How Consumption Methods Can Make a Difference?



Since the use of cannabis is slowly becoming frequent, people are looking forward to different experiences. The naturally occurring plant cannabis is commonly known as marijuana or weed. It is known for its psychoactive effects and its capability to get the consumer high.

A unique experience with your weed involves certain factors. The weed can have different strains, flavors, cannabinoid ratios, and it’s up to you to decide what suits you best.

One of the factors that affect your experience with cannabis is its consumption method. Cannabis can be consumed in many different forms. Some of these include edibles, capsules, creams and ointments, vapes, patches, etc.

Smoking and eating cannabis are two of the commonly used methods of consuming cannabis. They both provide a distinct experience to the users, which involves various elements such as, for how long will you be high. However, how different can both the methods be for you and your body? Let’s find out!

Smoking Weed:

Smoking weed is one of the easiest ways to intake cannabis. The cannabis smoke is inhaled through a cigarette or vaping device directly into the lungs. When it makes contact with your bloodstream, cannabinoids, such as CBD and THC, get absorbed in it and travel towards the brain. These cannabinoids in the blood influence your brain and its endocannabinoid system by binding with its receptors. This produces high effects on your body and helps you to relax.

Now, how does smoking affect the high?

Smoking is a fast method of consuming cannabis, and you can see the results almost immediately after inhaling the smoke. Since the cannabinoids start showing their effects almost instantly, the high provided by smoking is of a smaller duration – about a couple of hours – than taking edibles and some other methods as well.

Since smoking weed is a fast process, you can have a clear idea about how much you need to consume. This completely confiscates any chances of you getting an overdose in smoking but be very careful and don’t buy cheap weed available online or from stores. Because smoking cheap weed can not only produce health issues but also could not provide a good high.

Edible Weed:

Eating cannabis-induced food is another way of consuming the plant. You can find a variety of edibles online, such as weed gummies, chocolates, and biscuits that have different cannabis dosages and CBD, THC ratios.

You can likely get as high from these edibles as you do when smoking the weed. However, the process of consumption for weed in the case of edibles is a little different. When you eat a cannabis-containing edible, it travels through your digestive system where it is absorbed in the stomach. The cannabinoids from cannabis, such as THC and CBD, are digested in the liver. The cannabinoids, such as THC, go through a transformation in the liver and convert into 11-hydroxy-THC. The newly formed 11-hydroxy-THC is potent and lasts longer than THC. After this, it gets absorbed in the bloodstream and travels to the brain to influence your endocannabinoid system to produce calming effects.

How does consuming cannabis edibles affect your high?

Since the edibles have to first go through the digestive system before getting to the brain, the results from the cannabis take some time to appear. However, despite taking some time before producing the high, this method is potent, and the duration for the cannabis effects is about four to six hours long.

Since it’s a slow method, the consumer does not have a clear idea of how much the certain dosage will impact them. The process of digestion can take some hours, and in that interval, the consumer might think it is not working and chug down another one. This can lead to overdosing. It not only increases the dosage but also strengthens the high. Hence, in terms of edibles, it is preferred to start taking a minimal dose and then increase it after some time. You can also refer to a physician or doctor and take their word regarding the dosage. Just like smoking weed, be careful not to buy or consume edibles made with cheap weed. This can result in unsatisfactory high or health issues.

The Bottom Line:

Even though we discussed two of the most used consumption methods of cannabis, it is to keep in mind that there are numerous other ways as well. No approach can be titled the best when it comes to cannabis. Different methods will end in different experiences. It depends upon the consumer – that’s you! – that what method will suit them and what helps them find the right sensation that they desire. Smoking might be easier or a method that requires less-exertion, but you cannot compare it to the taste and fun delivered by the edibles. Hence, each of the methods has its pros and cons. It’s solely up to you to decide what approach you want to practice

Zoey Roy

I’m Zoey Roy, a Cannabis Compliance Specialist and Cannabis Activist. I am experienced in guiding individuals and businesses through complex cannabis regulations. With a Bachelor’s degree in Research from McGill University, I’ve worked at Neptune Wellness for 4 years as a senior researcher. Now I serve as a Cannabis Industry Analyst at Tilray Brands, Inc. I provide essential support in ensuring compliance, educating clients, and facilitating legal requirements. My expertise extends to marketing and laboratory skills, making me a well-rounded professional in the field.