They’re discreet, convenient and delicious. Plus, you can find them in all your favorite forms, including gummy bears, truffles, suckers, cereal bars, macaroons, jerky, cookies, chocolate bars and much more.
Unlike smoking, which takes seconds or minutes to hit your bloodstream, edibles must first be digested in the stomach and processed by the liver. So, you’ll see a delayed arrival of effects – about 30 minutes, up to 2 hours. This will vary according to the individual and how each person’s body processes things. For example, if you have a higher metabolism, you’ll likely feel a change sooner than someone who took the same dose but has a lower metabolism. You’ll then have around 3-6 hours to enjoy the effects.
Some edibles, such as suckers and lozenges, typically kick in faster because they fall into the sublingual category and are absorbed into your bloodstream through the tissues in your mouth.
If you’re new to edibles, take it slow and be patient waiting for the party to start. While a typical dose is 10 mg of THC, you may want to start at 2.5 to 5 mg and see how you respond. Because edibles are made using oil, butter or cannabis distillate, all of which contain highly-concentrated amounts of cannabinoids, they can pack a serious punch in just one tiny square of chocolate.
And whether you’re a novice or expert, you’ll also want to skip mixing your cannabis intake with booze which can produce unwanted and unpleasant effects. Consider having some CBD-heavy flower available to smoke just in case things go sideways. This cannabinoid can help lessen the effects of too much THC.
Pro tip: if you consume edibles after eating fatty foods, you may feel the effects more than if taken on an empty stomach or after a non-fatty meal.