Exploring the cannabis universe, beginners may be caught off guard deciding the difference between smoking and consuming or eating it. Others question whether smoking or eating differ in the overall effect, and if consuming directly can have faster effect.
Drawing the line is important to get an idea whether one can manage the euphoria or not. And if a certain effect is more intense than the other way of consuming marijuana. In this article, we’re exploring these two methods and find out the differences between the two.
How To Consume Cannabis
In addition to vaping and dabbing or topicals, the most common consumption methods are smoking and eating edibles. Smoking is probably the most go-to option, since it’s easier to light a stash and puff the smoke. However, there are more options for edibles these days, offering the same goodness as smoking.
Those who prefer smoking cannabis can use a variety of accessories for puffing smoke, including using a pipe, bong, spliff, or blunt. For the edibles, there’s a wide variety of space cakes available, in addition to the common brownies. There’s also gummies, ice cream infused by cannabis, coffee, even wine. The list goes on, as more manufacturers develop edibles infused by marijuana.
What’s different is that smoking can be a bit of work because there’s a need to light and smoke it. Some users or enthusiasts hated the smoke lingering to their clothing or the house or room. With edibles, everything comes easy; get supplies from dispensaries, prepare and eat directly.
Experience-wise, edibles produce more intense and stronger high while smoking can give a predictable and manageable hit. The science behind this is, when consuming cannabis, the effects are slowly felt because it needs to go through the stomach and all that. However, once the effects kick in, it’s more intense because the liver metabolize the tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, turning it to 11-hydroxy THC—a more potent and long lasting variety.
On the other hand, when one smoke cannabis, THC travels directly to the brain via the alveoli in the lungs. This makes a person feel the effects within minutes after smoking the marijuana. This effect can only last a certain period of time, depending on the intensity or type of strain.
When it comes to onset, smoking cannabis can be best for beginners as the effect is less intense, with a person knowing how much to smoke to get desired effect. This means, it’s easy to stop and take a break to be able to take control over the euphoric effects. This isn’t the same with edibles as the effects only kick in after some time, an hour or so. What makes it more unreliable is the delay in the effects, that’s why some people tend to eat more. In the end, the effect is more intense.
In addition, edibles have lasting effects, can be up to eight hours or so. Veteran users and enthusiasts can vouch for the lasting high that’s no good when trying to do things around the house, working, or simply going out to public places. With smoking, the first few hits can be felt almost immediately, and only lasts for an hour or two, sometimes even shorter. The effect wears off almost immediately, but if a user wants to feel buzzed, all it takes is a few more hits.
Understanding the main differences between smoking and eating marijuana is crucial to know the effects, potency, as well as the duration of euphoric effects. It all boils down to a person’s preference, whether lasting effect is more suited to their lifestyle or not. What’s important is to take moderation seriously to avoid undesirable effects like headache.