Edibles containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) may be a healthier option than smoking for those looking for a high. It may take 30–90 minutes for the effects to kick in. The high may be more intense and longer than with smoking, but adverse effects can occur.
Edibles are foods or drinks containing cannabis extract. They come in many forms, including baked goods, gummies, and hard candies, while some people may also prepare them at home.
This article discusses how long edibles take to kick in and how long the high lasts. It also looks at risks and side effects, and other ways of using cannabis.
Cannabis contains compounds such as cannabidiol and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the compound responsible for the “high” that people associate with the drug. The Washington State Liquor Control Board define a THC serving as 10 milligrams (mg), while products are limited to 100 mg of this substance in total.
Some factors affect how soon someone can feel the effects of edibles. These include:
- the edible’s non-cannabis ingredients
- body weight
- when a person last ate
Consumption under the tongue, also known as sublingual absorption, is theoretically faster since it bypasses the digestive system and absorbs straight into the bloodstream. Therefore, items, such as lollipops or tinctures held under the tongue, may have quicker effects.
According to one study, the effects of edibles last
A 2017 study analyzed 5,000 tweets about edibles and found 12% described the intense or long-lasting effects following use.
People can also smoke the cannabis plant or vape cannabis oil. THC inhalation typically triggers effects within seconds or minutes. These effects plateau after
Some people prefer ingesting edibles to smoking cannabis because of the potential health risks associated with smoking. A 40-year
However, not all the research is in agreement. A
As edibles take longer to take effect, a person may consume more than they intend, subsequently experiencing a more intense and longer-lasting high.
According to a
An article in The American Journal of Psychiatry reports on five people in Colorado who went to the hospital with edible cannabis-induced temporary psychosis. According to the report, the patients were daily cannabis smokers using more than ten times the recommended THC dose of 10 mg.
In addition, children may accidentally eat edibles thinking they are regular foods or candies. A
Edibles take longer to exert their effects, while the “high” lasts longer. This can pose a risk for a person who may take more than intended, consequently experiencing adverse effects.
It is vital to keep edibles away from infants and children, who may think they look and taste similar to regular candies or cakes.
Smoking or vaping cannabis has a faster effect, and people may better manage how high they become. However, smoking has several potential health risks, so edibles may be an option to avoid them.