Marijuana edibles are a type of Shango product that comes in the form of sweets and snacks which have been infused with cannabis. Edibles can range in type from gummies to chocolates to drinks, though originally the majority of edibles were ingested as baked items such as cookies and cakes. Edibles are perfect for those who are looking for the benefits of CBD or THC but prefer not to smoke or vape to achieve the benefits.

The difference between smoking cannabis and consuming edibles

When considering how long edibles last compared to traditional smoking or vaping, you need to consider the rate at which the THC and CBD are absorbed into the bloodstream. When cannabis is smoked or vaped the marijuana is taken into the lungs and from here it is then absorbed into the bloodstream and metabolized, which is why the effects are felt much quicker than if you are consuming an edible. When consuming cannabis in an edible, the THC and CBD take longer to be absorbed into the body as it takes longer for digestion to occur.

How long does it take to get high?

Most people will feel the effects of edibles within 1 to 2 hours of consumption. The THC in marijuana edibles generally takes longer to achieve a high compared to smoking or vaping, as it needs to work its way through the digestive system in order to enter your bloodstream. How long it takes to get high will also depend on the type of edible you consume. With edibles such as gummies or chocolate you may experience faster effects, compared to baked edibles, such as cookies, which tend to be slower to digest. When experimenting with edibles, it is important to wait for the high to kick in and not to ingest more in the hope of getting a quicker high. Marijuana edibles are much more potent than cannabis that is ingested through smoking or vaping, so managing your high without exceeding your limits is key to a good edible experience.

How long do edibles last?

The effect of edibles can last anywhere from 6 to 12 hours, depending on a few factors: 

  • The type of edible consumed
  • Potency of the marijuana used in the edible
  • Contents of the food already in your stomach
  • Your metabolism
  • The health of your digestive system

Your peak high will last for approximately 2 to 3 hours from the time of consumption, after which you will experience a more mellow high during your come down phase, which is quite gentle and can continue for another 5 to 6 hours. The high you achieve from edibles lasts much longer than smoking or vaping and generally offers a more mellow experience.  

Considering how long edibles last in terms of shelf-life depends on the type of edible and the environment in which they are stored. Chocolates, fudges, and cookies tend to have the same shelf life as that of their normal counterparts if stored properly, preferably in a cool, dry place. Edibles such as gummies and other candies generally have the longest shelf-life if stored correctly. Storing your edibles in the fridge or freezer is recommended for both types, especially if you live in a warmer climate.

Using edibles for medicinal purposes

Medical marijuana demand has been on the rise since more light has been shed on the beneficial properties of cannabis in relation to certain types of illness. Medical marijuana is increasingly used around the world to treat ailments in which other mainstream medicines may have been less effective. Many users of medical marijuana prefer to eliminate the high which is caused by the THC found in the cannabis plant and many prefer alternatives to smoking or vaping to achieve the desired benefits. Edibles like CBD gummies, which have had the THC removed from the mix, are perfect for medical marijuana consumption in measured doses.

How long do edibles stay in your system?

Depending on the person, edibles can stay in your system for anything from 3 to 12 days. There are many factors which contribute to how long edibles stay in your system, including:

  • The quantity of edibles you consume
  • The strain of marijuana used in the production of the edibles
  • How often you have consumed edibles in any given time frame
  • The dosage of the edibles you consume

Those who consume edibles more often can have THC in their system for up to a month or more, while for casual users it will be around 1-2 weeks. Edible products can be purchased online from the Shango store and sometimes as part of our special deals. A medical marijuana card will be required for purchase in most states except Oregon, Washington, and Nevada where recreational consumption is legal.