For patients who are unable to receive inhaled cannabis medications due to conditions such as asthma and COPD, or who simply dislike the taste of burnt marijuana, edible forms of the product provide a viable alternative.
The generally perceived benefits of edible cannabis include:
The ability to deliver measured dosages
A longer duration of effects as compared to smoking or vaping
No need for additional equipment such as vape pens or pipes
A 2016 peer-reviewed manuscript on the subject outlined several additional potential benefits of edible cannabis:
Anecdotal reports attribute increased interest in edibles to several perceptions shared by users: (1) edibles are a discreet and more convenient way to consume cannabis; (2) edibles offer a “high” that is calmer and more relaxing than smoking cannabis; and (3) edibles avoid the harmful toxins and health risks that come with smoking cannabis.