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A Beginner's Guide to Cannabis: Smoking vs. Edibles



A Beginner's Guide to Cannabis: Smoking vs. Edibles

Welcome to the world of cannabis, where the journey can be as varied as the strains available. As a beginner, navigating this landscape can be overwhelming, but fear not! This guide will provide you with a fundamental understanding of cannabis and the key differences between two popular consumption methods: smoking and edibles.

Understanding Cannabis Basics

Before diving into the methods of consumption, it's important to understand what cannabis is. Cannabis, often referred to as marijuana, is a plant known for its psychoactive properties, primarily due to compounds called cannabinoids. The most well-known cannabinoids are THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). THC is responsible for the "high" feeling, while CBD is known for its potential therapeutic effects without the psychoactive experience.

Smoking Cannabis

Smoking is the most traditional method of consuming cannabis. It involves inhaling the smoke of burning cannabis flowers. Here are some key points for beginners:


  1. Immediate Effects: Smoking provides almost instant effects, usually within minutes.
  2. Easier Dosing: It's easier to gauge how much you're consuming, allowing for better control over the experience.
  3. Variety: There's a wide range of strains to choose from, each offering different effects.


  1. Health Risks: Smoking can be harsh on the lungs and throat.
  2. Smell: The odor is strong and can linger.
  3. Shorter Duration: The effects tend to wear off quicker compared to edibles.

Trying Edibles

Edibles are food products infused with cannabis. They range from baked goods to gummies and beverages. Here's what you need to know:


  1. Discreet: Edibles don’t have the distinct smell of cannabis smoke.
  2. Long-Lasting Effects: The effects can last much longer than smoking, often several hours.
  3. No Respiratory Risk: Edibles eliminate the risk associated with inhaling smoke.


  1. Delayed Onset: It can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours to feel the effects.
  2. Dosing Challenges: It's harder to gauge the right amount, which can lead to overconsumption.
  3. Metabolism Variances: Effects can vary greatly depending on individual metabolism and the amount consumed.

Tips for First-Timers

  1. Start Low and Go Slow: Whether smoking or trying edibles, start with a low dose and wait to see how you feel before consuming more.
  2. Stay Hydrated: Keep water handy, as cannabis can cause dry mouth.
  3. Create a Comfortable Setting: Make sure you’re in a safe and comfortable environment, especially if trying edibles.
  4. Avoid Mixing with Alcohol: Mixing cannabis with alcohol, especially as a beginner, can enhance effects unpredictably.
  5. Consult a Professional: If possible, talk to a budtender or healthcare provider for personalized advice.


Embarking on your cannabis journey can be exciting and rewarding. Whether you choose to smoke or try edibles, remember that each method offers a unique experience. Listen to your body, start slow, and enjoy the journey of discovering what works best for you. Happy exploring!