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Ways to Consume Cannabis Edibles

Not just for Brownies Anymore

Have you heard about the brownies taken to the church bake sale? Or about the brownies grandma made to which someone added their own special ingredient? If you haven’t, you probably weren’t alive in the 70s. Marijuana brownies were a highly desired commodity in the “old days” before marijuana usage was legal in some states. Now that recreational and medical marijuana usage is legal in a number of states in the US, recipes for pot brownies are easily available. A quick Google search yields no less than ten recipes on the first page of the search engine, including a recipe from the cultural icon, Martha Stewart.

Alternative Ways of Consuming Cannabis

For those who want to reap the benefits of cannabis, there are ways to avoid the health risks associated with smoking or vaping it. You can ingest cannabis products by using:

  • Edibles
  • Tinctures
  • Topical applications


How Edibles Work

There are numerous ways to incorporate each of these options into your life. Edibles, for example, are available in a myriad of forms. You might try edibles incorporated into:

  • Gummies
  •  Coffees
  • Granola
  • Gum
  •  Ice cream
  • Lollipops
  • Baked goods

To incorporate cannabis into baked goods, you will have to use either canna butter or canna oil, which you can make and then use for baking.

Edibles are processed in the body a little differently than processing it through smoking. Edibles in all forms are broken down during the digestive process. In other words, you eat an edible, and it goes through your digestive tract just as all food does. It’s broken down and then processed through the liver, so it takes a little while to feel the effects of edibles. Typically, the effects of edibles aren’t felt immediately, but it can take up to two hours to feel the full effects of one, so you have to be really careful about not ingesting additional edibles because you don’t instantly feel its effects.


How Tinctures Work


CBD or other tinctures containing a cannabinoid derivative are usually administered sublingually, or by a dropper that places the drops under one’s tongue. Tinctures can also be taken on or in food or in a drink. One of the primary benefits to using a tincture is that the dose is very controlled; you know exactly how much you are ingesting, based on the strength of the tincture and the number of drops you consume. This level of controlled ingestion makes tinctures an excellent option for medical marijuana patients.


How Topical Applications Work


CBD or THC products administered topically are highly effective for those with chronic pain because the product can be applied directly to the area that hurts. Topicals come in several different formats, including:

Topically applied products are also helpful for inflammation. There are no intoxicating effects from a topical, even when using a product containing THC.


We Can Help!


Canna Card Express, located in Worcester, MA, can help guide you on how to incorporate edibles, topicals, or tinctures in your wellness routine. We can be reached by phone at 508-817-9300 or email at You may be able to qualify for a Massachusetts Medical Marijuana card for your products. To do so, your condition must be certified by a Massachusetts state-accredited, licensed medical marijuana practitioner.

Make an appointment today to see if our nurse practitioner can help you through the medical marijuana program in MA.

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Steps to Certification

Step 1
Book an appointment

Book an appointment via our website, phone, or email. You must be a Massachusetts Resident

Step 2
Login to HIPAA

Once the appointment is booked, an email is sent with a link to login to our secure HIPAA compliant patient portal where documents are filled out and reviewed by the Nurse Practitioner prior to your visit.

If you have any difficulty completing these documents please Contact us.

Step 3
Upload Documents
Upload a valid photo ID to the patient portal.
  • Massachusetts Driver’s license
  • Massachusetts ID
  • US military ID
  • US passport
Step 4
Receive Appointment

You will receive appointment reminders before the visit via email, automated voice message, and text.

Step 5
Your visit

Your visit: Telemedicine visits are via a secure HIPAA compliant patient platform. The visit may be done by telephone if preferable. Once connected, the provider will review your medical history and discuss how to incorporate Medical Cannabis into your routine.

Step 6

Your invoice is available for payment online in your patient portal. We will process it after your visit. If certification is denied for any reason, we will issue a refund immediately.

Step 7
Here You Go

When the above steps are complete, you will receive two emails. A welcome email is received from the Massachusetts Medical Use of Marijuana Program, and another email from us at Canna Card Express. A temporary program ID card is attached to our email, it is ready to use at dispensaries and is valid for 2 weeks. Our email contains step by step instructions on how to complete the registration online with the state. Registration with the state is required to receive the hard copy Medical Marijuana Patient ID Card. Registration requires a valid MA ID, proof of residency, and is valid for one year. In a year, a renewal visit is needed to keep certification active.

If you have any difficulties with the online state registration, please  Contact us.