Eating vs Smoking


  • Edibles are easier to dose
  • Smokeables make your experience more customizable
  • Everyone needs to decide what delivery method works best for their situation

One of the longstanding debates amongst cannabis users is the rivalry between edibles and smokables. There are pros and cons to both, but everyone must decide what is most important to them based on their own needs. Let's take a look at each one and their difference, and hopefully you will leave here with a better understanding.




Gummies, chocolates, tinctures, powders, infused baked goods. You can find all kinds of edibles. Not all are created equal, but we are not going to get into that as much in this article. We are just going to talk in some generalities. The red flags and variables to look out for in a good or bad edible is a conversation for another day.


In general, edibles will be more measurable. Most edibles (from a respectable cannabis company) tell you exactly how much of the cannabinoid you are putting into your body. Dosing becomes insanely simple. Whether it is CBD, THC, or some other minor cannabinoid, you can figure out a dosage and take that on whatever schedule you need it.


On the other hand, edibles can be brutal. Especially when we are talking about THC, the motto "start low and go slow" is essential. Once you take whatever dose you choose, you are along for the ride, wherever it takes you. Those effects can take anywhere from thirty minutes to two hours to take effects and can last from four to six hours. That's not to say your "peak" effects will last that long, but the effects from the ramp up to the come down will extend through that kind of timeline.




Whether you are sticking to the true-blue flower or a vape alternative, smokeables have a similar overall effect. That being said, you can customize your effects more easily with smokable than you can with edibles.


First, there are the terpenes. There are some companies that try to shove terpenes into edibles, but it is not the same. Terpenes are the compounds that give plants their aromatics and flavor. This is also what differentials cannabis strains and their designation as "Sativa" or "Indica" strains. Those two designations have a long history in what they mean scientifically/botanically, however their current purpose is to designate the effects of different strains of cannabis. Sativas give more of an "upper" effect, while Indicas give more of a "downer" effect. There is more to it than that, but that is the easiest way to generalize it. You open up a whole new world of cannabis experience when you add terpenes into the mix.


The other major customization difference with smokeables is their timeline of effects. The peak effects of smokeables come on extremely fast compared to edibles. If we were comparing the two to a hike up a mountain, edibles would be a slow walk up, a nice jog at the peak, and then a slow decent. Most smokeables feature a rocket ship to the top and then a calm ride down. The fact that smokeables can affect you much more quickly gives you the opportunity to use a small amount, consider what it is doing for you, and go from there. If you feel like you need more, you can smoke/vape a bit more and the effects will hit you pretty quick. If you feel like you are at the right place, then you can puff every now and then to maintain that effect or stop puffing to come down from the effects. If you feel like you have had too much, never fear, because it will not last very long.




Both options have their merit! It is really just about figuring out what works best for you in your situation.


Do you need immediate relief? Smokables might be for you!


Are you just taking some THC for sleep? A gummy would be a great choice!


Whatever your context, we would love to help you! Hopefully this article already did a bit of the work to let you know the difference between these two delivery methods, but we are always here to answer your questions. Pop into the shop or message us on social media to get hands on consultation for your cannabis needs! We look forward to hearing from you!


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