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How Long Do CBD Edibles Work?

December 17, 2022 5 min read

How Long Do CBD Edibles Work?

How Long Do CBD Edibles Work?

CBD edibles are available in different forms, with varying effect-duration in the body. This article explains how long the edibles last and the factors to consider when buying the edibles. 

Taking CBD in the form of edibles is a fun and conscious way of using the product. Most people like edibles because it is a healthy way of using them for users who dislike smoking, vaping, or topicals. One thing people want to know about CBD edibles is how long they take to work. The edibles take a different route compared to tinctures or vapes. The edibles' effects on the body are a function of multiple factors including, but not limited to, age, metabolism, body weight, and the amount consumed. 

What are CBD Edibles?

CBD is a common term used to refer to Cannabidiol, a compound of the cannabis plant. Cannabidiol is extracted from the hemp species of cannabis. Hemp-derived CBD contains less tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound in marijuana that causes psychoactive effects to its users. The cannabis derivative is infused in many products, including but not limited to gummies, cookies, and drinks. The most common edible product is the gummies though they are also available as sweets, gum, lozenges, and bars. These edibles are available in different flavors, colors, sizes, and shapes. 

Benefits of CBD Edibles

CBD has been studied to have many therapeutic benefits. Izzo (2009) pointed out that CBD is beneficial in managing pain and inflammation and helps in neurogenerative diseases. Shannon et al. (2019) explained that the cannabis derivative has anti-emetic properties in treating nausea and vomiting. Products infused with CBD can also manage anxiety and improve sleep quality. 

Why People Prefer CBD Edibles?

Edibles are an easier and more subtle way to use Cannabidiol. Most people do not like the taste of raw cannabis oil but prefer to use edibles since they come in various flavors. The edibles are widely available and legal in most areas. Here are some advantages of cannabis-infused edibles: 


Users have a variety of edibles to choose from. They come in different forms, from sweets to protein bars. Edibles also have different tastes, colors, and flavors that are pleasant for users who want to avoid the taste of raw Cannabidiol. Edibles are available in walk-ins or online stores in almost every town.

Long Lasting Effects

CBD edibles take longer to be broken down and released into the bloodstream than other forms of Cannabidiol oil. The benefit of the longer onset period for CBD edibles is that its effects take longer. Most users go for edibles to experience long-lasting effects. 

Easy Dosage

Most CBD edibles contain a premeasured dosage. One can gauge how much CBD they have used with little calculations. The edibles come in different strengths. Users can also get a flavor of their choice. 

Easy to Make

CBD edibles can be made home with hemp flower, Cannabidiol oil, or isolate powder. One can try different recipes, from cookies, tea, and juices to stronger drinks like alcohol.

How Long Do CBD Edibles Take to Work? 

Vaped and sublingual edibles bypass digestion and directly enter the bloodstream, making them kick in almost immediately. Norton (2020) explained that edibles go through the digestive system and are metabolized by the liver, released into the bloodstream, and sent to the brain; this explains why they take more time to kick in. Generally, it can take 30 to 90 minutes to feel the effects, and the effects can last up to 12 hours. 

Factors That Affect How Long CBD Edibles Work

Several factors affect how long edibles take to work. These are outlined below:


Metabolism plays an important role in how the foods eaten are absorbed. Different people have different metabolism rates; the higher the metabolism rate, the faster it takes to clear CBD from the system, and vice versa. Weight, age, gender, and muscle-to-fat ratio also affect the duration of CBD in the system; Users with plus-size weight may store the fat-soluble CBD much longer, extending the effects of CBD in their bodies.

Cannabis Tolerance and Frequency of Use

A person used to cannabis can develop a tolerance to it, making it harder to feel the effects fast enough; tolerant users may also need a higher dose. 

Izzo (2009) explained that CBD is not associated with tolerance development. A person who uses the edibles regularly can feel their effect faster and increase their effectiveness. 

Type of Edible

CBD lollipops, lozenges, or gum behave are sublingually consumed, making them manifest much faster. Millar (2020) pointed out that sublingual absorption provides a faster effect since it bypasses liver metabolism. Edibles, such as gummies, bars, and cookies, have delayed onset periods since they go through the digestive system.  

Frequently Asked Questions about CBD Edibles

Will CBD Edibles Make Me High?

CBD edibles will not make one high. The edibles contain zero or trace amounts of THC, the compound responsible for the high effect. Most people feel calm and relaxed after taking CBD rather than getting intoxicated. 

What Are the Side Effects of CBD Edibles?

CBD is a natural product that has no adverse reactions. Millar (2020) mentioned that it might have potential side effects such as dry mouth, fatigue, drowsiness, and changes in appetite. These effects are not severe. Staying dehydrated when taking CBD might help with the side effects like dry mouth.

How Many CBD Edibles Should I Take?

There is no standard dosage for CBD edibles that works for everyone. Since CBD might have different results for people, it is important to figure out how an individual reacts to it. Most companies have a recommended dosage for their edibles. It is advised to start low and give the edibles time to kick in before taking more. 


CBD edibles come in many forms with different flavors. They provide one with an easy and conspicuous way of benefiting from CBD. Since they go through the digestive system, the edibles take a long manifest. Most people might feel the effects 30 minutes after taking an edible. The longer time is also an advantage since they are believed to have effects that last longer than other methods. People who take edibles should follow manufacturers' directions and start with a small dose to gauge how their body reacts to the edibles.


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