Across the U.S. and most European countries, HHC has gained huge popularity. In the U.S. these products are mostly online but in Europe, you’ll often find HHC products in local stores. Either way, you’re left with a choice; should you go for some HHC flower/carts or for tasty edibles? Especially if you’re new to the world of cannabis, this might be a tough one.
To assist you in selecting the method that is best for you, this article examines both the similarities and differences between smoking and vaping as well as edibles.
But first… What is HHC?
If you're into HHC, you've probably heard of CBD and THC. Hexahydrocannabinol (HHC) is another type of cannabinoid that is found naturally in hemp.
HHC is found in extremely low concentrations, making it challenging to isolate and incorporate into commercial goods. As a result, there is a shortage of the extracted material. Hemp companies produce HHC by converting it from CBD, a more prevalent cannabinoid found in hemp.
HHC and THC are related compounds. They're related, and the effects of HHC are frequently compared to those of THC. It has a reputation for providing mild relaxation with no mental fogging.
Flowers & carts
These are pretty self-explanatory, flowers and carts are products that require vaporizing or burning of the product, followed by inhalation in order for the effects to kick in. While carts are considered convenient, flower is a bit trickier as it requires more effort to get the job done.
Any item that can be consumed and contains at least one type of cannabinoid, such as THC, CBD, or HHC, is considered an edible.
Edibles come in a variety of forms, but gummies are by far the most popular. Other forms of edibles are hard candies, beverages, and baked goods like brownies.
Some people even broaden the definition of the category to include drinks, such as cannabinoids-infused coffee, tea, honey, and shots.
Smoking vs eating
Comparing the two can be done by looking at several factors.
Smoking vs. health
Smoking cannabis, whether through vaporizing or actual smoking, can have immediate negative effects on one's body, including lung irritation, coughing, and possibly long-term respiratory problems. Due to combustion, it also introduces dangerous chemicals into the body. On the other hand, because edibles avoid the lungs, ingesting the same active substances through them can be less harmful to the respiratory system.
The onset & duration of the effects
Smoking cannabis typically has a quick onset, with effects being felt within minutes, reaching their peak within 15-30 minutes, and lasting for 2-3 hours. Edibles, on the other hand, have a much slower onset, often taking 30 minutes to 2 hours to feel the effects, with the peak occurring around 2-4 hours after consumption. The effects of edibles also tend to last longer, often lasting 4-8 hours or even longer. Our advice: take this into consideration when deciding how many edibles to get started with.
The effects of smoking cannabis are typically faster-acting and shorter-lasting, providing an immediate and more intense high. Edibles can produce a more potent and long-lasting high, often characterized by a gradual build-up of effects, and they may lead to a more pronounced body high and increased sedation.
Dosing the amount of the active compound can be tricky in both cases. On one hand, when smoking, it's easier to control the dosage because the effects are felt almost instantly. Consumers can take a few puffs and then wait to assess their tolerance before deciding to consume more. This allows for relatively precise self-regulation. This might lead you to think that dosing is easier done through smoking.
On the other hand, however, edibles are sold in very precise dosages. For HHC-infused gummies, it’s very common to see them at 25mg per gummy. This way, you know exactly what you’re getting – allowing you to have a good reference point in terms of what amount is needed to please your desire.