Why Edibles Give You A Different High Than Smoking, An Explainer

Article by Rose, Cannabis Life Network

WHY EDIBLES GIVE YOU A DIFFERENT HIGH THAN SMOKING, AN EXPLAINER ROSEJUNE 2, 2021 CANNABIS 101FEATUREDLIFESTYLEMARIJUANA NEWS0 VIEWS Cannabis newcomers may not know the high from consuming edibles, and the high from smoking vary significantly. Consumption method plays a large part in the cannabis experience — and edibles, like gummies and pot cookies, will give you an entirely different high than smoking. So edibles vs smoking what are the differences?

Cannabis newcomers may not know the high from consuming edibles, and the high from smoking vary significantly. Consumption method plays a large part in the cannabis experience — and edibles, like gummies and pot cookies, will give you an entirely different high than smoking. So edibles vs smoking what are the differences?

How Smoking Works

While edibles are increasing in popularity — especially among new consumers — smoking continues to be the most popular consumption method among cannabis enthusiasts.

When you inhale cannabis smoke into your lungs, the effect of the active compounds, including THC, are quickly absorbed into your system, making their way into the brain (1). Meaning you feel the effects of smoking very quickly.

How Edibles Work

When you eat an edible, it first passes through the digestive tract and liver before being absorbed into the bloodstream. The liver metabolizes the active cannabis compounds and converts THC into 11-hydroxy-THC, which is more potent and lasts longer than THC. This is why it is suggested that people take just a bite or two of an edible first and wait a bit before having any more because it can take longer for the THC to hit your brain, and, once it does, the high can last longer, too.

With edibles, you will feel just as ‘high’, though the high can last longer than smoking, and it can also be more intense—so keep this in mind when you’re trying out an edible for the first time!

Other Considerations

Duration of the High between edibles and smoking

Edibles can take anywhere between 30 to 60 minutes to start kicking in (2). The effects typically last hours. When it comes to smoking, the high begins within minutes (3). The high also typically last a couple of hours depending on the quality, dosage, and potency of the cannabis.

Quantity of Consumption

An important consideration is the quantity that you’re consuming. Edibles can be a lot more convenient (and tasty) to consume, so it is a lot easier to overconsume. This is why it’s important to exercise extra caution when eating an edible versus when smoking. Not only is the high delayed when eating an edible, but it is easier to overconsume because of delayed effects.

Edibles vs Smoking – Different Concentration of Cannabinoids in the Bloodstream

While edibles may be more potent, they deliver smaller concentrations of cannabinoids to the bloodstream. They introduce only 10 to 20 percent of THC and other cannabinoids to the bloodstream, while inhaled cannabis delivers about 50 to 60 percent of THC and other cannabinoids to the bloodstream (4). This is why the effects of smoke can be felt earlier than ingestion.

Body High versus Head High

Another thing to consider is that the type of high you get from edibles and smoking may differ. Many consumers say they feel a more intense body high with edibles. Alternatively, when you smoke, you may get a head high. But, this also depends on the strain you smoke: sativa will give you more of a head high, while indica will give you more of a body high, similar to edibles.

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