When most people think about edibles, the first thing they hear is ‘hangover.’ However, the reality is that edibles affect the human body much differently. These products can be quite powerful, and their effects on your body can last much longer than smoking cannabis. While there’s no ‘hangover’ effect with edibles, the effects of these products are still intense. So, how long do edibles stay in your system?
Edibles are cannabis-infused products that can be ingested to get high. They can include everything from brownies, cookies, gummies to chocolates, lollipops, and drinks. As more states legalize the use of marijuana, there has been an increase in interest in edibles.
How long do edibles stay in your system? Since edibles enter your bloodstream through your stomach and intestines rather than your lungs like smoke would, they take longer to kick in. You may not feel any effects for up to two hours after eating a cannabis edible.
Edibles also have a different onset than other forms of marijuana use because your liver metabolizes the THC into 11-hydroxy-THC, which acts on the brain more powerfully than smoked or vaporized THC. Edible highs typically last longer, around 6 hours compared with 2-3 hours when inhaled.
The amount of time edibles stay in your system varies depending on several factors. The main factor is the type of food you’ve eaten. Different foods will have different effects on your stomach and digestive system. The second factor is how much marijuana was in that food—the more you consume, the stronger the effect. For example, if you ate an edible with 10mg of THC and another with 100mg of THC, the one with more THC would likely stay in your system longer.
If we look at some research, we can get a better idea of what to expect. Studies show that for occasional users (people who use cannabis once or twice per week), cannabis shows up in urine tests for up to 8 days after consumption; for moderate users (people who use cannabis 2-4 times per week), cannabis shows up in urine tests for up to 15 days; and for heavy users (people who use cannabis four or more times per week) cannabis shows up on urine tests for up to 30 days.
What Are Edibles?
You may have heard of edibles—foods infused with cannabis. But what exactly are edibles? How do they work, and how can you use them to manage your health?
Simply put, edibles are food products made with cannabis flowers or concentrates. Edibles are a great alternative to smoking or vaping, especially if you don’t like the taste of weed. They’re an effective way to take in cannabinoids because when you eat cannabis, your body processes it differently from when you smoke it. THC is absorbed through your lungs into the bloodstream and goes directly to your brain with smoking.
When you eat an edible the THC goes through your stomach and liver first before being processed by your liver into 11-hydroxy-THC. The difference between inhaled and ingested THC is largely due to this additional process inside our bodies when we digest THC. Because of this process, edibles tend to be stronger than inhaled cannabis; so much so that they may even require a different dose for similar effects.
Do Edibles Kick In Right Away?
When you eat cannabis edibles, the THC and other cannabinoids are absorbed into the bloodstream through the small intestine. From there, it takes about an hour for the effects of cannabis to begin to be felt.
This is because before your liver has a chance to process the cannabinoids, they must first make their way through your digestive system. The delay in onset is called “the first pass effect.” It’s what happens when something like a drug or medication enters the body and is processed by the liver before being distributed throughout the rest of the body.
While everyone’s digestive system is different, it typically takes one hour for an edible to kick in. However, it can take anywhere from one to three hours for edibles to kick in fully for many people.
What Are the Side Effects When You Consume Edibles?
The side effects you experience when consuming marijuana edibles depend on various factors, including your weight and how much you’ve eaten.
When it comes to marijuana edibles, there are various types available. Edibles can be everything from candies to brownies. A good rule of thumb is that the more sugar in an edible, the less potent it will be. You don’t want to overdo it with edibles because they can have a strong effect on your body. Especially if you’re not used to them, and you could end up experiencing some unpleasant side effects.
Generally speaking, side effects from edibles include dry mouth, red eyes, vomiting and nausea, lethargy and sleepiness, dizziness and headaches, euphoria, and relaxation.
How Long Does It Take For Edibles To Get Out Of Your System?
If you’re smoking weed, it’s pretty easy to keep an eye on how high you’re getting. You can take a puff, wait five minutes, and see how you feel. But with edibles, it’s much harder to gauge—and the consequences of misjudging your tolerance can be severe. (Nobody wants to end up so high that they call the cops for no reason or think they have a heart attack.)
Luckily, there are some things you can do to help understand how long it takes edibles to get out of your system; what you can do if you want them out faster.
Do Edibles Show Up Drug Tests?
Yes, edibles can show up when you test for drugs. This happens because edibles have a higher level of fat molecules than other types of marijuana. Many drug tests check for these fat molecules.
It is important to note that most drug tests do not check for THC specifically but instead look for evidence of THC in your bloodstream. These tests are sometimes called immunoassays; which means that the test looks for evidence of the presence of a substance in your bloodstream rather than the substance itself.
The only way to know whether the drug test looks for evidence of the presence of THC or checks directly for THC is to ask whoever administers the test. If you want to be sure, you can also ask someone who had taken an edible before they tested positive or negative after taking it.
The bottom line is that it all depends on how you define ‘long’ and how long your digestive system takes to process cannabis. Sure, you can get a pretty accurate result from lab testing and calculating based on the average number of weeks that THC metabolites stay in your body fluid. But you will never be able to work out exactly when and for how long the edibles are still kicking around in your liver/brain cells; there are too many variables that affect metabolism and excretion time frames.
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