Edibles are food or drinks containing cannabis and are a popular choice.
Edibles create a blissful effect or high, similar to smoking, but without the health risks to your respiratory system. The consumption of edibles gives you a high that lasts longer than smoking; however, edibles take longer to affect the body. Studies show that they may take 1-4 hours to kick in, but individual factors will affect the timeframe.
Why does it take so long for edibles to work? Your digestive system is a complicated machine with many steps and checkpoints. Cannabis-infused food and drink take longer to pass through your stomach and journey into your bloodstream if your stomach is full. Once in the bloodstream, you will begin to feel the effects.
It’s similar to drinking alcohol on a full stomach. It takes longer to become drunk if you just ate a five-course meal. When your doctor prescribes you medicine, they may advise you to take it either before a meal (empty stomach) or after a meal (full stomach) because your stomach’s contents can slow or speed up the effects of the prescription. Think of your edible in the same way!
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Do edibles work less on a full stomach? Yes! Edibles will not produce a potent high and will take longer to begin to affect you if your stomach is full.
What Happens When I Eat Edibles?
Edibles contain cannabinoids, namely CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which produce highs and medicinal effects.
When you smoke, you inhale the substances into your respiratory system. After which they pass into your bloodstream. You will feel the effects within minutes, but they’ll last only a few hours.
Consuming cannabis-infused food or drink is different from smoking it. Firstly, cannabinoids do not enter the body through the respiratory system and pass directly into the bloodstream.
Edibles must enter the digestive system, which is far more complicated. Food often comes loaded with nasties that can make you sick, so the body passes it through the ultra acidic environment of the stomach first, then the small intestine, and finally the large intestine. That takes time!
The cannabinoids in your edible get absorbed by the small intestine and passed to the bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream, you will feel the effects, but that takes time, and whatever entered your stomach before you ate the edible will be processed first.
Eating edibles on a full stomach is not a good idea if you don’t want to wait. The amount of time it takes for you to feel the effects will be different from someone else because this is a highly individualized experience.
A study conducted by the faculty of medicine at the University of British Columbia suggests that edibles in hard-candy form begin to take effect in just 30 minutes, but most edibles are not fast-acting and may take one or more to work.
Once the edible kicks in you may feel a number of different feelings, such as relaxed, joyous, euphoric, or even sleepy.
Can I Eat Edibles on an Empty Stomach?
Edible taking too long to work? Why not skip the meal and go straight to the edible then?
You can eat edibles on an empty stomach, but that doesn’t mean you should. Here’s why. Recall a time when you drank alcohol on an empty stomach. The effects were more intense and lasted for a longer time, right? The same thing will happen if you eat edibles on an empty stomach.
The time it takes for the high to start will be cut in half, and the effects will be much stronger. Stronger does not always mean better! The high may actually be unpleasant, and since it will last longer, you won’t necessarily enjoy the experience.
If you decide to dismiss our warning about overconsumption, at least cut the dose in half. This way, you will have less cannabis in your system and may be able to enjoy the experience.
It is best to consume an edible on a semi-full stomach, one that’s not empty, but also not stuffed with food either.
Why Should I Eat an Edible When Smoking Is Faster?
Whether you eat an edible or not is your choice. Everyone has different tolerances and preferences when it comes to cannabis. Therefore, you should do what makes you feel comfortable and gives you the most enjoyable experience.
Consider choosing an edible over smoking a joint because smoking may cause a chronic cough and excessive phlegm production. Moreover, smokers often mix cannabis with tobacco when rolling a joint. Smoking tobacco has numerous health risks.
You may want to consider edibles for the following reasons.
- You may have a unique high that’s different from smoking.
- The high lasts longer.
- There’s no risk from smoking.
- Relief from chronic pain and other medicinal effects.
- Edibles are tasty!
It is important to note that you can easily consume an unreasonable amount of edibles. Edibles are so delicious in candy or chocolate form that it is easy to get carried away and eat more than you need for a pleasurable experience. Start slow and don’t overdo it, especially if you are new to marijuana-infused products.
A Final Word about Edibles
If you enjoy cannabis, you should definitely try an edible. Edibles are safe, potent, and most importantly – delicious!
Do edibles work less on a full stomach? Yes. However, that doesn’t mean an empty stomach is better. Avoid extremes – full stomachs aren’t great, but neither are empty ones. Enjoy your edible with some food in your stomach for a more satisfactory experience.
Edibles work by passing through the digestive system, which causes the edible to take more time to work but gives the benefit of a longer-lasting high. Be mindful of the dose, and don’t go overboard.
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