FAQs about THC Edibles
Do THC edibles go bad?
Yes, THC edibles can go bad just like any other food product. The shelf life of THC edibles will depend on the type of food that is infused with THC. For example, baked goods like brownies or cookies may become stale or moldy after a week or two, especially if not properly stored. On the other hand, hard candies or gummies might last for several months if kept in a cool, dry place.
The degradation of THC itself over time can also impact the potency of edibles, although this generally occurs over a longer time frame than the spoilage of the food product itself. THC can slowly break down, especially under conditions of heat, light, or exposure to air, which can result in a less potent product over time.
When consuming THC edibles, it's important to check for signs of spoilage just as you would with any other food product. If the edible looks, smells, or tastes off, it's best not to consume it. It's also recommended to store THC edibles properly—typically in a cool, dark, and airtight environment—to preserve their freshness and potency.
How long do THC edibles take to kick in?
THC edibles typically take longer to start affecting the user compared to inhaled forms of cannabis like smoking or vaping. This is because edibles have to be digested and the THC needs to be metabolized in the liver before it enters the bloodstream. Generally, it can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours for the effects of a THC edible to be felt, but this can vary based on several factors, including:
- Individual metabolism: People with faster metabolisms may feel the effects sooner than those with slower metabolisms.
- Empty vs. full stomach: Consuming edibles on an empty stomach may lead to quicker onset of effects, but it can also result in a stronger effect, which may be overwhelming for some.
- Dosage and potency: Higher doses or more potent edibles will typically have a more pronounced effect.
- Tolerance: Regular users of cannabis may have a higher tolerance and thus require larger doses to feel the effects.
How long do THC edibles stay in your system?
The exact length of time that THC from edibles stays in your system can vary widely depending on several factors, including the dose taken, frequency of use, individual metabolism, body mass, and hydration levels. Generally speaking, THC can be detected in the body for longer periods after consuming edibles compared to smoking or vaping cannabis. This is because the THC is processed through your digestive system and absorbed into the bloodstream at a slower rate, and then metabolized by the liver. When THC is metabolized, it's converted into various metabolites, including THC-COOH, which is the metabolite most commonly tested for in drug screenings. In a one-time user, THC might be detectable in a urine drug test for up to 3 days after consumption. In regular users, it can be detected for up to 30 days or longer. In blood tests, THC is generally only detectable for a few hours to a day after consumption, but this can be longer in regular users. Hair tests can detect THC for the longest period of time—up to 90 days or more after consumption. However, these tests are less common because they require a hair sample and are more expensive to administer. Keep in mind that these timelines are estimates and can vary significantly from person to person. It's also important to note that while the detectable levels of THC may diminish over time, the psychoactive effects of the drug will wear off much sooner (usually within a few hours to a day).