How To Get Edibles To Hit You Quicker


It’s a crapshoot with edibles. You never really know if you’ve consumed enough, because the effects don’t really hit you until after you realize you’ve inhaled an entire batch of pot brownies. “I don’t feel anything!” is a phrase often uttered by someone who is enjoying their first bite of THC. Unlike other forms of cannabis that get you high within the hour, edibles require patience, timing and correct dosage, which is a lot to ask of someone who’s never tried them before.

A lot of people stop themselves from enjoying the perks of infused food products because of the long wait time and their unpredictability. While these challenges are adaptable and manageable, there are some ways of making edibles affect you faster.

One of the most interesting developments within the cannabis industry is fast acting edibles, which are designed to bypass the much dreaded wait time. Known as “rapid delivery,” these edibles are being developed by companies who claim that you’ll start feeling their effects within 15 to 20 minutes.

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In an interview with Forbes, Peter Barsoom, founder of cannabis company 1906, explained that his company began to make rapid delivery edibles thinking about people who didn’t have the time to wait around for six hours in order to feel their desired effects. This new formula allows edibles to “bypass the stomach and get into the small intestine faster,” through a process called proprietary lipid microencapsulation.

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A trick savvy consumers can try is to purchase an edible that melts — like chocolate or a mint — and placing it under their tongue. Instead of waiting for the edible to make its way down the digestive track, this sublingual method allows the THC to be quickly absorbed by the bloodstream, much like a tincture or oil.

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Another long term habit people can work on is to change their metabolism so it’s sharper and faster acting. Consuming protein, drinking water, working out and getting plenty of sleep might contribute to a steadier metabolism and a healthier lifestyle, allowing edibles to be processed more rapidly and to deliver effects without having to ingest smoke or vapor.


Beth Edmonds