How Long Can You Expect CBD Edibles to Last?

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If you’ve experimented with any type of CBD product or have only recently heard of them, you’re likely a bit curious about edibles. CBD products come in various forms, from tinctures and edibles to creams and even tea and coffee. How long each product lasts depends on many factors, including the CBD concentration and how your own body processes it.  To answer the question “How long do edibles last?” we will need to explore this subject in a little more in-depth.

CBD edibles are cannabis-based food products that come in many different forms and contain either one or both of marijuana’s active ingredients. Those ingredients are THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol).

It’s also important to understand that there is a difference between CBD-only edibles and THC-infused edibles. THC is responsible for the psychoactive “high” that many users feel when ingesting marijuana gummies or other THC-based products. A CBD-only product will not produce that “high.”

In general, though, marijuana edibles typically are produced to include relatively high levels of THC. CBD and marijuana edibles offer a more flavorful alternative to smoking cannabis or ingesting oil. Edibles also typically provide a more extended and intense effect in comparison to other CBD and cannabis-based products.

Types of Edibles

Types of Edibles

CBD and cannabis actually can be infused into a multitude of foods and products. From cookies and chocolates to even sodas and energy drinks, one can turn virtually anything edible into a cannabis edible. However, here are some of the most popular edible types:

Gummies

Brownies

Coffees and teas

Lozenges/lollipops

Cookies

Gummy edibles are among the most popular edible types. Edible gummies are small, chewy, and generally quite tasty. Brownies and cookies offer an even more palatable option. And for avid coffee and tea drinkers, CBD-infused beverages are another option for relaxation.

Factors for Longevity

When it comes to timeframes, there are different ways to measure an edible’s longevity. How long does it take for edibles to kick in? How long do edibles stay in your system? And, how long does a high last?

You’ll need first to determine what type of edible you’re ingesting. If obtaining the psychoactive component of consuming an edible is your goal, you’re probably going to ask questions like, “How long does a weed high last?” and “How long does a marijuana high last?”

For both THC-infused and CBD-only edibles, you’re probably interested in the question of “How long do edibles take to kick in?” The answers to all of the above depend highly on a multitude of factors, and you may have to experiment a bit to achieve the result you want.

Diet

One thing to consider when asking how long your high will last (if you’ve consumed THC-infused edibles) is your diet. Did you eat anything before you took the edible, or are you experiencing the high on an empty stomach? Generally speaking, it’s always best to have some food in your stomach before consuming any medication or other products.

Metabolism

How long does marijuana last, and how long will your high last? A significant factor in this answer is your metabolism. If you tend to have a quick metabolism, your body will process the edible faster, and your high — or other effects of the edible — likely won’t last as long as someone with a slower metabolism.

Sex

How long it takes for edibles to kick in also depends on your sex, believe it or not. Just as with alcohol, males likely will need more of a product to feel the desired result than females. However, you still need to be careful, especially if you’re new to CBD, THC, and edibles. You should take it slowly until you determine your body’s own tolerance levels.

Weight

Another factor in the question of “How long do edibles take to kick in?” is your weight. Those who weigh less are more likely to feel the effects of an edible more quickly than someone who weighs more.

Tolerance to Cannabis

All of the above factors also play into your cannabis tolerance. No one factor alone is the primary determinant in predicting or knowing how your body will react to cannabis, which is why you should always err on the side of caution when consuming an edible.

Especially if you’re new to cannabis products, you will want to start slowly and with low dosages or concentration levels of a product. Once you have a better idea of how your body reacts to these products, you can make adjustments accordingly.

Edibles Dosage

With the above factors in mind, there also are general edible dosage charts available online for guidelines of how long you can expect it to take for an edible to both kick in and stay kicked in.

The first thing to keep is that many edibles don’t kick in quickly. It can be tempting for this reason to take more after your first dose, but you should wait 24 hours before taking another.

An edible high generally lasts longer than other methods of consuming cannabis can last anywhere from six to eight hours. THC-infused edibles produce peak blood levels around three hours. The edible high also depends on dose and potency.

Alternatives to Edibles

Alternatives to Edibles

Because edibles tend to have stronger effects, they aren’t for everyone. Pure Relief offers edible products, such as CBD gummies, but there’s so many more that may be right for you. These include:

Pre-Rolled Joints — Available in different varieties, from sour apple and kush mints to Buba Kush and Hawaiian haze.

CBD Oil — Available in different flavors and strengths.

CBD Cream — Can be applied topically for pain relief and moisturization. 

Raw Hemp Flower — Available in different varieties and includes 3.5 grams.

Takeaway

How long you can expect your CBD edibles to last, as well as how long it may take for them to kick in, depends on a variety of factors. That’s why it’s important to start slow and wait 24 hours between doses until you find what works for your body and your needs. 

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