How Long Do Edibles Last In Your System?

Whether you have tried them or want to, edibles are something that everyone can bond over. What many people know about them already is that they are another method of receiving a high, but not all know how much this high lasts.

That is why we have produced this article highlighting how long edibles last in your system.

How Long Do Edibles Last In Your System?

What Are Edibles?

Edibles are cannabis-infused food products, made to produce a high for the one consuming it. There are different forms of edibles, some well-known ones including brownies and gummies, however, edibles can be produced from nearly anything. 

When it comes to edibles, you will not be able to know straight away that it is what it is. From the naked eye, an edible looks like the average brownie (it even tastes like a brownie). The only thing which differentiates one from the other is the effects.

Edibles contain THC, the main ingredient in cannabis which creates that recognizable high. They are also becoming more favorable by the public for they produce the same feelings whilst reducing the risk of respiratory problems from smoking.

Will You Feel The Effects Of Edibles Straight Away?

It is essential to know that you will not feel the effects of edibles straight away. Typically, you will start to feel the effects after 30 to 90 minutes of consumption, so do not assume that it is not working for you. 

With this said, you should also refrain from eating the entire edible (for gummies, be sure to refer to the pack). With a brownie, for example, eating the entire one can make the effects heighten and you may not expect to feel as high as you do. 

Particularly for a first-timer, make sure to eat in moderation. We recommend having half of a brownie and see how that affects you before going further.


There is such a thing as overconsumption and this is due to consuming too much THC. If this happens, then a person may experience many effects which put them at risk. Some potential risks include:

  • Nausea
  • Rapid breathing and heart rate
  • Short term memory loss
  • Mood swings
  • Panic attacks
  • Slurred speech
  • Delirium

Benefits Of Eating Edibles

Benefits Of Eating Edibles

Despite edibles having some risks, there are still plenty of benefits. It has been medically proven that cannabis can transform a person, not only being used for leisure but improving a person’s health too. Cannabis is great for many reasons and helps people with a variety of conditions including:

  • Anxiety
  • Epilepsy
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Chronic pain
  • Insomnia
  • Cancer therapy symptoms

How Long Do Edibles Last In Your System?

We know that it can take almost two hours for the effects of edibles to kick in – does this mean that edibles will stay in your system just as long?

You may be surprised to find out that although the high you feel can wear off fairly quickly, the edible stays in your system for a long time. However, some factors need to be eliminated first. 

The amount of time it stays in a person’s system depends on how much cannabis was in the edible itself and also how much was consumed. If you were only brave enough to take a small bite, you can see that edible leaving your body in a matter of hours. 

Realistically, however, you can see it staying in your body for a matter of months (as many as 90 days). Be aware that this does not mean that you will be in a high state for all those months. It simply means that traces of THC will be found in your system.

Edibles And Drug Tests

If you are needing to do a drug test then it is necessary to know that edibles will show up. You may feel that this will not be the case because you only consumed some for the first time months ago, but it is still very possible.

Edibles will stay in your hair for up to 90 days, in your blood for 3 to 4 hours, in your saliva for 24 to 74 hours and in your urine for 3 to 30 days.

What Does It Feel Like To Consume Edibles?

What Does It Feel Like To Consume Edibles?

The general and most common way to take cannabis is to smoke it, either from a pipe or a joint. With this, you will feel subtle effects that will increase with every intake and the effects will be immediate. When it comes to edibles, however, not everyone expects the feelings you experience.

You will not feel the effects of the edible straight away (it can take up to 2 hours) but once you do, you will soon realize that the effects will be amplified compared to when smoking.

Typically, edibles can lead to these effects:

  • Relaxation
  • Drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Dry mouth
  • Increased appetite (commonly referred to as “munchies”)
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Nausea
  • Paranoia
  • Anxiety
  • Hallucinations

Final Thoughts

Edibles are a great way to feel relaxed as well as explore a new way to consume cannabis. Whether you choose to make edibles for fun or to help aid your health, they will be sure to provide an unforgettable experience.

In this article, we have explored the edible, discovering how long it can last in a person’s system as well as the effects which come after consumption. From this, it is clear that edibles come with their highs and their lows and because of this, it is not for everyone. 

As edibles are very different to smoking joints or inhaling from pipes, not everyone is ready for the effects that they feel. Because of this, it is easy to panic which will only induce anxiety, paranoia, and can even lead to nausea.

But despite this, more good comes from edibles than bad. For many, edibles are a great experience and something to tick off the bucket list and what makes it better is that there are many to choose from.

From brownies to gummies to savory snacks, there is an edible waiting for you.

If you enjoyed this article, then you might like to read our post on ‘How To Make THC Gummies‘.

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