Maybe you have never eaten cannabis edibles. Or maybe you’ve eaten them just a few times and want to know more about how to handle them. After all, they offer a different experience than other cannabis products.

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This article will tell you all you need to know about the edible experience. It will ensure you are ready the next time you consume.

All You Ever Wanted to Know About Cannabis Edibles

Absorption Rates are Uncertain

The biggest X factor with cannabis edibles is the absorption rate. Edibles are absorbed through the bloodstream. Therefore, you will not feel the effects as quickly as you would if you smoke cannabis or take it sublingually.

But when edibles hit, they hit hard. So if you take more edibles because you think that the ones you already consumed aren’t working, you may be in for a surprise. Your trip may be stronger than you think- and not in a good way.  

So, how quickly do cannabis edibles hit? The time frame can vary from 30 minutes to two hours. That’s a wide range.

One factor that affects how quickly cannabis edibles hit is what you have in your stomach. If you take edibles on an empty stomach, cannabis will hit sooner. If you take them on a full stomach, they will take longer to hit.

The dynamic occurs because weed is absorbed through the walls of the intestines. If you have food in your stomach, it will block the intestinal walls and slow down weed absorption. If you don’t have food in your stomach, it will get right to your intestinal walls and hit sooner.

Other factors that affect absorption rates are tolerance levels, height and weight, and other biological factors.

How Long Do Cannabis Edibles Last?

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The amount of time cannabis edibles last will vary depending on the following factors:

How Should I Use Cannabis Edibles Considering My Condition?

You must consider how edibles will affect your condition. If you are using edibles to treat insomnia, take them on a full stomach so they last through the night. If you don’t want edibles to last as long, take them on an empty stomach.

Consider that edibles may not hit for a while. Time them so you get the right effects at the right time.

Be aware that some foods have health effects that can change how cannabis works in your body. For example, cannabis is an anti-inflammatory. If you take it with inflammatory food, they could reverse its benefits.

Similarly, if you take sativa THC for its relaxation benefits, but mix it with stimulatory foods that contain ingredients like caffeine and sugar, you may not get the desired results.

What Foods Will Enhance My High?

Certain foods can enhance your high. Not all of them can be used to make cannabis edibles. But if you consume them after you consume weed, you will have a better experience.

Here are some foods to consider.

Chocolate: Chocolate is a high-fat food that works well with cannabis’s fat-soluble properties. It also contains anandamide, the bliss molecule. If you take it with weed, you will enhance the pleasurable effects of both products.

Broccoli: Broccoli may not be every pot consumer’s favorite food. But it contains the terpene beta caryophyllene which boosts relaxation and reduces pain and inflammation. It will enhance the pot’s pleasure-inducing and pain-relieving effects.

Caffeine: As mentioned earlier, caffeine can interfere with THC’s relaxation effects. However, its stimulating characteristics can be beneficial if you want to use weed and stay alert throughout the day. Many cannabis beverages contain caffeine for this reason.

Sweet Potatoes: Sweet potatoes contain complex carbs and B6 which increase serotonin production and improve mood. Cannabis also increases serotonin production. When you take the two together, you will be extra happy.

What Foods Will Reduce My High?

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Have you ever gotten too high and needed to come down quickly? Black pepper, lemons, and pine nuts can help.

Black pepper contains the terpenes pinene, beta-caryophyllene, and myrcene which reduce anxiety that can be brought on by cannabis consumption. Pine nuts also contain pinene, so they have similar effects. The terpenes in lemon can also be beneficial in helping you come down.


Cannabis edibles are a fun way to get high. But you must be aware that they do not affect you like other types of cannabis. Factors like a full or empty stomach, the type of edible you eat, your genetics, and your body type will affect how long the edible hits and how long it lasts.

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