At Arizona Natural Selections, we get a lot of questions about marijuana edibles and their effects. Two of the most common questions we hear are “How long does it take for edibles to kick in?” and “How long does edible marijuana stay in your system?”
While we can provide general answers to these questions, the reality is that edible medical marijuana products differ greatly in how long they take to kick in and how long they remain in your system. They also differ in relation to the body type and the metabolism of the person ingesting them.
However, if we know which type of edible you are referring to, we can provide a more specific and accurate answer.
3 Ways Cannabis Edibles Remain in Your System
There are three main types of cannabis edibles: gastrointestinal, oral, and hybrid. Each of these edible types is metabolized differently and affects the body in unique ways.
When medical marijuana users wonder about the properties of edibles, they are usually thinking about gastrointestinal edibles. These are the most common and easily understood. They usually come in the form of brownies, cookies, rice crispy treats and other sweet snacks.
Gastrointestinal edibles begin to absorb into your body once they reach your digestive tract. It takes from 45 to 90 minutes to feel the first effects, so starting with a low dosage and waiting patiently is recommended.
Oral edibles are usually sold as tinctures and lozenges. The active ingredients in these edibles are absorbed through the vessel-rich tissues in your mouth and under your tongue, and they take as little as 15 minutes to demonstrate effects. They are popular among people who experience severe, acute symptoms that should be addressed as soon as possible.
The most common forms of hybrid edibles are drinks. They are called hybrids because they are absorbed both orally and through the gastrointestinal tract. As with oral products, you might feel a near-immediate effect. Over the next couple of hours, the digestion process results in a “time release” effect of additional THC and other compounds, creating a smoother and longer experience.
Thus, the answer to “How long does it take for edibles to work?” is usually anywhere between 15 and 90 minutes.
Edible Marijuana Dosage: The Basic Guidelines
You want to know how long do edibles stay in your system? There’s a few things to look at when answering this. When it comes to cannabis edibles, many of our patients also ask us questions about how much they should eat. Although there are many varieties of edibles, the appropriate marijuana edible dosage for most people is consistent: approximately 10 milligrams of THC.
Purchasing products that come in packages of 10 milligrams can make it easier to select an appropriate dose in different situations. Some patients who have significant experience with medical marijuana may be comfortable with a higher dose.
How Long Do Marijuana Edibles Stay in Your System?
The best rule for edibles is “start low, go slow.” This is because the ingredients in medical marijuana can remain active in your system for several hours. With some experience, you will learn how to time dosages to get the experience you want from your preferred edible, but typically you will feel the effect, or ‘high,’ for a minimum of two hours.
Small amounts of THC, the most important element in medical marijuana, remain detectable in the body for about a month. In cases of frequent medical use, detectable amounts of THC may stay in the body’s tissues for up to three months, but these traces are inert.
How Long Does Marijuana Stay in Your Blood & Urine?
If you’re wondering how long edibles stay in your urine or blood, it’s roughly 24 hours for blood and one to seven days for urine. However, physiological factors can determine how lon marijuana stays in your system, such as your metabolism.
But what if you regularly partake? How long does it take for edibles to get out of your system? At the end of the day, this is a difficult questions to answer straight up. If you eat a marijuana brownie three times a day for a year, you’re probably going to have THC in your system a lot longer than someone who eats an edible once a week. If you stop using marijuana altogether, you will likely have to wait at least 30 days before traces of THC have left your system. However, biology, usage patterns, and a whole lot more external factors can make this time a lot longer.
How Long Do Edibles Stay in Your System for Drug Tests?
If you’re reading this article looking to find out how long edibles stay in your system for a drug test, that answer is not cut and dry either. There are many variables at play where drug tests are concerned. For example, what type of test is being conducted? Is it a urine, blood, saliva, or hair test? Furthermore, who’s conducting the test? What equipment is being used? If a home test, who manufactured the kit? Etc.
As a very loose guideline, you can assume that a test taken at a professional clinic will require you don’t use marijuana for between two and eight hours for a urine test and five to seven days for a hair follicle test. Though, again, the amount of usage and physiology play a role.
In case you’re wondering if edibles show up on a urine test, the answer is yes. But if you’ve only tried marijuana once and eaten the one edible, you shouldn’t have to worry about failing a test after approximately eight hours.
Learn More About Edible Marijuana in Arizona
If you have any more questions about edibles, or if you need help determining which one is best for you, our team at Arizona Natural Selections would love to help. We are passionate about providing Arizona medical marijuana patients with all the information they need to make an effective and informative decision. Visit our dispensary in Scottsdale or Peoria today to learn how we can best support you.