How Long Do Edibles Take To Kick In?

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If you’ve ever consumed an edible, then you know that the onset time is not as instantaneous as smoking or vaping.  Rookies often make the mistake of eating more because they don’t feel anything yet, and then end up higher than they wanted to be due to their impatience and in-expertise.  It turns out, every body is different and there is not a one size fits all approach to determining how long edibles take to kick in.  However, there are a few factors to consider that can help give you an idea of when you can expect to feel effects.  Keep reading to learn what you should be taking into account the next time you decide to eat your high.

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Edible onset times

This study shows that THC edibles take approximately 30-90 minutes to kick in.  (Since delta 8 is so structurally similar to delta 9 THC, we can apply the same set of rules for both forms of THC).  These effects still don’t peak until 2-3 hours after edible consumption, and they can last anywhere between 4-12 hours.  

With such wide ranges, how can you plan to enjoy your edible experience?    Luckily, there are other circumstances you can assess to understand how long edibles will take to kick in.

1. Type of edible

If you’re enjoying a lollipop, lozenge, piece of gum, or anything else that dissolves into your mouth without being swallowed, you’re going to feel the effects more quickly.  This is because the cannabinoids are being absorbed through the mucus membrane in the mouth.  When edibles are chewed and swallowed, they need to go through the whole process of digestion, which takes longer than sublingual absorption.  

Aside from gummy vs lozenge, type of food matters.  Your body will digest a gummy much faster than it will a brownie.  While you’ll feel the gummy faster, the effects will not last as long as those of a brownie.  Other than simple digestion time, fat content makes a difference as THC is more potent when it binds to fat.

2. Metabolism

The trickiest determinant for how long edibles will take to kick in is metabolism.  This is the least easily measured, but you may have a general idea if yours runs fast or slow.  Other factors to consider that influence your metabolism include age, weight, gender, and physical activity.  While those with a faster metabolism may feel effects more quickly, the high is also likely to dissolve earlier.

3. Contents of your stomach

You might think an edible is the perfect dessert after a huge meal.  This may be true, but you won’t feel its effects for a while.  Your body has to digest whatever is already in your system before it gets to the edible, and depending on what you’ve eaten, this could be a lengthy process.  If you’re looking to end your meal stoned, pop your gummy as an appetizer.

4. Exercise

If you’re used to your edibles taking an hour to kick in, and you enjoy one pre workout, get ready to feel high faster than usual.  The increase of heart rate and blood flow will help the cannabinoids absorb into your bloodstream faster.  So, if you want to give your edibles a little bit of a kick start, try exercising!  I think I finally understand that “runner’s high” everyone always talks about.

5. Caffeine

It’s no secret that caffeine tends to rev up the metabolism.  Drinking a cup of coffee or green tea with your edibles may be enough to influence how long the edibles will take to kick in.  I can honestly say I’ve never tried this method as I usually save my edibles for later in the day, but I am curious to see the difference.

6. Dosage

Edibles with higher dosage will be felt more quickly than their less potent counterparts.  So, if you opt for our 100 mg gummies, buckle up and prepare for the journey to begin sooner than later.

The bottom line

Only you can assess all these factors within yourself when consuming edibles.  Stomach contents, caffeine, and exercise all play a role.  If you’re used to a certain onset time, be aware of your recent activity as that time may be sooner or later than usual.  Regardless of dosage, type of edible, or your metabolism, be sure to wait several hours before enjoying more edibles.  No matter how you indulge, enjoy the journey and stay lit with our extensive collection of edibles here at DVNT.