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How Long Do Edibles Stay in Your System?

 

How Long Do Edibles Stay In Your System?

The effects of marijuana, or the high it produces, tend to fade quickly, but the drug itself can remain in the body for weeks and sometimes long after it’s ingested. The length of time it takes for weed to be broken down in and eliminated from the body ranges from a few hours to 90 days, depending on the dose and the area of the body that’s being tested. But how long do edibles stay in your system? How are they different?



What Are Edibles?

Edibles refer to food products that have been infused with marijuana or cannabis. Common types of marijuana edibles include:

  • Baked goods (most commonly brownies)
  • Candies
  • Gummies
  • Chocolates
  • Beverages
  • Lozenges (cough drops)


Edibles can be homemade or prepared commercially. When made at home, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana – is extracted into oil or butter so it can be cooked easily into food.

Although smoking is the most popular way to use weed, the ingestion of edibles is quickly gaining popularity. However, despite the simplicity of eating marijuana-infused food, users are often unaware of the products’ true ingredients, often which are laced with other more harmful substances like fentanyl.



How Long Does It Take for Edibles to Kick In?

The onset of marijuana side effects varies from person to person. Some people may feel euphoric and relaxed after consuming marijuana, while others may feel paranoid and anxious.

The chemical in marijuana that makes you feel “high” is tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as THC or delta-9 THC to 11-hydroxy THC. It enters into the bloodstream directly when it’s smoked but takes a bit longer to enter the blood when it’s ingested.

When it comes to using weed edibles, there’s no way to measure how much THC you’re actually ingesting, which increases the risk of overdose. Edibles can also make a lasting impact if mixed with other drugs or alcohol, which is often the case among many users, especially in social settings.

Additionally, it can take 30 minutes to two hours for edibles to kick in, making it easy to consume large doses without feeling the full effects until later, making overdose a serious concern. These effects may vary depending on the strain of marijuana used, the method of consumption, and the amount that was ingested.


Common side effects of marijuana edibles include:


  • Drowsiness
  • Relaxation
  • Sedation
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Psychotic episodes
  • Hallucinations
  • Paranoia
  • Anxiety
  • Respiratory depression or trouble breathing
  • Heart problems
  • Trouble with thinking, memory, concentration, and problem-solving
  • Impaired judgment
  • Loss of coordination
  • Increased heart rate
  • Increased appetite (“munchies”)
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Dry mouth


The immediate effects of marijuana can last for one to two hours, with some lingering side effects lasting up to 24 hours. The duration of marijuana effects depends greatly on the strain, as well.

For instance, citrus terpene profiles or strands of marijuana tend to be more stimulating, which may be the desired effect or may contribute to someone feeling anxious. Research also shows that heart problems are more common in eating edibles than smoking marijuana.

One study found that 8% of emergency room visitors who consumed edibles had heart-related symptoms like irregular heart rate compared to 3% of weed smokers who visited the ER.1 Not all marijuana products are the same and can vary considerably in quality, makeup, and THC dosage.



How Long Do Weed Edibles Stay In Your System?

When a person consumes edibles, it takes longer for the effects to kick in because it has to go through the digestive system and be absorbed into the bloodstream, whereas weed that’s smoked is almost immediately absorbed into the bloodstream. This difference in consumption also affects how long edibles stay in your system.

When a person consumes edibles, it’s processed through the digestive system. As it’s digested, cannabis makes its way into the liver.

There, the body converts delta-9 THC to 11-hydroxy THC, creating a psychoactive effect more intense than that produced when marijuana is smoked. Because it has to be digested, there’s a delay of up to two hours between consumption and feeling high, which is why most users prefer to smoke weed versus eating edibles.

Certain edibles, such as baked goods and chocolates, may cause THC to reach the bloodstream more quickly because they “melt” in your mouth and are more easily digested. How long edibles stay in your system depends on a variety of factors, including marijuana’s half-life.

The half-life of marijuana varies, usually ranging from three to 12 days. The exact half-life of weed depends on the strain, the quantity consumed, and the person’s tolerance.

Because it takes longer for marijuana metabolites to be processed, they stay in the body longer than inhaled THC. For people who smoke weed, THC levels drop as soon as the high wears off.

When eaten or consumed, it can take about a day for THC levels in the body to drop. Depending on how much was consumed, generally speaking, edibles stay in your system anywhere from a few hours to 90 days.



Do Edibles Show Up in Drug Tests?

Yes, edibles do show up on drug tests along with other THC-containing products. Additionally, because THC is processed differently when it’s ingested, it may actually last longer in the body than weed that’s been smoked.


Below are some detection times of drug tests for edibles:


  • Blood: THC from edibles can be detected for 3 to 4 days in blood
  • Saliva: Edibles can be detected in saliva for 1 to 3 days
  • Urine: THC from edibles can be detected in a urine sample for 3 to 30 days, depending on the quantity consumed
  • Hair: Like most drugs, edibles can be detected in hair follicles for up to 90 days


Finding Professional Help for Addiction

Overuse of cannabis products can lead to a variety of problems, including lung disease, short-term memory loss, slurred speech, hypotension, rapid breathing, anxiety, paranoia, muscle contractions, and more. Moreover, THC also has a potential for dependence and addiction, which can lead to more serious problems in a person’s social life, relationships, and ability to perform at work or school.

In addition to these risks, marijuana-related products are often laced with other drugs, more recently fentanyl. These additional substances can intensify the effects of marijuana and produce other negative reactions.

Even though THC isn’t addictive in the same way that cocaine or meth is, it is possible to become physically and emotionally dependent. Additionally, one form of drug use often encourages other forms of drug use and can expose people to individuals who might introduce them to other substances.

If you or someone you care about has a drug or alcohol problem, our Palm Springs drug rehab is here to help. In addition to medically monitored detox, we offer both inpatient and outpatient treatment options to ensure that patients with all severities of addiction get the help they need to achieve sobriety.

To find out more about our California drug treatment programs and how our treatment specialists can help, call Banyan Treatment Centers today at 888-280-4763.



Related Reading:

How Marijuana Affects Your Lungs
Vaping THC: The Dangers of Marijuana Vape Pens

Source: ACP Journals - Acute Illness Associated With Cannabis Use, by Route of Exposure
 

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