How Long Does It Take For Edibles To Kick In?

Edible cannabis products are becoming increasingly popular, especially in recent times. They offer a great way to consume cannabis without smoking or vaping. Edibles can come in various forms, including brownies, gummies, candies, chocolates, cookies, and even cakes. 

Even though edibles can come in a variety of different forms, the main difference between the vast majority of edible products is their potency level.

Some are very potent and contain high levels of THC, while others are mild and better-suited to those who do not have a high tolerance level towards cannabis.

Regardless, you should always start off small and go slow when consuming edibles. This is because, despite the relaxing and enjoyable experience they can often bring, they can also cause drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, and other side effects.

So, to ensure that you are able to enjoy the benefits of edibles safely, this article is going to be talking you through how long you can expect edibles to take if you try them.

Along with that, we are also going to be sharing with you some helpful tips that will help to ensure your edible experience does not come with negative side effects.

Keep on reading to find out more!

How Long Does It Take For Edibles To Kick In

How Long Does it Take For Edibles to Kick in?

If you are planning on taking edibles for the first time, then you can expect to begin feeling the effects of the THC within around 30 minutes. However, if you are an experienced user, then you may find that your body has become accustomed to the effects of THC and you may feel it sooner than expected.

The amount of THC that you consume will determine how quickly you’ll begin to feel its effects. If you are taking a product containing low amounts of THC, then you would expect to feel the effects of the THC after an hour.

On the other hand, if you are taking a product with higher amounts of THC, then it could take even sooner than 30 minutes for you to begin feeling it.

Ultimately, the amount of time it will take for an edible to kick in will greatly depend on how much THC is in the edible, what the overall potency level is, as well as what your natural tolerance level is at the time that you take the edible. 

Factors That May Affect How Long It Takes An Edible To Kick In

As we have briefly touched upon above, there are a variety of factors that might potentially impact how long it will take for an edible to kick in your system. These include the following:

Your Metabolism

One of the biggest factors that determine how quickly an edible will quickly go in is your metabolism speed. People who have fast metabolisms tend to process edibles faster than those who have slower metabolisms.

THC Potency

A stronger strain of cannabis will produce a quicker high.


If you eat too much of the edible at once, you might experience a stronger high than you expected.

What Happens After Eating An Edible?

What Happens After Eating An Edible

When you ingest an edible, the cannabinoids containing THC enter your bloodstream through your digestive tract. Your body processes them quickly, although it can take a while to feel the actual effects.

This is because your brain needs to receive instructions from your nervous system regarding how to respond to the various cannabinoids and THC compounds.

Once your brain receives these instructions, it begins sending signals to different parts of your body. As a result, you will begin to feel relaxed, happy, or even more focused – depending on whether you have taken an edible that contains Sativa or Indica.

You may also notice increased appetite or hunger levels, which is why many people choose to eat before they eat an edible.

When the edible has fully kicked in, you should start to feel the effects within 20-30 minutes. The best way to know when you have reached peak effect is by paying attention to your moods.

If you are experiencing any negative feelings such as anxiety, paranoia, or panic attacks, try to keep calm, center your breathing, and drink water. 

If it’s going to be your first time trying an edible, you might want to consider doing so with someone that you trust, in an environment that is familiar to you.

Staying Safe While Taking Edibles: Top Tips

Choose your Product Wisely

You have many edible options available. Each one has its own pros and cons. It’s best to research each type before choosing.

Start With Small Doses

Most people recommend starting with 5-10 mg per serving. For example, if you choose an oil that contains 10 mg CBD, then you would need to eat 1/2 teaspoon (5ml) of the oil.

Take Note of Any Side Effects

Once you start taking the edible, make sure to keep track of how you feel. If you notice any signs of discomfort, stop eating immediately.

Be Patient

Edibles may not be effective right away. It could take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours to experience the full effect.

Don’t Overdo It

Consuming too much THC at once can lead to anxiety, paranoia, and other unpleasant feelings.

Stay Hydrated

Make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day. This will help flush out toxins from your system.

Wrapping Up

There we have it! Edibles are a great way to consume cannabis. They provide a more powerful high than smoking. To sum up the above, how long it takes for an edible to kick in will greatly depend on a variety of different factors, although you can expect to begin to feel the effects after around 30 minutes or so.

However, it can be easy to accidentally overdo it and experience a more powerful high than intended by consuming too much at once.

So, if you plan to consume edibles, make sure to start off slow so that you do not feel overwhelmed after it has kicked in. 

Thanks for reading!

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