Cannabis in Foods and Drinks | CBD and THC Edibles

Published: Dec 16, 2022 | Revised: May 2, 2024
Edited by: Marce Ferreira

Cannabis in Foods and Drinks | CBD and THC Edibles

Cannabis — typically the CBD and THC compounds — can be eaten or drunk. But before we continue this post, just a quick note: in the remainder of this article we will use the term “Edibles” for Cannabis infused food and beverages.

But then, how does it work? Well, ingested Cannabis first travels to the stomach then to the liver before getting into the bloodstream and to the brain. Mind that the liver converts Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) into a stronger form, which adds to a stronger high.

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Effects of edibles are usually felt within thirty minutes to two hours after ingestion. The full effects can peak within four hours, and can last up from twelve hours to twenty-four hours after use, and is usually longer compared to inhaling Cannabis.

As it can take quite a long time before effects are felt, there’s a risk of re-dosing too early, which can lead to an over-dosage and an unhappy experience. In any case, consuming edibles within four hours after initial use can lead to over-intoxication.

Cannabidiol (CBD) and/or Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) infused edibles can come in many forms, such as candy, gummies, cookies, brownies, cakes, dietary supplements, protein bars, chocolate bars, smoothies, barbecue sauce, pizza, honey, coffee, juices, energy drinks, or even animal food.

Mind that CBD and THC edibles act differently. With THC one typically feels a psychoactive aka mental high, but with CBD one is prone to feel a physical, so-called body high, which is usually a feeling of being relaxed and free from anxiety.

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