Edibles are one of the most popular and convenient ways to enjoy the benefits of cannabis. Using oils derived from the cannabis plant containing concentrated levels of THC, CBD, or both, cannabis edibles can come in a variety of forms, from baked goods to soft chews. Their convenience and great taste of edibles makes them a top choice for many cannabis users, it’s important to know how to dose them—especially if you’re trying edibles for the first time. It’s all part of Cannabis 101.
What You Need To Know About Edibles
There’s an immense variety of edibles, and every edible is different. It’s a good idea to get yourself familiar with edibles in general, including the ingredients in them, the dosages they can come in, and other concerns, before trying edibles for the first time. Here are a few things to know.
1. They Take Longer To Act
The way your body ingests the THC in edibles is different than when you smoke flower or vape. When you eat an edible, it must travel through the digestive system before it is absorbed into your bloodstream and transported through your body on the way to your brain and endocannabinoid system. Then, you’ll begin to feel its effects as THC interacts with your cannabinoid receptors. Throughout this process, your body slowly begins to break down the THC to activate it. While cannabis smoke or vapor travels into your lungs and pulmonary circulatory system almost immediately, an edible can take anywhere from 30 minutes to almost 3 hours to take effect (depending on type, dosage, and your metabolism).
2. The High Often Lasts Longer
Just like the time an edible takes to kick in is much longer than that of smoked or vaped flower, the effects of an edible can last much longer than that of flower. While the duration of an edible’s effects depends on its THC content and how your own body metabolizes substances, it’s fairly safe to assume an edible will last at least an hour.
Keep in mind that people with a slower metabolism might find they have longer experiences when they consume edibles—even up to 3 or 4 hours. People with a faster metabolism often find they have a shorter experience. Again, it’s important to reserve a large chunk of time for your first edible experience, in case the effects last longer than you anticipated.
3. What You Eat May Affect Your Experience
What many newcomers to the world of edibles may not know is that the food you eat, as well as the type of food that carries your THC, can have an impact on how the edible works in your body. Cannabis oil that’s used to make edibles can be better absorbed by your body when taken with food that has high levels of fat.
This means that when edibles are taken with meals, especially ones with higher fat content, you might experience more potent effects. It’s worth mentioning that many people also experience significant effects when they eat their edible on an empty stomach and then eat later on.
Edible Dosing Guide