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High from Edibles: Why is Stronger and Longer-Lasting?

Feb 17

There are two major methods to take marijuana: as edibles or as smoke. Although smoking marijuana remains the most common method of consumption, edibles are catching up quickly. Edible marijuana is more popular than ever, and for good reason—they offer you a higher, longer-lasting high. In this essay, we'll examine why cannabis edibles offer more potent and long-lasting effects than cannabis smoking.

Smoking Cannabis vs. Cannabis Edibles

I'll now share a tale with you that you've undoubtedly heard before. Someone ate an edible and became intoxicated. In one way or another, we can all relate to this. The effects of ingesting cannabis as compared to smoking it are different because a distinct chemical reaction takes place, which explains why. Let's first examine the research.

Weed Cannabinoids

Terpenes are one of several factors that might influence a person's reaction to cannabis. But it's most important to educate oneself about cannabis before trying edibles. The two most well-known cannabis constituents that affect human biology are THC and CBD. Recreational consumers are drawn to THC's euphoric effects, while CBD's anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties have made it the favored kind of medical marijuana.

How cannabinoids are delivered largely determines how they interact with the body's different receptors. After inhaling cannabis flower or vaping concentrates, the psychoactive ingredient is easily absorbed into the circulation, making it simple to become high. As a consequence, inhaling cannabis via a vape or a joint offers instant advantages.

The Digestive System

Since they are eaten rather than breathed in, edibles often have a greater effect than smoking. Contrarily, ingesting anything necessitates a significantly longer digestion period. The digestive system breaks down the cannabinoids in an edible after consumption. When this happens, you will feel the effects of the edible.

Cannabis' THC enters your body via your mouth and is metabolized in your liver. However, the results will vary greatly based on a wide variety of factors.

If you're dehydrated or haven't eaten anything before to ingesting an edible, you run the danger of becoming too high too soon. However, the metabolism of edible THC is often slower when consumed after a meal. Since it takes longer for meals to be completely broken down, it can take a few hours before you start to experience any advantages. But if you do, they'll be more powerful and enduring.

Edibles provide a Longer-lasting High

In addition to having a greater initial impact, the effects from ingesting edibles often linger longer than those from inhaling. Your metabolism and whether the consumable was consumed with other meals, as previously discussed, determine how long the effects of the edible last.

Due to its unique metabolites, THC's effects in edibles last far longer than when it is smoked. When breathed, delta-9-THC enters the bloodstream unmodified and has a psychoactive effect. However, when taken orally, delta-9-THC transforms into the potent 11-hydroxy THC. Cannabis generated via the use of edibles is more potent than cannabis produced through smoking.

Everyone has heard stories of people who ate too much edibles and became high for days. Yes, 11-hydroxy-THC may stay in your system for up to a day after consumption, but how long depends on how much you used. As a result, beginners should introduce edible cannabis gradually. 

Conclusions and Thoughts

While smoking marijuana is a risk-free activity, ingesting cannabis may have unanticipated consequences. Experienced users are aware of their tolerances and how much substance is needed to be smoked, vaped, or ingested to get the desired effect. When experimenting with edibles for the first time, it is recommended to start out cautiously with a dose of 5–10 milligrams of THC. It takes time to learn how marijuana affects your body since the side effects vary from person to person.

Feel free to read this blog post from The Bud Depot to learn more on which of our many cannabis edibles is best for you if you're a first-time user: