In the fall of 2018, Canada finally legalised the recreational use of Cannabis. Since this time, approximately 18 percent of Canadians over the age of 15 (that’s 5.3 million people) have reported using it within the three month period after legalisation.
Thanks to this legalisation and the ability of Canadians to access cannabis for medical and non-medical purposes, the use of opioid-related overdoses is on a downward trend. In fact, in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, the harm-reduction proponents are “unofficially” providing free cannabis to individuals who inject drugs to help reduce the number of opioids they take.
With this newfound freedom in the cannabis industry, more and more people are trying it as a way of self-medicating, relaxing, reducing stress, and for medical purposes. While this is true, there are still some questions among the general population.
One of the most common questions heard from both novice and veteran cannabis users is – what is the difference in an edible high and a traditional one? That’s a great question and one that’s been answered here.
The Strength Debate: Edible or Smoked?
In the smoking vs. edibles debate, the main question most people have is – which one is going to get them “higher?” Science has answered this question – it’s edibles – by a landslide.
Edibles seem stronger than smoking cannabis regarding how your body feels (physically and mentally) and how your body processes the statement. When you eat anything with marijuana in it, 50 percent of the THC is converted to 11-hydroxy-THC, which is more potent than what’s produced when you smoke it.
How Long Will an Edible High Last?
When smoking cannabis, you are going to feel the effects fairly quickly. Also, the high is going to dissipate faster than it will with edibles. That’s because of how your body metabolized the edibles. It can take 30 minutes to two hours to feel the effects, and you may feel “high” for several hours.
However, this varies based on the edibles you eat, but most people report a stronger effect when they eat cannabis.
Since the effect provided by edibles takes a while to kick in, you may be tempted to believe that nothing is happening and then consume more. This can cause an overwhelming high that’s unpleasant. If you plan to use edibles, it’s important to exercise patience and caution to avoid this adverse outcome.
Are Edibles a Healthier Option than Smoking Cannabis?
Even if you enjoy the faster, yet short-lasting high you get with smoking cannabis, there’s a potential health issue. You can’t argue that smoking (anything) isn’t good for your health. While you can choose a “healthier” alternative, such as vaping, but you are still putting something besides fresh air in your lungs, which can cause issues.
If you are worried about the health issues of smoking, edibles may be a better option. Also, if you are health-conscious and trying to reduce your sugar consumption, you don’t have to eat the stereotypical pot cookies or brownies typically seen on TV and in movies.
Today, you can transform all types of low-carb and healthy dishes into a cannabis edible. This includes everything from cannabis butter over popcorn to quinoa salad and hummus. Also, if you want to make sure no one else knows you are using cannabis, edibles are probably the best way to achieve this.
As mentioned above, with edibles, you can put cannabis in virtually anything, which means the taste is much more diverse than what’s offered by smoking it. If you want to taste the lighter notes of the cannabis itself, then smoking it is the best option.
For example, some strands have a strawberry, lemon, or citrus flavor; however, others are bitter or harsh. When it comes to taste, this is usually a matter of preference. If you like the flavor of the cannabis itself, then smoking may be best; however, if you prefer to hide this flavor, choose edibles.
Anyone who has ever smelled cannabis knows that smell. If you are like many, you may want to hide this distinct odor.
Even if you are making edibles, there’s a smell that’s going to appear. If you want to avoid the smell altogether, your best bet is to purchase pre-made edibles. However, if you don’t mind the smell, then smoking or making your own edibles is a viable option.
The Effort to Use the Cannabis
Unfortunately, you can’t just eat raw cannabis and get high. If your high choice is ingestion, the product has to go through a process called decarboxylation. If you try to do this on your own, it can take a lot of time and effort.
While the thought of amazing, cannabis-infused French onion soup may seem nice to begin with, you may do better just smoking it.
Finding the Right Cannabis Use Method: Smoking vs. Edible High
There’s a lot to consider when it comes to smoking vs. an edible high. Each option has both pros and cons that may make it appealing or unappealing to you.
Usually, a final decision typically comes down to personal preference. Most people have a preferred way to use cannabis. Regardless of which method suits your needs, there’s no question that they are both appealing in their own unique way.
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