Edibles generally last between 6-8 hours, though this depends on concentration, potency and type.
If you’re thinking of trying CBD or THC edibles, read this guide before you dose up.
How long do edibles last?
The biggest difference between THC and CBD is there’s no high with CBD.
The effects of edibles can be felt longer than smoking or vaping marijuana, which is ideal for people who want lasting relief from symptoms without having to continually take doses throughout the day.
The more potent the dose, the quicker you’re likely to feel the effects. However, since CBD products don’t elicit a ‘high’, it may be harder to identify when they have taken effect. ‘The maximum effect usually occurs two to three hours after swallowing CBD, with effects lasting for around three to fiver hours, and up to 12 hours depending on the dose,’ says Dr Brewer. ‘A higher starting dose means the effects will last for longer.’
If it’s your first time trying CBD, don’t overdo it. Although there are almost no negative side effects when using quality CBD products, you should always take precautions when ingesting a new supplement. When dosing CBD, start low and if necessary you can slowly increase the amount until you find your “sweet spot.”
If you’re considering eating a CBD edible, first ask yourself what your ideal outcome is for using CBD, or what symptoms you hope to address.
Before we dive into the effects of CBD, it’s necessary to outline the importance of potency. Different products will contain varying amounts of CBD, which plays a role in the efficacy of an edible. Gummies are a popular and easy method of CBD ingestion, but there may be only 5 milligrams of CBD in one gummy, compared to a cake pop that contains 30 milligrams. This doesn’t mean that the stronger edible is the better choice, but that you should take CBD potency into consideration before deciding on a product.
What can affect how long a CBD edible lasts?
Since edibles must first pass through your digestive system in order for CBD to absorb into the bloodstream, it’s hard to pinpoint exactly how long you’ll feel the effect of a CBD edible. Science tells us that it can take anywhere from 6 to 8 hours to breakdown food in the stomach and small intestine and absorb its nutrients.
When it comes to edibles, certain factors can alter the amount of time the CBD is effective, including:
If you have anxiety and are looking for a natural remedy, you’ll likely need less CBD than someone with insomnia who’s trying to fall asleep at night.
For those that have already been exposed to CBD and avidly use it, you’ve most likely found a CBD dosage that works best for you. You’ve made it through the trial and error phase, and can use your typical dose of CBD to determine what kind of edible is best suited for you.