Some like pipes, bongs, joints, or blunts. Others choose edibles like cookies, fudge, or brownies. There’s no doubt the high is different, but is there a better choice when it comes to consuming your weed?
Smoking marijuana is arguably the most common form of consumption, and produces a usually predictable high within just a few seconds. It is fairly simple to break up some weed, stick it in a pipe, grab a lighter, and take a toke. But what exactly does the inhaled smoke do to your body? When inhaled, the smoke is absorbed almost immediately into the bloodstream via the tiny blood vessels in your lungs. Medical marijuana patients have reported tremendous benefits from smoking, including reduced pain, seizures, and relief from diseases such as HIV, cancer, and multiple sclerosis. However, it is no secret that smoking often causes respiratory irritation, bloodshot eyes, cottonmouth, and a strong odor. Also, and without supporting evidence, claims have been made by the American Lung Association that smoking marijuana may cause lung cancer.
Alternatively, cannabis foods – or “edibles” – are becoming more and more popular among the smoker crowd as a different way to enjoy a high. Marijuana can be used to make tea, oil, and butter which can then be used to cook a wide variety of goodies. This can be an expensive and lengthy process depending on the desired product. Cookies, brownies, and cakes are perhaps the most popular edibles, and the strength of each snack can be customized with varying doses of the weed based ingredient. When eaten, marijuana enters the bloodstream via digestion and takes much longer to affect a person, yet the “stoney,” body high lasts much longer than when smoking. As far as health goes, oral consumption of marijuana passes with flying colors. In fact, studies have shown that oral cannabis consumption has positive effects on the body and can help prevent diseases like cancer, diabetes, and heart attacks. This holds true for hemp foods including hemp milk, hemp hearts, and hemp seeds and is recommended by cannabis researchers to be a part of your daily routine.
So there you have it. The same plant consumed in different forms gives drastically different results. Ultimately, and until further research is completed, it is the preference of the person that decides which method is better. What’s your technique of choice?