Why Does It Take So Long For Edibles To Kick In?

It takes a long time for edibles to kick in because they need to pass through the digestive system first, where they are absorbed. This results in a long onset time that could take 30-60 minutes before achieving the effects, but it depends on numerous factors such as potency, the form of edibles, age, weight, and many more.

study (published on National Library In Medicine) suggests that the oral ingestion effects are set within 30-90 minutes. However, the maximum efficacy is reached after 2-3 hours, depending on the dose and effect.

The actual onset of the effects depend on the properties of the edibles like the following:

The potency of the active ingredients

The amount of the ingredients determine the speed of its effect. A product containing a more potent active ingredient can deliver a faster onset of effects.

Type of edible

Edibles come in different forms, such as lollipops, candies, and gum. In addition, these forms take effect faster because they are absorbed in the mouth. For rapid effects, you can administer these types of edibles sublingually (placed under the tongue).

Baked goods or gummies usually kick in slower. Again, it’s because it has to go through the digestive system first before absorption into the bloodstream happens.

Genetic factors

These include weight, tolerance, gender, and metabolism.

Why Does It Take So Long For Edibles To Kick In?

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What Are Edibles?

Edibles are cannabis-infused food products in the form of gummies, lollipops, cookies, chocolates, and many more. These contain either THC or CBD, or even both. CBD-only edibles like the Relax Gummies – CBD Infused Gummy Bears – 1000mg are made to help treat anxiety and pain. Additionally, the experience of individuals in taking edibles differs. Taking edibles usually produces effects that last longer. At the same time, edibles containing THC cause a more intense "high" feeling.

Types of Edibles


Lozenges, Lollipops, Gums

These types of edibles usually kick in faster because you can administer them sublingually. Sublingual refers to the administration of the drug by placing it under the tongue. Since the tongue and the gums contain many blood vessels underneath the mucous membranes, they allow faster absorption of the edibles to the bloodstream.

In addition, lozenges and lollipops such as the Chill Plus Delta-8 Lollipop Cherry – 25mg should not be immediately swallowed, chewed, or crushed. These do not need to pass the digestive system but must be left to dissolve slowly in the mouth.

CBD Edibles Lollipops

Chewable Edibles

Gummies, chocolates, and baked goods are considered chewable. A specific example is the Chill Plus CBD & Delta-8 Extreme Fruity Mix Gummies – 1250X. CBD in the form of chewable usually has a longer onset time.

You need first to crush a chewable and swallow them before absorption happens. Then, chewable edibles need to pass through the digestive system. Afterward, it needs to pass through the liver for metabolism, consequently entering the bloodstream and brain. Thus, the effects finally appear. Although the effects of edibles in the form of chewable take slower, their effects last longer.

Benefits Of Edibles

Cannabis-infused edibles have a lot of advantages over cannabis smoking. Some of these advantages include the reduced risk of lung irritation and the longer duration of effects.
Edibles are also a discreet way of taking hemp. Moreover, they’re more flavorful, easy, and fun to consume.

How Long Does The Effect Of Edibles Last?

In contrast to smoking cannabis, the effects of edibles generally last longer. It can last for about 6 to 8 hours after consumption—additionally, products consumed by chewing and swallowing produce more prolonged effects.

2017 study (published on Sage Journals) analyzed 5000 tweets. All of these tweets mentioned edible marijuana. The results showed that 12% of the tweets described the intense or long-lasting effects.

In addition, another study stated that edibles last for 4-12 hours.

Is There A Dose For Edibles?

Most edible products should indicate the dose of THC or CBD in a single serving. The doses vary from every manufacturer. However, it would help if you took caution with its dosing, as some products contain inaccurate dosing.

2015 study (published on Jama Network) tested the accuracy of the doses of 47 different brands. Of all the brands tested, only 17% were accurately labeled. While 23% contain more THC and 60% had less THC as stated in their labels.

CBD Edibles Hemp CHocolates

What Is The Recommended Dosage For Edibles? (Beginners and Regular Users)

Since edibles last longer than other forms, you won’t be able to notice their effect immediately, especially for products that only contain CBD, like the Relax Gummies CBD Gummy Bears. In taking edibles, check first the label of the product for instructions. Also, look for its potency per serving. I recommend consuming only a few pieces.

If you’re a regular user, take the usual dose. But if you want more potent effects, don’t be hasty and consume more than usual. It’s always better to increase the amount gradually.

If you’re a beginner, you should wait for around 30 minutes to one hour for its effects to kick in. Of course, you might get impatient during this process. However, edibles provide longer-lasting results. Therefore it’s best to start with small doses to avoid powerful, undesirable effects. More so if the product contains THC. So it would help if you wait at least 2 hours before taking more.

Should You Take Edibles On An Empty Stomach?

You can take edibles on a full or empty stomach —but the effects are different. Edibles that contain THC, when consumed, change their form. Thus, resulting in a prolonged effect.
Taking edibles on an empty stomach will kick in faster — and harder. It’s because your digestive system does not have anything to process besides the edible you consumed.

However, the effects won’t last longer than usual. So it’s best to eat first before taking edibles. Indeed, it may take longer to take effect, but you’ll achieve desirable effects that last longer instead of taking edibles on an empty stomach.


Chomping down on tasty edibles might be tempting. However, take control and make sure to start gradually. Always wait out for at least 2 hours for the effects before taking another dose to avoid undesirable consequences. Moreover, properly consuming edibles will enable you to enjoy hemp and its benefits fully.

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