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Cannabis consumed orally enters the blood stream after being digested or broken down in the stomach and is absorbed in the intestines. This is usually accomplished by infusing butter or fatty oils with heat to create a decarboxylated medicated meal. Popular types of infused edibles on dispensary shelves include brownies, candy, chocolate bars, cookies, drinks, pills, snacks, spreads and more.
Patients who consume cannabis orally usually report feeling the effects within thirty minutes, with peak effects around the one hour mark and total duration of effects ranging as long as six hours, although it will depend on a variety of factors including your tolerance level, the amount of cannabinoids consumed, what ratio of cannabinoids the edible consists of and more. The reason why edibles affect you for a longer period of time than smoking or vaporizing cannabis can be attributed to the process of digestion, in which edibles have to be broken down from their original food state to a molecular cannabinoid state in order to be absorbed.
The gradual nature of the digestion process accounts for the longer effects of this method of consumption. It is also important to note, that factors such as the amount of food consumed prior to medicating, strength of the product and even a person’s metabolism can all affect the overall experience.