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Edibles vs. Smoking: Your Preferred Experience

By LucidaClub

Cannabis can be enjoyed in sev­er­al ways, but the most com­mon argu­ment con­cerns edi­bles vs. smok­ing. Which one is better?

There are dif­fer­ent ways to con­sume cannabis. You can enjoy smok­ing, vap­ing, edi­bles or dab­bing, among to name just a few. But the two most com­mon ways to ingest cannabis is by smok­ing or snack­ing on edi­bles. As of now, they are the pri­ma­ry choice of most individuals. 

Edi­bles vs. smoking

Whether it’s your first time or you’re revis­it­ing a cannabis expe­ri­ence, under­stand­ing the dif­fer­ences between edi­bles and smok­ing can help you decide which is best for you. 

Reach­ing the high

Smok­ing, and edi­bles take affect at dif­fer­ent rates. Smok­ing will get you high much quick­er than edibles.

  • Smok­ing

If you’re look­ing for some­thing that’s going to get you where you want to be, and fast, then choose a joint or oth­er avenue of smok­ing. From the moment you light the joint and take that first inhale, it takes only min­utes for the THC to take effect.

  • Edi­bles

If you’d pre­fer to try an edi­ble, then you’re going to need patience. It takes much longer to get high when eat­ing snacks with mar­i­jua­na extracts like THC and CBD. It can take between 30 min­utes and two hours for notice­able effects. But when they do take effect, you will know that you’ve been hit’.

Feel­ing the high

When you arrive at your euphor­ic des­ti­na­tion, will you know? You see, that’s the mag­ic ques­tion. It seems like you would be com­plete­ly aware of your high, oth­er times it is a slow burn and a wel­come back­ground noise. 

  • Smok­ing

The fast effects of smok­ing and the rapid rate of THC tak­ing hold means you can usu­al­ly gauge just how high you are. 

  • Edi­bles

With edi­bles, feel­ing high will be dif­fer­ent than with smok­ing. It can be hard to tell when you’ve reached the top. You may be tempt­ed to take anoth­er bite of your edi­ble snack cake, or pop a few more gum­mies, but don’t. That’s why there is such a long rate of onset as you are under­stand­ing if you’re high or not. Do not be fooled, you could be intox­i­cat­ed and haven’t felt the full­ness of your dosage yet.

Dura­tion of the high

Get­ting there is only the begin­ning. Now you’re on a trip, so let’s see how long it lasts. Edi­bles and smok­ing also have a dras­ti­cal­ly dif­fer­ent dura­tion time. You need to know this because it will fac­tor into your envi­ron­ment when smok­ing. One of these meth­ods will be quite alright for on the go, the oth­er will be a method that’s safer at home.

  • Smok­ing

Tak­ing that one hit pro­vides an hour or two of good times. The best part is, you can take anoth­er toke, then anoth­er. Ah, but still be care­ful, begin­ners. Even a joint can be tricky icky. If you feel like you’re com­ing down, all it takes is light­ing up again. Smok­ing doesn’t last long, but you can get high again, with anoth­er hit.

  • Edi­bles

If you want to slurp on some edi­ble hard can­dies, you bet­ter expect to stay high for up to 8 hours. Some peo­ple report fly­ing in the clouds for 12 hours straight. For begin­ners and the can­nacu­ri­ous, be care­ful. While edi­bles should be enjoyed by all, it’s impor­tant to under­stand some­thing: you stay high a long time, so always start with tiny bites first and plan your activ­i­ties accordingly.

The strength of the high

How pow­er­ful your high gets with smok­ing or edi­bles depends on var­i­ous fac­tors. With each avenue of enjoy­ing a high, you can also have con­trol over how intox­i­cat­ed you get.

  • Smok­ing

With smok­ing, aside from dif­fer­ent poten­cies and strains, you con­trol your high. With each puff and pass, you get a lit­tle bit high­er, up until you’ve reached that sweet spot. This will be dif­fer­ent from per­son to per­son, of course.

  • Edi­bles

With edi­bles, how­ev­er, right from the start, you will expe­ri­ence a more pow­er­ful high than with smok­ing. This is because con­sum­ing weed affects mul­ti­ple sys­tems of the body. You absorb sub­lin­gual­ly, through the blood­stream, and the diges­tive sys­tem. In fact, the liv­er, will trans­form THC into 11-Hydroxy-THC. And again, the high depends on the indi­vid­ual too.

Edi­bles vs. smok­ing: dosages

Here’s a fac­tor that influ­ences all the above. You must under­stand your dosage to know how to enjoy cannabis the safe way.

  • Smok­ing

Dosages with smok­ing are easy. But it mat­ters if you are a begin­ner or not, as begin­ners should take short­er puffs and take their time. In oth­er words, it’s up to you to know when to quit. If you’re a begin­ner or just curi­ous, please don’t smoke alone, just to be safe.

  • Edi­bles

Edi­bles are a bit riski­er, so it’s impor­tant to under­stand dosages in mil­ligrams in this case. For begin­ners, they say 10 mg of THC is okay, but hon­est­ly, you can still enjoy a high with less than that. Hon­est­ly, it’s just safe for every­one to take it one lit­tle bite at a time con­sid­er­ing edi­bles are made with many dif­fer­ent strains.

Weed and your health

When it comes to smok­ing, mon­i­tor­ing your res­pi­ra­to­ry health is wise. If you use a vapor­iz­er or dab, you can cut down any sub­tle risks. If you have dia­betes, eat­ing lots of edi­ble sweets isn’t smart. Reg­u­lar can­dy isn’t good for the dia­bet­ic, so it just takes a bit of log­ic. Choos­ing edi­bles that are also con­sid­ered healthy, like non-sweet snacks and drinks can avoid any poten­tial issues. Main­ly, it’s about being educated.

When it comes to choos­ing between smok­ing and edi­bles, as you can see, there are many fac­tors. But the facts remain the same: you just must weigh your options and make your own edu­cat­ed deci­sions. There are great rewards that come with enjoy­ing a good high. Just like any oth­er food, drink or past time, there are always both pros and cons. Choose wise­ly and have fun.