Since there has been legalization of cannabis for recreational use, the number of new ideas and recipes for cannabis infused food has been incredible. Many users of medical marijuana prefer to ingest edibles rather than smoking, they find it more effective in dealing with pain. If you have never tried cannabis before and you are wondering which you’d prefer, edibles versus smoking let’s break down the differences for you.
The Effects are Very Different
Cannabis infused edibles like the traditional pot brownie tends to be much strong that smoking or even vaporizing. When you ingest cannabis it is metabolized by your liver, this makes it much more effective in crossing the blood-brain barrier giving you a much more intense high. There is a different metabolic process when you inhale, it will go directly to the brain. Inhaling is a much quicker high but it will diminish far more quickly.
When you are trying edibles for the first time you need to start slow, it can take up to two hours for the effect to kick in but when they do it can be pretty intense. The high can last several hours unlike inhaling THC. Smaller doses will give you a more comfortable effect, stronger doses can give you more of a psychedelic high. Smoking, on the other hand can get you high within 20 minutes.
Trying to figure out the content of edibles isn’t easy and even those experienced in making edibles have a hard time with getting the dosages right. There is a delay between eating a pot brownie or some other edible and when the effects start to kick in. Be very wary of underestimating the dose. Most markets will consider 10 milligrams of THC as the standard and while ingesting large amounts of THC won’t kill you, you won’t enjoy the experience. The effects of smoking cannabis is almost immediate so it is far easier to judge the dose.
Healthier Alternative to Smoking
Aside from medical marijuana users there are plenty of people who prefer to ingest edibles rather than smoking because they don’t like the idea of smoking anything. Using a vape is another alternative many people who are health conscious prefer to smoking, it isn’t as harsh on the throat but the effects are still immediate. Edibles do also have a longer effect, so this is better for those that are trying to manage their own pain.
When you look at edibles versus smoking there are some pretty big differences, which you choose will depend on your own needs.