Sep 272013
 September 27, 2013

eating marijuanaI know a lot of people these days that have only smoked marijuana but are curious to see how eating marijuana would help them. I always advise people to be careful eating marijuana, because you can get way too high if you eat too much. Eating marijuana takes longer to feel the effects than it does when you smoke marijuana, and when you combine that with the fact that people like tasty treats already, it can be a recipe for an interesting day to say the least.

It always reminds me of a wedding I was DJ’ing during which people were eating some of my extra strength brownies. Most of the people that ate them had eaten them before, and knew to limit their consumption. But one of my friends gave them to a mutual friend who hadn’t consumed marijuana since 2000, but figured it would be fun to try it for some reason 12 years later. He loved the brownies his wife made, and figured having a couple of brownies during the wedding would be the right amount.

Wrong. After 45 minutes he was talking to me about how he wasn’t feeling anything and that he should have eaten more, then WHAM. You could see it in his eyes. He went from feeling completely sober to so high he could barely talk. The last time I saw him he was walking down the road and talking gibberish. I guess some people can’t handle those brownies lol. Compare that to my uncle who can eat an entire tray of brownies and feel ‘ok’. Different strokes for different folks I suppose.

Eating marijuana affects you differently than smoking it, so walk before you run is the moral of this story. When you eat marijuana, it goes into your blood stream, compared to when you smoke marijuana and it goes into your nervous system. When you eat it, the high lasts longer, and takes longer to take effect. When you smoke marijuana, the high is almost instant, but doesn’t last as long as when you eat marijuana.

Do you eat marijuana often? Do you prefer it to smoking cannabis? How does it affect you differently? Any tips you would offer people? Help others benefit from you knowledge. Below is a video made by Americans for Safe Access talking about the differences between eating marijuana and smoking marijuana:

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  • Lilarose Davis

    I live in Oregon where using marijuana is now legal (no edibles available yet). I would like to know how one brews tea using marijuana. Maybe that can’t be answered here, but at least tell me if it is possible and if it is, how strong it would end up being compared to brownies or smoking it. I am a former smoker from 30 years ago (2 packs a day) and I wish I could smoke marijuana but I will not smoke because I will end up back on cigs again.

    • Larry Maland

      You might want to try Taint’d Tea which is available in Washington state. Website is It is new and not widely available. Send an email to my wife, the tea lady, thru our website.

    • Larry Maland
      Not sure of the legality selling to you in Oregon as we are in WA and the laws are in flux it seems…

  • anon

    I have awful lungs and just smoking it a few times has really done a number on me. I’m going to switch to eating it instead of smoking it. People forget (myself included) that marijuana isn’t really harmful, but the smoke still effects your lungs.

    • dissturbbed

      I smoked tobacco for twenty years and quit three years ago. Lungs still screwed up and bonging it was making it worse until i started vaping. Its harsh on the throat but wow lungs feel great, i can breath again. If you dont believe me try it for yourself. I even did the napkin test and blew a full vaped inhale through the napkin and not one bit of tar, napkin white as can be.