If the product contains a high dose or concentration of THC, it could take effect faster. Keep in mind that CBD-only edibles are not psychoactive. They don’t cause the “high” typically associated with THC-infused edibles. As a result, it may be harder to identify when CBD products have taken effect.
For both types of products, onset time also depends on where in the body the edibles are being broken down and absorbed into the bloodstream. Lozenges, gum, and lollipops kick in faster because they’re absorbed sublingually. Some edible products, such as lozenges, gum, and lollipops, are ingested but not actually swallowed. In these cases, absorption occurs through the mucus membranes of the mouth. This is called sublingual absorption, and the effects are more likely to appear faster. Chewable edibles take longer to kick in because they’re absorbed through the digestive system.
Chewable edibles, such as gummies, cookies, and brownies, may have longer onset times. This is because absorption first occurs in the digestive tract. From there, active ingredients enter the bloodstream and travel to the liver. In the liver, active ingredients are metabolized before they are released back into the bloodstream and enter the brain, at which point the effects appear. Other factors that can affect how quickly you start to feel the effects of ingested edibles are related to your habits and physical makeup. They include your: diet metabolism sex weight tolerance to cannabis. Since edibles don’t kick in right away, it can be tempting to take more soon after your first dose. You should always wait at least 24 hours before taking another dose. Since edibles don’t kick in right away, it can be tempting to take more soon after your first dose. An edible high generally lasts much longer than smoking or vaping, from six to eight hours. Among edibles that contain THC, peak blood levels occur around three hours after administration. That’s when the effects are likely to be the most intense. As with onset time, the length of an edible high depends on a variety of factors, including the dose and potency. The high from products that are chewed and swallowed may last longer than the high from products that are absorbed orally. Individual factors, such as metabolism, weight, and tolerance, also affect duration. Yet, it may not be possible to predict how long the effects of edibles will last. In a 2016 study , researchers analyzed over one hundred thousand tweets about edibles. An “unpredictable” high duration was one of the most common adverse effects listed. Edibles come in many different forms, and new products come onto the market almost daily. Common types of edibles include: Baked goods: brownies, cookies, biscuits, and waffles. Candy and sweets: gummies, chewing gum, lozenges, lollipops and hard candy, chocolate, truffles, fruit bars, and marshmallows. Beverages: coffee, tea and iced tea, soda, energy drinks and shots, beer, wine, and alcohol. Most edible cannabis products identify how much THC or CBD is in a single serving. For instance, a single gummy typically contains 10 milligrams (mg) of THC.
In some cases, though, the manufacturer lists the THC or CBD content of the entire package or food item. To use the gummy example, a package might contain 100 mg of THC. If the package contains 10 gummies, that’s 10 mg per gummy. This can be quite confusing with food items such as brownies and cookies. In some cases, it might mean that a single dose corresponds to a fraction of the item. It’s important to read the label carefully before you consume the product.
Look for the THC or CBD content per serving, and identify whether the serving size refers to the entire product or only a portion. That said, even when you know exactly what you’re consuming, edible dosing isn’t always predictable. It’s best to start with a low dose, and work your way up to a dose that produces the desired effect. It’s best to start with a low dose, and work your way up to a dose that produces the desired effect.