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To Toke or Treat?

Updated: Mar 23

That is the question and we have the answer......whatever you like best!

You should know the facts though because smoking cannabis and eating it are very different things. At first glance, it might not seem like there is much difference between smoking marijuana and eating it. However, you’ll hear tales of people who took edibles and were caught off guard by the experience. They figured it would provide the same sort of high as smoking, only to end up with a reaction they might not have enjoyed. While many people can partake in eating edibles with minimal issues, it’s important to know the different effects of ingesting edibles and smoking flower.


Ingestion

Both edibles and smoking bring THC into your body, but it doesn’t go to the same

places. When you smoke, you inhale THC into your lungs before the effects on other

body parts are felt. With edibles, the THC goes into your stomach before being rerouted

into your liver and other organs. Typically, less THC is consumed from edibles than from

smoking, but it can stay with you much longer.


Wait for it...

When someone smokes marijuana, they can expect to feel the effects fairly quickly.

However, with edibles, the feeling is far more delayed. It can take up to three hours for

edibles to be felt, but most people begin to feel the effects within an hour or so.

Also, someone might expect that an edible cannabis product, like a brownie, is

supposed to hit them immediately. When that doesn’t happen, they might over-correct

by eating more than their body can handle. When the high does set in, it can be an

extremely uncomfortable situation. They might even feel like they’re on the verge of a

heart attack. There could also be symptoms of a panic attack, such as shallow, rapid

breathing. Just keep an eye on how you feel and give it time before you go for more.

There are also quick-release edibles these days, so make sure you know what you are

taking because those can take effect within fifteen minutes!

While death from cannabis consumption is not possible, the negative psychological

effects are very real if you overdo it. The more edibles you force into your system, the

more you have to be aware of the potential side effects. People often take edibles as a

means of relaxing, but improper dosages can lead to a feeling that is anything but

relaxing.


Dosing

It’s far more difficult to gauge how much weed somebody is consuming with edibles

than it is with smoking. If you’re smoking it, you can control your intake by keeping track

of how many hits you’re taking. Edibles, however, are typically consumed all at once

, and even if you bite it in half you can’t be certain how much you’re ingesting. The THC

in edibles is not distributed evenly, so the majority of it could be in one-half. Eating an

edible could be like smoking from a large, packed pipe in just a few seconds. If you’re

eating an edible that you haven’t prepared, you might have trouble determining if the

amount of cannabis is too much for your body. That’s why it’s always best to take

edibles from an actual company that makes them and must adhere to certain

guidelines. The ones your neighbor offered you are probably really good, but you never

know what you’re gonna get.

It can also help to find strains that are more CBD-based than THC-based, or that have a

1:1 ratio of CBD to THC. CBD is what gives marijuana its relaxing properties, while THC

is the more psychoactive component.


Careful

Eagerness can be a major liability. The act of smoking is a means to an end, as no one

would smoke anything unless it gave them a positive effect later. But edibles taste good.

If you love brownies and are given a marijuana-infused brownie, you might devour it

without a second thought. The psychoactive surge of THC that comes over you a few

hours later might be very disconcerting.

It’s totally possible to have a good edibles experience, but you have to go about it

slowly. Instead of downing one in a few bites or less, graze on it for a few hours. If you

start to find yourself feeling noticeably high, stop eating. Find a safe environment and let

yourself just sit back. Find something to focus on or someone you trust who you can talk

with.

It can be a bit embarrassing to be going through a bad edibles experience around

others, but you wouldn’t be the first to experience this. Remember that it will pass

eventually and that you’ll be able to make better decisions the next time you use

edibles, should you so choose.


Expectations

Have you ever taken a bite of something, expecting one flavor but greeted by an entirely

different one? If you don’t know what you’re getting into with edibles, you could become

very disturbed by how your body reacts to it. When people smoke marijuana for the first

time, they have to learn how to adapt to the feeling. Every new form of ingestion needs

to be handled with absolute responsibility. If it’s not for you, it’s not for you. No biggie.

Never use cannabis in any form when you need to operate machinery or are going into

a situation that requires your complete attention, such as driving a car or watching a

child. Should you feel apprehensive about using edibles in a situation, it’s best to just

put them away for the time being. Always trust your instincts.


Solubility

THC is typically oil-soluble. However, the digestive process makes THC water-soluble.

As a result, it can end up being far more potent and last much longer. The intensity of

an edible high can be magnified by how it’s experienced. Edibles can result in a body

high, as opposed to the head high that comes with smoking.


Know thyself!

There’s no certainty that you’ll have a better experience with edibles versus smoking.

There’s also no certainty that you’ll take to weed in general. When you consume it in

any form, you need to be sure that you’re able to accept the responsibility of using it.

Don’t force it or anything in your life. If it doesn’t feel good to you and brings on paranoia

or anxiety, honor that and abstain. No matter how much experience you have with this

magical plant, every dose needs to be done with complete awareness and control.


Pro Tip:

If you’re a cannabis novice, try to find strains that are more CBD-based

than THC-based, or that have a 1:1 ratio of CBD to THC. CBD is what gives weed its

relaxing properties, while THC is the more psychoactive component. Always have a

CBD gummy or tincture on hand in case you need to come down a bit…..it’s your

parachute!

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