When it comes to consuming cannabis, most people think about smoking or vaping. But nowadays, many people like eating cannabis edibles. That’s because when eating cannabis, the psychoactive cannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) needs to undergo a long process.
Many cannabis users choose to consume the plant orally. They can choose between a number of different delivery methods, including edibles, tinctures, capsules, and oils. People often report feeling the effects of marijuana within thirty minutes to an hour of consumption, with peak effects around two hours after ingestion and a total duration of the high lasting up to six hours.
Cannabis Oral vs Smoked
If you’re new to the world of marijuana edibles, there are a few things you should know before diving in. While consuming pot edibles is certainly safer than smoking weed (depending on the type), there are still some more nuances associated with weed edibles. So which is it: better to smoke weed or eat it?
Unlike smoking or vaping, when you eat a cannabis-infused edible, the effects take longer to come on. But once they do, you’ll be very glad you munched that brownie (or anything you prefer). Once cannabis is ingested, the liver metabolizes the THC and turns it into a rather another substance called 11-hydroxy-THC.
On the contrary, when you smoke cannabis, it takes only seconds for the THC to reach your brain via the tiny sacs in your lungs called alveoli. That is why when you inhale, it won’t be long before you start to feel a rush of euphoria because the active ingredients in marijuana travel quickly from your lungs to your bloodstream.
The Effect’s Kick In
If you orally consume marijuana edibles, the effects will take at least an hour to kick in. And your brain might trick you into thinking you don’t feel anything for half an hour or so. If you smoke, you’ll more easily know how much THC you’re ingesting, as the effects will happen almost immediately.
Once the edible you ingested takes effect, you can expect to be high for the next few hours. You’ll get an immediate sense of the high when you smoke marijuana, rather than having to wait a while before feeling the effects. However, the effects are also short-lived and fade quickly. After your first hit of marijuana, you may feel relaxed and euphoric, or you may want to kick back on the couch for a couple of hours before the effects start to wear off.
Consuming cannabis-infused edibles or drinking hemp or marijuana tea will create a stronger high than smoking weed. As was mentioned above, when you inhale marijuana smoke, the THC in the smoke passes from the lungs to the bloodstream, which carries it to your brain. You already know that when marijuana is eaten, the liver transforms some of the THC into a stronger chemical called 11-hydroxy-THC. This metabolite binds to brain cannabinoid receptors much more strongly than THC, so it produces a stronger high.
But since we’re talking about potency, it’s important to remember that your tolerance level can affect what you think is good. Depending on the person, eating a whole pot brownie or even half a pot brownie can produce very different effects — for some, it may feel as though they’re tripping after eating only half, while for others, it may feel as though they’re just high. Unlike edible marijuana, which takes a while to kick in, when you smoke cannabis, it hits you much faster.
What Are Some Types of Marijuana Edibles?
The world of weed edibles seems almost boundless. And while eating a pot brownie might seem like a natural choice, maybe consider venturing into the less-well-trodden territory. From weed tortilla chips and coffee to chocolate bars and gummy bears, you’re in for a serious culinary adventure.
Cannabutter is a food preparation in which butter is infused with cannabis, creating a mellow, relaxing high. It is perfect for cooking with or adding to foods or beverages. Cannabutter can be made with either high THC cannabis or high CBD cannabis, whichever you prefer. Cannabutter can be used in a ton of recipes, including cookies, cakes, brownies, and even savory dishes.
Oral Cannabis Extract
Cannabis oils are obtained from the dried buds of cannabis plants by using a solvent such as naphtha or alcohol. Cannabis oil is made in order to make cannabinoids and other components (i.e. terpenes) more easily accessible. It is typical for oils to be prepared for oral, sublingual administration. People are increasingly turning to cannabis extract because they are easy to use, with less of a stigma attached to its use than “smoking”, and they are widely available at pharmacies.
CBD Oral Spray
CBD oral sprays come in a bottle attached to an applicator, which helps you measure and apply the CBD solution. CBD oil sprays are sprayed directly into the mouth and can help consumers to enjoy the health benefits of CBD without having to worry about smelling like a marijuana dispensary.
What are marijuana tinctures? The difference between sprays and tinctures is the way they are delivered. Tinctures come in a dropper bottle or with a sprayer attached, allowing users to administer carefully measured doses of CBD. Sprays are simply sprayed into your mouth, which may make it more convenient- especially if you wish to take CBD while on the go without having to carry around a bottle of tincture.
Cannabis can be enjoyed in many different ways, but some of the most popular uses are smoking, vaping, and eating (sometimes called “edibles”). Since these options all tend to create their effects in different ways, it’s a good idea to know more about your options. Because pure cannabis can have a bitter taste, this means you may be more likely to have someone eat cannabis-infused foods. But edibles also offer an easy way to make sure you’re getting the exact dose that you need.