How Long Do Edibles Take to Kick In?
Edibles are cannabis-based food products. They come in many different forms, from gummies to brownies, and contain either one or both of marijuana’s active ingredients: THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol).
With the legalization of marijuana, edibles are increasing in popularity. CBD-only edibles have even been found to help treat ailments such as anxiety and chronic pain. As an added benefit, edibles don’t pose risks to the respiratory system — unlike smoking marijuana.
The edible experience tends to differ from that of other cannabis products. The “high” from edibles can feel more intense, and it may last longer than the high you get from smoking.
Edibles also take longer than smoking or vaping cannabis to kick in, although many factors affect the timing.
Keep reading to learn more about edibles, including how long they take to kick in and how long the effects last, along with dosage, side effects, and precautions.
Edibles typically take around 30 to 60 minutes to kick in. However, onset time depends on a lot of factors.
First, it depends on the product’s active ingredients. 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 affecting onset time
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:
- tolerance to cannabis
Since edibles don’t kick in right away, it can be tempting to take more soon after your first dose. This can lead to taking too much.
You should always wait at least 24 hours before taking another dose.
Edibles don’t kick in right away
Since edibles don’t kick in right away, it can be tempting to take more soon after your first dose. Wait at least 24 hours before taking another 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.
- Other products: jerky, butter, sugar, and syrups.
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.
Be sure to read the label
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. There are a lot of variables involved.
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.
Here are some general dosing suggestions for THC and CBD edibles.
THC tolerance isn’t the same for smoking and edibles. Edible THC typically produces more intense effects.
According to a 2015 report commissioned by the Colorado Department of Revenue, the behavioral effects of eating 1 mg of THC are comparable to those associated with smoking 5.71 mg of THC.
Even if you’re a regular marijuana smoker, you should start with a low dose. Over time, you can increase the dose until you reach the desired effect.
Doses that exceed 20 to 30 mg per day are associated with an increased risk of negative side effects, including dependency.
|Effect||Limited to no THC tolerance||Some THC tolerance (smoking)||THC tolerance (smoking)||THC tolerance (edibles)|
|mild||> 2.5 mg||2.5–5 mg||5–10 mg||10–15 mg|
|moderate||2.5–5 mg||5–10 mg||10–15 mg||15–30 mg|
|strong||5–10 mg||10–20 mg||15–30 mg||> 30 mg|
Since CBD does not produce psychoactive effects, there’s less risk if you take too much. Still, high doses may cause undesirable side effects, such as fatigue.
As with THC edibles, it’s best to start small. Opt for a low dose between 2.5 and 10 mg, and work your way up to a CBD dose that produces the desired effects.
Since CBD can make you sleepy, it’s best to take it in the early evening until you understand how it affects you.
Cannabis-infused edibles present distinct advantages over smoking. These include:
- No respiratory risk. Cannabis smoke contains carcinogens. In addition, regular cannabis smoking is associated with respiratory issues such as lung inflammation and bronchitis. Edibles do not involve burning marijuana and inhaling the smoke, and therefore do not pose the same risks.
- Longer duration. Edibles last longer than smoking or vaping, which makes them ideal for medicinal users who want long-acting relief from symptoms.
- Accessible. Taking edibles does not require going outside. People who cannot smoke may also find edible products easier to consume.
- Discreet. Much like medication, it’s possible to take edibles without others noticing. Unlike smoking, edibles aren’t associated with odor. This may be helpful for those who use cannabis for medicinal purposes, and need to take it while at work.
Edible side effects depend on the active ingredient.
High doses of THC edibles can produce unpleasant symptoms that persist for several hours up to several days. This is sometimes referred to as “greening out” or a cannabis overdose.
Some symptoms associated with edible cannabis overdose include:
- cognitive impairment
- motor impairment
- extreme sedation
- agitation and anxiety
- increased heart stress
- nausea and vomiting
According to a 2017 review , known side effects of CBD include:
- changes in appetite
- changes in weight
More research into short- and long-term side effects of CBD use needs to be done.
When purchasing edibles, it’s important to evaluate the manufacturer carefully.
In general, reputable edible manufacturers are transparent about the contents of their products and the required dosages. A trustworthy source should take the time to answer your questions without pressuring you to purchase the product.
Still, it’s not always possible to know exactly what you’re getting. A 2015 study evaluated the dose and label accuracy of 75 different products.
After testing the products for THC content, researchers found that only 17 percent were accurately labeled. Among products that were inaccurately labeled, 23 percent contained more THC than stated, and 60 percent contained less THC than stated.
Edibles can interfere with medication and other supplements. If you’re thinking about using them, speak with a doctor. In states where edibles are legal, a doctor may be able to recommend a dose or brand.
Edibles can take up to several hours to kick in. If you’ve already taken a dose, you should wait at least 24 hours before taking more. Taking another dose could cause unpleasant side effects.
When taking edibles for the first time, start with a small dose and work your way up to a dose that produces the desired effect.
Is CBD Legal? Hemp-derived CBD products (with less than 0.3 percent THC) are legal on the federal level, but are still illegal under some state laws. Marijuana-derived CBD products are illegal on the federal level, but are legal under some state laws. Check your state’s laws and those of anywhere you travel. Keep in mind that nonprescription CBD products are not FDA-approved, and may be inaccurately labeled.
Edibles take longer than smoking or vaping cannabis to kick in — typically around 30 to 60 minutes. However, onset time depends on a lot of factors. Learn what these factors are as well as how long the effects last, dosage suggestions, side effects, and precautions.
Bad Trip? 3 Tips on How to Overcome Getting Too High
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I t’s hours later after ingesting an edible, when out of nowhere, things seem to get a little too intense . We’ve all been there – a relaxing evening suddenly turns into an experience full of anxiety and fear. Do you need to hold on for dear life, or is there a way out of this bad trip?
Luckily, there are a few ways to bring yourself out of one, but we first need to recognize what a bad trip consists of. What we experience as a bad trip, in reality, can be a domino effect from discomfort to full-blown panic.
Our mind gets caught in a vicious cycle that drives us to feel more and more fear and anxiety the higher we get. This elevated anxiety can then raise your heart rate, and possibly cause minor breathing discomfort. However, these side-effects seem more intense than they usually are, and it might be comforting to know that nobody has ever died directly from an overdose on weed .
Despite that, having a bad trip can be an incredibly uncomfortable or even terrifying experience. They can leave a lasting negative impression, making us fearful of having another similar experience.
In this article, we’ll discuss how to get out of a bad trip when you are having one, and what you can do to prevent them from happening.
#1 Prevention Is The Best Remedy
“One of the best ways to keep from getting into a bad trip is to be in a positive and calm environment.”
Before we jump into the ways to rescue yourself from a bad trip, we need to discuss the ultimate remedy – prevention. It’s much easier to keep yourself from getting too medicated than it is to get out of it.
One of the best ways to prevent yourself from getting into a bad trip is to be in a positive and calm environment. The more you have control over your surroundings, the less likely you’ll have a negative reaction.
Try to be in a place that is familiar to you, and one where you can be comfortable. Your own home, a close friend’s house, or perhaps a peaceful park are all good starts.
It’s also a good idea to be with friends that you’re comfortable with, and not with others you don’t know so well. Being alone can also be a good strategy, since sometimes just being around others can be stressful.
Another way to keep yourself from having a bad trip is to limit the amount of cannabis you consume. If you’re smoking or vaping, take a puff or two and then relax. The effects are immediate, and within 20 minutes, you’ll probably know if it’s safe to have more or not.
With edibles, it’s a different story. Since edibles sometimes take hours to have an effect , it may be difficult to initially gauge what is too much or too little. We recommend starting with a small dose (2.5mg for most), and to only have more after at least 8 hours.
We know this process may take all day to figure out your specific edible dosage, but trust us, it’s worth it. When you have your edible dose figured out, you can almost always eat the perfect amount of a THC gummy bear without going overboard.
#2 Getting Out of a Bad Trip
“The number one thing to do is try to stay calm. Of course, that’s easier said than done, but it will keep you from spiraling into a panic.”
Sometimes it just happens out of nowhere, and there’s no warning when the bad trip will strike. Maybe you had a little too much cannabis, or perhaps you’re not in the best mental state. Whatever the reason, there are a few ways to help you get back on track.
The most important thing to remember is to avoid panicking. It may feel like your heartbeat is louder than normal, or the weight of the world is crashing on top of you – but it’s not.
The number one thing to do is try to stay calm. Of course, that’s easier said than done, but it will keep you from spiraling into a panic. If you feel yourself starting to panic, try to relax your body and focus on your breathing.
Practice some light meditation by breathing in deeply and exhaling slowly. As you do this, relax each part of your body to keep yourself from being too tense.
As you breathe, remind yourself that there’s nothing actually wrong, and you’re just feeling too medicated. Remember that in some time, the feeling will pass and that it’s all temporary.
Once you partially calm yourself down, then you should try to do something else. Putting on some calm music or watching a movie can help you focus on something other than being too high.
If that doesn’t seem to help much, then a change of scenery might be in order. If you’re inside, try getting some fresh air outside, or even go on a brief walk. If you’re having an uncomfortable trip outside, then going inside might help calm you down.
Another thing to always keep in mind is hydration. We recommend drinking a lot of water, even when you’re not on a bad trip. However, during a problematic high, hydration can help keep you from spiraling out of control.
You can also have a relaxing tea or juice if you’d like, but definitely avoid alcohol. Drinking a beer or hard liquor can increase the THC levels in your blood , potentially making things worse.
If you’re around friends, they can help calm you down too. If you’re alone, then picking up the phone and getting some reassurance from someone can be a “lifesaver”.
When you have simple conversations with someone, it helps your mind stay grounded in reality. As long as they are calm and relaxed, their energy can rub off on you too.
#3 Always Have CBD On Hand
“Cannabidiol behaved as a non‐competitive negative allosteric modulator of CB1 receptors.”
CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is a non-intoxicating compound that’s often used to help reduce anxiety. Aside from helping you to relax during a bad trip, research shows that CBD can actually decrease the intensity of THC.
CBD is an allosteric modulator , which means it decreases or increases the receptor size that THC binds to. By doing so, THC is unable to bind to receptors at the same capacity, therefore making you less high. Be careful though, as you may need a very high dose of CBD to calm you down, and small doses could intensify the psychoactive effects.
If you’re worried about experiencing a bad trip from cannabis, then CBD is a must-have on hand.
Never Experience a Bad Trip Again
By following these tips, you should never experience a bad trip again. There’s nothing worse than getting too high , and it’s always best to take too little rather than too much while indulging in cannabis. If you’re ready to experience the best effects that edibles and other cannabis-based products have to offer, always keep these tips in mind.
* Disclaimer * Baked Bros NEVER recommends avoiding medical treatment if you truly think you need it. We are not doctors, and pre-existing conditions can be exacerbated by cannabis. If you feel you truly need medical attention, please seek it out. Trust your body and know your dose!
Reading Time: 5 min 43 sec It’s hours later after ingesting an edible, when out of nowhere, things seem to get a little too intense. We’ve all been there – a relaxing evening suddenly turns into an experience full of anxiety and fear. Do you need to hold on for dear life, or is there a way out of this bad trip? Luckil