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Inhaled vs Edibles: How do cannabis strains differ? 

By Cheri Sicard
April 10, 2024

Dear Cheri,

Let's say you found a particular strain of cannabis that works well for you.  My question is, will its effects be the same if you smoke it as they would be if you used the same strain to make it into a tincture or to make cannabutter or cannaoil for edibles?  Will the high be the same since it is the same type of cannabis?  

The short answer is...yes and no!  Let me explain.

In a general sense, yes, the effect will be similar.  So if you have good luck with a certain strain, you will probably have good luck with it regardless of how you use it.

However, the effects will not be EXACTLY the same due to several factors.

1. Cannabinoids and terpenes burn off at different temperatures:  To be sure whether you smoke, vape, or add heat to make edibles, some cannabinoids nad terpenes are burning off.  But how much and when is a complex topic, but the 3 methods will have slightly different burn off rates, which can in turn affect and effects.

2. Dosages: When you inhale cannabis you feel the effects qucikly and you can easily regulate dosages.  Edibles are a lot more tricky.  You usually feel the effects of edibles more deeply and they definitely last longer.  You can easily eat too much which does indeed make the effects feel very different.  Likewise it is especially important to pay attention to dosage with edibles.  In order to discover the dosage you need and how to cook to that, take my free dosing class, or pick up my $5.00 dosage calculators at Cannademy.com.

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3. Metabolism:  So just by the nature of the beast, the effects of inhalables and edibles feel somewhat different.  The effects of edibles are often felt more deeply and profoundly (one reason they are often good to help people sleep).  When you inhale, the effects are usually lighter and definitely more fleeting (unless you keep smoking).

So to wrap it up, yes those general strain characteristics should be there no matter which way you ingest cannabis, but there will be some differences too.

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Cheri Sicard is the author of Mary Jane: The Complete Marijuana Handbook for Women, and The Easy Cannabis Cookbook.  Her online courses at Cannademy.com have educated 1000s of students about marijuana, cannabis cooking for home cooks, and making infused topicals.

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