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What's the Difference Between Smoking and Eating Cannabis?

Updated: Jan 4

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Cannabis has become more popular in recent years with both smoking and eating it becoming more accepted. While they both come from the same plant, there are several important differences between smoking and eating cannabis that affect how it affects the user.

Smoking cannabis is one of the most popular and oldest ways of consuming it. When smoking, cannabinoids enter the bloodstream through the lungs, providing a fast-acting high that is usually felt within a few minutes. Smoking delivers the full range of cannabinoids and terpenes, providing a full-bodied experience. Additionally, smoking cannabis is a convenient method that doesn’t require additional tools or ingredients.

On the other hand, consuming cannabis via edibles usually requires an oven, stovetop or food processor to make the edibles. Many users prefer this method because it provides a more powerful effect than smoking, as the cannabinoids have to be processed through the digestive system before they can take effect.

Edibles also tend to be more discrete, providing a subtle but effective high. However, edibles can also take longer to kick in, as they are processed slowly through the digestive system. Another key difference is the duration of the effect. Smoking cannabis will generally provide a shorter high – lasting anywhere from 1-3 hours. Edibles, on the other hand, can provide an effect that can last up to 8 hours, making it ideal for those looking for a longer-lasting experience.


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