People have consumed marijuana for thousands of years. When you smoke pot, vape it or take edibles, the length of time required to achieve psychoactive effects may vary. The duration and the potency of the high may also differ depending on the way of marijuana consumption.

Smoked Cannabis vs. Edibles

Smoking pot constitutes the inhalation of THC (cannabinoid) and its absorption by the lungs. When you eat cannabis, your lungs do not take part in the consumption of weed: cannabinoids like THC enter your body through the stomach and are digested by the liver. However, the received cannabinoid is not the same type of THC that is passed to the brain when you smoke weed.

Difference Between THC Molecules

The molecules resulting from either eating or smoking THC, 11-hydroxy-THC and delta-9 THC, have different properties, including their ability to permeate the blood-brain barrier. Thus, the method of consuming cannabis can have a substantial impact on the onset, potency, and the duration of the high it provides.

Smoked Marijuana: 2.5 minutes

When you smoke pot, the cannabinoids travel from the lungs to the heart within a few seconds. After that, THC is delivered to the CB1 receptors in the brain. When you vape or smoke cannabis, the onset of the high usually takes about 2.5 minutes. However, it may vary depending on the person’s individual peculiarities, such as body weight, physiology, and some other factors.

Edibles: From 40 minutes to 2 hours

Cannabis-infused edibles are metabolized in a completely different way than vaped or smoked marijuana. Edibles enter the stomach and then move to the liver. In this case, the onset of the high usually takes 30-40 times longer than the effect of smoked weed. However, the duration and the potency of the edible cannabis high are much greater compared to the sensations from smoking. Thus, edibles can provide you with the high that will last between six and ten hours.

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