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How Long Do Edibles Last?

How Long Do Edibles Last?

CBD edibles such as infused cannabis treats, cookies and beverages have gained popularity due to their effects and discreet consumption. Unlike vaping, which delivers CBD into the bloodstream, edibles have to be first digested, which slows down the effects.

So, understanding how long they take to manifest and how long they last is often crucial for responsible consumption. This article will help you manage CBD edibles expectations by digging into the common aspects that concern regular CBD buyers.  

Factors Determining How Long Edibles Last

CBD edibles often have to undergo the first pass effect in the digestive system, where their onset is delayed. After manifestation, edibles can last for an average of 3 to 8 hours, but based on the:


The higher the dosage you take, the longer the effects will last. But you must start with lower dosages to avoid taking excessive CBD. While lower dosages may not last as long, you’ll learn the optimal amount for your body without risking any side effects.

Type of edible

Factors such as fat and cannabinoid content in the edibles influence how efficiently CBD is absorbed and metabolised by the body. The slower the metabolisation, the more the effects. However, other factors also influence how long these last.

For example, infused beverages or tinctures may be absorbed more quickly into the bloodstream than solid edibles like brownies or gummies. This is because the body quickly digests and absorbs liquids than solid foods.


People with faster metabolisms may experience shorter durations of effects, while those with slower metabolisms may feel the effects linger for an extended period. Additionally, age, weight, and overall health can affect how the body processes cannabinoids.

For individuals seeking shorter durations of effects or more controlled dosing, taking smaller doses may be an option. Microdosing involves consuming tiny amounts of CBD, typically 2.5 to 5 milligrams, to achieve subtle effects without the risk of overindulging or prolonged duration of effects.

Type of CBD

Most users find that CBD isolate (pure CBD) does not last as long as full-spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD types. The full spectrum contains THC and other cannabinoids, leading to the entourage effect, which potentially has a lasting period.

While the broad spectrum does not contain THC, the presence of terpenes and other cannabinoids guarantees some benefits of the entourage effect.

Empty or Full Stomach

Edibles digested on an empty stomach are not likely to last as long as CBD is broken down in a full stomach. When broken down in the presence of food, the CBD is gradually released, prolonging its effects.

Even then, the nature of food in the stomach matters. If metabolised with high-fat foods, the CBD dissolves much more quickly, therefore lasting slightly longer. If digested in non-fatty foods, the cannabinoids are released in bits, extending their effects.


How long do edibles take to kick in?

CBD edibles may take time to work the magic, depending on several factors. Typically, it takes about 45 minutes to 3 hours. Don’t rush to add your dosage when you don’t feel the effects yet; CBD edibles need some time for digestion and absorption.

How long do you stay high on edibles?

The duration of effects from edibles depends on multiple factors. Still, on average, they last between three to eight hours: your body’s metabolism rate, dosage, and type of edible and CBD matter.

How often should you take edibles?

The best frequency depends on your needs. Start slow and increase gradually until you achieve the goals desired. Learn to listen to your body to avoid taking more than you need. This minimises the risks of side effects.

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