All about marijuana edibles

Published Jan 29, 2019 03:10 p.m. ET

What are marijuana edibles and how long do they stay in your system?

 Marijuana edibles, also known as THC edibles or cannabis edibles, are food products that are infused with Marijuana. THC, (the psychoactive chemical from the marijuana plant that gets you high) can be infused into just about anything. Any and every kind of food you can think of has the potential to be made into an edible. From sauces and drinks to more traditional baked goods like brownies. The options are limitless. Unfortunately, even though marijuana is now legal to smoke and possess, edibles themselves are still illegal to sell. In the meantime, there appear to be several producers who are providing many local dispensaries with their “medibles.” Mainly in the form of gummies, chocolate bars, cake pops, and brownies.  

What are the effects of marijuana edibles, and how long does it take for edibles to work?

Cannabis infused edibles are known for their euphoric effect, and their ability to offer a buzz that comes on slow with the ability to last for hours. How exactly THC edibles will affect you will depend on several things. First, consider your sensitivity. If you are new to edibles or are wary of a buzz that’s too intense it’s recommended to start small. If your edibles come with directions, please be sure to follow them. If not, consider trying only a portion to start. The standard recommended dose for beginners is 10 mg. If you don’t feel it immediately, wait. Edibles can take up to two hours to fully take effect and can last for up to 12 hours after that.

How long do marijuana edibles stay in your system?

This one is tricky. The effects of edibles can take up to 12 hours to fully wear off. However, it takes much longer than that to leave your system. When eating THC, it’s filtered through your liver rather than through your blood and is then stored in your body’s fat cells. The larger the cells, the longer it will take to be completely rid of it. The amount you exercise, your diet, the frequency of your use, any medications, and the amount of water you drink all come into play here. It can take anywhere from four days to four months to completely be gone from your system.

If you do decide to consume edibles, don’t forget. It is illegal to drive while under the influence and cannabis is no exception. It is always recommended to wait at least 12 hours after consuming edibles before operating a motor vehicle. It is also recommended that new users take extra precautions such as finding a friend to keep you company, staying hydrated, and only buy from reputable sources. Stay safe and enjoy responsibly.

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