Unlike smoking a joint, edibles have a unique reaction with our body. As the cannabis industry has continued to grow, the potency of certain products has become much more powerful. Flower is testing higher than it used, we have concentrates that test close to 100% THC, but neither of these has as strong of an effect as edibles. For this reason, it is important for consumers to understand how edibles work with our bodies. The main question that consumers ask is: How long do edibles last?
The Science Behind Edibles
Edibles are a unique cannabis product. They have a reaction with our bodies that no other product does. Let’s first start with explaining what an edible is. An edible is when somebody takes a type of food or dessert and infuses THC or CBD into the food. This is why it is called an edible, because it is cannabis that you can eat. There are edibles that use flower to get THC in their products, and then a majority of edible companies use a cannabis oil to infuse their products. Both are valid methods, but it takes less cannabis oil than it does flower to make a potent product.
The main difference with how our body ingests edibles compared to smoking a joint is that edibles are digested by the stomach. The THC then makes its way to the liver. This is the point where edibles become very different from other methods of ingesting cannabis. When THC is broken down by the liver, there is a chemical reaction that changes the THC molecule. This reaction produces a chemical called 11-hydroxy THC. It is this 11-hydroxy THC that causes edibles to provide such a potent high.
11-hydroxy THC happens to be 10 to 15 times more psychoactive than regular THC. It is this new chemical that causes consumers to have a tough time knowing the correct dosage to take. Especially, the consumers that are new to cannabis. While a lot of people look at edibles as being a beginner method, they are actually meant for more seasoned consumers.
How Long Do Edibles Last?
The main question that consumers have about edibles are, how long do they last? Well, it is important to consider a few things. One, do you take the edible on a full or empty stomach. On an empty stomach, it generally takes longer for the high to kick in and is not as effective. However, on a full stomach, the THC has something more to combine to and is ingested quicker. This also ensures that most of the THC content is not lost during the digestion process. The mere fact that we have to wait for our bodies to break down the food shows why edibles take longer to kick in, and to wear off.
Now, exactly how long does it take for an edible to work? It is recommended that a beginning consumer should eat no more than 10 mg at a time, and should wait around 1 to 2 hours for the effects to kick in. There are instances where it won’t take an hour to kick in, and there are cases where it takes more than a couple hours to feel the effects. This is why it important to start out with a low dosage and work your way up. There are a lot of consumers that think if you don’t feel it then you should eat more. This is not the case. Make sure to wait up to 2 hours until trying more. For this reason, I recommend starting at a dosage of around 5 mg for a true beginner. This way if it is not enough, you have some room to slowly work your way up to the recommended dosage.
The duration of the high from an edible depends on the dosage you ate, your tolerance to cannabis, and what you ate before the edible. It is safe to say that the average length of an edible high is around 4 to 6 hours. However, if a consumer eats more than the recommended dosage then it is possible for the high to last longer.
Again, this is why it is important to start low and work up slowly. An edible is a cannabis product that is great for a day off but is usually not the best for a busy day. It is also good to understand that cannabis affects every person differently. So keep a journal of how certain dosages made you feel. It will help you as a consumer to know your tolerance level.
Make sure that as a consumer you are educating yourself on the products you are consuming. Ask your local budtender how edibles work for them and gather your own knowledge. These products are very new. It is important to ask questions and know what you are purchasing. Edibles, in particular, are not for everybody. Be a smart consumer and understand the product before trying it. One last tip before you go eat a delicious pot brownie: If you ever get a little too high from an edible, just take a little CBD to mellow you out!
Author: Justice Council