This gets a tad geeky, but bear with us as it is good stuff to know. Many people’s body’s prefer one or the other.
Smoking: When you smoke cannabis, the THC goes directly into your bloodstream in the form of delta 9 THC. Because of this, the effect is felt a lot faster than edibles. It also wears off more quickly. The thing you need to watch out for with smoking cannabis is the percentage of THC that will be printed on a sticker on the packaging. For example, you will likely get higher smoking a pre-roll that has 30% THC than you will with one that has 20% THC. Smoking is good if you want a quick onset and offset. People who experience pain or migraines often smoke cannabis.
Consuming: When you eat cannabis edibles, it takes longer to take effect because it has to go through your stomach and liver before it hits your brain and endocannabinoid system. And the liver transforms the delta 9 THC into a different molecule called 11 hydroxy THC, which can be more potent than delta 9 but there is less of the 11 hydroxy as the liver destroys a lot of it. What to watch out for with edibles is the milligrams of THC. 10mg is the legal limit in CA, so if you are a newbie, we suggest you start lower than 5mg and work your way up.