Edibles have become more and more popular, especially amongst medical patients. Smoking cannabis is definitely not the healthiest means of consumption. And when you are consuming weed chiefly for health reasons, you might want to stay completely away from combustion.
Unlike smoking, edibles can be a waiting game. Many people enjoy consuming edibles, but they may not like having to wait up to two hours to feel the effects. However, for those who are not a fan of waiting or who need quick medical relief, there are a few ways your cannabis infusions can affect you faster.
How long does it take for edibles to kick in?
Edibles take longer to take effect than smoked cannabis. After taking a few bites out of a brownie, you can expect to wait anywhere between 30 minutes to 2 hours before you feel the effects. After swallowing the cannabinoids, they need to make it through the digestive tract and liver before entering the bloodstream.
How long do edibles last?
While edibles take a long time to kick in compared with smoking or vaping, they also tend to last much longer. The average dose from an edible can last 6 or more hours, with the strongest effects occurring about 3 hours after ingestion. However, it is not uncommon for the high to last up to 8–12 hours if the person is sensitive but only about 4 hours if the person has a higher tolerance.
This will vary depending on a few factors, such as dosage, metabolism, and tolerance levels. Taking a very large dose or a dose with very potent THC levels may cause a stronger, longer high, as the body takes time to process the THC out of the system.
People with low tolerances to cannabis products may feel the effects more strongly and for much longer than a person who regularly uses cannabis products even if they take the same dose. Tolerance levels will also fluctuate depending on how much cannabis a person has smoked or ingested within a period.
Metabolism may also play a role, and a person with very fast metabolism may not feel the effects for as long as someone with a slower metabolism.
Increase your metabolism
There are several ways to encourage edibles to kick in faster. Perhaps the most sure-fire way is to increase your metabolism so that the infused product can break down in your digestive tract and deliver the cannabinoids to your bloodstream as swiftly as possible.
There are some general rules of thumb for keeping one’s metabolism sharp, such as consuming plenty of protein, drinking lots of water, working out, avoiding a sedentary lifestyle, and getting plenty of solid sleep. If a lifestyle change does not sound enticing, then there are a few more legitimate options for you to try.
If you want edibles to kick in faster, consume them on an empty stomach so they can enter your bloodstream quickly. However, this is never advised for people who have not consumed edibles before. If you are new to consuming edibles, then eat a full meal before your first time to ensure you do not experience an intense, uncomfortable high.
A traditional edible, with its THC most often attached to a fat, must surpass many hurdles for its cannabinoids to reach the bloodstream. The gastrointestinal tract is long, and an edible must pass through the stomach, intestines, and liver as it is absorbed, contending with acids and bile along the way before it reaches your bloodstream.
A tincture, on the other hand, is a quick and easy alternative ingestible that bypasses all of that extra biology to get your THC to go directly to your bloodstream.
To take something sublingually means to take it under the tongue. Under your tongue exists mucus membranes and an abundance of capillaries, which allow cannabinoids to be absorbed more directly. A few drops under the tongue (held there for 5 to 10 minutes) will allow the effects of the THC in a tincture to come on much quicker, letting you better control the length and strength of your dosage.
It should be noted that the effects of tinctures do not last as long as edibles. Fat-based edibles are essentially the extended-release version of cannabis consumables, which can be either a good thing or a bad thing depending on your situation.
As of lately, cannabis-infused drinks are starting to make a splash in the edibles market. Coffee, tonics, elixirs, sodas, lemonade, tea, juices, etc. If you can drink it, you can probably find it on the shelves of a dispensary. Not only are cannabis-infused drinks delicious, but they are also a fantastic way to enjoy a faster-acting edible.
In liquid form, the cannabinoids within a drink have the potential to be absorbed sublingually as you sip, while also passing through the digestive tract more quickly than a lipid-packed cannabis cookie. Some, such as a concentrated cannabis shot, are even formulated for this exact purpose, bringing on effects in a matter of minutes.
Just like traditional edibles, you can find all manner of drinkables, so no matter your cannabinoid or flavor of choice, there is something for everyone.
Specially formulated edibles
There are also solid edibles that are being formulated to hit you quicker. One such example comes from 1906, a Colorado-based producer of specially formulated chocolates and “drops” intended to deliver a fast-acting high. The company claims the effects of these “rapid delivery” edibles can be felt as soon as 15-20 minutes after consumption.
Peter Barsoom, the founder of 1906, explained in a recent Forbes article that due to his “proprietary lipid microencapsulation process,” the THC is able to “bypass the stomach and get into the small intestine faster. It also allows more of the THC to get into the blood.”
1906 offers a range of chocolates formulated for specific outcomes. There is “Midnight” for sleep, “Go” for energy, “Pause” for relaxation, and “High Love” for an aphrodisiac. In addition to a balanced formula of THC and CBD, each chocolate also features a selection of additional botanicals that promote the sensation the chocolate is geared towards. For example, Go contains a blend of coffee and other natural stimulants for an energetic high.
Research has shown that caffeine can give your metabolism a boost, so drinking a caffeinated beverage as you consume an edible could be enough to temporarily increase your metabolism. Drink a glass of green tea or a cup of coffee as you enjoy your next edible to see if it helps speed up the digestion process so you can feel the high effect faster.