When cannabinoids are eaten, they reach your bloodstream through your liver, which means it takes up to an hour for the effects to be felt.
This can be slower if the person has a slow metabolism or faster if ingested on an empty stomach.
However, because of this different method of absorption into the body, the effects last much longer. Edibles usually last a few to several hours. An extremely high dose or potency can last a full day.
Pros & Cons
Choosing to eat, rather than inhale, your cannabinoids results in a longer-lasting experience. It's a convenient, discreet and odorless way to consume, and available in a variety of yummy options.
However, edibles take longer to take effect, so they do not offer the immediate pain relief that inhalation methods offer. And some people do not like how long the edible high can last.
Dosing is important to ensure a good experience. If purchased, read the label carefully. If preparing in a kitchen, do your math beforehand.
Baked goods are made with butter blended with cannabis oil. You can make cannabis butter at home for your own cannabis infused creations.
Gummies, taffy and candy are popular ways to enjoy and ingest cannabis for activities or at a slower pace due to their storability. When shopping for packaged edibles at a dispensary, be sure to look for the milligrams of THC both by serving size and the full package amount. First timers should start with only 5 or 10 mg of THC. That should be enough for a virgin brain but hardly noticeable by a veteran consumer. Many candy edibles are 50-100 mg of THC per package, enough for moderate tolerance, to last for a while or to share. Check your local dispensary for their selection of candies and feel free to ask questions.
Cannabis is also available to consumers as a beverage, a helpful option if smoking is prohibitive. You can even specify between CBD only, CBD plus THC in the lower (5-50) milligram range or a higher medical dosage beverage (50-400 mg).
Cannabis can also take the form of alcoholic drinks, such as cannabis beer. Tea or infused coffee drinks marry cannabis and caffeine to help you both relax and focus.
Chocolate infused cannabis is a wonderful treat. Many chocolates come in bar form or small individual chocolates, allowing you to enjoy your favorite dark or milk chocolate with the euphoria of cannabis.
The tide is turning. A majority of Americans think cannabis should be legal and our laws, state by state, are starting to accomplish this. But millions are still denied access, or languish in prisons, due to antiquated laws that hurt rather than help us.
Do your part to help these fellow citizens and show the world how cannabis should be managed, with education, understanding and compassion:
- Support reform legislation efforts by the Senate
- Ask your Congressional Representative to join the Cannabis Caucus
- Support Veterans’ access to Medical Marijuana