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  • by Nicola Boulton September 28, 2022 4 min read

    How Long Does It Take for CBD Edibles to Kick In?

    The time taken for CBD edibles to manifest in the body is a function of multiple factors, including but not limited to the potency in the edible, users' weight, age, and metabolism. The current article describes the various factors determining the time taken for edibles to kick in.

    The legalization of hemp, from which CBD is derived, was a major turning point for the CBD industry. Its decriminalization increased the interest of many stakeholders in the cannabis product. Industries have ensured users get CBD in forms that appeal to their varied needs. CBD edibles are one example of a popular CBD product in the cannabis market. The chewy products are discreet, convenient, and portable. Their dosages, and the user's body chemistry, determine how long it takes for the edibles, normally taken through ingestion, to manifest.

    How Long Does it Take For CBD Edibles to Kick In

    So, How Long Does It Take for CBD Edibles to Kick In?

    Generally, the edibles take thirty minutes to 2 hours to manifest. However, the rate of metabolism differs from one person to the next. Working et al. (2022) stated that CBD edibles pass through the digestive system; digestion takes between 1 and 2 hours to complete, explaining why the edibles take quite long.

    Factors Determining the Time It Takes for CBD Edibles to Kick In

    When ingested, a CBD edible is digested and goes through the liver before entering the bloodstream. However, not every form of CBD undergoes digestion. Liu (2019) opined that topicals, sublingual products, and CBD inhalants do not get to the body's systems through digestion. The following are the factors that determine how fast the CBD edible will kick in;

    The Age of the User

    Younger and more active users have higher metabolic rates than their elderly counterparts. Hence, the duration of manifestation is shorter for younger users.

    Is Your Stomach Full or Empty?

    Having the CBD edible on an empty stomach increases the duration it takes to manifest. An empty stomach corresponds to reduced metabolic activities. Similarly, taking CBD on an empty stomach could result in irritation.  Learn more about 5 infused cbd edibles you'll enjoy

    The Potency of the CBD Edible

    The potency refers to the strength of the edible. If the CBD edible is weak, it will take longer to kick in and vice-versa.

    The Types of CBD Edibles

    Evans (2020) stated that CBD edibles are not the same. CBD edibles are grouped in spectrums according to their effectiveness. An edible's effectiveness is determined by its amount of cannabis components. If it has several components, the user will gain more from CBD edibles than when they have limited chemical components. The effectiveness will also determine the speed of metabolism. The following are the main types of CBD spectrums;

    Full-spectrum CBD Edibles

    The full spectrum edible has many CBD components, including THC, which makes it the most effective spectrum. It is worth noting that the THC content in the full spectrum is 0.3%. The full spectrum edible is the most popular among regular CBD users.

    Broad-spectrum CBD Edibles

    The broad spectrum has many CBD components but lacks THC. The user enjoys the entourage effect, but it is not as effective as the full spectrum. 

    Isolate CBD Edibles 

    The isolate edible is the purest of all the spectrums. It only has one CBD component. The user, therefore, does not experience the entourage effect. As CBD isolate is the mildest spectrum, it is the best for first-time users.

    The Quality of the CBD Edible

    The quality of the CBD edible determines how fast the CBD will kick in because additives and contaminants affect metabolism; high-quality edibles kick in faster than low-quality products.

    How to Buy Good Quality CBD Edibles

     The following are some tips that you can use to buy good quality CBD edibles;

    Research About the CBD Edible

    Buying CBD is an arduous task for the new user who does not know what to look for when buying CBD. Ashton (2021) emphasized that it is essential to research CBD products before buying them. The following are some of the factors that the CBD user should look out for before buying CBD;

    The Certificate of Analysis (COA)

    The Certificate of Agency is a document available on the website or can be sent to the user upon request. It contains a detailed list of the components in an edible. If the company is reluctant about availing the COA, the user should avoid it because it may contain harmful components.

    Look out for Third-party Laboratory Test Results

    A third-party laboratory can test the CBD edible to attest that the components listed on the COA are accurate. The testing of the edible by a third party has hints of transparency and credibility. 

    Customer Reviews

    Customer reviews can tell you everything you want about a product. If the reviews are positive, the product is good. On the contrary, negative reviews indicate a poor quality product.

    Seek Medical Advice

    Seeking the doctor's advice before buying an edible is essential because the doctor will advise you on the following;

    • The compatibility of the CBD edible with your health
    • The reaction of the CBD edible with any other medication you are taking.
    • Where to buy the best CBD edible
    • How to use your CBD edible to avoid side-effects
    • How to avoid low-quality CBD.


    There is no standard time when the CBD edible kicks in; it can take between thirty minutes and 2 hours. Factors like the user's age, the potency of the CBD edible, the CBD edible, and its quality determine the time it takes to manifest. To buy good quality CBD edibles, the user can research more about the product and its additives on the COA. Also, the user should determine if a third-party laboratory has tested the product.


    Working, W. S. C. S. (2022). How Much CBD Should I Take the First Time?.Sign, 62.

    Evans, J. (2020). The Ultimate Guide to CBD: Explore the World of Cannabidiol. Fair Winds Press.

    Ashton, L. (2021). CBD Oil for Skin Care: Benefits of Using Hemp Facial & Beauty Products.

    Liu, T. (2019). What is CBD Oil? Learn the Facts: Uses, Benefits and Side Effects.

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