How Long Until Edibles Take Effect

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Marijuana edibles are becoming increasingly popular among cannabis users due to their discretion and the vast array of options available. From infused chocolates, gummies, and lollipops, to teas and juices, edibles provide an alternate way to ingest cannabis with longer durations than other forms. 

Cannabis edibles are a bit more complicated than other methods of marijuana consumption. Before you take an edible journey, it is essential for both novice and experienced consumers to know about the activation time needed for various edibles and how long the effects will last to have the best experience possible. At Portland Dispensary Urban Farmacy we believe knowledge is key to your cannabis experience. Let’s take a deeper dive into understanding how edibles work in your body.

Types of Edibles Available

Cannabis edibles are made by infusing food and drinks with cannabis extracts such as cannabutter, cannabis oil, extracts, or tinctures. Edibles come in various forms and flavors: each one has a unique onset time and duration of effect. Some of the most common types of edibles include:

Baked goods: brownies, cookies, cakes, and muffins.

Candies: gummies, chocolates, lollipops, mints and other hard candies.

Beverages: teas, juices, and sodas.

Savory snacks: chips, popcorn, and crackers.

Sublingual candies and lozenges: mints, lozenges 

How Potency Impacts the Effects of Edibles

Potency is a crucial factor to consider when consuming cannabis edibles. The potency of an edible is determined by the amount of THC and other cannabinoids (CBD, CBN, etc.) present in the product. THC is the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis responsible for producing the “high” sensation.

The effects of edibles depend on the dose, potency, and the individual’s tolerance level. Edibles can have a much stronger impact than smoking or vaping cannabis since the THC is metabolized in the liver and converted into a more potent form. As a result, the effects may take longer to onset but can last for hours.

Individual Factors That Affect the Onset of Edibles

The onset of edibles can vary widely from person to person and depend on several individual factors. Some of the factors that can influence how long it takes for edibles to take effect include:

Metabolism: Individuals with a faster metabolism may feel the effects sooner than those with a slower metabolism.

Body weight: THC is fat-soluble, and individuals with higher body weight may require a higher dose to feel the effects.

Tolerance: Individuals who frequently consume cannabis may have a higher tolerance level and may require a higher dose to feel the effects.

Your unique Endogenous Cannabinoid System: Every one of us has an endogenous cannabinoid system and the reactivity of our endogenous cannabinoid system is unique to our own biology.  

Activation Time for Edibles

The activation time for edibles can vary significantly from product to product, and it is critical to know how long it takes for each type of edible to take effect before consuming more. In general, it can take anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours for edibles to take effect, depending on the type of product, the dosage, and the individual’s metabolism. It is important to wait at least two hours after consuming an edible before deciding to take more to avoid overconsumption.

In Conclusion

Marijuana edibles provide a discreet and convenient way to consume cannabis with a longer experience than other methods of cannabis intake. Make sure you understand the potency of the edibles, how long they take to activate, and the duration of their effects to ensure a positive experience. Urban Farmacy always advocates for Low and Slow – start with a low dose and wait before consuming more. With the right knowledge and care, edibles can provide an enjoyable and therapeutic cannabis experience. Check out our online menu or stop by the store and talk to one of our knowledgeable budtender to help you find the right edible.  

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