Edibles are an excellent way for non-smoking patients to enjoy the medicinal benefits of cannabis. A range of products such as brownies, chocolate bars and beverages are being developed, many with diabetic and gluten-free considerations. When medicating with edibles, you, as a patient, are advised to start slowly by taking a small dose and then waiting anywhere from 30 to 120 minutes for the full onset of effects. Edibles can be quite potent with effects lasting up to 8 hours or more. Exercise caution as onset time and proper dosage can vary, according to your body chemistry. As a general rule, when beginning medical marijuana, you should start with smaller doses, ranging from 2.5-5mg, while more experienced patients can dose in the 10-20 mg range.