Oregon medical marijuana patient says edibles more effective than smoking for pain relief

Severe arthritis has taken a toll on Susan Lind-Kanne.

The 59-year-old's knees, back, shoulder and even her toes ache. Her fingers bend awkwardly, making it impossible to lift a smooth water glass. Her hands can only grasp mugs with handles.

When the pain is too much, she resorts to Vicodin. The rest of the time she relies on cannabis-infused candies.

Her favorites: cherry blaster, cherry cola and watermelon flavored Gummiez, small candies popular on Oregon's medical marijuana market.

Gummiez are sold according to potency. Lind-Kanne sticks mostly with ones that contain 10 milligrams of THC, since it's pain relief she's after, not a high. Depending on how she feels, she sometimes opts for the candies with 25 milligrams.

The Oregonian/OregonLive included Gummiez in its testing of edible marijuana products. The label said each candy contained 25 milligrams of THC. The analysis found they had 4.95 milligrams.

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