When you are looking to use and enjoy cannabis, you have to know some important details to help decide what you want to buy. This article will help you to choose between cannabis edibles or flowers that will serve your needs.
What are Cannabis Edibles and Flowers?
Cannabis products are categorized in 8 main groups namely; dried, edibles, oil cartridges, liquid concentrates, other liquids, and other unspecified.
Dried cannabis can be a dry flower or bud. This refers to the plant cannabis that has been cured and dried and is ready to be smoked. For example, it is the product used for rolling a joint.
Meanwhile, edibles are food and beverages infused with cannabis and its active ingredient, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. Going through a number of procedures and techniques, edibles can take the form of candies, cookies, chocolates, sprays, pills, spreads and many others with a high content of THC.
To help you choose which is for you, here are the 10 differences between cannabis edibles and flowers:
Statistics Canada released the results of the National Cannabis Survey last August 15, 2019 and out of 37.59 million Canadians, over ¾ were recorded using cannabis.
77% of that population prefer using dried cannabis, while 26% prefered consuming edibles.
In relation to gender, males (82%) prefer using dried cannabis compared to females (67%). Conversely, females (23%) were reported highly on consuming other products other than dried cannabis which include edibles.
How much can you carry?
According to the federal Cannabis Act, an individual who is of age in their province can legally carry up to 30 grams of legal dried cannabis or the edibles’ equivalent of 450 grams.
Smell is a deciding factor because even flowers alone, cooked or uncooked, the bud has a lingering smell.
Meanwhile a store-made or home cooked edible won’t disturb anyone, but it doesn’t mean it won’t entice a drug sniffing dog if it is ever near one.
Of course if you are buying to have a good time, you have to consider what is fit to your taste or what you want for your palate to experience.
In this heyday of culinary and confectionery experimentation use of cannabis, edibles have many delicious possibilities in both food and beverage.
But one cannot forget how subtle one simple bud tastes like. The experience of tasting the subtle and light notes of cannabis comes out best when it is lit up and some particular strain can taste like vanilla or strawberries.
When deciding whether to buy flowers or edibles, the cost of the products can be a determining factor on which to choose.
Dried cannabis is sold for 9.99 Canadian dollars per gram through the legal channels. Prices of dried cannabis can wildly based on the potency of the cannabis used and branding can be sold up to 16 Canadian dollars. The cost of selling dried flowers includes the cost of regulatory testing required to assure a very good quality that has no traces of milder pests, and/or pesticides.
The cannabis edible is where the big money is found and spent. Selling on the range of 27 to 66 Canadian dollars and averaging on the price of 48 Canadian dollars. The cost of selling edibles includes the cost of growing, processing, and manufacturing of cannabis.
Eat or smoke?
In this section, the issue is not how your body metabolizes THC but rather, the real issue and difference between ingesting edibles or inhaling flowers depends on how you consume it.
The substance responsible for these is called THC which is short for delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol . It is the main active ingredient that is used in products being marketed all over the world.
By ingesting the edibles, the THC exhibits slow effects while it has to go through your digestive system before reaching the bloodstream. Once it gets to the liver, THC is then converted into 11-hydroxy-tetrahydrocannabinol (11-hydroxy-THC) which is an active metabolite that is effective in crossing the blood-brain barrier, resulting in a more intense high.
In contrast, inhaling flowers makes the THC travel from your lungs and into the bloodstream and going directly to the brain. The inhaled THC does not pass by the liver to get converted into 11-hydroxy-THC so the high is less potent.
Effects and Duration
THC takes effect more quickly when you inhale it and it also wears off fast. When you smoke cannabis, the first stage of the high can be felt within minutes and doesn’t take more than 2 minutes and 30 seconds. The high then comes on gradually, one puff after another. Smoked dry flower cannabis’ effects peak in the first 10 minutes after using and over the next 20 to 60 minutes, its effects rapidly dissipate.
The Golden Rule of edibles is to start small and be patient because the effects can kick off from 30 minutes to 2 hours and can last for several hours. The effects, though will vary depending on the edible you consumed.
Cannabis consumers report light to moderate euphoria, appetite boost, elevated mood, and tension relief but put in mind that edibles kick much harder than the cannabis flowers which is why we have to iterate that edibles are to be consumed in small portions and be patient.
Research shows that edibles are more potent than cannabis flowers due to the process of creating them. It is common that edibles are made using cannabis concentrate which contains an increased amount of THC by as much as 40 to 80 percent.
Smoking basically is dangerous to your health, risking your lung function but many research has shown that cannabis smokers have better spirometry than tobacco smokers and amazingly, non-smokers. Another research showed that heavy cannabis smokers displayed a much lower risk of lung cancer as compared to tobacco smokers, despite cannabis having a much higher content of tar.
Many people who don’t enjoy the harsh experience of lighting cannabis or who are worried about the effects associated with it in the long run turn to consume edibles.
Edibles can be as healthy or unhealthy you want it to be. Recipes aren’t limited to the common and stereotypical brownies. Nowadays, you can turn any dish into a cannabis-infused plate.
Due to the fact that edibles gives longer effects than smoking, it can provide relief to chronic pain, making edibles as the preferred choice for patients.
Rules and Regulations
In Canada, there is no one rule that governs the entire country where people can smoke cannabis and where they can’t. The federal, provincial, and municipal governments dictate where citizens can light up.
For example, in Ontario, people can legally smoke inside several places, from private residences to public spaces. Nova Scotia even has a Smoke-Free Places Act. Residents of Calgary can only smoke inside their homes. Using recreational cannabis in public places is illegal.
Smoking cannabis isn’t also acceptable in certain places, like the workplace, but edibles will help you keep going through your day.
As you can see, cannabis edibles and flowers are so much different. If you are a beginner, we recommend starting on consumer small and slow cannabis flowers because they are less potent. You can then switch to edible if you know your THC tolerance level and patient enough. So how do you like your cannabis? Are you Team Inhale or Team Ingest?