Smoking vs. edibles: 3 things to know

People consume cannabis for many different reasons but we feel it’s pretty safe to say everyone wants the experience to be enjoyable. Whether you’re looking for a boost in creativity, a heightened sense of euphoria, or just a cuddle-puddle Netflix night, we put together this guide to help ensure you have the experience you want. 

Smoking cannabis and consuming cannabis (through edible products) are two very different experiences. If you’re new to cannabis use, this might be the first time you’re hearing this. If you’re more of a veteran, you may know first hand how vastly contrasting the two can be. 

Let’s dive in.

The high is different

Despite ingesting the same plant, the high you get from smoking a joint is quite different than the one you get from eating an edible (whether it’s a brownie, gummy, cookies, chocolate…you get the point).

Edibles produce that famous couch-melting body-high, while smoking weed can create more energizing results depending on the strain. Simply put, while sativa strains tend to energize, indicas tend to relax—with hybrids falling somewhere in between. Of course, this is a generalization, and cannabis affects everyone differently, but the majority of people will feel an edible high from head-to-toe and it can even come with mild tracers (hallucinations).

We like how TheGrowthOp explains it:

While smoking cannabis is like taking a walk through a vivid park, ingesting an edible is like eating an exploding glitter bomb. There’s a scientific explanation behind this bad metaphor… when cannabis is ingested the THC is metabolized by the liver, transforming itself into 11-hydroxy-THC. For some reason, this compound is up to four times faster in crossing the blood-brain barrier than average THC. This is why edibles are associated with intense, vivid and hallucinatory experiences.

The duration is different

This is a really important point to understand, as it could make or break your experience. When you smoke, you’ll feel the effects within minutes, but they peak within 30 to 60 minutes and generally last a maximum of four hours, with most joint puffing highs lasting more like two hours. 

With edibles, they generally take about 60 to 90 minutes to kick in. This is another reason the effects often seem so intense; they can creep up on you. And here’s the kicker: your edible high will last anywhere from four to six hours, and in some cases longer, depending on your dose. 

When indulging in edibles, be sure to plan accordingly. You’ll be on this ride for a while. 

Dosing matters. (We repeat: dosing matters!)

Whether you’re smoking cannabis or consuming edibles, we recommend starting off slow. Feeling too high isn’t the most enjoyable experience, and by starting off slow you’ll also build your tolerance and understand your limits.

This can mean sticking to one or two puffs of a joint or vaporizer to start and carefully dosing when it comes to edibles.

Since edibles can have such an intense high with a longer duration, start with a microdose. All our Mota edibles come with clear dosing guidelines on the packaging to help ensure  you have a great experience and the perfect high.

Ultimately, your favourite way to enjoy cannabis will be unique to you. Enjoy it safely, plan accordingly, and revel in your favourite high activities (like going for a walk in nature or watching a funny TV show) to enhance the experience.


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