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Edibles vs Smoking: Are Edibles More Potent?

by TeamAlpha |

Why Do Cannabis Edibles Give You a Different High Than Smoking?

Before you pop an edible snack, know that edibles enter the bloodstream far differently than a bong hit.  According to High Times, edibles “have a reputation for being the most powerful method” of cannabis consumption.

Your digestive track actually makes a different cannabinoid for an extra-potent high.

How long for edibles to kick in?

Warning: Think twice before eating the second half of that brownie. 

Consuming the exact same amount of THC that you smoke may give radically different results.

When you smoke or vape cannabis, the THC is rapidly absorbed into your bloodstream.  It heads straight to your brain and is felt almost instantly. 

Edibles are entirely different.  They take longer to kick in, typically 30-90 minutes.  The edible has to be broken down by your digestive tract just like any other piece of food. 

The answer to the difference lies in the liver.  When you eat cannabinoids, they are absorbed through the intestines and are metabolized in the liver.  The liver converts THC into another compound called 11-hydroxy-THC which is potentially even more intoxicating. 

Joe Rogan said in his standup special on Netflix, "When you eat [marijuana], it's processed by your liver and it produces something called 11-Hydroxy metabolite. That's five times more psychoactive than THC ... and it lets you talk to dolphins."

The effects of eating cannabis last longer.  Smoking cannabis can be felt typically for 2-3 hours, Edibles can last up to 4-6 hours.

Since 11-hydroxy-THC goes faster throughout your body for a full-body high, it is important to consume responsibly from the comforts and safety of your home.

Better Use of Cannabis

Put frankly, edibles can give a better high with a better value for your dollar.  Infuse butter or oil and elevate any of your favorite recipes.  What will you bake first?