Some people can’t live without a joint between their fingers, while others can’t live without their hash browns. So is it better to smoke or eat cannabis? How do the experiences differ? Read on to find out.
Experienced users will know the difference between smoking/vaporising and eating cannabis. Preferences may vary, but in general, eating weed produces a much stronger and more intense high. Smoking, on the other hand, gives you a predictable and controllable high. Why is that?
If you have ever asked yourself this question, this article should give you an answer!
How can you use cannabis?
Apart from vaping or dabbing, the main methods of consuming cannabis today are still smoking and edibles – also known as insider edibles. If you prefer the former, you can either choose the traditional joint or use a bong or pipe of your choice.
Food, on the other hand, has come a long way from simple brownies and biscuits. You can now eat them in the form of gummy bears that will take you back in time to your youth. Cannabis can also be incorporated into coffee, wine and even ice cream.
Eating weed versus smoking: The differences
As mentioned before, the euphoric feeling you will get from eating cannabis will be different from the one you will get if you choose to quit smoking. Let’s look at this in more detail.
There is a striking difference. Once you have consumed food, you will know that it takes some time to feel the effects. But as soon as they kick in, they are felt quite well. This is because after ingesting cannabis, the liver begins to metabolise the THC, which turns it into a metabolite called 11-hydroxy-THC. This is much more efficient and has a longer breakdown time than normal THC, making it much more intense overall.
On the other hand, when you smoke cannabis, the THC enters your brain almost instantly through the alveoli. So you will feel the effect after only a few minutes.
There is a clear difference here. If you have been taking food, you know that it takes a while to feel the effects. But once they have taken effect, they will be well felt. This is because after ingesting cannabis, the liver begins to metabolise the THC, which turns it into a metabolite called 11-hydroxy-THC. This product is much more potent and has a longer breakdown time than regular THC, so it has a much more intense effect overall.
In contrast, when you smoke cannabis, the THC enters your brain almost instantly through the alveoli. Therefore, you feel the effect after only a few minutes.
We’ve talked about this before, but the difference in onset of effects between smoking and eating cannabis can greatly affect the overall experience. When you smoke, you can better gauge the amount of THC you are consuming because you can feel the effects after only a few puffs. This means you know when to stop smoking and take a break, which gives you more control over the whole situation.
This is not the case with edibles, they are only noticeable after more than an hour. And because of this illusion of “feeling nothing” for the first half hour or so, one is often tempted to snack a little more. This is absurd, especially if you have just started your cannabis journey.
When smoking weed, you have to keep one thing in mind: the fringes are direct but shorter. After this hit, you can expect to feel relaxed, euphoric or couch-bound for an hour or two before the effects slowly wear off. If you want to keep feeling tipsy, a few tokens will send you back to the dimension you were in.
The food, however, is a different story. Once there, expect to be high for the next four to eight hours. Even a decorated stoner-in-chief like Snoop Dogg avoids eating his weed because, according to him, edibles “don’t have a kill switch.”
Smoking vs. eating: Which is healthier?
You’ve heard this question many times. Here is our honest answer.
It all depends on how you define “healthy”. When it comes to respiratory health, smoking is more harmful. Filling your lungs with any smoke can have carcinogenic effects.
And while cannabis itself has anti-carcinogenic properties, many people prefer to use either a dabber or a vaporiser to minimise toxic materials’ inhalation. The mindset here makes perfect sense: less smoke, less damage to the lungs and less risk of a cough developing.
When it comes to healthy eating, eating hashish biscuits and THC gummy bears is not exactly the way to a balanced diet. All they do is raise your sugar levels, which could cause problems in the future if left untreated.
But nowadays, cannabis can also be incorporated into less sinful delicacies like guacamole or olive oil dressings. If you are creative enough, you can invent your own cannabis-based delicacy for people to enjoy.
Is it better to smoke or eat cannabis?
Smoking cannabis is just as bad for a person with lung problems as eating cannabis when you have weight problems or diabetes. But if you take everything in moderation, you don’t have to worry.
In the end, it all depends on preference. People who don’t like to fill their lungs with smoke or steam will prefer edible food, while those who are careful about their calories will have a joint or a pipe in their hand. Everyone should be saved according to their own style!
Conclusion: consume your favourite herb the way you like it best! Remember to sit back, clear your head and enjoy the effects.