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How Long Do Edibles Last?

If you're reading this article, you're either curious, or you're planning to take a THC gummy or edible in the near future, or you've eaten way too many delta 8 gummies and now you're super stoned trying your best to figure out how much longer your paralyzing high is going to last. All time-sensitive so let's start with the key points and answers first!

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KEY POINTS & FAST ANSWERS

  • The 5 most-influential factors that impact how long your high from edibles will last:
    1. How many milligrams of THC you ate
    2. Your THC tolerance
    3. Your body weight
    4. The type of THC you consumed
    5. Whether you ate the gummies on an empty stomach or not
  • The half-life of THC is…….
  • The average time it takes for the effects of THC edibles to reach its peak is….
  • A THC gummy high usually lasts….
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The Supporting Science & Research Studies

The intoxication effects of edibles are usually felt in 30-45 minutes after consumption but it can take up to four hours for the full potency of its effects to be felt. The intoxicating and impairing sensations can last as long as twelve hours with drowsiness being felt for 24 hours. (Source)

It really depends on whether your have food in your belly.  Either way, after the initial 30 minutes, the effects will heighten until it reach what is known as the “half-life of THC.”

What Is The Half-Life Of THC?

The 6 Most Influential Factors That Impact The Duration Of Psychotropic Effects From Marijuana-infused Edibles

  1. Dose
  2. Gender
  3. Age
  4. Metabolism
  5. Health conditions
  6. Other medications
  7. The type of THC/type of edible

“Some people have reported peak effect at 90 minutes and others will feel peak effect at three or more hours. The dose can play a role in the onset and intensity of the peak effect,” says Eloise Theisen.

 

Reason How It Impacts The Length Of Effects
THC Tolerance
Beginners compared to avid THC consumers will have a lower tolerance. A lower tolerance for THC increases the effects of THC and the length of duration.
Body Weight
Total Milligrams Of THC Consumed
Type of THC Ingested
Empty Stomach Or Full Stomach
Type Of Edible Consumed

The Different Types Of Edibles & How Each Impacts The Length Of Your High

  1. Food Edibles
  2. Leave In Mouth Candy Edibles
  3. THC-Infused Beverages
  4. Base products (butter, oils, sugar, and syrups).

The Duration Of A High Based On THC Type

  1. Delta 8
  2. Delta 9
  3. Delta 10
  4. THCV
  5. THCP
  6. THC-O

How To Avoid A High That Nobody Wants: START LOW & GO SLOW

If two hours have gone by and you still don’t feel any effects from that weed brownie you ate, you might be in the clear to take another edible.  HOWEVER, we recommend to all our customers and readers that we like the 3-hour safety net better than the 2-hour recommendation.  

Getting too high with edibles is just not worth the risk. Waiting three hours will tremendously help avoid any unintentional THC intoxication experiences and help you deter hours upon hours of psychological distress. (source)

Typically a person will feel their peak high between roughly two to five hours after consumption. Generally, after that, there is a comedown period that is experienced between approximately seven to twelve hours after consumption.

It’s important to know how digestion can differ from smoking when it comes to consuming cannabis. Fats can change the potency of cannabinoids, and which digestive organs they affect.
To fully understand this, it’s best to look at edibles from a basic perspective. (source)

At their simplest level, weed edibles are any cookie, brownie, chocolate bar, gummy bear, or other treats that contain cannabis chemicals like THC or CBD.

Because the effects of edible forms of cannabis can be even more potent than when it is consumed by smoking, the outcome of over-consumption of edibles can be undesirable. If one consumes too much, instead of feeling blissful it is possible to consume too much THC and experience feelings of paranoia, anxiety, or regret.

That’s why it’s extremely important to wait at least two hours after consuming edibles to ensure you don’t take too much.

The Sweet Factor: How The Most Delicious THC Candies & Treats Can Affect How Long THC Stays In Your Body

While the common misconception regarding THC edibles is that people want them in the form of sweets due to being stoners who are used to “the munchies”, there’s actually a solid scientific reason behind this sugary treats are usually selected.

The reason being that fats, such as those found in baked goods and sugary snacks, are the ideal vessel to bind with and carry THC (or other cannabinoids) across the many of the cell barriers and membranes that line the walls of our stomach and intestines. (source)

That’s the main reason you see these types of THC edibles as opposed to something along the lines of a vegetable dish for example.

The way in which fats and cannabinoids bond so well together is also why an edible-high can feel much more potent than the effects of smoking. However, that is not actually the only reason. As it turns out, when THC is metabolized by the liver, it is actually slightly modified to become 11-hydroxy-THC. (source)

Though far less is known about 11-hydroxy-THC, research suggests that it can cross the blood-brain barrier even faster than THC and create a more dramatic impact.

Smoking THC bypasses this organ completely, thus the effects can feel very different.

Tips On How To Make Your Uncomfortable High Wear Off Fast!

  1. Take a Break – If you notice your anxiety rising, your head spinning, or your stomach churning, give yourself the time and space you need to feel better.
  2. Eat a Heavy Meal
  3. Go for a Walk – Getting your body moving and changing up the scenery can help you work through anxious thoughts and energy.
  4. Take a Cold Shower – Cold showers can wake you up when you’re couch-locked and clear the fog if your last dose hit a little too hard.
  5. Take a Hot Shower – and enjoy a sensational high. You can make taking a hot shower the entire point of getting high; it’s a delightful experience.
  6. Take a Nap – For those times you feel too woozy or “spinny” to take a walk or hop in the shower, try taking a nap.
  7. Drink Water – Marijuana has a way of dehydrating the body, so drink plenty of water.
  8. Black Pepper (source)
  9. Distract Yourself With Activities
  10. Smoke CBD-rich hemp flower

FAQs

For a beginner, the effects can last up to 12 hours but usually last between six and eight hours.  For edible cannabis connoisseurs, the effects usually last 4-5 hours. 

The effects of an edible may last up to eight hours, however, some people may feel the effects up to 12 hours. If you have a higher tolerance, the effect might only last for 4-5 hours.

All-in-all, the length of how long an edible will last for you generally involves the amount of THC consumed and the THC tolerance of the consumer. 

Only the drowsiness and lowered activity levels are usually associated with delta-9 and delta-8 edible cannabis products 24-hours after consumption.  However, THCP-infused edibles seem to offer effects lasting in the 24-hour range when coming 2 mg or more of THCP.

Conclusion & Recap: The Key Points To Remember

  • Always remember to wait at least a couple of hours after consuming cannabis edibles before upping your dose in order to make sure you are experiencing the full effects.
  • Avoid taking cannabis edibles if you aren’t sure if you are allergic to cannabis or other ingredients that may be in THC edibles, such as peanut oil.
  • It’s best to discuss marijuana use openly and honestly with your doctor if you are concerned about the health effects, or side effects, you may experience.
  • THC edibles are not necessarily recommended for first-time cannabis users as the effects can often be very strong, and in some cases extreme, which could cause loss of cognition or control in someone who isn’t familiar with the effects they will be experiencing.
  • No need to rush – just enjoy the process! When it comes to edibles, start with a small dose and be patient. The effects may not kick in immediately but rest assured they usually deliver as intended.
  • If you’ve eaten an edible, feeling anxious is normal. But remember to take a few deep breaths and remind yourself that everything will be okay – usually the effects wear off within 3-8 hours.
  • Don’t let anxiety overwhelm you – we’ve offered the suggested steps to take to reduce your worry. Enjoy responsibly, and eventually, everything will be just fine with the peak of your worries fading away simultaneously with the peak of the effects.

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