What are Edibles?
Edibles are a different kind of cannabis product that is food-based and come in a variety of forms such as baked goods, chocolate, gummies, hard candies, tinctures, etc. They can be made with different cannabinoids such as THC, CBD, or CBN. There are a variety of reasons why some people choose edibles to consume rather than other cannabis products. Edibles can provide a high more centered around the body and can be an option for anyone needing relief from pain. They can be a good option if you cannot smoke or just don’t want to smoke, but still want the benefits from cannabis as well.
How long will it take for edibles to kick in and how long do the effects last?
Unlike smoking flower or using a vaporizer, edibles take longer to set in as they have to be digested. After consuming an edible, the THC must work its way down through the digestive system which can take anywhere from 1-2 hours. The liver metabolizes and converts THC into a different form of THC called 11-Hydroxy THC. This active cannabinoid is more effective at crossing the blood-brain barrier which can result in a more potent and intense high. Each individual may have a different onset time due to the fact that everyone’s body composition is different. It could take anywhere from 30 minutes up to 2 hours to start feeling the effects after consumption.
Factors that may affect onset time:
- Your metabolism may affect how long it takes for you to feel the effects of edibles. If you have a faster metabolism you may feel the effects quicker, and if you have a slower metabolism it may take longer.
- Eating a meal before taking your edibles also may delay the time it takes for you to feel the effects. Your body will have to digest your meal and edibles which can have you waiting longer to feel the effects.
The best thing to do when first starting to use edibles is to always start at a low dose. 2.5-5 mg is a good starting option for those who have never taken edibles before and are looking to start. Everyone will react to cannabis differently and starting low and slow is a good idea for those looking to find their preferred dose. You can find all the information about the edible you choose to purchase from a dispensary on the packaging, it will have the exact dose and serving size. It’s important to read the labels and find out the exact serving amount and if that’s right for you. Many dispensaries have low dose options and you can always consult your budtender about the right edibles for you and where to start. A common mistake that’s made is not feeling the effects of the edibles and then taking more, which can easily catch up to you once the effects start kicking in, possibly having you feeling too high.
Benefits of Edibles:
Edibles are great because they can provide a discreet method of consumption and you can precisely dose out your cannabis for the day. Cannabis edibles don’t really have any odor that is usually associated with flower, which makes them a great option for those looking to medicate without anyone noticing. Edibles also provide a longer-lasting effect and are great for anyone looking for a more centered body high that can help manage pain relief.
If you’re looking to try edibles and need any advice on how much to take or what might be the best edible for your specific use, stop by any Quality Roots location and talk to any of our experienced and knowledgeable patient care specialists. They can help you pick out a product that is best for you and what you’re looking to use it for.