People are becoming more concerned about the impact of cannabis on overall health as it continues to be legalized for recreational use in more states. What about edibles—or eating cannabis in foods like gummies—instead of smoking it? Most people like to consume THC gummies because they can make the user feel safe and produce a psychoactive effect without needing them to inhale smoke or vape. Many marijuana edibles are also gaining fame because it is becoming legal in more states.
It’s critical to comprehend how edibles function, including how they impact your mind and body if you or a loved one consumes them. But if you are a beginner, here’s everything you need to know about how consuming cannabis in gummies affects your body.
Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is the active component of THC gummies. You start absorbing THC into your circulatory system shortly after consuming a THC-containing gummy. However, depending on how much of that gummy you ate and how much other food is already in your stomach, it may delay absorption. Due to this, people might not know how much they’ve consumed until they start to experience the full effects, which can be a huge concern.
It’s crucial to remember that THC gummies’ absorption is variable. After eating, people don’t reach their optimal performance for several hours. However, this can vary.
THC eaten through edibles is absorbed through the intestinal walls, just like food or pharmaceuticals. The longer it takes to digest the THC, the more food you will have in your system. This is where THC gummies and a joint differ significantly: THC enters your system immediately when it is smoked, but it may take hours for THC that you have taken to take full impact.
Feeling calmer is one of the benefits of THC, but if you accidentally overdose on it, things can quickly go south. Panic attacks, rapid heartbeat, and anxiety are possible overdose symptoms. These reactions may get worse.
Compared to smoking alone, THC Gummies take longer and last significantly longer. A typical gummy dose of 10 milligrams is supposed to last for at least six hours after consumption. Nevertheless, depending on how potent the edible is and how tolerant you are to marijuana, you can easily anticipate feeling high for up to 8–12 hours. After that, up until around hour three, you should experience its peak effects after it starts working. After that, users typically “settle in” to their high and gradually progress into a state of relaxation or even sedation.
The effects of THC Gummies often take two to three hours to show their impact fully, and they can last anywhere from six to seven hours, with the most prominent adverse effects typically appearing during the first three hours. That is why it’s crucial to wait at least two hours before consuming another gummy. For example, say the gummy was delicious, and you ate another one or two—at this moment, extra calories and sugar are probably the least of your worries. However, you could experience the effects of that gummy’s high THC content for up to twelve hours.
Similar to how onset times can vary widely, so can how long an edible lasts for you. How long you experience the effects depends on several variables, including metabolism, edible potency, and tolerance levels.
The impression of an edible’s effects may differ significantly for you, for example, your friends, even with the same amount, depending on your tolerance level. A person not accustomed to eating things may feel the effects more strongly. Even if you’ve smoked before, an edible high is genuinely different.
THC is metabolized by the digestive system when taken orally in the form of gummies. Cannabis enters the liver after metabolization. There, delta-9 THC gets changed by the body into 11-hydroxy THC, which has a more substantial psychoactive effect than marijuana smoke. Most users choose to smoke pot over eating edibles since there is a wait of up to two hours between ingestion and feeling high.
Marijuana has a variable half-life that typically ranges from three to 12 days. The same half-life of marijuana varies depending on the strain, how much gets ingested, and the individual’s tolerance. Marijuana metabolites are metabolized more slowly than inhaled THC; thus, they linger in the body longer. Therefore, THC levels start to decline in marijuana smokers as soon as the high passes.
THC levels in the body can take up to a day to decrease after eating or consuming something. Generally speaking, edibles can linger in your system for between a few hours to 90 days, depending on your intake.
Yes, a drug test will detect THC gummies. THC enters your system regardless of whether you consume it or smoke it. A drug test may be able to see THC levels for a significantly larger amount of time due to the way the body absorbs edibles. Tests on the urine, hair, blood, saliva, and sweat can all find consumed THC. The schedule for each type of test is as follows:
- Blood: Can be detected within 3 to 4 hours of consumption
- Saliva: Can be seen for 24 to 72 hours
- Urine: Can be seen for 3 to 30 days
- Hair: Can be caught for 90 days or more
For those who don’t want to smoke but still want to consume THC for therapeutic or recreational causes, THC gummies are an excellent alternative. However, if you’re new to THC gummies, start with small dosages and wait a while to see how the edible affects you before consuming more. THC gummies might appear to be very potent. And occasionally, folks can make the mistake of lacking the patience to wait three hours before taking more. In addition, too much cannabis consumption is unpleasant. Overdoing it might leave you feeling ill, worried, suspicious, and sick. Therefore, one must be cautious while consuming it.