Ingesting Vs. Inhaling Cannabis – Which Is Better?

ingest or inhale cannabis Wwich is better

Ingesting vs Inhaling Cannabis

What’s the best method of administration you may ask…? Well, to be frank, there is no right answer! Two of the most popular methods of administering medical cannabis are ingesting cannabis and inhaling cannabis. While these two methods deliver the cannabinoids your body needs, they do differ in a lot of ways, making it a bit harder for novice users to choose the best method for their medical conditions.

Inhaling Cannabis

    Smoking: If you want fast relief from your symptoms, then smoking cannabis may be your best option. It delivers the fastest results since the cannabinoids go directly into the bloodstream and bypass the digestive system. However, don’t expect the therapeutic effects of cannabis to last long though. Smoking cannabis may deliver the fastest results, but its effects also diminish quickly.

The fast delivery of therapeutic effects can benefit patients suffering from acute pain like headaches, migraines, and arthritis. Smoking cannabis can also instantly improve mood problems like depression and anxiety disorders. Other medical conditions that may benefit from smoking cannabis are nausea as well as vomiting.

    Vaping: If you can’t tolerate smoking cannabis, then you can try vape pens and vaporizers. Vaping cannabis also delivers fast results. It is safer, and you’re sure to get more cannabinoids into your body. You also won’t cough as much when you vape cannabis compared to smoking a joint. 

Smoking or vaping cannabis gives you better control over your dosage since the effects are pretty immediate. If you feel like you’ve had too much, you can simply stop. If you don’t feel any effects at all, then you can slowly increase your dosage.

Ingesting Cannabis

Regardless of whether if you choose to take edibles or tinctures, the rate of absorption is slower when you ingest cannabis, so don’t expect quick results. You will start feeling its effects after about 20-30 minutes all the way up to 2 hours. Keep in mind that depending on what type of product you decide to take 

After ingesting cannabis, it will have to pass through not only your stomach but the liver as well. Once the digestive system processed and metabolized the cannabis, the cannabinoids and its metabolites will then be absorbed into the bloodstream. Of note though; cannabinoids that have been processed by the liver are called metabolites and are far more potent than the original compounds.

The whole process before you start feeling any effect may take longer than smoking cannabis, but the effects also last longer. This method may be most effective for patients suffering from chronic medical conditions like autoimmune diseases (Crohn’s Disease), chronic pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis, insomnia, cancer, mental health problems like post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, multiple sclerosis, among others.

Dosing is a bit harder with cannabis edibles though since it will take some time before you feel any effect. You need to wait for about a couple of hours before you can increase your dosage.

Some first-time users make the mistake of eating cannabis edibles on an empty stomach or eating more to feel its effects faster. This is an incorrect way of dosing and can result in uncomfortable side effects.

If you do happen to develop some disconcerting side effects, then cut back on your dosage, rest, and drink plenty of liquids. All you need to remind yourself is that these side effects will go away in time.

One thought on “Ingesting Vs. Inhaling Cannabis – Which Is Better?

  1. Deborah Henry says:

    Thanks for the informative article. With the upcoming legalization of cannabis in Canada, there is much interest in edibles. I’ve been smoking cannabis for decades, but haven’t yet tried edibles. I am glad you emphasize the length of time edibles may take before one feels the effects.
    A few weeks ago my dog was poisoned by eating cannabis laced poop he found in the bushes where apparently some person out to party, ate too much, too fast. Fortunately my dog survived, but it was an expensive trip to the vet. Depending on the amount eaten and the size of the dog, the effects can vary from a mild stone to paralysis and sharp decrease in heart rate and respiration. My dog was paralysed, so required a drug screen to figure out what it was, blood screen to make sure no organ failure, and IV saline to flush the drug out of his system.

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