How Long Do Edibles Take to Kick In

By Canncentral Editor

2019-10-11

How Long Does it Take to Get High on Cannabis Edibles?

What are cannabis edibles? They are basically food that will get you high because they’ve had cannabis’ active ingredients THC and/or CBD added to them.

Cannabis edibles come in a whole load of different forms; brownies and gummies being two of the favorites. With cannabis becoming legal in many places now, edibles are becoming more and more popular and not just to get you high. There is strong evidence that CBD edibles can help a range of medical issues such as anxiety and pain relief. There is also the added health benefit of not having to smoke edibles, so there is no respiratory damage.

What you will experience from cannabis edibles is different from what you will get from smoking marijuana. The high can be more intense and may also last longer. Edibles also take longer to get you high compared to smoking or vaping, although the type of edible will also be a factor in this.

Read on to find out more about these culinary delights and to find out how long it takes to get high from cannabis edibles.

How long does it take to get high on cannabis edibles?

Your average edible takes around 30 minutes to one hour to start making you feel high. But, of course, what is your average cannabis edible?

First off, it will depend on the edible’s active cannabis ingredients. The higher the dosage of THC the sooner you will be high. Bear in mind that edibles that contain CBD only will not get you high and are for medical purposes only. So, don’t be waiting around for a trip on these.

The ‘kick-in’ time for both types of cannabis edibles will depend on whereabouts in the body absorption into the bloodstream takes place

Some cannabis edibles such as gum or lollipops are absorbed through the mucous membranes in your mouth. This is referred to as sublingual absorption and it does not require the edible to actually be swallowed, so the onset of your high can happen quicker.

Edibles that are actually eaten will have a longer onset time because they have to be absorbed through the digestive system like any other food. From the digestive system, the active cannabis ingredients then travel to the liver having been absorbed into the bloodstream. In the liver, the active cannabis ingredients are metabolized and then re-enter the bloodstream. It is only now that you start feeling the high effects.

Other Factors Affecting the Onset of High Time

There are other factors to do with your own physical condition and make up that will affect the high onset time:

  • Your diet
  • Your metabolism
  • Your gender
  • Your weight
  • Your tolerance for cannabis

You should be aware that the high from edibles does not kick in immediately. So, do not be tempted to take more after you’ve already consumed some. This can lead to a risk of overdose. The minimum waiting period between doses is 24 hours.

How long does the high on edibles last?

The high from edibles, in general, lasts much longer than that from smoking or vaping and can be as long as 6-8 hours. Edibles that contain THC have reach peak intensity around the 3-hour mark. Edibles that are chewed and swallowed tend to last much longer than those that are consumed through oral absorption. The amount of factors involved with edibles makes their effects and duration very difficult to predict.

Common Cannabis Edibles

Some common forms of edibles include:

  • From The Bakery – brownies, cookies, biscuits, waffles.
  • From The Candy Store – candy, sweets, gummy bears, gum, chocolate, etc
  • From The Bar – coffee, tea, soft drinks, energy drinks, beer, wine, etc
  • From The Deli – syrup, beef jerky, butter, sugar, etc

How Much Cannabis Edibles Should You Take?

Like regular foods, cannabis edibles should clearly identify how much active ingredients it contains and how much a single serving is e.g. a single gummy contains 10mg of THC.

Sometimes, however, the manufacturer will list the total amount of THC contained within a pack. To go back to the gummy example, it may be listed as 200mg for a pack of 20 gummies.

This can lead to confusion, especially with foods that are not easily sized like brownies, cakes or cookies. A single dose in some cases could be only a couple of bites of a brownie.

So, you need to be careful, read the label and be sure that you fully understand what you are consuming. The THC and/or CBD content is what to look out for and identify how much of the edible is one serving or one portion. As we said above, edibles are not easy to predict when it comes around to effects and duration. So…..

Start Slowly

If it is your first time on edibles or your first time with a particular type of edible, the command should proceed slowly. Once you get to know the product and how you react to it, then you can manage your consumption accordingly.

Here are some general suggestions for dose rates of THC and CBD edibles.

THC Dosage

Consuming THC through edibles is not the same as smoking or vaping. The effects you will experience from edibles are usually much more intense. A Colorado Department of Revenue commissioned report concluded that 1mg of THC consumed through edibles equated to 5.71mg of the same through smoking.

Even for seasoned or regular smokers, taking edibles can catch them out if they are not careful with their THC dosage. Start slow and increase over time to your desired effect. Daily doses that exceed 20-30mg can increase the risk of a bad experience and/or dependency.

CBD Dosage

Since CBD on its own doesn’t produce any high effects, the risk is much less if you consume too much. However, consuming high doses regularly can have negative effects including fatigue.

The same applies to THC – start low and slow. At first, your dose should be in the region of 2.5-10mg; you can adjust over time to achieve your optimum dose rate.

One of the side effects of CBD is sleepiness, so it is best to take it at night until you get used to how you react to it.

Benefits of Cannabis Edibles

Cannabis edibles have certain distinct benefits compared to smoking, including:

No-Risk To Your Lungs.

Cannabis smoke, like cigarettes, contains carcinogens and smoking cannabis has been associated with respiratory problems including bronchitis and inflammation of the lungs. Cannabis edibles produce no smoke so do not have these risks.

Duration of High.

The high from cannabis edibles last longer than smoking or vaping. This makes them ideal for medical purposes when then user wants long-acting relief from symptoms.

Accessibility.

You do not have to go outside the building to consume cannabis edibles. Also, people who dislike smoking will find consumption of edibles easier.

Discretion.

It is possible to consume edibles without being noticed. There is no smoke signal and no distinct odor as there is with smoking and vaping.

So, you now have an idea of how long it takes to get high on cannabis edibles and a few other things about them too. Bon Appetit!

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