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How Long Do Weed Edibles Stay In Your System?

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Gummies, brownies, popcorn, cookies… Exploring the world of weed edibles could be either adventurous or very intimidating- maybe both! But don’t worry, this article will focus on the basics of cannabis-infused food, how long it will stay in your system, the talk around edibles being or not being safe, and learning what dose is the right one for you.


How do I know if edibles are right for me?

The first step is to research edibles and their potential effects, but hey, you’re already here reading this. Congratulations, you’ve already started out with the right foot.

To know if edibles are right for you, you should ask yourself these questions:

  • How much time do I have to carry out this experience? Hours? Days?
  • What do I want to get out of this cannabis experience?
  • Is this my first time trying out marijuana?
  • How long do I want to be high? 

Keep on reading with these inquiries in mind so you can form your own opinion about it and discover whether they’re right for you.


What are marijuana edibles?

As edibles become legal around the world, the variety of products has increased to different kinds of food and even drinks. These products contain cannabinoids, the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis known as THC. 

Sprout Health Group points out that, when people smoke weed, inhaling the THC allows it to reach the bloodstream and have an impact as quickly as within five minutes, as opposed to consuming it. Because the digested cannabis needs to make its way to the liver and digestion takes time, an edible will take longer to make an effect on your body, meaning it will take up to 2 hours before you start feeling high.


How long will it stay in my system?

Not only edibles will take you some time to start feeling the effects, Sprout Health Group warns that they will also last longer. 

Compared to smoking, taking an edible can significantly last much longer; when you smoke, the effects may fade away in several hours, but an edible can have you high up to 12 hours. Just like a lot of things related to cannabis, how long THC from edibles stay in your system depends on a few factors like consumed quantity and THC tolerance, for example. 

It is also essential that you consider that THC from edibles will show up on a drug test. Sprout denotes that urine, hair, blood, saliva, and sweat tests can all detect ingested (and even smoking) THC. Here’s a timeline provided by Sprout for each kind of test: 

  • Blood: 3-4 hours
  • Saliva: 24-72 hours
  • Urine: 3-30 days
  • Hair: Up to 90 days

Be mindful about this information so you can plan your edible experience in the safest way possible. For example, if the company you work at does random drug tests, maybe plan trying edibles during the holidays. Or if you have a big project coming up, you don’t want to consume an edible on the night before the big presentation. Be smart about it!


What is the recommended dose?

Sara Payan, cannabis educator and public education officer at the Apothecarium, explains SELF the cardinal rule with cannabis: start low and go slow, meaning to start with a low dose and wait (about two hours) before taking any more.

Experts such as Payan and Dr. Jordan Tishler, president of the Association of Cannabinoid Specialists, indicate that in regards to edibles, 5 mg of THC is generally considered a low dose, but if you know that you’re more sensitive to substances or are generally an anxious person who worries about what might happen in the unknown, start with 1 to 2.5 mg.

Keep in mind that a moderate dose would be around 10 to 15 mg, and a high dose would be upwards of 20 mg. “Ultimately, though, a dose is just a starting point and it may take some trial and error to figure out the right cannabis products for you,” says Dr. Genester Wilson-King from the Society of Cannabis Clinicians.

 

Are edibles safe or not?

The talk about edibles being safe or unsafe started out with a valid concern, which is that it’s hard to gauge the strength of an edible before it’s consumed. That is the reason why most people recommend smoking the first time you’re trying out weed, because that’s how you know how much your body needs to get high, how strong it will hit you, and how you’re going to react. 

Consider that for some and most of the recipes of edibles; you will need a well-grounded herb; that’s why we highly recommend you getting first a good and helpful grinder for yourself. Keep in mind that this grinder will not only make your life easier when cooking edibles but also when you want to smoke it from a pipe or roll it on a joint. Here you can find a great grinder in the market that will last you a lifetime!

And, of course, you should always check if your city has decriminalized marijuana or if it’s legal to buy edibles or consume them. Edibles can be a good experience under the right circumstances, so be sure to think it through before you do it! 

All in all, if edibles don’t sound like your thing yet but you’re bored of rolling joints or don’t feel like trying out bongs and glass pipes because you want something more discrete, you could always try smoking weed from a pipe! KØL 2.0 has an elegant and magnetic design created to last for a lifetime; we seriously think it’s the only pipe you’ll ever need.

 

Author: Mary Jane

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