Guide to Using Marijuana Edibles in Virginia

Virginia cannabis dispensaries legally sell medical marijuana edibles. For those of you who ate infused brownies decades ago, you'll find the cannabis edibles available today offer precision dosing – and higher potency!

Learn everything you need to know about taking THC-infused medical-grade edibles. CannabisRxHealth is ready to guide you on your edibles journey, including explaining how to use edibles to manage various symptoms, like nausea, pain, anxiety, and others.

Keep reading to learn more about the variety and dosing options for edibles found at Virginia dispensaries. Then, we'll cover what you should expect with THC-infused edibles.

Let's get started!

Using Medical Marijuana Edibles for the First Time

Purchasing marijuana edibles and other THC infusions in Virginia means holding a medical marijuana card. This is essential to purchase cannabis products legally in this state. However, equally important to note is that it's legal to have some marijuana on your person, regardless of whether you hold a card.

Regardless, if you need to have access to medical marijuana in VA, it's easy to get a marijuana card. All you need is a condition and a doctor's recommendation stating that medical cannabis use could improve it.

Need a medical marijuana card in Virginia? Schedule your appointment with one of CannabisRxHealth's Virginia medical marijuana doctors today to get your certification before registering with the Virginia Board of Pharmacy today!

After you obtain your medical marijuana card, you'll have access to the products found at Virginia dispensaries. This includes edibles, along with extracts, flower, topicals, tinctures, and more!

Additional Reading: Virginia Dispensary Locations & Opening Times

Where to Legally Buy Cannabis Edibles in Virginia?

Cannabis edibles in Virginia are in demand. Fortunately, cultivation and processing operations have been prepared with flower. However, we expect more edibles options to become available rather soon! This will include medical marijuana cookies, brownies, and chocolates!

Edibles at Virginia dispensaries are commonly offered as medicated chews. Each of these has their own labels showing the processor's information. However, besides this, medicated chews and gummies are rather similar.

Most chews sold in Virginia have between eight and ten milligrams of THC and approximately five milligrams of CBD a piece. Here's a list of the edibles offered at Virginia dispensaries:

Types of Edibles Available in Virginia

Beyond/Hello Edibles in Manassas & Sterling

  • 1:1 Peach Balance Gummies from Tasteology
  • Blueberry Calm IV Gummies from Tasteology
  • Mango-Pineapple Boost IV from Tasteology
  • Tablets III Press Tablets from Columbia Care

GLeaf Edibles in Richmond

  • Mango VII Medicated Chews from GLeaf
  • Pineapple III Medicated Chews from GLeaf
  • Watermelon IV Medicated Chews from GLeaf
  • Tablets III Press Tablets from Columbia Care
  • Peach Balance IV Gummies from Tasteology
  • Blueberry Calm IV Gummies from Tasteology

Columbia Care Edibles in Portsmouth

  • Press Tablets III from Columbia Care
  • Raspberry Gummies from Dharma Pharmaceuticals
  • Wild Cherry VIII Medicated Chews from gLeaf
  • Salt Water Taffy Soft Chews from Plant Sugar
  • 1:1 Peach Balance Gummies from Tasteology
  • Blueberry Calm Gummies from Tasteology
  • Mango-Pineapple Boost IV Gummies from Tasteology

Rise Edibles in Abingdon & Salem

  • Mango-Pineapple Boost IV Gummies from Tasteology
  • 1:1 Peach Balance Gummies from Tasteology
  • Tablets III Press Tablets from Columbia Care
  • Fruit Punch Gummies from Dharma Pharmaceuticals
  • Lemon Lime 23 Gummies from Dharma Pharmaceuticals
  • Raspberry Gummies from Dharma Pharmaceuticals
  • Watermelon III Medicated Chews from gLeaf
  • Wild Cherry VII Medicated Chews from gLeaf
  • Lemonade Gummies from Plant Sugar
  • Orange Gummies from Plant Sugar
  • Blueberry Calm III Gummies from Tasteology

Are THC-Infused Edibles Dangerous?

Some people are scared of using THC cannabis edibles. While these products are becoming more available, they also have a reputation for offering an overwhelming experience. Some news stories highlight consumers visiting the hospital after ingesting too much THC, which scares people from trying them.

However, understanding how edibles work goes a long way. Regardless of whether you'd like to consume gummies or tablets, edibles are an excellent way to administer medical marijuana. But it's necessary to have a firm understanding of how these products might impact you and the benefits they offer.

Benefits of Using Medical Marijuana Edibles

Edibles offer a straightforward experience; you always know what you're getting when you look at the label. While they cannot be labeled with a specific percentage of THC, the packaging will contain specific milligram measured dose insight.

Furthermore, edibles don't vary like strains. Thus, patients don't need to consider terpene content that could change the effects of the product. Each edible is either indica, sativa, or hybrid, meaning the effects are quite uniform among the types.

Some edibles might be made to treat specific symptoms. If this is the case, the packaging should note it.

Also important to consider is the way edibles enter the bloodstream. Since they progress through the digestive tract, the effects take longer to feel. This is why edibles are constantly being chosen over smoking or vaping cannabis. However, this means you'll need some insight into how these compare to other products before consumption.

Marijuana Vape Pens vs. Edibles

Edibles hit differently than cannabis vape pens. The pen cartridges deliver vapor clouds through the lungs and directly into the bloodstream, offering instantaneous effects within a couple of minutes. They're easier to dose because patients feel the product immediately, allowing them to stop if the effects are coming on too strong. The effects aren't long-lasting either, ensuring consumers don't get too high too fast.

Eating edibles is more challenging dose-wise. These products can take as long as two hours to feel the effects because the THC is metabolized through the liver before entering the bloodstream.

The majority of patients using edibles believe it's more of a body buzz than inhaled vapor. This is perfect for those struggling with muscle spasms, nausea, chronic pain, and other physical conditions that could experience relief from a strong body high.

Dosing Marijuana Edibles

Ensuring a good first-time experience with edibles means knowing you should start out slow and grow. If you're not experienced in using marijuana, it's best to avoid taking a large dose on your first try.

Keep in mind, you'll need to wait to feel your first dosing. Since edibles take a while to kick in, make sure you don't take more before you feel the full effects.

If it's your first time taking a marijuana edible, make sure you have a clear schedule. Sometimes, the effects can last longer than expected, and it's never a good thing to cancel plans because you're too medicated to function!

New consumers should start with between two and three milligrams of THC. From there, wait for at least an hour before you decide to take more. Most of the time, it's best to wait two hours.

If you take an edible and don't feel anything within an hour or two, try taking another two milligrams. Wait another hour or longer before taking more. Keep doing this until you've found your sweet spot.

Too much THC during a first session could turn you off to edibles forever. So, start slow and work towards a higher dose once you're comfortable with how edibles affect your body.

Stay hydrated after eating edibles, and try to eat a small meal before you consume your product. You can also eat after you indulge in an edible. This will help you fend off anxiety, nausea, and headaches that can come as a result of hunger and dehydration.

Some patients keep a cannabis journal to track their edibles sessions. This can keep you in the know about how edibles affect you, how you feel after ingesting certain amounts of THC, and how long it takes for edibles to affect you.

Closing on Marijuana Edibles in Virginia

Marijuana edibles are becoming a popular choice for those in Virginia. If you're looking for an alternative to smoking or vaping, edibles might be the right choice for you.

Start with a low dose and work your way up to find the right dosage for you. Be sure to stay hydrated and eat before you consume an edible. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to the CannabisRxHealth team! We're always happy to answer any questions!

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