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How Long Do Marijuana Edibles Stay In Your System

Although there are more infused foods more available than ever, it’s important to note that eating (or drinking!) an edible is different from smoking a joint or taking a hit from a bong. While a big enough inhale can certainly cause a strong psychoactive effect, edible cannabis is significantly more potent.


Cannabis edibles are processed differently when the herb is ingested rather than inhaled. When inhaled, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is quickly absorbed by the lungs and into the bloodstream. THC is the compound that causes the famous cannabis “high.”

From there, the fat-soluble molecule quickly travels to fatty areas like the brain where it works its psychoactive magic.

When cannabis is eaten, however, something different happens. The food good partially broken down by the upper digestive system before it makes its way to the small intestine. In the small intestine, tiny THC molecules are absorbed through the intestinal walls and transported to the liver.

Much to the surprise of many, the liver converts THC into a stronger, more psychoactive compound called 11-Hydroxy-THC. 11-Hydroxy-THC is thought to be more bioavailable and has a stronger psychoactive effect than plain ol’ THC.

Further, because the food good must first travel through the digestive system, the cannabis product is released more slowly over time. Simply summarized, eating an edible gives you a stronger, slower high that lasts significantly longer than smoking.

How to Determine Dosage For The Best Cannabis Edibles Experience

Before partaking in infused foods, there are a few quick tips and tricks to keep in mind for the best cannabis edibles experience. These include:

  • Eating a cannabis edible that contains fat or eating a little fat prior to taking an edible will enhance the experience.
  • It can take between 30 to 90 minutes for the edible to take effect. Do not consume more cannabis until that 90 minute window has passed.
  • The effects of an edible can last up to six hours when doses are moderate. High doses of edibles can last longer.
  • It is impossible to die from an edibles overdose, but eating too many edibles is a surefire way to have a bad time.


Strain Types and Effects

CBD Rich

A high-CBD strain that promotes well-being with minimal euphoric effects.


 Provides a euphoric, uplifting effect that is appropriate for daytime treatment

Sativa Dominant

A high THC strain that promotes focus and composure


A cross between Sativa and Indica, helps manage symptoms and has euphoric effects.

Indica Dominant

A high THC strain with a terpene profile that promotes maximum relaxation


 Provides a relaxing and sedative effect that is best suited for nighttime use