A Closer Look at Marijuana Effects


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For those of you who are about to embark on their first-ever marijuana experience, it’s important to understand the marijuana effects. If you’re a first-time smoker and you’re reading this, then welcome and allow us to explain to you exactly what will happen to you when you smoke marijuana.

Marijuana Effects – Smoking/Vaping

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This is the most common way of consuming marijuana. People typically roll a joint, pack a pipe or a bong or use a vaporizer.

This is also the quickest way to feel the effects of marijuana. The THC-fueled smoke takes seconds to be absorbed into the bloodstream and depending on the potency of the cannabis, you might feel it immediately.

In most cases, it will take you about five to ten minutes to feel the marijuana effects. You’ll feel euphoria sinking in and depending on whether you’re smoking Indica or Sativa, you might feel heavy [indica] or cerebral [sativa].

The high will last you between 1-3 hours depending on the potency of your strain. You might also get thirsty and hungry.

Marijuana Effects – Eating it

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The next method of cannabis consumption come in the form of edibles. Edibles are 10x stronger per dose than smoking it. This is because the liver breaks down the THC and creates 11-hydroxy-tetrahydrocannabinol which is more potent than 9-delta-tetrahydrocannabinol.

It will take roughly 45 minutes to an hour for you to start feeling the effects. Thus, it is important to not eat more if you haven’t waited at least an hour.

The effects also last for much longer. You can be high on an edible for up to 12 hours depending on the quantity and the potency of the marijuana.

Many medical patients utilize edibles to help treat their chronic pain, sleep disorders or appetite disorders. Similarly, it works wonders for the side effects of chemotherapy.

Marijuana Effects – Drinking it

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Another way of using cannabis is by infusing a drink with the active properties of the plant. This can be in the form of tea, wines and even some beers have cannabis infusion.

In the case of tea, the high associated is much milder. You’ll feel relaxed or even sleepy. It’s a perfect thing to do if you’re having trouble sleeping at night or simply have a high level of anxiety. It takes you about 30 minutes to feel the effects of the cannabis and can last up to 4 hours.

Mixing it with alcohol is not advised, although there are alcoholic beverages infused with cannabis. If you are going to consume one of these infusions, then take it slow and pace yourself. You need to see how your own body reacts to the combination of alcohol and cannabis.

Final Thoughts

In the end, I could write a book about the effects of marijuana. The problem is that it would be purely subjective. Every single human processes cannabis differently, meaning that while some of the things I mentioned in the article is the truth, it might not manifest similarly for you.

Only through time and experimentation can you find the right combination for you. In the meanwhile, this should have given you a general idea of what is to be expected.


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