How Long Do Edibles Last in Your System?

How Long Do Edibles Stay in Your System

Hemp-infused edibles interact differently with different people. While the effects they produce fade away within hours, the substance may occupy a body for 3–12 days.

The time taken after consuming cannabis ranges from a few hours to months, depending on the dose, ingestion frequency, and the area of the body undergoing the test. But it differs for edibles. Let’s get into the details.

What Are Hemp-Infused Edibles?

The word edible means eatables or any food product you can ingest. Hemp-infused edibles refer to food products containing hemp. Gummies are the most common hemp edibles, such as our Delta-9 THC Live Rosin and CBD Isolate Gummies.

Although smoking has been a prevalent way of hemp consumption, edibles are gaining quick traction in terms of popularity for the taste and convenience they offer.

How Does the Body Process Hemp-Infused Edibles?

Upon ingestion, edibles enter the digestive system, where it is digested in the liver. Once digested, the elements travel to the bloodstream to show their effects.

In terms of tetrahydrocannabinol (the component responsible for the high), the body converts Delta-9 THC to 11-hydroxy THC, which creates a more potent euphoric sensation, unlike the one experienced from smoking THC.

However, the THC in edibles takes longer to affect people than smoking. The digestive process takes time. It takes about 30 minutes to two hours to show its effects. Smoking, on the other hand, takes the THC to the bloodstream immediately, showing its effects within five minutes. So, regular smokers should mind their edible dosage, as the time gap may seem long and result in over-consumption.

There is no way to measure the amount of THC you ingest, and consuming edibles with other things like alcohol can have a long-lasting impact, which is often unpleasant.

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How Long Do These Edibles Stay In Your System?

As we mentioned, edibles take longer to kick in because they go through digestion before reaching the bloodstream. The duration edibles stay in your system depends on various factors, including the strain’s half-life.

Since cannabis metabolites take longer to process, they remain in the body for extensive periods, unlike inhaled THC. A smoker’s THC levels drop as soon as the high fades. Eating hemp edibles can take a day for THC levels to drop. But it will depend on the amount consumed.

Do Drug Tests Detect These Edibles?

do drug tests detect these edibles

Yes, drug tests can detect the presence of THC, irrespective of whether an individual smokes or eats a THC-based product. The way the system processes edibles, a drug test may very well be able to detect THC levels for prolonged periods. When discussing tests, you can count hair, urine, blood, and sweat tests that can potentially detect THC presence in your system.


Up to 90 days


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Do Edibles Cause Side Effects?

Dosage control is essential in consuming hemp edibles, especially those with high THC content. Exceeding the recommended dosage or having a low tolerance to THC can result in -

  • Anxiety
  • Drowsiness
  • Sedation
  • Dry Mouth
  • Red Eyes
  • Increased Heart Rate

Are Hemp-Infused Edibles Illegal?

It depends on the state or country governing cannabis or hemp. THC is psychoactive and present in some food items, and they have permission for recreational or medical use in some jurisdictions. Some states prohibit the use of edibles due to public health and safety.

The primary reason behind it is that edibles resemble daily food items, especially delicious ones, and can be appealing to minors. Additionally, an adult overconsuming them also risks negative side effects.

However, the laws surrounding cannabis and hemp change continuously. So, the legality of edibles may also vary. While some states consider such products legal, others prohibit selling or buying them. It depends on the jurisdiction of the state.

Along with the District of Columbia, here is a list of states where edibles are considered legal.

  • Alaska
  • Arizona (medical only)
  • Arkansas (medical only)
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida (medical only)
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Louisiana (medical only)
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Missouri
  • Montana (medical only)
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire (medical only)
  • New Jersey (medical only)
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma (medical only)
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania (medical only)
  • Rhode Island
  • Utah (medical only)
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • West Virginia (medical only)

We hope you found answers to some of the most pressing questions you had in mind on hemp edibles. If you want high-quality hemp coupled with expert guidance, visit one of our stores or check out our website today.

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