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How Is Smoking Marijuana Different Than Eating Marijuana?


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CORRECTION: The original version of this post included an erroneous statement regarding how THC enters the body. [ed.2017/05/05]

I 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. via your digestion system whereas when smoking, the active component of marijuana enters the blood stream via your lungs. 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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  1. Severe COPD!!! I can’t smoke any longer! do to chronic cough! But I do suck on a bud! It works for me! Still in my mouth for over an hour!!!!! husband said sucking on a bud will not do anything! I say it does! Yes I could make the butter, but don’t feel like it! Yes never eat a whole brownie or chocolate chip brownie !! Found out the hard way!!!Ha also using nubilizer, just started 4 month ago! Freaking Steroids! I hate it!!! So do you believe that just sucking on a bud helps??? I feel it does! haven’t coughed for over an hour! Thanks Pat

  2. Hi I have severe COPD!!!! I can’t smoke any longer! but I do suck on a bud for over an hour! To me it works! husband said no way will this help in your chronic cough! I say he’s wrong! Still in my mouth! An coughing lessened! Could I be a little tight?! Yes I could make the butter! And not!!!! eat a whole brownie or whole chocolate chip cookie, found out the hard way ha!!!!!! But I like just sucking on a bud! I have not coughed so far!!!!! Also on nubilizer 3 times a day and I hate it!!! Steroids!!!! since 2009 steroid ridden! Thanks Pat

  3. Why are you so aggressive? What is wrong with you? Don’t you know how to talk without offending people? You definitely are on the wrong blog, you should be on the cocaine or alcohol one.

  4. What about eating in a food or drinking it as tea for pain, I am thinking it would be a lot better than the pain pills I have to take every day and maybe the effect for pain would last longer. When one has to take pills 3 to 4 times a day for sever pain I think that pot may be better.

  5. marc zimmerman on

    funny….when this SAME logic is used by Jehovahs witnesses to not want transfusions because the bible says “refrain from blood”, and eating it….Everyone all of the sudden knows nothing about science, and the fact that eating, and sticking it in your veins is no different. Isnt that just Odd? People seem to be really smart when they want to push their view. But grow retarded when others use it for things they dont like. For example, the atheists love science.And evolution. Yet the LGBT people love to hook with them when it comes to bashing religion, yet there is no possible way being gay could be natural as well as positive. It HAS to be a defect. for evolution would make it so we would not over produce, having typically one child at a time. More than 2 is a very rare thing, naturally speaking. Yet the Evolutionists stand in step with a man is a skirt claiming to be born a tranny? born gay? born a lesbian? born a bisexual? if indeed you are born that way, it is an error like a low sperm count would be. Making one unable to reproduce naturally without intervention from mankind. Funny…the atheists will all of the sudden grow dumb and not see the obvious logic that they would use anywhere else, when it comes to LGBT people

  6. The tea is very great and taste like Lipton, but the potency depends on the cannibis, it take about 45 minutes to an hour for you to feel the high and trust me, you get way higher than smoking it plus the high last longer, what I also noticed is, if I want to feel the high early than an hour or 45 minutes I eat oily food right after taking my tea and I feel it within 30 minutes.

  7. Eating WILL make you high. It’s a different high from smoking. For me, it’s impossible to get too high from smoking, as I am highly tolerant to the stuff already. Eating on the other hand can take my high to a new league (although too much is not fun at all). If you have no experience at all, you can be sure that if made well, 1g of potent weed made into cannabutter and then 3 brownies from it, trust me 1 brownie will probably glue you to the couch, and might even be too much. The potency of your brownie will mostly depend on the potency of your bud and how much you screwed up the thc while decarbing, making cannabutter and baking it. The complicated variables here are time and temperature, but if you do your research you’ll do just fine. – google search each of those > “weed decarboxylation” , “cannabutter recipe”, “brownie recipe”

  8. Hey guys… I don’t know anything about pot… But I’ve been out with my friends for a while and I just love smoking it, but my doctor says that I got minor asthma so I shouldn’t smoke anything and should stay away from pollution… I just wanna know would it be okay if I ate these brownies instead? And would these get me as high as smoke? Also could you tell me how can I grow marijuana?

  9. Take your cannabis in any form buds/ dry leaves / stems/ Seeds or everything together .., say 200 grammes .., clean it properly for like 10-15 mins in crystal clear cold water , boil it further with some water more the better .., more like brewing for 25 mins at 100-80 degree Celsius.., take it out drain the remaining water .., get the grinder make sure its[the boiled weed] does not get cold .., sprinkle a bit of butter , black pepper , some dry fruits grind it make sure its a green paste.., take 1 tablespoon of the paste .., save the rest .., in refrigerator , put some 250 ml of milk , sugar[2-3 tablespoon is fine usually] according to taste , and add 1 tablespoon of cannabis paste to it mix it in your mixer add some ice to it .., enjoy .., you are going to be really happy in another 2 hours .., WORD OF CAUTION :- don’t do it on empty stomach .., make sure you ve 500 calories in your stomach before you Guzzle the smoothie and be hydrated.., keep sipping some cold water or whatever u prefer .., please do try this in ur home only and don’t go outside for the first time .., you can start with even half a table spoon .., and have patience sometimes it can get you after 2 hours.., and Keep repeating .., u can create your own recipe too .., the high after having your own smoothie is something else…,

  10. Actually, it absolutely changes. Look up decarboxylation. And try not being a “know-it-all”, because when you are wrong, you look like a big asshole.

  11. Your reply isn't needed on

    One last rant retards. Look up THC extraction. Don’t throw nasty buds into a brownie mix and call yourself a chef genius

  12. Your reply isn't needed on

    Strength never changes. Just onset times. Did everyone here fail out in middle school?

  13. Your reply isn't needed on

    I started reading and realized. This pot head is dumb as hell!!
    1. when you smoke weed upon inhalation the particulates and or gases make contact with the clumps of alveoli that are (in simple terms) a door between the lungs and the bloodstream. The THC is then absorbed into the blood stream.
    2. Blood is pumped through the brain by the heart.
    3. The brain is exposed to the elements
    4. Chemical and hormones are then disturbed
    5. The nervous system is then effected by stimuli.
    Example. You “act” high AF
    When you eat it. It takes a similar pathway to brain just slower.
    Ingestion is ingestion. Everything is through the blood.
    Needles Into the muscle = bloodstream.
    Asprin = bloodstream through stomach wall
    Coated pills = bloodstream through intestines
    Inhaling = bloodstream through alveoli.
    Blah blah blah

    Mic drop pot head assholes

  14. Calling you a bellend doesn’t mean he/she is pissed off. It’s a lot harder to piss off pot heads than it is to piss off anally retentive people like you. ha ha. I’m just curious as to what someone like you is doing on a page like this. Couldn’t you find people who are easier to piss off? Like some American Christian group?

  15. Marijuana does not cure cancer and it is definitely not natural, although it is a plant there are chemicals added to it. Marijuana cures cancer lol if anything, it will help you forget you have cancer lol but seriously it doesn’t cure cancer, but it has been used as a part of cancer treatment. I’ve read that in a National Geographic Book.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. No it can cure it actually it’s a naturally thing which grew freely on this planet not like the medicines that are man made which are worse and before you start I don’t smoke it and never would I don’t like it but your just a knob that follows everyone else and I have an open mind!

  19. Lilarose Davis on

    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.

  20. any body curious to if the bodys is having health problems would eating it be more effective than smoking it because I see that if your smoking it it hits the nervoius system which from as much research Ive done over the years stills finding more effects that are great for the health but since being sober I feel crappier than I was before any ideas if it helps better eating than smoking it?

  21. If you are talking drug test, then it depends on the volume and frequency of intake. From days to over a month.

  22. Lol I know right I just realized that since you said something.. Probably because I was plowed when I wrote that.. You know testing out my theory and all.. LMFAO

  23. I thought it would be obvious that eating is healthier than smoking, although Michael Phelps smoked a bong.

  24. funny post, you repeat the same thing in a few different ways, i.e. cooking with whole plant material is more potent than cannabutter, but it tastes worse.

  25. Smoking anything puts tar in the lungs. Tobacco is natural too, e.g. loose from a tabacconist or Natural American Spirit (tar content is listed in similar amounts to other brands).

  26. Try something high in CBD , it won’t make you as high, if it’s low enough in THC it won’t even make you high at all. But there have been some good results of people using cbd for cancer. Please go online and do your own research before you take anything.

  27. Terra is right. One blunt is the equivalent to smoking 10 cigarettes due to the tar-like build up. My suggestion is that you bake your pot for half an hour or until it’s a golden brown color and then grind it into a powder. Once that happens, sift it into actual flower 3 or 4 times and make some cookie dough out of it. The high will last until the next morning because of the THC that is released prior to baking it. Enjoy!!! ☺️

  28. I’ve eaten weed brownies and cookies for the past 3 weeks and it’s the best high ever to me because it really last long af and when u smoke on top of it it’s amazing.

  29. Wow thats low to judge my intelligence when I’m just repeating what the doctor told me, because I have copd and the only thing I did was smoke weed.. It scared me to find out that something so natural and something that helped me with depression could cause my lungs to develop this life threatening disease that I will have for the rest of my life.. No one could tell me that 3yrs ago when I was a heavy weed smoker until now that I developed this..

  30. Snowball1743 on

    You are so stupid, smoking weed doesnt put tar in the lungs, your forgetting smoking weed isn’t anything like cigarettes, in cigarettes they put all kinds of crap and weed is natural, get your facts right before you talk about something!

  31. I’m no athlete, but eating it is way healthier in my book because smoking it damages the lungs like smoking cigarettes because of all the tar Ur breathing in and plus we tend to hold it in longer and the tar is able to attach itself to the tiny hairs inside our lungs that could cause chronic bronchitis, COPD, lung cancer, and emphysema.. For a 30 min high no thanks.. Plus the high lasts way longer eating it about 3-5 hours.. I had gotten chronic bronchitis and it turned into COPD which sucks really bad and I don’t even smoke cigarettes so I didn’t understand how the heck I got that until the Dr told me that one joint is equivalent to smoking 10 cigarettes because of how long we hold it in so we aren’t waisting it.. I had switched for that reason..

  32. Eating weed is more of a body high for me then smoking weed is a head high.. It makes u get the munchies and u in turn want to eat more.. I found that grinding the weed very fine and putting it in the cookie/brownie mix instead of extracting it by cooking it in butter and straining it is a way more potent high that tastes like Ur chewing on a bud but after the second cookie they taste good.. I did an experiment where I added 5 grams of home grown weed to one batch of cookies and did not extract but ground it fine and added it to the butter cooking it tell the butter was melted and then put the entire mix in the cookies then I made a different batch of same amount of weed and this time extracted the thc by cooking it in butter for 1 hour on med to low heat stirring it often like every 5-8 mins and then I strained it and threw the buds away… I found that the bud taste is not as strong in the extracted thc cookies and the finely ground bud cookies taste like straight weed but tastes better after the second cookie.. I had 3 cookies from one batch one day and waited for the results of the high.. The thc extracted cookies were weaker and I didn’t feel the high as much as the straight bud cookies.. The only thing is u would have to use alot more weed to feel as high as the straight bud cookies but the extracted cookies taste better just u have to eat more of them to feel as high as u would with the ground bud cookies.. The high is relaxing and U don’t realize they do anything to U until about 45 mins to an hour.. To be able to get the real high results I suggest no smoking any weed to get a real feeling of the high..

  33. Took about 30 minutes. . . Lasted about 12 hrs. Needless to say, I WAY overdid it. Kept thinking it would be over in maybe two hrs. Took it at about 11:30 AM and was still feeling it at midnight. Now use a lot less and have a more pleasant effect.

  34. How long did it take to get high, and how much should you use, a small joints worth?

  35. I added mine to a green smoothie. Had almond milk, spirulina, chia seeds, flaxseeds, ginger, Raw meal powder… Delayed but VERY long VERY intense high. Need to work on recipe/dosage.

  36. Also to be honest I havent done anything about it but what can I do to be completely well such as better focus in eyesight and to remove that tingly feeling.

  37. Im going to be honest Im not that that high, Im in that lazy high stage but some how its in my system by both the feeling and the eye vision

  38. So, are you saying that you only get the “tingly” feeling when you touch your skin? If you don’t, does it go away?

    Your symptoms do not appear to be cannabis-related. However, if they are, then no, it’s not permanent. Cannabis usually works its way completely out of your system within a short time.

  39. I still have the symptoms because I have that tingly feeling when I touch my skin or something else and also I have to focus a bit more on my vision. But do you think these symptoms might be permanent?

  40. I still have the symptoms because I have that tingly feeling when I touch my skin or something else and also I have to focus a bit more on my vision.But do you think these symptoms are permanent?

  41. I still have the symptoms because I have that tingly feeling when I touch my skin or something else and also I have to focus a bit more on my vision. But do you think these symptoms might be permanent?

  42. Sorry, but that’s not possible. You can’t stay high for 5 days. Anyway, have you tried drinking a lot of water? Eating a few meals? Sleeping?

  43. I took 2 weed brownies on Monday and I’m still high from the effectsand now its Friday and I can’t sober. There was hydro weed in the brownies. I need tips on how to completely sober up.

  44. I prefer eating weed instead of smoking. I calculate how long until I get high and the main reason I prefer eating it, it’s because it doesn’t leave the smell so I can walk around high without having that smell that people usually complain about.

  45. I ate some chocolate chews of some mmj last year…too much..and I was tripping big time about an hour later.I will nibble next time.

  46. HashCakeSuperstar on

    I rarely smoke it. I am not a social stoner.. Although I used to be when i was younger. Now days I start twitchin and get weird. But I luv eating space cakes. I usually allow about a gram of crap hash per slice or per cup cake.. and sometimes some left over leaves etc. Make the butter by grinding all hash in a pesel n mortar.. add a hole block of unsalted butter and about a cup of water. Bring butter and water to boil let it melt. Turn it back down to lowish heat so it bubbles a bit.. then add hash. Cook it for 4 hours check it from time to time. Let it set in fridge overnight. Then buy some ready made cake mix. Follow the normal recipie but instead of oil or butter use the HOLLLE butter. I usually eat half a slice and I’m stupidly stoned for 3 hours then it slowly wear off after about 5 hours. I usually find it kicks in quicker if I eat a meal directly after eating a cake..on am empty stomach. Not sure if it’s to do with my metabolism or what but being stoned for ages is fukin great. Only do it once or twice a month vecause I turned into a stoned retard and don’t end up doing anything. Alot of people can function as normal..not me. I turn into a sloth. Hope this helps :)

  47. For gout the best treatment is cherries. You can get tart cherry juice and you should be able to get relies in a couple of weeks.
    I had a friend with severe gout and 3oz’s of sour cherry juice cleared it up for him in 2 weeks.
    Good luck…

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  50. I would direct you to Bill Schnoebelen, he’s an authority on using herbs for natural cures. And I would direct you Curry Blake, a man who can command healing into the lives of many. I have a compassion for you. I love you and I ask that you be healed from cancer in the name of Jesus Christ.

  51. do a search on youtube for “Cannabutter” or “marijuana butter” . You will find quite a few detailed instructional videos there.

  52. if you cant figure out my straight out question then your an !diot !!!! I am a real person with a real problem I am not looking to break the law I did say that I just am looking for relief from this god awful disease !!!! Maybe people like you should have to endure some god awful disease and then you might know a small bit ..my question and my reasons where clear as a bell cant tell you how many people sent me private messages telling me what a #ss you are !!!! Suspect me for nothing except a dying person looking for help without being pumped filled with pills was looking for a more natural way to ease pain …I owe you none of my time for its to short to waste on a whatever you are ….

  53. Nowhere in your post do you mention pain, and I find that suspect… And I’m not exactly sure what your question is. If you’re a real person looking for real help (not just how to break the law), then I suspect we will hear back from you with, perhaps, a line of questioning that is easier to follow.

  54. I have heard a little about this can any one tell me how to make the butter ?? I was just recently diagnosed with cancer!!! And one of the Nurses said he knew it was illegal and he said it’s a shame but I should consider getting some smoke he swears by it …Only thing I tried when I was a teenager 3 0r 4 different times I hated the smell of it and the way it made me feel made me sick every time I tried it also being paranoid about everything little thing .He Said that there is a way to make it into butter and use it like any butter that you would cook with he said to try and make some brownies my first time out ,said to just take small Bite’s and see if i get any relief from it …I don’t want to brake the law either he said that your allowed so many grams per person ?? can any one help me with this I don’t want any legal troubles just some relief from this God awful disease

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  56. I have noticed that in all discussion involving the medical aspects of the at least 85 THC compounds in
    cannabis, everyone continues to ignore the topical use by people like myself when it comes to treatments.

    I suffer from acute attacks of gout, and certain strains of cannabis are just not conducive to the improvement
    of my condition both psychologically (amplification of pain), but more importantly, physiologically due to the dehydration factor.

    I have naturally controlled my attacks through, hydration, diet, stress avoidance, and topical treatment of my
    lower legs and feet.

    The topical that I make has completely removed the Tofi (calcium deposits) which develop as “brown
    freckles” under the skin of my feet and ankles.

    It is my opinion that a person has not experienced the apex of pain until they have experienced a acute gout

    Although I do enjoy the ingestion of cannabis in all forms from time to time, I find it to be overwhelming for
    some situations.

    This is of course my own personal reaction, and I believe that each of us needs to be allowed to find those treatments, which work best for our individual physiologies.

    If you know of a person that suffers from the extremely painful gout attacks, please let them know of the results that I have had with the topical application.

    By the way, I have found that good sativa, and strains that are high in cannabidiols (CBDs) work really well
    in conjunction with the topical when ingested through a vaporizer.

  57. People like me can smoke all day long and never be “too high” as i have a very nervous nervous system but i figured out very early on that i should never eat it as i don’t have the blood pressure for it. It makes me pass out if i eat the tiniest amount. So definitely different strokes…

  58. Well you could eat it raw and get massive benefits with no high. That’s what this article should be about.

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  60. Edibles changed my life. I bought a Magical Butter machine and I have never been happier. I feel good when I wake up and I sleep like a baby at night. Q

  61. advice…
    1. eat a whole brownie at 10am.
    1a HAVE A BLAST!
    2. wake up high at 10am.
    2a. STIIILL HIGH!?
    4. reflect upon high
    4a. MENTAL NOTE!
    5.cut brownie into 4ths
    5a. EAT 1/4!
    6. do something productive
    6a. LOW KEY!
    7. wake up at 8am
    8. reflect upon differences of the two different dosages
    9. determine capable dosage

  62. Well, all I can give you is of course, my personal experience and opinion. I am an avid pm smoker. Qwells anxiety, It makes me feel great, and it helps me sleep. That being said, once I ate marijuana. Totalllly different high. It’s a brain high when you eat it, versus the body high/relaxed mind when you smoke it.
    I ate the marijuana brownie before I went to a big circus. HORRIBLE IDEA. It made me antisocial, claustrophobic and there were too many people, too close to me for my liking at the time. It made me paranoid. I felt out of control One of the main reasons I am a soker versus being a drinker is that no matter how high I get when I smoke, I never feel out of control. Needless to say, I was totally taken aback by the difference of smoking it versus eating it it took a LONG TIME for it to affect me… I almost ate more myself. I am 5’2” and 98lbs. I am just naturally tiny. not sure if it makes a difference, but there you are.

    I wish I had read this before eating that brownie. kudos to you for putting the word out for those inexoerienced with this method.

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