How Long Do Edibles Stay In Your System?

Edibles offer a variety of ways to enjoy cannabis. They are discreet and tasty, and come in many forms. THC edibles can cause you to fail drug tests just as smoking marijuana or vaping it. Many employers still require drug testing. If you are subject to a drug test, it is likely that you will be asked when you last consumed THC edibles. How long can edibles remain in your body?

Read on to learn more about detection times and how to cleanse your system of THC to pass a drug test.

THC Edibles Overview

Marijuana edibles are a popular choice these days, especially as more and more people want to try cannabis products but are less interested in smoking or vaping. You will find a wide variety of THC-infused products in dispensaries. This makes it a great place to shop. Many people prefer gummies, but there are many other options, including infused baked goods and mints, hard candies and taffy, chocolate, savory snacks and beverages.

How Does the Body Process Edibles?

THC edibles are a different experience from smoking. The cannabinoids inhaled are immediately absorbed into your bloodstream and make their way to your brain for fast onset effects. But edibles should not be absorbed directly into your bloodstream. They must first pass through your digestive system. The digestion process is slower than inhalation. However, the effects last longer, so edibles can be felt later, but they can linger for many hours. Initial effects may begin as soon as you eat an edible. However, full effects can last for up to eight hours depending on how much you ingest. Inhaled effects can be felt in minutes, and then fade in a matter of hours.

Inhaling cannabinoids, such as THC, is more effective than smoking or vaping marijuana. Bioavailability is the body’s ability to use THC. You may wonder why edibles produce stronger psychoactive effects. The reason is that edible cannabis must go through the digestive system. When it reaches the liver, the THC becomes a metabolite called 11.-hydroxy-THC. It turns out that 11-hydroxy-THC, which is more bioavailable than THC, gives you a stronger high.

Common Effects Of Weed Edibles

Dosage of cannabis edibles is in milligrams per grams. The dosage limits for legal recreational and medical marijuana programs in the United States are strict. Each package contains a specific serving size. It is important to read all packaging labels and know how much THC each serving contains in order to get the perfect dose. You might have to break down the cookie or gummy into smaller pieces if you need to get the high you desire.


A microdose of THC can be anywhere from 1-5 mg. Start with 1 milligram of cannabis edibles and wait for up to 2 hours before you increase your intake. Microdoses provide mild pain relief, as well as reducing stress and anxiety. It can improve focus and creativity.

Mild Dose

A microdose may be too small for you. You can increase the dose to 5-15 mgs. This dose can cause more pain relief, and some people may feel tired and lethargic. Others may experience increased happiness and euphoria.

Moderate Dose

The recommended dose for moderate use is between 15 and 30 milligrams. The effects continue to increase and can cause altered perceptions and impaired coordination. You can get a restful night of sleep with a moderate amount of this herb. It will also provide complete relaxation.

Dosage In Large Quantities

A large dose can be anywhere from 30-50 mgs for experienced users. Expect strong sedative effects and elevated feelings of euphoria. There may also be some altered coordination and perception.

Mega Dose

Patients seeking deep sleep often use megadoses. The dose ranges from 50 to 100 milligrams. It produces powerful sedative effects and is best used before bed. This dosage is not recommended for beginners and can cause unpleasant side effects.

How Long Do Edibles Stay in Your system?

Each person is different in how long they can keep edibles in their system. There are many factors that influence how long edibles stay in your system, such as body mass, hydration levels, and age. Additionally, frequency of consumption and tolerance level are perhaps the two most relevant determining factors in how long it takes to detox from THC. First, you should consider the type and time of the test.


Urinalysis is the most popular way to test for THC. THC and its metabolites can remain in the urine for up to three days in a light user, and as long as 30 days in a moderate user.

Hair Follicle

The effects of marijuana can last from 6-12 months in the hair. However, a hair follicle test is only looking at the last 90 days worth of growth. This test is not as common but it can be used in certain situations and is more accurate than others.


A saliva test can find THC anywhere between 24-72 hours after last use. This test is used to detect recent use. It is most often used for people who are suspected of using marijuana while driving.


THC can be detected in blood tests for as long as two weeks. However, potency and frequency play an important role in the time taken to detect THC.

This post was written by Flo Sugyatno, operations manager of LOCAL’d and cannabis expert. LOCAL’d is a helping hand to the companies that strengthen your community in the Washington, DC area. Helping them to grow through financial and promotional support, LOCAL’d is one of the best Washington DC weed stores!