You can choose how to consume cannabis, which means you can select the method that best meets your taste preferences and health concerns. Two common forms of consuming cannabis are waiting (ingestion) and smoking (inhalation). They have provided several health benefits, including stress and anxiety.

However, it is essential to fully understand the similarities and differences between smoking and edibles.

Let’s explore how the body metabolizes cannabis in different ways.

Smoking (Inhalation)

Cannabis can be inhaled in many different ways – joints, pre-rolled blunts, or through devices such as pipes and bongs. Before smoking cannabis, however, it is crucial to know precisely what compounds you are inhaling, the type of effect it’ll have on your body, and how long the high will last.

Smoking is one of the most widespread administration methods for cannabis. It also provides the most speedy and efficient way to absorb THC, the essential psychoactive cannabinoid compound. When cannabis is smoked, THC is absorbed directly through the lungs. Then it enters the bloodstream and is transmitted to the brain within minutes.

Once you inhale cannabis smoke into your lungs, there are many active compounds that they contain. These active compounds go into the lungs and bloodstream, eventually reaching the brain. The primary cannabinoid that these compounds include is Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD).

CBD does not get the consumer high but has increasingly been used to help treat depression, anxiety, seizures, nausea, and migraines. It is essential to know that any cannabis plant that contains more than 0.3% THC is considered marijuana.

Compared to edibles, there are two benefits of smoking cannabis: short duration of the effects and quick onset. By smoking or vaporizing cannabis, you can feel the results instantly and, the consequences can last up to three hours.

Many cannabis consumers choose edibles over smoking as a healthier alternative.

Edible (Ingestion)

When you consume edible cannabis, it travels first to your stomach, making its way to your liver, and then gradually gets into your blood circulation and brain. The liver converts THC into a much more potent form, and when this is combined with the THC from the original product, it adds to the intensity of the high.

Edible cannabis has long been used as a medical way to treat various conditions, from chronic pain to digestive disorders. Edible cannabis products have also been used to provide relief from stress, anxiety, and cancer-related symptoms. There are various ways to consume gummies, candies, chocolates, capsules, teas, and oils.

Today, edible cannabis products usage among patients is becoming increasingly popular, and researches are consistently showing that most healthcare professionals believe that cannabis should be a medical option for patients.

Edible cannabis products such as oil, tinctures, pills, and gummies are commonly used to treat weight loss in people with cancer, pain, and poor appetite. In addition, these products may help in reducing pain and muscle spasms, give you relief from nausea and vomiting, enhance your sleep quality, and improve anxiety.

Many people enjoy using cannabis to release and ease stress, while some take edibles to treat or improve symptoms of a medical condition. Though edible cannabis products are commonly used in treating many other ailments, such as digestive and neurological disorders, some high-quality research in these areas is lacking.

Smoking Or Eating: What’s Safer?

Frequent cannabis consumers know that the experience they get from edible cannabis is way different from smoking it. In many ways, this is beneficial – cannabis edibles last longer and often give a more intense, full-body effect. Unfortunately, however, users are not prepared to handle it so the edible experience can be overwhelming and unpleasant for most of them.

Though smoking cannabis is not often considered to have effects that are destructive to your body, research has shown that when you inhale cannabis, smoke can harm your health, similar to those caused by smoking a cigarette. In addition, the similarity between cigarette and cannabis smoke contains toxins, such as ammonia, hydrogen cyanide, etc., that may harm your lungs and increase the risk of illness.

Most research shows a weak link between smoking cannabis and certain types of cancer. However, smoking cannabis has been associated with lung inflammation, bronchitis, and impaired brain function. Therefore, if you’re concerned about the possible health risks associated with smoking cannabis, you should first try to use edible cannabis products as an alternative with your doctor’s consultation.

Suppose you’ve researched and have developed an interest in using edibles to treat a medical condition. In that case, the first thing to do is consult with your doctor to learn if medical cannabis is an option. Like smoking cannabis, edibles provide many benefits ranging from pure personal enjoyment to pure symptom relief.

Note: What you should keep in mind at all times is the amount of dose required to smoke and take by mouth.

The Bottom Line

Some of the most pronounced differences between eating and smoking cannabis are reflected by the speed of onset of effects, the duration until peak effects are experienced, and the longevity of the impact. Smoking is instant and effective, while edibles take a little longer to develop.

However, the most critical factor to remember is that THC is present with both methods of cannabis intake as it has the same psychoactive qualities and potentially adverse consequences no matter how it is used.