If you’re a new medical marijuana patient, we’d like to be one of the first to welcome you to the wide world of MMJ. Now that you’re here, you’ll find that there are plenty of options for incorporating medical marijuana into your lifestyle to meet your specific needs.
One of the most significant benefits of medical marijuana is that it can be consumed in many ways, providing flexibility when it comes to customizing your experience. For new MMJ patients, starting with tinctures and edibles can be an incredibly user-friendly route to learning about personal preferences.
Today, we’re going to take a closer look at MMJ edibles and tinctures in this helpful guide for new patients in PA.
Medical Marijuana Edibles and Tinctures: The Basics
Before you can decide if trying a tincture or edible is right for you, you should know what they are and how they’re made.
What is an edible?
An MMJ edible is a food or drink product made with marijuana.
There are many different types of edibles, going far beyond the traditional “brownie” that may come to mind when people think about edibles. Edibles include:
- MMJ gummies
- MMJ hard candies
- MMJ baked goods (brownies, cookies, etc.)
- MMJ beverages
- MMJ capsules
When you buy an edible, you can expect to see the serving size clearly labeled. This way, you’ll know exactly how much medical marijuana is in the product, including the percentage of THC/CBD you’re consuming.
What is a tincture?
A tincture is technically a type of edible. Tinctures are made via a solvent-based extraction process that relies on alcohol to separate the terpenes and cannabinoids (THC, CBD, and others) from the rest of the plant material. Tinctures can be flavored to make consumption more enjoyable. Each tincture is made with specific concentrations of THC/CBD to deliver a particular set of expected effects.
Tinctures are most commonly consumed orally, using a dropper to easily dispense the liquid. However, some patients opt to use tinctures to infuse homemade MMJ edibles. The typical effects (and how quickly they set in) can vary depending on how you choose to enjoy your tincture.
What’s the difference between THC and CBD in edibles and tinctures?
When you’re shopping at FLUENT for tinctures or edibles, you’ll notice that our products generally fall into one of three categories:
- THC-only products
- CBD-only products
- Products with both THC and CBD
THC is the “active ingredient” and cannabinoid most frequently associated with medical marijuana and its therapeutic effects. CBD is the second-most prevalent cannabinoid, offering its own potential advantages (particularly for anyone who doesn’t want the mind-altering effects of THC). There are also many edibles and tinctures available in the third category, containing various combinations of both THC and CBD.
Since every individual has unique MMJ goals, it’s beneficial to have various options available – that way, you can choose the one that serves your needs.
Why Choose Tinctures or Edibles
Here are just a few of the reasons, so many patients at FLUENT opt for these product types:
While smoking and vaping can involve a learning curve, consuming tinctures and edibles is very straightforward. There are no unique accessories needed and no technique to figure out.
When you’re new to MMJ, starting low and going slow is a good rule of thumb. With tinctures and edibles, you can easily stay in control of how much you’re consuming. In addition, single-serving edibles and tincture droppers make it incredibly easy to dole out an exact amount of THC and/or CBD.
As you learn what you like – and what you don’t – through your MMJ experience, you probably don’t want to spend a ton of money trying different products. That’s ok! Both tinctures and edibles are often budget-friendly, so you can sample multiple options without worrying too much about the cost.
Many MMJ patients have medical conditions (or even just personal preferences) that make smoking medical marijuana a less than ideal option. However, tinctures and edibles can provide suitable alternatives that eliminate smoke without detracting from the overall benefits of MMJ.
Browse Tinctures, Edibles, and Other MMJ Products Available at FLUENT PA
It doesn’t matter if you’re new to medical marijuana or a seasoned MMJ patient; quality is most likely a top priority. And when you come to FLUENT dispensaries, you can be confident that you’ll receive nothing less than the best.
At FLUENT dispensaries in Pennsylvania, we’ve curated an outstanding selection of high-quality medical marijuana strains and products from the industry’s top brands and growers. Plus, our friendly team of medical marijuana experts is always on hand to answer all your questions. Curators at FLUENT PA are available to help you make informed choices and guide you towards products that align with your preferences: from tinctures to edibles and everything in between. FLUENT is the first choice for Pennsylvania MMJ patients in Hanover, Mechanicsburg, and Annville (dispensary opening soon). Visit the FLUENT dispensary nearest you to elevate your MMJ experience today!
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