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How long do edibles last?

Posted on March 16th, 2021 to Education

The growing world of cannabis edibles has made it a lot of fun to get your cannabinoids in new ways. From cannabis-infused gourmet delectables like brownies and chocolate to THC-rich gummies, drinks, and even hard candy, you could get lost in the options for sure. However, if you’ve only ever consumed cannabis in more traditional ways, you are bound to have a few questions. Let’s take a look at how long edibles last in your system, how long you may experience the effects, and even how to know when your edibles have expired.

How long do the effects of edibles last?

It is really important to understand that weed edibles are processed differently by your body than smoking. The effects can take longer to kick in, the intoxicating effects can last longer, and you may need to wait longer between ingestion points to prevent accidentally eating too much THC. Most people will start to feel effects in 30 to 60 minutes after ingestion. However, your personal experience may be affected by:

  • weed brownieThe potency of the product
  • Your weight
  • The type of edible consumed
  • The body’s metabolism
  • Your sensitivity to cannabinoids
  • Whether you have used an edible with or without other food

The peak THC levels after ingestion usually happen at about the three-hour point, so this is when you may be experiencing the most intense effects. The full effects may be felt for as long as six to eight hours, but most professionals recommend waiting a full 24 hours before consuming another edible.

How long do edibles last in your system?

It is important to know how long you can feel the effects of an edible just to be safe when you choose to consume a product. But, how long do edibles last in the bloodstream or in the urine? Technically, THC may only be detectable in the blood for three or four hours after an edible is processed by the digestive system, but the cannabinoid is still hanging around in other parts of your body and detectable in urine and saliva for much longer.

Just as it is with other forms of cannabis, edibles can leave the cannabinoids in your system for an extended period of time. But, every individual’s body chemistry, rate of use, and personal metabolism can make a difference. The general time frame to expect is anywhere from 3 to 30 days after use. More frequent cannabis users tend to see detectable concentrations in their systems longer.

How long are weed edibles potent?

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The expiration date on your edible applies only to the food product itself, and it is best to follow those guidelines. Will the THC still be good in an older edible? Cannabinoids like THC or CBD don’t necessarily expire, but their potency levels can start to degrade with age. For example, some professionals suggest that THC may start to degrade beyond six months.

The type of edible and how it is stored can have an effect on how quickly cannabinoids will start to breakdown. For instance, a THC gummy in a sealed container, kept in a cool, dark place like the refrigerator, would be less likely to see THC deterioration than a THC-infused brownie in a cellophane package left on your kitchen counter in the sunlight.

What about expiration dates?

How long do edible brownies last? How long do edible gummies last in the fridge? When should you throw away your edibles? On the most basic level, edibles are food, so they do naturally have an expiration date, and there may come a point when any edible you have or portion of an edible you haven’t used should be thrown away.

Check the manufacturer’s expiration date on the package before purchasing a weed edible, and adhere to that guideline. Just like any typical food you find in grocery store aisles, the quality of the product will deteriorate beyond the ‘best by” date.

Always Shop for High-Quality Weed Edibles

While edibles can deliver a unique, enjoyable experience for anyone looking for a new way to appreciate cannabis, we do have a word of caution. Be sure any edible you consume is crafted by a quality manufacturer who has appropriately dubbed the package with an expiration date and adequately tested the product for potency. At Elevated Roots, our menu consists of only the highest-quality weed edibles from the most reputable manufacturers. Check out our menu, and reach out to us with any questions you may have.

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