Among all the consumption methods that exist for cannabis, there are basically two categories that everything falls under – inhalation and ingestion. These are two separate ways to consume that offer different effects.
So what if you wanted to combine the two types of consumption, as in, eat an edible and then smoke a joint? What would happen?
These are questions we’re hearing a lot, so let us break it down and give you our best opinion.
Smoking Weed Vs. Edibles
This is something we’ve covered in another article, but just to recap, the two consumption methods are not the same.
When you smoke cannabis, the effects are pretty much instantaneous and will last for a few hours, but ingesting cannabis is a different story. When ingested, the effects can take some time, usually around an hour to kick in and you can expect to be impaired for the next 5-6 hours or so.
This difference in effects comes down to how the cannabinoids are absorbed and metabolized by your body. Inhalation pretty much puts THC and other cannabinoids straight into your bloodstream, while ingesting means that they must pass through your digestive tract and be metabolized by the liver before you get the effects.
Something you need to remember though is that everyone reacts to cannabis differently, so while your friend might get high off a couple of tokes or start to feel the effects of an edible within a half hour, you might need four tokes to get the same high or need an hour and a half to feel anything from edibles. Similarly, you might get ripped off a 10 mg gummy while your buddy needs double that to get high.
With cannabis, there really isn’t a one size fits all dose which means that to consume weed safely you need to start with low doses and work your way up to your comfort level.
Can I mix edibles with joints?
The simple answer is yes, you can mix ingestion and inhalation but there are a couple of things to take into account.
1 – Inhaling and ingesting will offer different effects
When you smoke or vape cannabis the effects are mostly centered in your head, but when you ingest cannabis, the effects are also heavily felt in your body. Ingesting cannabis will lead to a much stronger high than inhalation so proper dosing becomes very important.
It can be difficult to explain if you haven’t tried both types of consumption to compare, but the couch lock from ingesting a lot of cannabis can be something that’s not for beginners.
2 – Inhaling and ingesting have different onset times and high durations
Smoking or vaping will produce effects almost immediately, while the effects from ingesting can take anywhere from a half hour to almost two hours to fully kick in. The high from inhaling also has a far shorter duration than that from eating edibles. Keep this in mind because it affects how much you should dose to feel good.
How should I mix edibles and smoking?
The best way to go about it is to take the edibles first, then wait two hours until you know how high you are going to be. If you can handle and want more, then you can smoke or vape some flower to take you to the next level.
You can always increase your high but you cant decrease it (not quickly anyway).
Waiting to see how edibles affect you is extremely important if you’ve never taken edibles before because if you overdo it with edibles you will get too high and it most likely will not be an enjoyable experience.
Experienced users with a strong tolerance for THC, who know how edibles and smoking affects them personally, may choose to ingest an edible and then smoke a joint or hit a vape simultaneously. This way they get the effects right away instead of having to wait for edibles to kick in. These users have worked their tolerance up slowly and know what effects to expect.
Will smoking a joint negate the effects of edibles?
We’ve spoken to some people who were worried that they wouldn’t experience the high from edibles if they smoked a joint first. Valid question, but even if you’ve smoked you’ll still be able to feel the effects of edibles. It might be more challenging to tell when they are kicking in, but most edibles offer a greater body buzz than smoking does and when it hits, you’ll know it.
Inhaling and ingesting cannabis can be done together but you need to work your way up to it. As with any type of cannabis consumption, if you aren’t sure how you’ll be affected, start slow and wait until you know if you can handle more.