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Edibles vs. Smoking: Pros and Cons

Confused between cannabis edibles and smoke? Well, you will be able to figure it out for yourself after reading this quick blog. They both have their pros and cons, and it all comes down to your preferences and the art of precise consumption.

 

So, without further ado, let’s start with the pros and cons of edibles.



Edibles

Pros

Discreet Consumption: Edibles give you a more discreet way of consuming cannabis, especially for those who consider smoking morally or ethically wrong, as there is neither smoke nor some peculiar smell associated with them. The fittest example of it being discreet would be cannabis oil, though it is not edible.

Longer-Lasting Effects: Edibles that are way too high last longer compared to smoking or vaping cannabis. The impact can reside inside your body anywhere between 4 and 12 hours, which is subject to factors such as dosage, metabolism, etc.

Precise Dosage: You can ingest edibles of a precise quality as they come in a certain form with THC content equally reserved in them all throughout the product, giving consumers better control over consumption.

Versatility: Cannabis-infused edibles come in different forms, which include CBD gummies, chocolates, baked products, and beverages, giving people a diversified array of options.

Cons

Delayed Onset of Effects: Edibles don’t disperse their impact immediately after consumption; rather, they take anywhere between 30 minutes and 2 hours to start working their magic, which again depends on factors like metabolism, stomach contents, and an individual’s tolerance level.

Potential Overconsumption: What happens if something does not seem to work? We try again, right? The same can happen to edible consumption if we think we have taken in an inadequate amount. This can lead to overconsumption and uncomfortable experiences, such as anxiety or paranoia.

Difficulty in Dosage Regulation: Initially, users can be confused with precise dosage as nobody knows their tolerance level, and consuming too much THC can cause unwanted side effects.

Limited Availability: Not every store keeps them primarily for two reasons: regulation issues and demand, so you may not find them easily in the nearest dispensary or shop.



Smoking

Pros

Fast Onset of Effects: Smoking cannabis offers a fast onset of effects, typically from the moment you light up and smoke, so it is a better option for people looking for instant effects.

Ease of Dosage Adjustment: Unlike edibles, where dosing can be more challenging to control, smoking allows for easier dosage adjustment. People have far better control over inhalations based on their desired level of intoxication.

Immediate Relief: If you are someone seeking immediate relief on the spot, forget you have any other cannabis-infused option.

●  Social Aspect: Though it is true only for smokers if you are a smoker and have situps with your friends to smoke, you can easily make it a part of your routine.

Cons

Health Risks: Smoking cannabis means you inhale smoke, which can be irritating to your lungs and respiratory system. Long-term smoking can lead to respiratory issues such as chronic bronchitis and may increase the risk of certain lung diseases.

Distinct Odor: Smoking cannabis produces a distinct odor that can linger on clothes, hair, and indoor spaces and can cause discomfort to others or yourself; plus, it can draw the unintended attention of others.

●  Not Discreet: Smoking cannabis is not as discreet as consuming edibles, as it produces visible smoke and odor that can be easily noticed by others nearby.

 

Conclusion

Both THC edibles and smoking have their advantages and disadvantages; consider what you prefer and what you are comfortable with. For routine smokers, consumption of cannabis becomes very convenient and easy as they can easily replace it with smoke. But if you are allergic to smoke, edibles are your friends; you can carry them in your pocket and consume them whenever you like, partaking in candies, gummies, etc.

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