Edibles can be a fun and exciting way to enjoy everything that cannabis has to offer, but eating an edible won’t create the exact same experience as smoking or vaping your favorite cannabis buds. There are some important differences between smoking and ingesting edibles to keep in mind when shopping for cannabis from our Ajax marijuana dispensary. Perhaps the most important of these differences is how much longer the effects of an edible take to kick in and how much longer they last. 

How Long Do Edibles Take To Kick In?

While the effects of inhaling cannabis can be felt almost immediately, it can sometimes take as long as one and a half hours to really feel the effects of an edible. Why? The difference mostly has to do with the path that the cannabinoids take to entering your bloodstream. 

When you inhale cannabis smoke or vapor, cannabinoids are immediately absorbed through the lungs from where they can quickly enter the bloodstream to produce effects. Edibles, however, go through a much longer process before they can begin doing their thing. 

When you eat an edible, it must first be digested before it can begin to produce effects. The edible must go through the digestive process before being metabolized by the liver and before finally making its way into the bloodstream. This process can take quite a bit of time, meaning that you shouldn’t expect immediate effects. 

While you may start to feel a little different after 15–30 minutes, the main effects of your edible likely won’t peak until 2–3 hours after ingestion. However, not all edibles require this long. For example, lozenges, mints, and other infused candies that melt in your mouth are actually absorbed through mucous membranes in the mouth and will begin to produce effects much more rapidly. 

While the delayed onset of edibles can seem annoying, it’s not all bad news. Thanks to this slow process, the effects of an edible will also last much longer than those of smoked or vaped cannabis. In fact, it’s not uncommon for people to still experience the effects of edible cannabis for up to 6 hours after ingesting their edible. If you’re looking for a long-lasting buzz that keeps on giving, skip the flower and grab an edible from our Ajax marijuana dispensary instead! 

Give It Time!

One of the most common mistakes that people make when eating cannabis edibles is not waiting long enough for them to kick in. Because edibles can take so long to produce effects, some people may falsely believe that the reason they are not feeling anything is because they did not ingest enough. However, it’s important to wait it out and allow the digestive process the time it needs to work. Taking too much too quickly can result in an overwhelming high, once everything actually does kick in, and is one of the most common causes of a bad edible trip. 

It’s especially important to be patient if you are eating edibles on a full or an empty stomach since both of these things can increase the time it takes for the edible to be digested and for its effects to kick in. A full stomach means that your digestive system is already busy processing food and that the edible will have to wait its turn. Meanwhile, an empty stomach will need some time to start up before it can begin to process your edible.

Relax!

Think you’ve taken too much edible cannabis? You’re probably in for a long ride, but there are some things you can do to make your edible trip more enjoyable

The most important thing is to not stress out too much. Stressing out will only make you more anxious and have you feeling worse. Relax, eat some good food, have a refreshing beverage, and enjoy a low-stress activity that will take your mind off things, like watching TV or listening to music. 

It may seem counterintuitive to consume more cannabis, but some people find that a dose of CBD can actually help calm them down during bad edible trips. That’s because CBD is known to negate some of the psychoactive effects of THC, making the overall buzz less intense and more manageable. 

Looking For Edibles From An Ajax CANNABIS Dispensary?

Then you’re in the right place! We’ve taken care to stock our Ajax CANNABIS dispensary with some of the best legal edibles in Ontario. Come by and visit us today or check out our online menu right now to see what we’ve got in stock!