Edible High Vs. Inhalation High


Getting high using edibles is a completely different experience than smoking a joint or vaping, anyone who has tried both knows what we mean. But why is this the case? Well, the answer is easy. Science. 

When our body is processing an edible the THC converts to 11-hydroxy-THC  as it travels through the liver. This is the interaction that creates a more intense, body-centric high that we experience with infused edible products. This is also why it takes us a bit longer to feel the high because this metabolization process takes time. When we are smoking weed, we absorb the THC, terpenes & other cannabinoids through our lungs. It is the fastest way to get high but also doesn’t last too when you compare the high from eating cannabis which lasts much longer. With that being said, there are other factors that contribute to how quickly & how intense our edible experience will be.


Eating edibles is impacted by:

  • Amount of food eaten before the edible, empty stomach is best for quick onset & intensity.
  • Personal body chemistry, some people simply have fast or slow metabolisms which come into play when eating our pot.
  • How quickly your liver processes THC.


It is always important to note that eating edibles takes a responsible dose. Overeating an edible can ruin the experience, so stick with 10-20mg at first if you’re planning to use cannabis recreationally. For a medicinally minded dose, try a microdose size of 2mg THC. An edible effect can begin mellow and slowly get more intense over the next 2 hours, other times it can hit us all at once within 30 minutes. For this reason, don’t add more onto the mg dosage until after at least two hours have passed to ensure no overdose is experienced. Simply put, edibles are a more intense high but they do take longer to reach their full effect. 

July 10, 2018

by Cara Wietstock

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Cara began working in the retail cannabis industry of San Francisco, CA in 2011 and continued in that sector for years. In 2015 she put down her budtender hat and dedicated herself to writing full-time. Her passion for the written word and deep respect for the healing properties of the cannabis plant fuel the passion in her posts.


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