Consuming THC edibles is a great way to enjoy cannabis for a variety of reasons. The effects can be long-lasting, providing full-body euphoria that allows you to relax and relieve the tension after a hard day. Edibles are an ideal way to consume cannabis if you are looking to do so discretely, like spending a holiday weekend with family that is not open to cannabis.
When new consumers try cannabis for the first time, many turn to edibles because eating something is more familiar and less scary than smoking from a pipe or joint. Some might have visited a state to try legal cannabis, and upon returning home found out they are going to be drug tested.
Situations like the one above can cause people to wonder, how long do edibles stay in your system?
Typically, THC can linger in our bodies anywhere from a few days to a few months. Factors like metabolic rate, exercise, diet, and how often you partake in cannabis all affect how long THC stays in your system.
The differences between smoking flower and eating a tasty edible also affect how long the THC decides to stick around. There’s no reliable way to know exactly how long THC will stay in your system, but what is known is that edibles take longer to clear out of the body.
Upon ingesting cannabis, the THC and other cannabinoids (as well as metabolites like 11-hydroxy-THC) get flushed out from our body through urination. However, not everything gets expelled out, and some THC gets trapped in our fat cells.
The purpose of fat cells is to act as our emergency energy supply, so they don’t get quickly burned off in normal conditions. As a result, the THC stored in the fat cells will be slowly released little by little. That’s why sometimes cannabinoids can take so long to purge from your body.
When you consume edibles, the THC is released slowly. This slow rate allows the THC to get stored in your fat cells more easily. When you smoke, the THC is released in a massive burst, so more is able to be released during urination.
"The more time your body has to clear out THC the better and you definitely don't want to add fuel to the fire."
So you ate that edible, found out that THC can be present for up to a month, and you have a drug test coming up! This can cause some serious anxiety and you can't even turn to cannabis to help. What do you do?
The first step is to stop consuming cannabis immediately. The more time your body has to clear out THC the better and you definitely don't want to add fuel to the fire. Next, you want to start exercising which will allow your body to begin burning its fat stores and release the THC stored inside. Make sure to stay hydrated as well to keep the THC moving out of the body via urination.
The last thing you want to do is make sure you are eating a healthy diet that is limited in sugar, sodium, and bad fats. These ingredients can slow your metabolism and cause you to store excess water and fat, the opposite of what you are looking for. Fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, fish, and lean meat should be your staples during this time. You can also try drinking more tea and coffee to help speed up your metabolism.
THC in edibles and cannabis, in general, can linger in the body for up to six weeks for heavy consumers. The slow rate that edibles release THC into the body can cause more of it to accumulate into fat tissue. There are several natural options consumers can utilize to help clear THC out of their system if they need to be drug tested.
We can't guarantee you will pass that drug test nor can we definitively say how long THC will stay in your individual system. Each persons body is unique to them so each case will inevitably differ. This information should be used as an informational guide to help you understand how long edibles will stay in your system.