Brownies are the best way to use marijuana if you don't want to get high.
This is what people think when they haven't had the right brownies. Certain strains that are good for brownies are not always the same as what's best for smoking.
Smoking always had the effect on me that breathing campfire smoke would have. It would hurt my throat but then other than that I would feel exactly the same as before I smoked it. I naturally have a large defense against it it would seem, like a really high tolerance.
I have two friends that have smoked weed every day of their lives since they were 15 years old. One of them thought that smoking was better than brownies but then tried ours in a normal sized brownie and said it was too much for him, that he couldn't handle it and that he needed a smaller dose. These guys are really into weed too. They know all about different strains and have all kinds of equipment. They just never put in the effort needed to figure out how to make a strong brownie. The other friend (the other of the two) thought that there was a limit to how high you can get and that if you smoke more after that point, you just waste weed.... that may be true for smoking, I can't comment on that, but after he tried our brownies he no longer believed there was a limit to how high you can get.
Get the Colorado Death Star and then follow some good instructions on youtube for slowly cooking the weed in the oil that the recipe calls for... cook it until it's black (not still green). The death star when smoked is not as strong as others, but the death star when put in a brownie is completely insane! I thought my head was connected to a satellite one time I was on it and it's actually too much for me. I cannot believe how strong that one is. It's more like being on crack or something. I prefer the banana kush.
The banana kush can also be as strong as the death star, but it's smoother and more calming. I have always viewed the marijuana experience as sort of like going up a hill to a certain level then coasting back down the same side when it wears off... I swear to god one time on the Banana Kush I went over the top of the hill and coasted down the other side. It's hard to describe.
We have also made brownies with strains that have done next to nothing. It's all about the strains, you have to experiment.