Yes, they both get you high, but consuming edibles is a completely different experience to smoking weed. These five differences are good to know for both rookies and veterans alike.
1. THC is absorbed differently
Why are edibles so much stronger than smoked or vaporized cannabis? When you consume edibles, THC is metabolized by the liver, converting it to 11-hydroxy-THC, which gives a more intense high.
2. Effects and duration
Edibles can take anywhere from 30 min to two hours to kick in, and the effects can last several hours. Compared to inhaled cannabis, they deliver a smaller concentration of cannabinoids to the bloodstream.
3. Edibles are more difficult to dose
Even longtime smokers can have difficulty capturing the right dose due to the delay between ingestion and onset of effects. Inhaled cannabis, with its instantaneous effects, allows the consumer to gradually increase their dosage.
4. Disparities in advertised potency
Your distributor may have batches of edibles that vary in potency so be sure to keep it slow, or you may find out the hard way that the batch is a lot stronger than you thought.
5. Edibles are a healthier alternative to smoking
Many people are interested in edibles because they don’t enjoy smoking or are worried about the health concerns. Vaping is considered another alternative, but edibles provide longer lasting pain relief.