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Drawing the Line Between Eating and Smoking Marijuana

Carissa Stevens

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Drawing the Line Between Eating and Smoking Marijuana

Exploring the cannabis universe, beginners may be caught off guard deciding the difference between smoking and consuming or eating it. Others question whether smoking or eating differ in the overall effect, and if consuming directly can have faster effect.

Drawing the line is important to get an idea whether one can manage the euphoria or not. And if a certain effect is more intense than the other way of consuming marijuana. In this article, we’re exploring these two methods and find out the differences between the two.

How To Consume Cannabis

In addition to vaping and dabbing or topicals, the most common consumption methods are smoking and eating edibles. Smoking is probably the most go-to option, since it’s easier to light a stash and puff the smoke. However, there are more options for edibles these days, offering the same goodness as smoking.

Those who prefer smoking cannabis can use a variety of accessories for puffing smoke, including using a pipe, bong, spliff, or blunt. For the edibles, there’s a wide variety of space cakes available, in addition to the common brownies. There’s also gummies, ice cream infused by cannabis, coffee, even wine. The list goes on, as more manufacturers develop edibles infused by marijuana.

What’s different is that smoking can be a bit of work because there’s a need to light and smoke it. Some users or enthusiasts hated the smoke lingering to their clothing or the house or room. With edibles, everything comes easy; get supplies from dispensaries, prepare and eat directly.

Main Differences

Experience-wise, edibles produce more intense and stronger high while smoking can give a predictable and manageable hit. The science behind this is, when consuming cannabis, the effects are slowly felt because it needs to go through the stomach and all that. However, once the effects kick in, it’s more intense because the liver metabolize the tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, turning it to 11-hydroxy THC—a more potent and long lasting variety.

On the other hand, when one smoke cannabis, THC travels directly to the brain via the alveoli in the lungs. This makes a person feel the effects within minutes after smoking the marijuana. This effect can only last a certain period of time, depending on the intensity or type of strain.

When it comes to onset, smoking cannabis can be best for beginners as the effect is less intense, with a person knowing how much to smoke to get desired effect. This means, it’s easy to stop and take a break to be able to take control over the euphoric effects. This isn’t the same with edibles as the effects only kick in after some time, an hour or so. What makes it more unreliable is the delay in the effects, that’s why some people tend to eat more. In the end, the effect is more intense.

How To Consume Cannabis

In addition, edibles have lasting effects, can be up to eight hours or so. Veteran users and enthusiasts can vouch for the lasting high that’s no good when trying to do things around the house, working, or simply going out to public places. With smoking, the first few hits can be felt almost immediately, and only lasts for an hour or two, sometimes even shorter. The effect wears off almost immediately, but if a user wants to feel buzzed, all it takes is a few more hits.

Bottom Line

Understanding the main differences between smoking and eating marijuana is crucial to know the effects, potency, as well as the duration of euphoric effects. It all boils down to a person’s preference, whether lasting effect is more suited to their lifestyle or not. What’s important is to take moderation seriously to avoid undesirable effects like headache.

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How CBD Can Provide Relief for Psoriasis

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How CBD Can Provide Relief for Psoriasis

The months-long lockdowns and quarantines issued by governments around the globe have left people around the world reeling from the effects not only of stress and living alone, but also with battling a global health crisis and dealing with a pandemic. For a lot of individuals living under extreme stress and in unprecedented times, dealing with psoriasis in a pandemic can be quite challenging.

The uncertainty of the current landscape and the volatile events happening in between are certainly not helping. As a matter of fact, these can even trigger psoriasis flare-ups and other skin conditions, leading individuals suffering from this to encounter even more pain, that is, beyond the mental and emotional feelings that the person in question is already dealing with.

This is where cannabidiol comes in. All the buzz surrounding this compound leaves many individuals wondering what CBD oil can do in alleviating the symptoms of psoriasis.

What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a skin condition characterized by red, itchy, and scaly patches that are often seen in the knees, torso, scalp, and elbows. Some of the most distinct symptoms also include silvery scales, cracked skin, itching or burning, bleeding, thickened and pitted nails, and swollen joints that are often stiff.

This condition is seen as an immune system issue. It is caused by the fast regeneration of skin, resulting in scaly and red patches. While the root of the problem is yet to be discovered, triggers that can result in flare-ups are very much known. Triggers include stress, infections, cold and dry weather, smoking, heavy alcohol intake, some medications, or withdrawal from corticosteroids.

It is a chronic disease that does not have a cure as of yet. Instead, it comes and goes in cycles, making the condition difficult to manage. This is not to say that the condition is unmanageable. In fact, what patients can do is to manage it in order to prevent it from negatively affecting their quality of life.

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How CBD Can Provide Relief for Psoriasis

CBD is one option patients should consider when looking for ways to manage this skin condition. As mentioned, the main effects of psoriasis include itchy, scaly, bleeding, and painful patches. Using CBD products can help relieve these symptoms, especially as this cannabinoid is known for its pain-relieving, anti-inflammatory, and hydrating substance.

Because it is easy to find in infused form, patients can choose to use topical products, so it can be applied topically. This gives users an option to directly rub it over the affected site, offering more immediate relief. Plus, research shows that it can regulate skin cell growth, in this case, stop the process.

Aside from addressing the condition as it appears, CBD can also be used to hamper the cycle of flare-ups. While most triggers require major lifestyle changes, CBD can tackle one of the least controllable triggers of all: stress.

When consumed, this substance interacts with the nervous system in such a way that it can uplift the mood of the consumer. It can also boost the user’s energy, enhance their creativity, improve the quality of their sleep, and elevate their cognition. With these effects, patients can lower down their stress levels with the help of various products such as CBD oil, edibles, tinctures, and many others.

The Bottom Line

Psoriasis may be a condition many patients have to deal with for many, many years but with the help of CBD hemp oil and other infused products, they can live knowing that their condition is managed efficiently. Combined with lifestyle changes, patients can make sure that this skin disease does not affect their quality of life.

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The State of Cannabis in Washington State: Things To Know in 2021

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The Pacific Northwest is well known for its beautifully lush landscapes, crisp apples, fresh air, and progressive lifestyle/health views. Being the only state named after a United States president(George Washington), Washington is a place many happily and willingly call home or their sanctuary.  

In terms of other well-knowns, Washington state was one of the first to legalize cannabis for recreational use nearly a decade ago (2012 to be exact). As long as you are 21 years old or older and reside in the state, you can privately partake in the consumption of cannabis without any legal ramifications. This has been an appeal to many across the country, with some actually moving to the state for this reason.

In 2021, and with the dawn of a new administration in the White House, marijuana looks to have a very bright few years ahead. We’ve already seen an emergence of pot stocks and hometown dispensaries budding up all around the United States and the rest of North America, and that only looks to continue into the near future.

If you’re in the mood to finally take the leap into using cannabis, now could be a great time to learn more about this wonderful plant and its many healing and rejuvenating properties. 

What is it used for mainly in 2021?

Cannabis was once thought only to be good for “getting high.” There has been a plethora of scientific research giving us a better understanding of this miracle plant. It has been used to treat Cancer, Epilepsy, Seizures, Glaucoma, PTSD, Multiple Sclerosis, Inflammation, and even Alzheimer’s disease. In 2021 after a rough 2020, many have been using it as a healthier way to indulge at home, protecting themselves from the ongoing pandemic. Instead of frequent alcohol consumption, there has been a larger shift towards the consumption of cannabis as it has been stated to be less harmful to vital organs like the heart and liver. Alcohol also creates a lot of inflammation within the body, whereas cannabis reportedly fights inflammation. 

Best places to buy it in 2021?

The best places to purchase your cannabis are from state-licensed retailers in Washington. Purchasing weed through private means(aka black-market) is still illegal and should be avoided at all costs. Make sure to do your due diligence when seeking reputable dispensaries as there are “pop-up shops” that claim being licensed but are not, and purchasing from them could result in a hefty fine or even jail time. 

Per WeedMaps, Medical marijuana patients may purchase and possess up to:

  • 3 ounces of marijuana, or 85 grams;
  • 48 ounces, or 1.36 kilograms of marijuana-infused products in solid form;
  • 1.69 gallons, or 6.4 liters of marijuana-infused products in liquid form, or; 
  • 21 grams of marijuana concentrate.

Washington state cannabis Legislation in 2021

As far as growing and cultivation of marijuana for personal use, this is still illegal. Washington cannabis laws are more liberal than other states, but there are still many restrictions, such as not being able to consume it in “public view”. The most notable push in the cannabis space in Washinton state is a bill for home cultivation.

Conclusion

Washington is a great place to visit and, for many, is one of the best places to call home due to its stance on cannabis consumption. With 2021 being a year of progression, it looks like the state of cannabis in Washington will only continue to shine.

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My Favorite CBD Products [VIDEO]

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Favorite CBD Products

Luckily for many people today, CBD is starting to become more widely accepted and legalized. So, many can enjoy its host of benefits. It’s known to be effective in treating migraine, pain, restlessness, and anxiety. If you want to get started on your CBD journey, watch this review of recommended CBD products.

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