How do the effects of eating edibles compare to the effects of inhaling THC?

The effects of eating edibles and inhaling THC can differ significantly due to differences in how the body absorbs and metabolizes THC. Here are some key points to understand about the effects:  

     1) Onset of Effects: When THC is inhaled through smoking or vaporizing, it enters the bloodstream through the lungs, rapidly reaching the brain. The effects are usually felt within minutes, with peak effects occurring within 30 minutes to an hour. In contrast, when THC is consumed through edibles, it must first pass through the digestive system and liver, which takes longer. The onset of effects can range from 30 minutes to two hours or more, as the THC is metabolized and absorbed into the bloodstream.  

     2) Duration of Effects: The effects of inhaling THC typically last for a shorter duration, generally a few hours. Edibles, on the other hand, can result in a more prolonged and extended experience. The effects of edibles can last for several hours, and it's not uncommon for the main effects to be felt for four to six hours or even longer, depending on the individual and the dose. 

     3) Potency and Dosage: Edibles tend to have a higher concentration of THC compared to inhaling cannabis, although this can vary based on the specific product. Edibles are often labeled with the total amount of THC in milligrams, allowing users to have a better understanding of the dosage. It's important to be cautious with edibles and start with a low dose, as the effects can be more potent and take longer to manifest. It is easier to control the dosage with inhalation methods, as the effects are felt more quickly, allowing users to titrate their dose more easily.  

     4) Metabolism and Effects: When THC is consumed orally, it undergoes a metabolic process in the liver, where it is converted into a compound called 11-hydroxy-THC. This metabolite has a different chemical structure and can produce more potent and longer-lasting effects compared to inhaled THC. The effects of edibles are often described as more intense and body-centered, with stronger sedative and psychoactive effects, which can be especially noticeable at higher doses.  

     5) Variability and Individual Response: The effects of both inhaling THC and consuming edibles can vary widely from person to person. Factors such as metabolism, tolerance, individual sensitivity, and the presence of other cannabinoids or compounds in the cannabis product can influence the overall experience and effects. 

It's important to note that the delayed onset of effects with edibles can sometimes lead to people consuming more than intended, thinking that the initial dose did not have an effect. This can result in an unexpectedly strong and potentially uncomfortable experience. It's advisable to start with a low dose, be patient, and allow sufficient time for the effects to manifest before considering additional consumption.