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Variations between consuming and smoking weeds

Both of them get you up, but eating food is a very different experience than smoking weed. These five differences are good to know for both beginners and veterans.

1. THC is absorbed differently

The golden rule of food: start small and be patient. Why is food so much stronger than smoked or vaporized cannabis? When you consume foods, THC is metabolized by the liver and converted to 11-hydroxy-THC, resulting in a more intense high. This active metabolite is particularly effective in crossing the blood-brain barrier, resulting in a more intense high.

2. Impact and duration

The foods can take anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours to activate, and the effects can last for several hours. Compared to inhaled cannabis, they deliver a lower concentration of cannabinoids into the bloodstream. Ingesting food brings only 10 to 20 percent of the THC and other cannabinoids into the blood plasma, while inhaled cannabis falls closer to 50 or 60 percent. The effects of smoked cannabis usually peak within the first 10 minutes and quickly go away in the next 30 to 60 minutes.

3. Foods are more difficult to dose

Even long-time smokers may have difficulty getting the correct dose due to the delay between ingestion and onset of action. Inhaled cannabis, with its immediate effects, allows the consumer to gradually increase its dosage. Colossal amounts of THC won't kill you, but trust us: you will enjoy the next hours of your life more if you dose responsibly and patiently.

4. Differences in the advertised potency

Your dealer may have lots of foods with varying degrees of potency. So keep this slow or you may find that the batch is way stronger than you thought. The legal cannabis systems are moving towards stricter regulations on edible testing and THC content. However, if you live in a state without these guidelines, slowly and carefully study your edible expedition until regulations and tests pave the way for consistency and accuracy in labeling.

5. Food is a healthier alternative to smoking

Many people are interested in food because they don't like smoking or are worried about their health. Vaping is seen as another alternative, but foods offer longer-lasting pain relief. Edible recipes don't always have to consist of the stereotypical pot brownie or a sugary sweat tree. Nowadays, you can turn most dishes into a cannabis-infused concoction.

(Updated, originally published 10/27/2017)

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