Eat it or smoke it, what’s the difference between ingesting marijuana and smoking it?


As the popularity of marijuana continues to increase, we’re beginning to see a lot more innovation in the cannabis sector. One of the biggest growth areas surrounding marijuana is the edible market. Where you may have been lucky to get a pot brownie or cookie from a friend, not there are entire stores dedicated to creating high-quality edibles. Things like muffins, brownies, cakes, biscuits, cookies, chocolate, candy, pizza, pasta and just about anything which you could possibly imagine.


One of the biggest problems associated with edibles was always the lack of reliability. One brownie might knock you on your ass for hours, but another brownie from the same batch mightn’t even scratch the surface. As the cannabis industry continues to grow and expand, so to does the technology and understanding grow. Right now, we’re seeing some extremely potent and consistent edibles.


So, why do edibles create such a different high compared to smoking weed? What’re the real differences between smoking and ingesting marijuana? Let’s take a look!

  1. THC Is Absorbed By The Body Differently When Ingested

    – One of the most commonly asked questions is why edibles are so much stronger than smoking marijuana? When you eat an edible, the THC is metabolized through the liver which converts it to 11-hydroxy-THC. This metabolite is very good at crossing the blood-brain barrier which results in a much more intensive high. When you smoke or vape marijuana it’s absorbed by the lungs into the bloodstream and goes straight to your brain.

  1. The Effects and Duration –

    The first thing you need to remember about edibles is taken it slow! Taking edibles is an art form. It takes much longer for the effects of edibles to be felt because marijuana takes longer to metabolize through the body. It could take 20-30 minutes, or it could take 2-3 hours. Many people experience a much stronger body and head high when consuming edibles, so start with small doses until you’re completely comfortable.


  1. Edibles are Harder to Dose –

    One of the biggest headaches for many edible enthusiasts is understanding dosage. Homemade edibles are probably the hardest to estimate dosage for, but commercial edibles are getting a lot better. When you smoke weed, the effects can usually be felt within minutes. This makes it very easy to estimate the dosage and effect. With edibles, it will take a little bit more trial and error, but in the end, it can be worth the hassle.


  1. Advertised Potency Is Hard to Gauge

    – Whenever you’re buying or getting edibles in an unregulated market, it’s always extremely difficult to gauge their potency. Even the same distributor may have batches which aren’t exactly the same as previous matches. It’s easy to fall into the habit of just having a little more because the last one wasn’t that strong. Too much THC won’t kill you, but it will make your life very ordinary for 4-6 hours while your body processes it.


  1. Edibles Could be Better for Your Health –

    Compared to smoking cannabis in a joint or blunt, edibles are a much better way to get your THC dose. There is no combustion or tar from smoke, and they won’t hurt your lungs. Although, if you’re scoffing down a lot of sugary brownies or cakes, too much sugar isn’t great for you either.


Remember, always take it slowly with edibles. Edibles can be a lot of fun and some great laughs, but if you have too much it can be a night you won’t forget! For all the wrong reasons.