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Smoking vs. Edibles: Which is Best?


February 15, 2017

When you visit our shop in Denver for the first time, one of the first questions that may come to mind is “What kind of product is right for me?” If you’re not sure whether you should smoke weed or consume it in the form of an edible, consider these pros and cons before making a decision:

It will take longer to feel a high from edibles.

If you choose to smoke marijuana, you will almost instantly experience the effects after taking a deep inhale. However, you will not immediately feel the effects of an edible after you eat it. In fact, it can take anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours to begin feeling the effects of an edible, so if you’re looking for a more instantaneous high, smoking may be the right choice for you. Learn more about cannabis-infused edibles 101: what you need to know about dosing, potency, and labeling.

Edibles don’t affect your lungs.

Many people prefer edibles over smoking marijuana because they don’t want to inhale smoke into their lungs. If you don’t want to experience any of the long-term effects of smoking, stick to edibles to keep your airways clear.

Edibles don’t have a lingering smell.

Because so many states have now legalized marijuana, it’s becoming more socially acceptable to use it. However, some people still prefer to keep their habit private. This can be difficult to do if you smell like marijuana after smoking a joint, but it’s fairly simply if you just pop an edible into your mouth, since there is no smell lingering around after you do it.

Smoking marijuana is a more concentrated high.

It’s estimated that only 10-20% of cannabinoids such as THC and CBD enter into your bloodstream after you consume an edible. On the other hand, around 50-60% of cannabinoids enter your system after you smoke marijuana. The higher the percentage, the stronger the high you will feel. If you want to ensure you feel complete relaxation or pain relief, smoking marijuana may be the better choice for you.

People often eat too many edibles.

Because the high effect does not kick in for quite some time after eating an edible, many people make the mistake of eating more than they should in an attempt to speed up the process. These people may think the first dose they ate is not strong enough, so they may eat another one, only to feel sick or uncomfortable when the high finally does kick in. This isn’t an issue when you smoke marijuana because you can instantly feel the high and pace yourself based on how you feel.

When in doubt about which product or form of cannabis to try, ask a budtender. For more information on smoking marijuana or consuming edibles, come by Altitude Dispensary, one of the best weed shops in Denver, where our knowledgeable and friendly budtenders can help you find the right medical or recreational product to suit your needs. Contact Altitude Dispensary for more information today!
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