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Many marijuana users are wondering if it’s better eating marijuana as pot edibles instead of smoking it. What’s behind the interest in marijuana edibles? Sure, smoking marijuana is the fastest way to deliver THC and other cannabinoids into your body and mind. But some people are tired of coughing, throats hurting, having to buy and use pipes, bongs, or vaporizers. The smell of smoked marijuana, or a big cloud of marijuana smoke, brings unwanted attention that can harm your privacy and freedom.
Making pot edibles is a good way to salvage THC from trim, defective buds and other harvested marijuana that usually goes to waste because it’s not good enough to toke. The same can be said for putting inferior marijuana materials into alcohol to extract THC. However,those aren’t the only reasons more and more marijuana smokers are starting to eat marijuana instead of toking it.
Eating marijuana: The benefits
It’s also because eating marijuana gives you a different kind of marijuana high. Why is it so different? When you smoke marijuana you’re converting a non-psychoactive “acid form” of THC into a psychoactive form of THC called delta-9 THC, which produces a unique set of effects. Please note, when we say “acid form,” we’re not talking about LSD acid.
When you eat marijuana, your digestive system converts the inactive form of THC to delta-11 THC, a compound that produces different effects than delta-9. But you get the combined effect of the two. If you smoke marijuana but as yet you do not consume pot edibles, here’s a summary of the differences in these two methods of marijuana intake:
- Smoked marijuana comes on within a few seconds or a minute or two. The noticeable high lasts for 1-3 hours; then you become “un-high.” Depending on whether your stomach is empty or not, eaten marijuana could take 30-90 minutes for you to feel the effects. Eaten medical marijuana effects last for 3-7 hours, and then you gradually descend. The burned-out, tired feeling you sometimes get when you come down from smoked marijuana is far less noticeable when you eat marijuana.
- When you eat marijuana, it produces more body-centered effects compared to smoked marijuana, and effects are more evenly distributed throughout the body.
- Eaten marijuana works better for LONG LASTING pain relief, muscle spasms, and similar conditions, but it takes longer to work than smoked marijuana and is thus not as useful for people needing immediate medical marijuana relief.
- Because you can’t feel the effects right away when you eat marijuana, it’s easier to underdose or overdose. The way to get it right when you eat marijuana is to start with a dose measured marijuana edible, eat a small amount of it on an empty stomach, wait at least an hour until it takes full effect, then decide if you want to eat more, and how much more you want to eat.
When you prepare marijuana to make it into an edible so you can eat it, you have to know what you’re doing. I suggest you read this article about getting the right dose from marijuana edibles. It will give you info that will help you make delicious, dose-measured marijuana edibles without guesswork or mistakes.
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