How Do Smokable and Edible Marijuana Products Differ?
Consuming cannabis can have all sorts of different effects, and these can all be brought on by different factors. Your tolerance, the strain of marijuana, the amount you consume as well as the method in which you consume it can all dramatically affect the way you feel.
Usually, consuming marijuana is done in one of two ways: smoking or ingesting it. While both methods achieve a similar “high” feeling eventually, the process of getting there and then the length of time that this feeling lasts can be extremely different depending on whether you smoke weed or take edible weed.
How does smoking affect the body?
One of the most popular ways to enjoy marijuana is to smoke it. When you inhale marijuana smoke, your body almost immediately absorbs the THC into your blood which is transferred to your brain. The THC then gives your brain the euphoria associated with a “high”. Smoking cannabis has a quick effect, and the feelings associated with it will be felt almost immediately.
How do edibles affect the body?
Edibles work just as effectively at producing a high as when you smoke, but it takes significantly longer. This is because when you eat an edible, it is digested in the stomach, metabolised in the liver then passed through to the bloodstream before being transferred to the brain. The high felt from edibles takes significantly longer to affect the user, but the effects are usually stronger and will last a lot longer than the high felt from smoking.
How your high is affected
Ingesting edibles takes roughly anywhere from 45 minutes to 3 hours to feel the effects but produces a stronger and longer high than smoking. However, smoking weed has an almost instantaneous effect but will also last a lot less time because the THC is absorbed much more quickly than with edibles.
There are many factors that can have a big influence on both the intensity of your high and how long it lasts. These factors can include the dosage, the potency, your personal tolerance, your metabolism, body weight and more. Generally, a high from smoking weed will be felt for around 1-2 hours, while the high felt from ingesting edibles is often felt for around 4-6 hours or longer.
Of course, the amount that you consume also has an impact on your high. The immediacy of smoking weed means that users are usually able to gauge pretty well how much they are feeling.
Because the effects of edibles can take up to several hours, often people mistakenly believe that they are not working, and so take more. This leads to a very intense and long-lasting high. Instead, it is recommended that anyone consuming weed starts slowly and gradually increases their dose until they know what they are comfortable with.
If you want to try consuming marijuana and you think that smoking is the right choice for you then there are a few things you will need to get to do so. You’ll need to get some cannabis, a lighter and something to smoke it with. This can be any number of things to a pipe, using rolling papers to form joints or a bong.
If you feel that edibles are more up your street, though, there are so many different choices available to you. Most weed dispensaries will stock a selection of edibles, such as cookies, chocolate or gummies, or you can buy edibles online at Bud Lab. For a safer and more controlled high, buy from a reputable seller where you can be sure of the amount of THC that you are getting in each portion so that you can stay safe while enjoying your edibles. Dosage control is very important to new and experienced users.
Choose the right method for you
All in all, there is no “right” way to consume cannabis. Depending on what kind of high and the experience you are looking for, you might want to try out different methods. Each method will have a different context too. What you want from your experience will have to be taken into consideration when choosing whether you opt for smoking or ingesting. For example, if you want to enjoy a fast and sharp high then smoking might be the most appropriate choice; while if you want to relax and have a slower high, then edibles might be right up your street. Work out what consumption method is going to work best for you and take it from there.