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Craving Edibles in Pennsylvania? Meet Troches!

Over 700,000 medical marijuana patients in PA have discovered the therapeutic benefits of products like flowers, oils, tinctures, and capsules. But edibles have long eluded those in the program. In 2023, Pennsylvania introduced a new and tasty alternative – troches. What are troches and why might they just be the solution you've been waiting for?

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Let's dive in!

Introducing Troches: Your Edible Alternative


Troches, also known as lozenges or buccal tablets, burst into the scene of Pennsylvania's Medical Marijuana Program in February 2023. These small, flavorful lozenges are loaded with active ingredients like THC and CBD and dissolve slowly in your mouth. From helping with chronic pain, anxiety, and insomnia, troches are increasingly seen as an attractive treatment option.


What sets troches apart from products like Rick Simpson Oil (RSO) is their predictable dosing and great taste. Troches come in distinct units from 5 - 30mg and flavors like blueberry, peach, and mango. They can start acting in as little as 5 minutes and are readily available at most medical dispensaries in PA. Their discreet and portable format is a bonus for patients needing to medicate in public or while on the move.


Each Verano troche comes individually wrapped.

Two Verano troches, one still in packaging, one displayed on top of a sticker. A bottle of Verano THC infused troches sits on the desk.
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Troches: A Science Snapshot


Troches leverage the rich network of blood vessels under your tongue and in your cheek walls, delivering active ingredients directly into your bloodstream. This delivery system allows them to largely bypass your digestive system, offering a more liver-friendly option and potentially reducing adverse effects on the digestive system.


Do remember to consult with your healthcare provider before starting a troche regimen, as they can have side effects such as dry mouth, dizziness, and drowsiness.


First-time Troche User? Here's What You Need to Know

Ensure the troche fully dissolves in your mouth to allow your mouth's lining to absorb it. Keep troches away from children and pets. Starting with the lowest dose – currently 5mg of THC in May 2023 – can be a good strategy, especially if you're new to cannabis. Exercise patience, as the full impact can take up to an hour to be experienced.


Choosing the Perfect Troche


From flavor to potency and format, your troche choice should align with your personal preferences. Whether you're looking for a particular taste, require sugar-free or vegan options, or are concerned about budget, there is a troche out there perfect for you. Experimentation and patience will eventually lead you to your ideal troche.

An infographic displaying an array of Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program's dispensary troche options from Wonder Wellness, Vytal Options, and Verano.
Prices may vary depending on the dispensary.

How to Use Troches Safely and Effectively


Approach troches like any new medication. Begin with a low dose and gradually increase as needed. Keep the troche in your mouth until it fully dissolves. The effects of troches can start as soon as 5 minutes, but allow 20-30 minutes to pass for the effects to fully kick in. Do not take another dose until this time period has passed!


Learn More About the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program


Visit the program's official website for more information. Join online forums and communities to connect with other patients, share experiences, and find support.


Conclusion


Troches are a game-changer in the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program. They provide a more consistent, predictable dosing experience compared to squeezing RSO from syringes, and their discreet, user-friendly nature is winning over patients.


Ready to embark on your troche journey? Numerous brands and flavors await your exploration. Don’t hesitate to reach out to your dispensary pharmacist for personalized advice on the best troche for you.


Curious to discover the benefits of troches for yourself? Schedule an appointment with our physicians at Just My Doc to get certified for medical marijuana in PA. Our team is eager to make your journey as easy and stress-free as possible.


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