If you need to make an informed decision about which might be best for you, below we look at the characteristics of edibles vs smoking. We examine why each method might appeal to different individuals or be better for different situations. The pros can cons of both.
Cannabis has been made into food since ancient times, and records have been found dating back to 6000 BCE which show that cannabis seeds were used in China as a food. For generations, the cannabis plant was used for various purposes including for textiles and for medicinal purposes as well as in religious ceremonies. It was also used in ancient Rome, although it isn’t known whether it was eaten or smoked. We have a long running history with both smoking and eating cannabis.
Why Do Some People Prefer Edibles?
In areas where cannabis consumption is legal, either for medicinal or recreational purposes, edibles are usually common and can be bought in many dispensaries. Edibles are popular because the dose is often specified clearly and users do not risk the potential health implications of smoking, such as coughing and lung damage.
Edibles offer a discreet method of consumption, which is important for some users. Another positive to edibles is that the high lasts a lot longer than from smoking.
When eating marijuana, the high may not kick in for up to 3 hours, depending on how recently you’ve eaten food. The effects can stay active in the body for up to 8 hours with a laidback, longer lasting high. This makes eating cannabis-infused products often better for people who suffer from pain, depression or anxiety.
On average, the effects from edibles will last from 4 to 8 hours.
With edibles, the high is also often stronger, and while some people can find this disconcerting, others find that this is exactly the effect they are looking for. One more reason why some people prefer to use edibles is that there is no unpleasant odour to permeate clothes, hair, and skin. This is often considered to be one of the downsides of smoking cannabis. The final reason is that cooking marijuana-infused foods allows you to use up any leftover bits of bud, trimmings, and offcuts so that they don’t go to waste.
Why Do Some People Prefer Smoking?
Smoking marijuana sends the THC directly to your nervous system through your lungs, so the effects are felt very rapidly. Users can usually feel the effects within a few minutes. This is much quicker than with using edibles, since, as the body has to process the food first, it can take much longer for the effects to be experienced. Smoking is also a really easy way to control the amount of cannabis you’re using. When using edibles, it can be difficult to calculate the right dosage and it is quite easy to either get too much or not enough.
On average, the effects of smoking cannabis will last from 1 to 4 hours.
Although there hasn’t been any hard evidence to prove that the lungs can be damaged by smoking marijuana, there has been some evidence to show that inhaling any kind of smoke produced by combustion can be harmful. People who want to be sure to choose the safest option often opt for edibles.
Edibles vs Smoking, Is There A Difference In The High?
The great debate, edibles vs smoking. Both methods of consumption will produce a desired effect, but there are subtle differences in both experiences. As with many things in life, it’s about personal preference.
Smoking marijuana causes the body to convert the non-psychoactive THC into delta-9 THC which creates the classic weed high, complete with the munchies, euphoria, and lethargy, whereas eating it makes the body convert the non-psychoactive THC in the plant into delta-11 which creates a different effect in the body and in the mind.
When eating cannabis instead of smoking it, you will experience a different kind of narcotic effect.
With smoking cannabis the effects are often not as evenly spread through the body, compared to eating. Eating cannabis allows the cannabinoids to spread more evenly across the brain and body, spreading the soothing and pain alleviating effects more effectively. When eating cannabis it acts on different pathways inside the body and a crash is much less likely to occur.
When smoking cannabis, many people experience a post-high crash, leaving them feeling exhausted and grumpy.
Eating marijuana prevents the condition known as dry mouth which causes sores, tooth decay, and bad breath as well as increasing the chances of developing gum disease which can occur from smoking.
How To Eat Marijuana Safely
If you’ve decided that you’d like to try edibles for a change rather than smoking, we have a bunch of great cannabis edible recipes for you to try. It’s important to be aware that edibles are very different to smoking marijuana since it can take a long time for the THC effect to work.
If you’re used to the marijuana affecting you instantly, you might think that it isn’t working, or that you aren’t consuming enough and then have far too much leading to feeling ill afterward. Always start with a small amount and then wait to see if you experience any effects before trying a little bit more. It’s easy to increase your dose but if you’ve already eaten that whole brownie, there’s not much that you can do about it once you realize you’ve had too much.
While both methods are equally effective, it’s easy to see how both of them have their own fans. Those who prefer a head high often prefer to smoke cannabis, while those who want a full body experience would be better off choosing edibles. Why not try both, and see which you prefer?