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November 22, 2017

To Eat or Not to Eat. 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 main factors, as well as the type of edible. Let’s take a look at the three main ones and their actions.

This is a part of an articles series about Edibles.

Part 1. What is the right dose of Edibles and what does it depend on?

Part 2. Dosage for beginners and more experienced consumers.

Part 3. Effects time.

Part 4. Overconsumption.

Part 5. Edibles vs Smoking.

Part 6. Types of Edibles.

6. Types of Edibles.


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


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.


Share your experience with edibles in the comments! What is your ideal dose? How do you deal with overconsumption? What is your favorite edible?


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 only to certified products that are sold legally. We cannot acquaint you with the effects and symptoms of home cooked edibles. There is no way to determine the exact composition, the THC levels in each piece - this can only be done in a professional lab. We strongly recommend refraining from edibles you don’t know.


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