients to inhale which is easier on the lungs.


While edibles can be purchased from a dispensary, you can also make your own right at home! Cannabis flower can be used to make cannabutter and then be incorporated to make cookies, brownies and more. A few drops of a tincture can also be added to drinks or a recipe as needed for your desired strength.


Overall, if you are a patient who is seeking an alternative method to smoking cannabis, while still being to help reap the benefits of marijuana, edibles are a great option for you! To see what edible products are available at a facility near you, please visit our Arkansas Dispensary Locations page.


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