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Exactly how long do edibles last? – 8 things you need to know!

Can you eat weed? Yes, ingesting cannabis is one of the many wonderful ways to enjoy the good herb! If you’re new to the cannabis lifestyle, then you may be wondering, ‘What is an edible?’ An edible is any food baked with activated marijuana as an ingredient; edibles tend to have slow-building but powerful effects. If you just activated some weed by decarboxylating it, made yourself some cannabutter – or even powerfully potent hash butter – and then used your weedy or hashy butter to make weed cookies, or cannabutter brownies, or some trippy space cakes, then you’re going to want your cannabisized cookery to last, aren’t you? Of course you are; weed is kinda expensive and you want to be sure your edible marijuana treats, or medibles, are fresh and tasty for when you feel like a good ganja snack!

A newbie to the nug life may have many questions about weed edibles, such as ‘How long does it take for an edible to kick in?’, ‘How high can you get on medibles?’, ‘How long does an edible high last?’ and ‘How long do edibles last before they go bad?’ If you are a curious cannasseur or beginner ganja gourmet, we will attempt to inform you on how edibles are made, what edibles do, how long do edibles last, how to store edibles, and how long you can expect your high last; so if you munch to medicate or just want a stoney snack that will last a good long time then read on, wayward weed wonderer, and we will dish on the best ways to keep medibles edible.

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(Making weed cookies, image from From Seed to Supermeds on Instagram)

Background:

Edible marijuana can be a bit tricky. Sometimes inexperienced people underestimate medibles, thinking ‘seems like edibles not working, must eat more’ and so they do, but then the original dose kicks in – after they eat more – and they end up too high, feeling paranoid, nauseous or couch-locked into a coma. This is not what the Cannabis Brownie Administratoin had in mind! If you are wondering ‘How many mg of edibles should I eat?’ the best answer is to start small, no more than 10mg of edibles the first time, and wait an hour to an hour and a half to see which side effects of the thc content kick in before trying a little more. With medible marijuana treats, moderation is key – they can come on very strong and may also last longer than expected.

What is an edible exactly and how do they get you high? Edibles are food made with marijuana, and like all thc-heavy cannabis treats travel through the gastrointestinal system through a process called fluid cannabinoid pharmacokinetics. The decarboxylated, or activated, cannabinoids start out in your stomach, after you eat some weedy candy or a fudge brownie baked with cannabutter. Then your digesting ganja goodies pass through your intestines, move through the liver, enter your blood plasma, and finally reach your brain.

The length of the entire digestive process can mean that the effects of the medibles you just munched may not be felt for 45 to 90 minutes – it also depends upon what else you have in your digestive tract when you eat, your metabolism, activity level, etc. So that answers ‘how long does it take for an edible to kick in’? As far as how long do medibles stay in your system, that also depends on different factors such as your BMI (body mass index), how much you ate, your metabolism, and the potency of the pot strain used to bake the ‘baked’ goods – generally you will feel the effects for a minimum of two hours.

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How to Store Edibles:

Now, when it comes to pot ponderings like ‘How long does an edible last in terms of freshness?’, ‘Do edibles lose potency?’ and ‘Can you freeze edibles?’ the answers will again vary based on different considerations.

Let’s start with what is an edible and how does it get you high? Edibles are THC and cannabinoid infused food products like weed fudge, pot lollipops, the ever-popular cannabutter brownie, or any other baked good or confection that you make or buy – as long as activated ganja is an ingredient. The four types of edibles are sativa-only, indica-only, a hybrid mix of sativa and indica, and pure CBD. Edible potency and effects depend on the strain used to make the cannabutter or canna-veggie-oil which then becomes part of the dab brownies or cannabisized caramel edible or whatever the particular pot treat is. Butter or oil is first infused with cannabis because fats bind to THC and other cannabinoids and that way they can be more easily absorbed into your body. That’s why cannabutter, cannabis-infused vegetable oil or cannabis coconut oil is listed in most online edible recipes. So, you should refrigerate or freeze edibles just like you do other foods that are made with dairy products like butter, or oil-based products like weed wax brownies; caramelized cannabutter confections like pot lollipops and cannabisized caramel edibles can be stored at room temperature like any other candies.

How long does cannabutter last? A few weeks in regular refrigeration (our personal fridge freezes everything if it’s at the back of the shelves – so if you have an overachieving fridge like ours, a month to six weeks is probably safe enough) and cannabutter lasts up to six months if you freeze it.

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( Canna cigars , pipes, and weed with various edible treats, image from La Diabla 420 on Instagram)

How long do brownies last after you’ve baked a batch of marijuana fudge brownies? Refrigerated weedy brownies should be good for at least a couple of weeks before they go stale, like any other food; most cakes or cookies dry out and go stale the longer they are kept, or, they could become moldy under more humid conditions. If you store them at room temperature, put them in a sealed container, or even a cookie jar – but don’t expect them to last more than a week at best without refrigeration.

How long to cookies last in a Ziploc bag? Probably a day or two unrefrigerated, unless you store the baggie in a resealable container; weed cookies in a Ziploc bag will last over a week in the fridge.

Do edibles lose potency over time? Do edibles expire? Other than spoilage because they’re food, edibles should remain potent indefinitely as long as the food itself is edible. Freezing weed edibles is a good option for when you make a lots of pot nummies and want to save some for another time.

Good storage is important when you are wondering how to make weed last longer. Regular leaf does better stored in a cool, dark place in an airtight container. Baked goods made with weed are not too dissimilar – refrigerating or freezing weed edibles will ensure they last a decent amount of time and remain fresh longer.

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Just imagine the jar in this stock photo filled with your weedy treats!
(Korova edibles weed cookies, image from Call The Dr on Instagram)

Buying:

If you’ve ever seen some Korova edibles reviews online or in your favorite print weed mag, or if you have watched a Kaneh Co edibles review, or even saw a stoner friend with a packet of Cheeba Chews then you may be wondering where you can get your hands on some medibles to try, like from a dispensary or provisioning center. Korova edibles are for sale at over 700 California locations, so you would have to live in that state to pick up some of their 100mg THC edibles like minicookies that generally sell for $41; in Los Angelos, Kaneh Co edibles sell for $20 apiece for 100mg THC edibles like their brownies. Obviously, other recreational and medical marijuana states have medibles for sale in sizes ranging from 10mg edibles, 25mg edibles, or 100mg edibles. Some states like California are now regulating the amount of THC that can be contained in edible marijuana treats to 100mg, or 10mg per dose. We have run into new regulations decreasing the potency of edibles in our own home state of Michigan.

It increasingly appears that if you want edibles stronger than 100mg THC content, then you are going to have to bake your own.

(Making cannabutter for edibles, image from Hermeline 78 on Instagram)

Making Your own Edibles:

To get you started on your way to becoming a ganja gourmet, here is an easy recipe for cannabutter, along with a simple weed fudge recipe. Back in the opening paragraph, above, you’ll also find links to recipes here on Weed Republic for weed cookies, cannabutter brownies, and how to make super potent hash butter!

Cannabutter

Equipment:

Wire strainer
Cheesecloth
Mixing spoon

Ingredients:

½ cup salted butter
¼ ounce weed, finely ground

Directions:

  1. Start by melting the ½ cup salted butter on low heat in a saucepan, then add the ground pot, and simmer on low heat for 45 minutes, stirring frequently.
  2. Then use the cheesecloth to strain your butter, pouring it through the folded cheesecloth on the mesh kitchen strainer into a glass resealable jar with a tight-fitting lid. Use the mixing spoon to press the soggy green weed against the cheesecloth and wire strainer to squeeze out all of the butter. Once you are satisfied that you have every drop, then discard the inert pot plant matter.
  3. Once the butter cools, refrigerate until it is firm and then use as called for in your weed fudge recipe.

The recipe can be scaled for larger batches of cannabutter, for example 1 pound of butter, or 4 sticks, could be used with an ounce of marijuana, upping the simmer time to 60 minutes.

(Canna fudge or weed fudge, image from Diamond Delight Treats on Instagram)

And the weed fudge recipe:

Equipment:

13x9x2-inch serving dish
Large saucepan or kettle

Ingredients:

4 cups sugar
Two small 5-ounce cans of evaporated milk
1 cup cannabutter (from above)
12-ounce package semi-sweet chocolate chips
7-ounce jar marshmallow crème
1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. First grease a 13x9x2-inch serving dish and set aside.
  2. Then add canna butter to the 4 cups sugar and the evaporated milk in a large saucepan or cooking pot and heat on medium-high, stirring constantly, until the mixture starts boiling.
  3. Immediately reduce your heat to medium, continuing to stir for about 12 minutes.
  4. Now remove your pan from the hot burner and stir in your 12-ounce package of semi-sweet chocolate chips, marshmallow crème and your teaspoon of vanilla – continuing to stir until everything is well-blended.
  5. Lastly, pour your molten liquid weed fudge into the greased 13x9x2-inch serving dish.
  6. Once the weed fudge cools down some, refrigerate your newly-made edible until firm, about an hour.
  7. Finally, slice weed fudge into bite-sized square chunks and serve.

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Summary:

When it comes to ‘How long do edibles last’, the eight things you need to know are as follows:

So, number one, can you eat weed? Yes, weed can be eaten as medible marijuana or edibles. You are no longer left wondering ‘What is an edible?’ because you know that number two is that an edible is any baked good or candy that is made with cannabis as an ingredient. Neither should it be any longer mysterious ‘How long does it take for an edible to kick in?’, ‘How high can you get on medibles?’, or ‘How long does an edible high last?’ because you have learned that number three, edible effects may not reach full strength for 45 to 90 minutes depending on whatever else you may have eaten, your metabolism, or your activity level; number four, you have learned that the potency of your edible buzz will depend on the strain used to make the cannabutter, the dosage you ate (newbies should stick to 10mg bites at first), and your own metabolic rate; and, number five, you learned an edible high will likely last at least two hours on average.

If you’ve previously wondered ‘How long do edibles last unrefrigerated’ we can tell you that it depends on the type of edible food product – cannabutter-based food should be stored in the fridge for days to a few weeks, but you can freeze weed brownies or any pot treat and it should be good for up to six months. So, number six, using resealable containers in a cool or cold and dark environment is vital to how to preserve weed and how to store edibles. The seventh important fact is that you can buy edibles from a dispensary and they come in 10mg edibles, 25mg edibles, or 100mg sizes, usually. The eighth thing that you need to know is that you can also make your own weedy candy, or learn how to make pot cookies, caramel edibles, wax brownies from hash pucks, or fudge brownies made from cannabutter, and even pop out your own pot lollipops – the internet abounds with weed recipes and Weed Republic has brought you some good ones! So, go forth and munch you some marijuana muffins or suck on some cbd gummies, enjoying the slow-building and long-lasting effects of eating weed!

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Can you eat weed? Yes, ingesting cannabis is one of the many wonderful ways to enjoy the good herb! If you’re new to the cannabis lifestyle, then you may be wondering, ‘What is an edible?’ An edible is any food baked with activated marijuana as an ingredient; edibles tend to have slow-building but powerful effects. If

How Long Do Edibles Take to Kick In?

Edibles are cannabis-based food products. They come in many different forms, from gummies to brownies, and contain either one or both of marijuana’s active ingredients: THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol).

With the legalization of marijuana, edibles are increasing in popularity. CBD-only edibles have even been found to help treat ailments such as anxiety and chronic pain. As an added benefit, edibles don’t pose risks to the respiratory system — unlike smoking marijuana.

The edible experience tends to differ from that of other cannabis products. The “high” from edibles can feel more intense, and it may last longer than the high you get from smoking.

Edibles also take longer than smoking or vaping cannabis to kick in, although many factors affect the timing.

Keep reading to learn more about edibles, including how long they take to kick in and how long the effects last, along with dosage, side effects, and precautions.

Edibles typically take around 30 to 60 minutes to kick in. However, onset time depends on a lot of factors.

First, it depends on the product’s active ingredients. If the product contains a high dose or concentration of THC, it could take effect faster.

Keep in mind that CBD-only edibles are not psychoactive. They don’t cause the “high” typically associated with THC-infused edibles. As a result, it may be harder to identify when CBD products have taken effect.

For both types of products, onset time also depends on where in the body the edibles are being broken down and absorbed into the bloodstream.

Lozenges, gum, and lollipops kick in faster because they’re absorbed sublingually

Some edible products, such as lozenges, gum, and lollipops, are ingested but not actually swallowed. In these cases, absorption occurs through the mucus membranes of the mouth. This is called sublingual absorption, and the effects are more likely to appear faster.

Chewable edibles take longer to kick in because they’re absorbed through the digestive system

Chewable edibles, such as gummies, cookies, and brownies, may have longer onset times. This is because absorption first occurs in the digestive tract. From there, active ingredients enter the bloodstream and travel to the liver.

In the liver, active ingredients are metabolized before they are released back into the bloodstream and enter the brain, at which point the effects appear.

Other factors affecting onset time

Other factors that can affect how quickly you start to feel the effects of ingested edibles are related to your habits and physical makeup. They include your:

  • diet
  • metabolism
  • sex
  • weight
  • tolerance to cannabis

Since edibles don’t kick in right away, it can be tempting to take more soon after your first dose. This can lead to taking too much.

You should always wait at least 24 hours before taking another dose.

Edibles don’t kick in right away

Since edibles don’t kick in right away, it can be tempting to take more soon after your first dose. Wait at least 24 hours before taking another dose.

An edible high generally lasts much longer than smoking or vaping, from six to eight hours.

Among edibles that contain THC, peak blood levels occur around three hours after administration. That’s when the effects are likely to be the most intense.

As with onset time, the length of an edible high depends on a variety of factors, including the dose and potency. The high from products that are chewed and swallowed may last longer than the high from products that are absorbed orally.

Individual factors, such as metabolism, weight, and tolerance, also affect duration.

Yet, it may not be possible to predict how long the effects of edibles will last. In a 2016 study , researchers analyzed over one hundred thousand tweets about edibles. An “unpredictable” high duration was one of the most common adverse effects listed.

Edibles come in many different forms, and new products come onto the market almost daily. Common types of edibles include:

  • Baked goods: brownies, cookies, biscuits, and waffles.
  • Candy and sweets: gummies, chewing gum, lozenges, lollipops and hard candy, chocolate, truffles, fruit bars, and marshmallows.
  • Beverages: coffee, tea and iced tea, soda, energy drinks and shots, beer, wine, and alcohol.
  • Other products: jerky, butter, sugar, and syrups.

Most edible cannabis products identify how much THC or CBD is in a single serving. For instance, a single gummy typically contains 10 milligrams (mg) of THC.

In some cases, though, the manufacturer lists the THC or CBD content of the entire package or food item. To use the gummy example, a package might contain 100 mg of THC. If the package contains 10 gummies, that’s 10 mg per gummy.

This can be quite confusing with food items such as brownies and cookies. In some cases, it might mean that a single dose corresponds to a fraction of the item.

Be sure to read the label

It’s important to read the label carefully before you consume the product. Look for the THC or CBD content per serving, and identify whether the serving size refers to the entire product or only a portion.

That said, even when you know exactly what you’re consuming, edible dosing isn’t always predictable. There are a lot of variables involved.

Start slow

It’s best to start with a low dose, and work your way up to a dose that produces the desired effect.

It’s best to start with a low dose, and work your way up to a dose that produces the desired effect.

Here are some general dosing suggestions for THC and CBD edibles.

THC dosing

THC tolerance isn’t the same for smoking and edibles. Edible THC typically produces more intense effects.

According to a 2015 report commissioned by the Colorado Department of Revenue, the behavioral effects of eating 1 mg of THC are comparable to those associated with smoking 5.71 mg of THC.

Even if you’re a regular marijuana smoker, you should start with a low dose. Over time, you can increase the dose until you reach the desired effect.

Doses that exceed 20 to 30 mg per day are associated with an increased risk of negative side effects, including dependency.

Effect Limited to no THC tolerance Some THC tolerance (smoking) THC tolerance (smoking) THC tolerance (edibles)
mild > 2.5 mg 2.5–5 mg 5–10 mg 10–15 mg
moderate 2.5–5 mg 5–10 mg 10–15 mg 15–30 mg
strong 5–10 mg 10–20 mg 15–30 mg > 30 mg

CBD dosing

Since CBD does not produce psychoactive effects, there’s less risk if you take too much. Still, high doses may cause undesirable side effects, such as fatigue.

As with THC edibles, it’s best to start small. Opt for a low dose between 2.5 and 10 mg, and work your way up to a CBD dose that produces the desired effects.

Since CBD can make you sleepy, it’s best to take it in the early evening until you understand how it affects you.

Cannabis-infused edibles present distinct advantages over smoking. These include:

  • No respiratory risk. Cannabis smoke contains carcinogens. In addition, regular cannabis smoking is associated with respiratory issues such as lung inflammation and bronchitis. Edibles do not involve burning marijuana and inhaling the smoke, and therefore do not pose the same risks.
  • Longer duration. Edibles last longer than smoking or vaping, which makes them ideal for medicinal users who want long-acting relief from symptoms.
  • Accessible. Taking edibles does not require going outside. People who cannot smoke may also find edible products easier to consume.
  • Discreet. Much like medication, it’s possible to take edibles without others noticing. Unlike smoking, edibles aren’t associated with odor. This may be helpful for those who use cannabis for medicinal purposes, and need to take it while at work.

Edible side effects depend on the active ingredient.

THC edibles

High doses of THC edibles can produce unpleasant symptoms that persist for several hours up to several days. This is sometimes referred to as “greening out” or a cannabis overdose.

Some symptoms associated with edible cannabis overdose include:

  • cognitive impairment
  • motor impairment
  • extreme sedation
  • agitation and anxiety
  • increased heart stress
  • nausea and vomiting
  • hallucinations
  • delusions
  • psychosis

CBD edibles

According to a 2017 review , known side effects of CBD include:

  • tiredness
  • diarrhea
  • changes in appetite
  • changes in weight

More research into short- and long-term side effects of CBD use needs to be done.

When purchasing edibles, it’s important to evaluate the manufacturer carefully.

In general, reputable edible manufacturers are transparent about the contents of their products and the required dosages. A trustworthy source should take the time to answer your questions without pressuring you to purchase the product.

Still, it’s not always possible to know exactly what you’re getting. A 2015 study evaluated the dose and label accuracy of 75 different products.

After testing the products for THC content, researchers found that only 17 percent were accurately labeled. Among products that were inaccurately labeled, 23 percent contained more THC than stated, and 60 percent contained less THC than stated.

Edibles can interfere with medication and other supplements. If you’re thinking about using them, speak with a doctor. In states where edibles are legal, a doctor may be able to recommend a dose or brand.

Edibles can take up to several hours to kick in. If you’ve already taken a dose, you should wait at least 24 hours before taking more. Taking another dose could cause unpleasant side effects.

When taking edibles for the first time, start with a small dose and work your way up to a dose that produces the desired effect.

Is CBD Legal? Hemp-derived CBD products (with less than 0.3 percent THC) are legal on the federal level, but are still illegal under some state laws. Marijuana-derived CBD products are illegal on the federal level, but are legal under some state laws. Check your state’s laws and those of anywhere you travel. Keep in mind that nonprescription CBD products are not FDA-approved, and may be inaccurately labeled.

Edibles take longer than smoking or vaping cannabis to kick in — typically around 30 to 60 minutes. However, onset time depends on a lot of factors. Learn what these factors are as well as how long the effects last, dosage suggestions, side effects, and precautions.