3 Advantages of Using Cannabis Edibles
Cannabis edibles are a popular, tasty way to benefit from the goodness of cannabis. If you’ve shopped for cannabis edibles online, you’ve probably seen that there are as many varieties of edibles as you could imagine. But what are the advantages of cannabis edibles? Why use edibles instead of smoking cannabis?
People use cannabis edibles for a range of reasons, including:
- Reducing anxiety
- Soothing pain and inflammation
- Improving sleep
- Relaxation and pure enjoyment
Like any other method of consuming cannabis, edibles are said to provide the above benefits and more. But edibles also have a few other unique advantages.
If you’re interested in learning more about the advantages of using cannabis edibles, read on.
1. Compared to smoking cannabis, edibles are easier on the lungs
Smoking cannabis doesn’t seem to be as dangerous as cigarettes because it doesn’t contain nicotine. However, it still carries some risks; whenever you inhale something that’s been burnt, there is a risk that it’ll irritate or even harm your lungs.
For example, smoking cannabis has been associated with lung disease and bronchitis. More rigorous studies are needed before we fully understand how smoking cannabis can harm the lungs.
Of course, cannabis edibles are digested instead of inhaled, enabling you to enjoy cannabis without irritating your lungs. If you have a lung problem or dislike the feeling of smoking, edibles are a great option.
2. The effects usually last longer
One of the tricky things about edibles is that they take a while to kick in — about 30 to 60 minutes — while smoking cannabis produces a near-instantaneous effect. It might take two or three hours before you feel the “peak” of the high.
However, once you’ve eaten the edible, the effects will last longer than with other consumption methods.
Let’s say you’re trying to soothe pain and need to sleep comfortably through the night. If you smoke cannabis or use cannabis oil, the effects will wear off sooner, and the pain might return and wake you up. If you take an edible about an hour before bedtime, it’ll probably last longer.
3. Edibles are convenient
Smoking cannabis usually involves grinding, rolling, storing, or cleaning - a fair amount of work, especially if you’re trying to de-stress or relieve discomfort. If you’d rather skip that nuisance, try edibles. They’re literally as easy to use as eating a cookie or gummy.
Edibles are also convenient because they’re pretty discreet. While you might not be able to smoke without your neighbors knowing, nobody suspects that delicious-looking cookie you’re storing in the cupboard. If you’d rather not have the distinctive smell (and taste) of cannabis smoke lingering around afterwards, cannabis edibles are a great idea.
Last but not least, edibles are delightful to eat. We love edibles for the same reason why we love any snack: because they’re delicious. This makes it a fun, convenient way to enjoy the magic of cannabis.
Are cannabis edibles better than smoking cannabis and using other consumption methods? It really depends on your own preferences and needs. But given the advantages of using cannabis edibles, their popularity is no surprise.
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