How Long Do Edibles Take to Kick In: A Beginners Guide

March 3, 2021

Edibles have come a long since more and more countries and states have legalized medical and recreational marijuana. Technavio, a market research and advisory company, revealed that the edible’s global market of $8.4 billion in 2017 is expected to reach $25.7 billion in 2022.
Cannabis-infused products are becoming more creative and delectable. Many cannapreneurs and businesses took advantage of the multimillion-dollar market, offering edibles on weddings, health retreats, and cooking classes. TV networks also picked up edible’s popularity with Netflix featuring cannabis-infused cooking shows.

Several people are switching to edibles, although smoking is still the most popular method of consumption.

It is easy to overindulge in edibles, especially for beginners. After all, cannabis-infused food is delectable and tasty.
Edibles are slower to kick in but have more lasting effects than smoking. The lasting effects happen because edibles enter the digestive system first before the effects reach the bloodstream. The big question is, how long does it take to enjoy the high from edibles?

Edibles Recommended Dosage

Each person has a different internal physiologic environment, which varies the effects and results of edibles. What you may experience may differ from your friends. Among the factors that affect your edible experience include cannabis tolerance, endocannabinoid system function or sensitivity, body weight, gender, and gastrointestinal system.

If you are new to cannabis, you can start with 1.5 to 5 milligrams of cannabis. Smokers who toke multiple times in a week can tolerate 2 to 12 milligrams, while those who eat edibles and have high tolerance can enjoy 10 to 30 milligrams.

Those who take 1.5 to 5 milligrams can expect mild relief symptoms, including increased focus and creativity. Regular users can enjoy stronger relief of pain and enhanced euphoria. Those who have high tolerance can enjoy strong euphoric effects.

How does the body process edibles?

All the active compounds, including THC, are absorbed into the bloodstream when smoking or vaping cannabis. The active compounds travel straight to the brain, where the THC binds to receptors in the endocannabinoid system. These receptors give the “high” or the euphoric feeling, which is why you immediately feel the effects of smoking cannabis compared to ingesting weed. Edibles are metabolized differently.

Cannabinoids are absorbed through the intestines and then move through the liver before reaching the bloodstream and spreading throughout the body. Once the THC compound reaches the liver, it is converted into another compound called 11-hydroxy-THC. This compound is more intoxicating compared to THC. When you take an edible, the THC has to be ingested and metabolized by the liver before the effects kick in. The ingestion and metabolizing take longer and could have potentially stronger effects.

Estimated time to experience the high

Expect to experience a high between 30-60 minutes. The time depends on the active ingredients of the cannabis-infused products. You can experience the effect faster if the product has a high dose or concentration of THC. Since the CBD-only edibles don’t have psychoactive effects, you may not enjoy the “high” you experience on edibles with THC. Meanwhile, liquid edibles typically kick in 15 to 60 minutes after consumption.

How long do the effects last?

The effects last longer when ingesting edibles compared to smoking cannabis. You should give enough time for the edibles to kick in your body before ingesting another dose. Some edibles can last as long as eight hours. Meanwhile, the liquid edibles take a maximum of five hours. Edibles with THC take three hours to peak after consumption. This time is when the effects are said to be the most intense.

Why do some edibles kick in faster than others do?

The high edibles that are chewed and swallowed can last longer than products that are absorbed orally. Edibles that are meant to linger in the mouth, including candies, lollipops, and gummies, are absorbed immediately into the bloodstream. The effects may not last long. This kind of effect can be helpful if you wish to consume edibles for medicinal purposes. The base of the gum line or areas underneath the tongue has large amounts of blood vessels flowing underneath thin membranes of the skin. The Delta 9 THC compound from the edible goes straight into the bloodstream, skipping the 11-OH-THC metabolizing. You need to consider the method of consumption when figuring out how long you can feel the edibles’ effects.

How much should I eat?

Plenty of factors affect the effects of the edible and onset time in the body. Your diet, body weight, gender, metabolism, and height can influence your edible experience. The larger the person is in height or weight, the longer the active compounds in the edible travel through the body. This factor means longer hours for the edible to take effect or not at all. A standard dose for beginners is 10 milligrams, but you can start with 1 to 2.5 milligrams for microdosing. You can eventually add your dosage until you find the right kick. Always check the label when purchasing an edible. Ask for your budtender recommendation when choosing edibles and their dosage, especially if you are a beginner. Edibles can come in a single 10mg dose or a package like gummies with great quantities.

What should I do if I do not feel the effect within an hour?

The effects of edibles are dependent on plenty of factors. It is best to wait out as long as you can or at least two hours before taking another dose with more THC. Eating edibles with an empty stomach can also affect the efficacy of the edibles. Eat food after consuming edibles on an empty stomach to push down the edibles faster through your digestive system. Eat a small meal for about 15 minutes after consuming edibles to expedite the process. There are cases of people ingesting edibles who thought the high was not hitting it and consumed another whole bunch of edibles without waiting for the effects to kick in. Eating another batch of edibles waiting for its effects can result in overconsumption.

What if I overconsume edibles?

Don’t panic. If you have consumed too many edibles than you ought to, try to distract yourself. Remember that the high doesn’t last forever. Take a walk or watch funny movies. Drink water and calm yourself. You can also chew on black peppercorns. Black peppercorns have a terpene that can help negate the overwhelming feeling. Consult a medical professional if you feel threatened or worried.