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November 22, 2017

Edibles Guide Part 6. Types of Edibles

Let’s take a look at the three main types of edibles and their actions.

In the previous sections, we learned that the speed and strength are impacted by various factors, including the type of edible. Let’s take a look at the three main ones and their effects.

What Are Different Types of Edibles?

The main difference between edibles in addition to their method of consumption is how THC is absorbed into your bloodstream.

1. Gastrointestinal Intake

Though it may take some time before the effects are felt, these edibles often produce a more intense and longer-lasting high.

It may take up to 2 hours in order for the product to get into the stomach, dissolve there and begin its action, taking up to 2 hours of waiting, but the action itself can last up to 8 hours.

Some example of this type are:

  • Brownies

  • Cakes

  • Candy bars

  • Snack mixes

  • Capsules

  • Pills

  • Cookies

2. Oral Intake

These edibles take much less time than gastrointestinally-absorbed ones, but they also wear off faster. The effects can be felt in under 30 minutes, since THC is initially absorbed through the receptors in the oral cavity. This type acts faster but lasts just 2-3 hours.

Examples of these edibles include:

  • Confectionary

  • Suckers

  • Sprays

  • Lollipops

  • Drops

  • Gum

  • Tinctures

3. Hybrid

Users may feel effects quickly from the THC absorbed in their saliva, and then feel the effects of absorption in the stomach long after the initial high. The initial effects may come around in just 30 minutes with the overall high lasting about 4 hours.

Hybrid edibles include:

  • Drink powders

  • Drink mixes

  • Some chocolates (truffles)

  • Sodas

  • Energy shots

  • Elixirs

  • Tea.

We hope that this series has been of help and now, when you come to a dispensary you will be able to quickly decide on what you want today and what suits you the best among the huge variety of cannabis edibles.

 

Read more from our Edibles Guide:

Part 1. What is the Right Dose of Edibles? What Does it Depend on?

Part 2. Dosage for Beginners and More Experienced Consumers

Part 3. How Fast Do Edibles' Effects Take? How Long do They Last?

Part 4. Do’s and Don'ts. Overconsumption

Part 5. Edibles vs Smoking

Part 6. Types of Edibles

Part 7. Do Edibles Expire? How to Store Edibles?

Disclaimer. To eat or not to eat is solely your choice and no one else’s. We outlined recommendations solely for informational purposes. We would like to draw your attention to the fact that this information applies to certified products that are sold legally. Most of it does not apply to home cooked edibles, as there is no way to determine the exact composition, the overall and piece by piece THC levels, and so on. We strongly recommend refraining from edibles you don’t know.

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