A Complete Guide on Edible Detection Times
Eating marijuana edibles is a popular way to enjoy cannabis. However, many people wonder exactly how long edibles stay in your system. This guide will explore all aspects of edible detection times.
Table of Contents
- How Edibles Work
- Factors Affecting Detection Time
- THC Sensitivity
- Edible Dose & Type
- Drug Testing for Edibles
- Saliva Tests
- Blood Tests
- Hair Tests
- Urine Tests
-Onset of Edible Effects
- How Long Do Edibles Stay in Your System?
- First 24 Hours
- 1-3 Days
- Up to 30 Days
- 90 Days
- Tips for Passing an Edible Drug Test
How Edibles Work
Unlike smoking marijuana, edibles must pass through the digestive system. The THC becomes absorbed in the stomach and liver where it is converted to 11-hydroxy THC. This active metabolite is even more psychoactive than delta-9 THC, affecting how long edibles stay in your system.
Onset of edible effects take 30-90 minutes. THC levels then peak around 2-4 hours after ingestion. The high feels more intense and can last 6-8 hours or longer.
Factors Affecting Edible Detection Times
Several variables affect how long cannabis edibles stay detectable:
People with faster metabolisms digest edibles quicker. This leads to faster removal of THC compounds from the body. Those with slower metabolisms may feel edible effects longer.
Those who rarely use cannabis can feel edible effects stronger and longer than frequent users. Frequent users have increased tolerance so edibles get metabolized faster.
Edible Dose & Type
Higher THC doses and edibles containing cannabis oils, butters, etc. release THC over longer periods of time. Weaker doses of isolate powders digest quicker.
Drug Testing for Edibles
Edible users often wonder how drug tests detect cannabis from edibles. Here's a breakdown:
Saliva tests detect cannabis for 0-24 hours after last use. Edibles can show in saliva tests for 1-2 days since THC is released as edibles digest.
Blood tests can detect THC metabolites for around 24 hours after edible use. Chronic heavy users may show longer.
Hair tests detect cannabis use for up to 90 days. However, edibles only show for around 1 week of use. Hair tests are not ideal for identifying edible consumers.
The most common way to test for edibles is a urine drug screen. Urine tests detect the THC metabolite long after edibles are ingested.
Onset of Edible Effects
When you ingest marijuana edibles, it takes time to feel the effects. Unlike smoking, edibles must pass through the digestive system before THC is absorbed. It typically takes 30-90 minutes to begin feeling edible effects once ingested.
The delay is because food products like baked goods and candy must be processed by the liver, which converts THC into its more potent form. This slower onset often causes impatient users to consume more edibles prematurely, increasing risks of negative effects like paranoia. Be patient, start low, and avoid false positives by waiting to feel the full effects before consuming more. With cannabis products, less is often more when it comes to proper dosing.
How Long Do Edibles Stay in Your System?
First 24 Hours
Within the first day after ingesting an edible, you will likely test positive for THC metabolites. Expect to test positive on any blood, saliva or urine test during this time.
For infrequent or first-time users, THC can be detected in urine for 1-3 days after edible use. Higher doses may cause you to keep testing positive in this timeframe.
Up to 30 Days
Most people will test positive on a urine test for up to 30 days after eating edibles. Frequent edible users have tested positive in urine screens for up to 3 weeks after last use.
In very rare cases, THC metabolites can show in urine for up to 90 days after consuming edibles. This is more likely in those who use edibles heavily and frequently. Expect shorter detection times for most users.
Understanding Edible Dosing
When eating marijuana edibles, focus on the THC milligrams (mg) per dose, not the weight of the cannabis. Edibles are dosed based on the amount of delta-9 THC infused into the product, not by cannabis weight.
A 10mg gummy, for example, will produce similar effects every time regardless of the amount of cannabis flower or concentrate used to make it. This standardized dosing helps consumers predict effects.
For new edible users, 2.5-5mg is recommended per dose. This microdose minimizes risk of negative side effects. With experience, users can graduate to 10-25mg for a moderate high. Consuming 50-100mg+ is only suggested for those with very high THC tolerance.
Edible Dosing Chart
Dose (in mg)
Mild relaxation, uplifted mood
New users, microdosing
More pronounced relaxation, euphoria, increased appetite
Low tolerance users
Moderate intoxication, body buzz, enhanced senses
Moderate tolerance users
Strong intoxication, sedation, psychedelic effects
High tolerance users
Very strong intoxication, hallucinations, loss of motor control
Very high tolerance users only
- Start with the lowest dose and work your way up slowly as tolerance increases
- Wait at least 2 hours before taking another dose
- Consume edibles on a full stomach
- Stay hydrated and listen to your body
- Don't combine edibles with other substances
- Avoid operating vehicles or machinery after consuming
This chart provides dosage guidelines for edible consumers based on individual tolerance levels. Start low and gradually increase dosage to find the optimal amount that provides desired effects without unwanted side effects. Carefully monitor your response before consuming more.
Tips for Passing an Edible Drug Test
If you have an upcoming drug screening and recently ate edibles, here are some tips:
- Stop using edibles immediately to allow time to clear your system. Avoid smoking too.
- Drink extra water to dilute your urine prior to the test.
- Exercise and sweat to help purge THC metabolites.
- Consider ordering THC detox kits to help flush your system faster.
- For hair tests, cut or shave all hair on your head/body to avoid detection.
In summary, most 10mg edibles will show in urine tests for 30 days or less. However, detection times vary greatly among individuals. Be sure to stop use in advance and properly flush your system to avoid failing a drug test.