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5 Big Differences Between Consuming Edibles And Smoking Marijuana

If you’ve been around the marijuana block, you know the ways in which you consume the plant can greatly affect your high.

While both edibles and flowers come from the same cannabis plant, the highs they produce are different, even separating cannabis users into teams. While some enjoy a healthy mix of both methods, most people choose a path and stick to it. People who prefer edibles tend to be older, having some experience with cannabis and choosing this option since it provides powerful results while avoiding the hassle and the damages of smoking. Those who smoke joints don’t need as much expertise or planning, resulting in a loose and less committed experience.

The differences between these effects are very interesting and complex, with a big focus on the chemical side of THC. Check out five of the main differences between smoking flower and consuming cannabis edibles:

It’s all about THC

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While smoking cannabis is like taking a walk through a vivid park, ingesting an edible is like eating an exploding glitter bomb. There’s a scientific explanation behind this bad metaphor. According to Green Entrepreneur, when cannabis is ingested the THC is metabolized by the liver, transforming itself into 11-hydroxy-THC. For some reason, this compound is up to four times faster in crossing the blood-brain barrier than average THC. This is why edibles are associated with intense, vivid and hallucinatory experiences.

Both require different dosages

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Edibles require more experienced users because their dosage is so damn complicated. If you’ve ever prepared your own set of edibles and have tried to figure out what’s in them, you know what I mean.

In legal markets 10mg is the standard dose for an edible, which typically deliver mild effects. It’s also important to account for your tolerance and experience.

They last for different amounts of time

Inhaled marijuana takes 10 to 20 minutes to have an effect, lasting for an hour or so, when their effects start to fade. Edibles take between 30 minutes or two hours to kick in, and their influence can last for a couple of hours. This is why dosage and experience is so important when ingesting edibles. If you get it wrong, you’ll feel sick for a long time.

They produce different effects

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An overdose on edibles is not the same as an overdose on flower. While the latter may force you to nap for a half hour in order to relax and escape a bout of paranoia, ingesting a large dose of edibles could result in a really unpleasant time. As mentioned before, edibles’ effects last for long periods of time. If you overdose, you’ll be feeling awful for a while. Start off slow and take it easy.

They both have their pros and cons

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While inhaled cannabis is easier to administer and control, you’ll always have to reckon with the negative side effects of smoking, especially if you’re a regular consumer. On the other hand, while edibles are harder to manage, they’re also very discreet and won’t affect your health negatively. In fact, you could even stay away from sugary treats. Nowadays, there’s plenty of delicious cannabis salad and cannabis coffee recipes.


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