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Cannabis Edibles vs. Smoking Weed: What’s the Difference?

When it comes to consuming cannabis, there are various methods to choose from. Perhaps the two most popular ways are smoking and eating, but there are quite a few differences between the two—including the effects each has on the body. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the difference between consuming cannabis via edibles as opposed to smoking it.

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The Main Differences Between Smoking Weed and Eating Edibles

When you smoke weed, the THC enters your bloodstream through your lungs and is carried to your brain. This process is relatively quick, so the effects of smoking weed are felt almost immediately. However, those effects don’t last very long—usually only around 2-3 hours.

On the other hand, when you consume cannabis in edible form, the THC is absorbed through your digestive system and then carried to your liver. Your liver then converts the THC into 11-Hydroxy-THC, a much more potent form of THC. This process takes longer— usually around 30 minutes to an hour—but the effects also last much longer, often 4 hours or more. Because 11-OH-THC is more potent than regular THC, the effects of edibles are also more intense. So if you’re looking for a more powerful high that will last longer, edibles are the way to go!



Four Benefits of Edibles compared to smoking weed:

1. Edibles are more potent.

When you smoke weed, you can only consume a small percentage of THC (the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis). However, when you eat weed in the form of an edible, your body can absorb a much higher percentage of THC. This means that edibles are more potent than smoking weed and can provide a stronger high.

2. Edibles last longer.

Another advantage of edibles over smoking weed is that they last much longer. When you smoke weed, the effects only last for a few hours. However, when you eat an edible, the effects can last for several hours or even all day. This makes edibles a good choice if you want to enjoy a long-lasting high.

3. Edibles are easier on your lungs.

Smoking weed can be hard on your lungs, especially if you do it regularly. The smoke from weed contains harmful compounds that can damage your lung tissue over time. If you’re looking for a way to consume cannabis without damaging your lungs, edibles are a good option.

4. Edibles offer different benefits than smoking weed.

Finally, it’s important to note that edibles offer different benefits than smoking weed. For example, edibles can provide a more relaxed and euphoric high, while smoking weed is more likely to give you energy and focus. So if you’re looking for a specific type of high, edibles may be the better choice.


Four Benefits of Smoking Weed Versus Eating Edibles:

1. You Know How Much You’re Consuming

When you smoke weed, you can control how much THC you consume. This is because you can take as many or as few puffs as you want. On the other hand, Edibles are often pre-packaged, which means that you may not know how much THC is in each serving. This can be dangerous, as consuming too much THC when eating edibles is easy. Now that we have a legal and regulated market, this isn’t as dangerous as edibles must be homogenized and tested for potency, but ask any of your homies that have purchased black market edibles or tried making them their own. It is easy to overeat and end up feeling like you are going to float away to the moon!

2. The Effects Are Immediate

The effects of smoking weed are immediate, while edibles can take up to an hour to kick in. This can be beneficial if you’re looking for quick relief from pain or anxiety. However, it can also be a downside if you accidentally consume too much THC, as the effects will hit you all at once.

3. You Can Better Control Your High

When smoking weed, you have more control over your high, and this is because you can stop smoking at any time if you start to feel too high. With edibles, on the other hand, once you’ve consumed them, there’s no going back. This can be a problem if you have a bad reaction to the edibles or simply don’t like how they make you feel.

4. Smoking Weed Is Less Expensive (Maybe)

Finally, smoking weed is typically less expensive than eating edibles, and this is because edibles often require special ingredients and equipment, increasing costs if you make them yourself. In the California legal cannabis industry, Edibles from the dispensary can be cost-effective compared to flower. But it is more of a personal choice whether 100mg split between 10 edibles is worth more than an 8th of flower.



Now that you know the difference between consuming cannabis via edibles as opposed to smoking it, which method do you think you’ll choose next time you want to get high? We recommend trying both and seeing which one you prefer! Whichever way you choose to consume cannabis, just remember to start slow and go low—especially with edibles. It can be easy to overdo it with edibles since they can take up to an hour to kick in, and you don’t want your first experience with them to be a negative one. Trust us; your future self will thank you!