Human beings are an incredibly complex species. Everyone has their own preference and what works for you might not for the next person. It’s no different when it comes to the use of marijuana. There’s a variety of ways to medicate, each one providing a different experience for patients. One person might find edibles to be more effective than smoking, while the next might find using concentrates to be the most beneficial.
There is no right or wrong way to use marijuana. People will find differences in each form of use and finding what’s best for them is what’s important. Many users even switch the way they medicate depending on their specific needs.
Edibles are an excellent choice for users looking for a body high. The effects of edibles are longer lasting and significantly stronger than smoking. This is because the THC converts into a metabolite called 11-Hydroxy THC when broken down in the liver, creating a much more intense high. Although this form of use takes a while before you feel the effects, the wait is worth the results if you’re looking for a slow and steady body high.
It may take 30 minutes to 2 hours from the time of ingestion to feel the effects from edibles, but they typically outlast the effects of smoking by several hours. Users report a heavy body high with an almost psychedelic effect in larger doses. New users are recommended to start with lighter doses. You might be tempted to take more pieces or increase their dosage because the effects take time to kick in, however it can cause some very unpleasant effects when too much is taken.
Edibles are also the best option for people who just don’t prefer smoking. Smoking anything can be quite harmful to the lungs, and regardless if marijuana contributes to lung cancer or not, it can still aggravate the nasal passages, sinuses, and bronchial systems. The coughing caused from smoking some strains is evidence of that.
Retail adult-use options and the expansion of medical marijuana dispensaries across the nation have created a competitive market for manufacturers. There are more options on dispensary shelves than ever for cannabis consumers. There are drinks, crisps, ice creams, and popsicles, as well as multiplying recipes for everything from appetizers through desserts. All this taste, body, and brain satisfaction without paraphernalia, accessories, or supplies. However, it is important to remember that until our favorite celestial seasoning is fully legalized, we will need ongoing activism to ensure the industry stays open to all. With thousands of small businesses employing great numbers of our fellow pot lovers, the cannabis industry is strong, vibrant and creative.
One thing to keep in mind when considering edibles is that the labeling on the packaging may be inaccurate in many different ways. Because the sale of good buds is more profitable, lots of manufactured edibles are made from trim, a waste product. The secret of extraction is that it can concentrate that low-potency trim into high-potency cannabis oil, but the process also breaks down the terpenes, which provide the plant’s taste and scent, and a majority of the cannabinoids present in the whole plant. That’s similar to the difference between a fine Scotch grown with high-quality grain and rot-gut vodka made out of cheap potatoes.
Another thing to consider with edibles is that something is lost in the process of turning plant material into food. The terpenes are eliminated, and the interaction with other food ingredients remains unknown. So even though you may be purchasing a perfectly healthy food, it may not live up to its advertised high.
Even with all of the buzz of edibles and other forms of medicating with marijuana, smoking the herb remains most users’ preference. It’s typically the way most users were first introduced to marijuana, and it is a traditional way for people to socialize with other smokers.
However, smoking still lacks the overall social acceptance that edible users enjoy. Whether it’s because of the strong odor or because the activity is just more indiscreet, smokers tend to take a lot more heat. Smoking marijuana is different from inhaling the nicotine and tars of cigarettes but, doctors pretty much agree that inhaling any kind of smoke is not good and not recommended for your lungs and respiratory system.
Another reason smoking remains the first choice of most users could be because of its immediate effects. A smoker can feel effects from marijuana within a few minutes of smoking as opposed to the hour or more wait that someone who ingests marijuana will experience. Even though the effects from smoking won’t last nearly as long, getting that instant gratification from smoking is what draws so many people to it.
One thing to consider is that THC from smoking metabolizes differently. It travels with the smoke into your lungs and is able to get into the blood system quickly. That takes it right to the brain, where it creates the psycho-active results which leave the user feeling “high.” Only smoking, vaping, and dabbing provide that instant satisfaction.
More experienced users become a very good judges of certain strains and strength that serves them best. Even with a label, determining the effective dosage in edibles, can be much more inaccurate than the labeling on flower products. Put that information together with the advice of your budtender, and your intake should be what you want and expect. Even with a black-market purchase which is obviously not labeled, you will quickly figure out if the dose and the THC/CBD balance are what you are looking for, and much harder to determine with edibles.
So, how do the effects of smoking and ingesting THC differ? There are lots of different variables to consider including the users’ weight, height, and experience. The THC interacts with fats, alcohol, and other intake. Some strains and some edibles are stronger than other. Still, edibles will affect you slower, stronger, and longer. Edibles, taken responsibly, will affect your body more than brain, and provide better for medical benefits.
Edibles do not carry some of the negative and potentially dangerous consequences of smoking marijuana through a joint. Edibles do not create habitual smoking urges, do not lead to smoking-related health problems, and do not produce second-hand residue.