Chew on This: Medical Marijuana Edibles | Discover Marijuana

Medical Marijuana patients have quite a large variety of products to choose from when visiting their local cannabis pharmacies. The different options can be overwhelming, especially for those who are new to cannabis medicine.

New patients often receive recommendations to start with low-dose edibles (five milligrams of THC or less) and to allow up to two hours for the medication to take effect. The onset time of edibles is slower than any other form of cannabis ingestion, so it’s critical to be patient with the process.

It can be tempting to eat a larger-than-recommended dose of cannabis edibles, but the consequence can be an unpleasant experience that lasts several hours.

Kylee Shumway, Pharmacist in Charge at WholesomeCo, says edibles work especially well for patients seeking long-term pain relief, and there are no patients for whom she does not recommend edibles.

Read our “Patient Guide to Medical Cannabis” and our “Shopping Guide for Beginners” for details on incorporating marijuana edibles into your treatment plan.


Tim Pickett, PA-C is a Medical Cannabis expert and the founder of Utah Therapeutic Health Center. As a Qualified Medical Provider, Tim works directly with patients in need of Medical Marijuana recommendations and treatment plans. Salt Lake City Weekly readers voted Tim Utah’s Best Medical Cannabis Doctor (QMP) in its “2021 Best of Utah mind and body” edition.

Blake Smith is the Chief Science Officer at Zion Pharmaceuticals and an expert in the biochemistry of cannabis. Blake has a keen understanding of cannabinoid compounds and their effects on the human body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS).

Kylee Shumway is the Pharmacist in Charge at WholesomeCo, a Medical Cannabis pharmacy in Bountiful. Her interest in cannabis medicine also began in college, when an organic chemistry professor sometimes mentioned the compounds in marijuana.

For more information on getting a Utah Medical Marijuana card or Utah marijuana laws, visit

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Published October 19, 2021

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