Jun 29, 2016 9:10 AM

Great Advantages of Eating Marijuana Rather Than Smoking It

Many cannabis users are wondering if they can switch from their usual joints and blunts to marijuana edibles. What are the main differences between eating and smoking pot? What are the effects of cannabis edibles? Let us tell you all about it.

Smoking pot is the quickest way to deliver cannabinoids to your body. However, many people are weary of such side effects as sore throat and cough, or of the constant necessity to buy pipes and vaporizers. Moreover, cannabis smoke attracts too much attention and can interrupt your privacy.

Eating marijuana is a good way to salvage THC from defective buds, trim, and other cannabis material that is not good enough to smoke it. Also, eating cannabis can give you a quite different kind of high. But still, those are not the only advantages of eating marijuana rather than smoking it. Here are the main differences between these two methods of pot intake:

  1. The effects of smoking cannabis begin to appear in just a few seconds or a couple of minutes. A noticeable high continues for several hours; then you become “un-high.” Meanwhile, cannabis edibles may take effect in 30-90 minutes. However, the high usually lasts for 3-7 hours, and then you gradually come down. The tiredness often felt after smoking weed is less noticeable when you eat marijuana.
  2. Consuming marijuana edibles leads to more body-centered feelings in comparison to smoking cannabis, and the effects are more evenly distributed throughout the body.
  3. Eating medical cannabis provides a more long-lasting relief from pain, muscle spasms, and other similar conditions. However, edibles take some time affecting your body, so they may be not suitable for people who need immediate help.
  4. You may easily underdose or overdose on weed edibles because there are no instant effects. That is why the best solution would be to test the waters first. Start with an edible that contains a specific amount of marijuana indicated on the package. Eat a small quantity of the edible on an empty stomach and wait for a minimum of one hour to feel the effect. Then you can make a decision whether you want to eat more based on your state.
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