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How Exactly Do Cannabis Edibles Work?

Published On:
October 15, 2021

Read time:
3 Minutes

Gummies infused with cannabis

How long does it take for cannabis edibles to take effect? How long will these effects last? These are only some of the questions that always flood the minds of consumers when considering cannabis edibles. Cannabis edibles are THC and CBD-infused food or beverages and have become a common alternative to smoking, especially for those who wish to skip the act of inhaling cannabis smoke.

With the legalization of cannabis, edibles are becoming more and more popular and common in the recreational and medicinal market. In fact, CBD edibles have been studied as a treatment for anxiety and chronic pain.

In this post, True North Cannabis Co. will break down the different kinds of cannabis edibles and how exactly they work for you! 

The Many Faces of Cannabis Edibles 

In the last few years, advancements in cannabis product research and development has led to many different types of edibles available in the market. Hence, creating a wide stall of choices for those seeking specific effects for the mind and body.

But first, let’s answer one essential question:

How Long Do Cannabis Edibles Take Effect? 

Typically, edibles kick in 30 to 60 minutes after being consumed. However, it is best to keep in mind that onset time still depends on several factors, such as the main active ingredient. For example, if the cannabis edible has a high concentration of THC, the effects can be felt faster. CBD-infused edibles are not psychoactive, which means that they don’t cause any psychoactive effects, and the onset time is more difficult to determine. 

For both products, onset time will also depend on where in the body the cannabis edibles are being broken down and absorbed in the bloodstream. 

Let’s break down the different types of cannabis edibles and discuss how they work for the body.

Gummies and Soft Chews  

Perhaps one of the most common types of chewable cannabis edibles, gummies come in many forms and flavours, and in different dosages. This pack of Sativa Strawberry Soft Chews from TWD has 10mg of THC and offers a pleasing set of effects that will induce creativity and focus. 

Gummies may have a longer onset time as absorption happens in the digestive tract. From there, THC enters the bloodstream and goes straight to the liver. From the liver, the ingredients are metabolized before they are released back to the bloodstream and to the brain, where the buzz happens. 

Chocolates and Baked Goods 

Baked goods, such as brownies, muffins, and chocolate, have been around for quite some time. These are metabolized the same way that gummies do. Our selection of baked goods from our shop will set you in a good mood, especially if you are particularly into sweet and tasty things!


Beverages have become quite popular over the last year, with different flavours starting to attract a wider market. This Lime Sparkling Water by Houseplant is a staff pick, and can instantly refresh your body and mind on a hot day. Cannabis beverages are infused with a water-soluble formulation and can have a quicker onset effect of between 8 to 15 minutes. The cannabinoids are absorbed through the mouth, then under the tongue, and through the digestive tract.

Lozenges, Gums, Lollipops

Lozenges, gums, and lollipops are types of cannabis edibles that are ingested but are not swallowed. Absorption happens through the mucus membranes of the mouth, and is called a “sublingual absorption.” The effects can kick in faster compared to other edibles.

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Oils and Capsules 

Immediate-release cannabis capsules and oils are mostly used by those seeking its medicinal effects. These are available in different formulations, such as full-spectrum, strain-specific, and decarboxylated. They give consistent effects that suit different types of medical needs. Capsules are taken orally and absorbed in the stomach, which are then metabolized by the liver. Note that everyone’s livers metabolize differently, making the effects different from each other. 

Looking to Try Cannabis Edibles? True North Cannabis Co. Has It All! 

Look no further for cannabis edibles than True North Cannabis Co.. As Ontario’s largest retail cannabis shop, with 25 stores – and counting – all across the province, our goal is to make quality cannabis products accessible and affordable to everyone. This includes those who wish to try all types of cannabis edibles on the market today.

For an extra sweet deal shop our daily promotions – Tuesday is 10% off edibles!

Visit any of our locations, or contact us to find out more about our offerings specific to each location. Talk to one of our experienced budtenders and ask them about our best recommendations for cannabis edibles.

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