Cannabis can be consumed in various ways, with ingestion and smoking (inhalation and vaporization) being the most common option. All marijuana consumption methods entail heating the herb’s THCA to remove the carboxyl group and turn it into THC, either during preparation or at the time of consumption. Besides smoking and ingestion, salves and skin absorption (transdermal) are increasingly gaining popularity in the medical field, both for THC and CBD. Each consumption method results in subtly different psychoactive effects as THC and other chemicals are activated and consumed through various administration routes.
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Generally, smoking marijuana comes on quickly but lasts for a short duration while ingestion delays the onset of the effects but the effects last longer. Vaporization offers the same biological effect as direct smoking but without the toxins associated with outright smoking. Additionally, inhalation delivers Δ9-THC as the primary component, but when ingested, the liver converts this into the more psychoactive 11-hydroxy-THC form.
How to Smoke Cannabis
You can smoke cannabis with various implements such as bongs, blunts, joints, and pipes. Commercial or makeshift pipes, cigarette-like joints, and cigar-like blunts may also be used to smoke cannabis. Different methods are used to prepare the cannabis plant before use, with some users simply placing a pile of cannabis on fire and inhaling the resultant smoke.
Vaporization is a modern way of smoking cannabis and helps to eliminate the toxins associated with direct smoking. Cannabis is first inserted into the vaporizer and ignited to heat the herb. A flame filter is used to prevent the flame from igniting the herb. Instead, the herb is gradually heated to vaporization temperatures (typically 157-210 °C or 315–410 °F).
This causes the active ingredients to evaporate into a gas form without burning any plant material (THC has a boiling point of 157 °C (315 °F). The advantage of vaporizing is that it releases a lower level of carbon monoxide and other toxins as compared to smoking. However, the proportion of carbon monoxide may vary depending on the vaporizer design and the temperature at which the device is set.
Cannabis Smoking Delivers Instant Results
When you inhale marijuana smoke into your lungs, the active ingredients, such as THC, are almost instantly absorbed into your bloodstream, making their way to the brain. Once the THC hits your mind, it binds to receptors in the endocannabinoid system, mostly the CB1 receptors. This produces the euphoria often associated with getting high. Since the time between inhalation and THC hitting the brain is relatively short, smoking marijuana has a rapid onset. You’ll feel the effects of smoking cannabis almost instantly.
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Edible Cannabis Takes Longer to Deliver Results
Edible cannabis will get you just as high as smoking marijuana, or even more! But when you ingest cannabis in the form of edibles, it takes a little longer to get you high. It’s because edibles pass through your digestive system where they are absorbed into the stomach. The active compounds of cannabis are then processed in the liver, where THC is converted into a more potent and longer-lasting compound known as 11-hydroxy-THC. Usually, it takes significantly longer for THC to hit the brain. But the moment it does, the effects will be more substantial and long-lasting.
Is Smoking Marijuana a Better Form of Consumption?
Typically, the high feeling of smoking weed takes effect faster and lasts about 1-2 hours. Ingesting cannabis, on the other hand, takes longer to exhibit a high impact, but the results will last about 4-6 hours or more. So, depending on how quickly you desire the products and how long you need it to last, no one consumption method fits all.
One outstanding benefit of smoking cannabis is that you can get instant relief from pain, anxiety, or insomnia. Again, since you’re getting almost instant results, it’s easy to control how much you consume when smoking marijuana, which minimizes the chances of overconsumption.
On the flip side, you can run into trouble with edibles and overconsumption since the process of metabolizing THC can take as long as three hours. Some people may think the edible isn’t working, causing them to ingest another edible, which increases their dosage and the intensity and duration of the effects. With edible cannabis, it’s always recommended to begin with a low dose and wait for up to 24 hours to gauge the results. Only then should you attempt to increase the dose in small increments until you reach your desired experience.
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