How Fast Do THC Drinks Work?

Jul 26, 2023The nama Team

How fast do weed drinks kick in? Much faster than edibles, that’s for sure. Also, cannabis-infused beverages offer a refreshing and convenient way to consume low amounts of Delta 9 THC.

How Fast Do THC Drinks Work?

THC drinks offer a safe and reliable alternative to smoking or vaping. One of their key advantages is that you can start feeling the effects of Delta 9 within 10 to 20 minutes after sipping on a THC-infused drink

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What Are THC-Infused Drinks?

THC drinks, or cannabis-infused beverages, are liquid products that contain small amounts of Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Delta 9 THC). These drinks are formulated to provide the effects of THC in a liquid form, allowing for convenient consumption and precise dosing.

A huge advantage of cannabis-infused drinks is that you always know the exact amount of Delta 9, cannabidiol (CBD), and other cannabis compounds you’re consuming. They also offer a discreet and convenient way to take your cannabis beverages, similar to having a glass of wine. This makes THC drinks perfect for microdosing. 

New to microdosing? Check out this awesome guide to the practice of taking small amounts of Delta 9. Apart from delicious cannabis drinks, our second favorite way to microdose THC is with our low-dose edibles. THC edibles offer a safe and precise way of ingesting small, controlled doses of Delta 9 and CBD without experiencing the overwhelming side effects that come with taking too much. 

If you’re a beginner in the world of microdosing, start with our Energy gummies. They contain only 2.5 mg of THC and 5 mg of CBD for a balanced combination and a subtle boost of energy. 

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How Fast Do THC Drinks Work?

Unlike traditional edibles, which need to be digested and metabolized, THC drinks are absorbed directly into the bloodstream through the soft tissues in the mouth and throat. This means a rapid onset. You can start feeling the effects of THC drinks within 10–20 minutes of consumption. 

The onset time for cannabis-infused drinks can vary depending on several factors:

  • THC concentration in the drink
  • Serving size
  • Your metabolism
  • Your tolerance to cannabis

Regardless of your tolerance to THC and CBD or other factors, it’s a good idea to start low and wait for the effects to kick in before taking more. 

How Long Do THC Drinks Last?

It’s true that THC drinks are quick to produce effects, just like smoking or vaping cannabis, but unlike these unhealthy consumption methods, the effects of cannabis drinks are more sustained and longer-lasting. On average, the effects of weed drinks can last anywhere from 2 to 6 hours. For comparison, the effects of smoking cannabis can last from 1 to 3 hours.

Consuming higher concentrations of THC may result in even longer-lasting effects. However, we do not recommend taking more than 10 mg of THC, especially on your first try. At low doses (below 10 mg), Delta 9 delivers a mild, relaxing, euphoric experience for most users. 

When taken at higher doses (25 mg and up), Delta 9 THC can cause side effects such as: 

  • Increased appetite
  • Changes in perception
  • Talkativeness
  • Increased sedation
  • Increased heart rate
  • Paranoia
  • Anxiety

Factors such as the presence of other cannabinoids and terpenes and the overall composition of the THC drink can also influence the duration of the effects.

Our THC beverages come with microdoses of Delta 9 that will ensure a fun time without overwhelming your senses. Our superior formula for cannabis infusions combines 2.2 mg of THC and 2.9 mg of CBD in the all natural Buzz THC drink drops. If you’re looking for the ultimate mocktail ingredient—vegan, gluten-free, low-dose, and delicious—this is it. 

You can start feeling the effects of THC drinks within 10–20 minutes of consumption.

THC Drinks vs Edibles

Traditional edibles and cannabis drinks are both ingested. However, the effects of edibles and THC drinks differ

  • When you consume cannabis in the form of an edible, the stomach and intestines absorb the THC. It goes through the digestive system before being absorbed into the bloodstream. 
  • With cannabis-infused beverages, the cannabinoids dissolve, pass through your digestive system, and quickly enter your bloodstream once they hit the lining of the stomach. The cannabis in a drink can elevate mood quicker than edibles because drinks don’t need the digestive breakdown process. 
  • Drinks infused with THC or CBD have a more rapid onset, but edibles last longer.
  • THC edibles and beverages do not contain toxic chemicals. Unlike smoking cannabis, both consumption methods are perfectly safe for your lungs. 

Benefits of Microdosing THC

A low amount of THC can offer more health benefits than higher doses. In combination with CBD, beneficial outcomes can be even more pronounced in the synergistic interaction known as the entourage effect

Here are some benefits of microdosing Delta 9 THC. 

  1. Microdosing THC can reduce inflammation and treat autoimmune diseases caused by chronic inflammatory conditions. A 2021 study revealed the therapeutic synergy of CBD and THC on inflammation in human and animal models. According to the study results, “CBD, CBG, and CBD+THC combination exert a predominantly anti-inflammatory effect in vivo.” This means that low doses of THC may be able to help with multiple sclerosis through its anti-inflammatory and anxiolytic properties.
  2. Low doses of THC and CBD can reduce stress and anxiety. CBD and THC seem to stimulate serotonin and dopamine production at low doses. Many people have good results from microdosing cannabis for depression as well. Research found that cannabis users experienced a reduction in depressive symptoms after consuming cannabis in small amounts.
  3. Cancer patients microdose Delta 9 to suppress feelings of nausea and vomiting and treat other chemotherapy-related symptoms. Due to its potent anti-cancer properties—medical cannabis may even prevent cancer cells from growing and spreading to other cells—Delta 9 may slow the spread of cancer, induce cancer cell death (apoptosis), and improve the efficiency of cancer treatment. Research on cannabis and cancer revealed that “cannabinoid compounds exert tumour growth inhibitory and antimetastatic effects, cannabinoid compounds may represent a useful additional therapeutic option to currently used cytostatic drugs.”
  4. Delta 9 can slow the progression of glaucoma and treat symptoms of increased eye pressure like nausea, chronic pain, and discomfort. One study found that low doses of THC can lower intraocular pressure by up to 40%.
  5. At low doses, Delta 9 can help you sleep. A 2022 study showed that 71% of the participants in the study “reported a subjective improvement in their sleep or related condition” after consuming small amounts of cannabis. 

The best way to reap the benefits of cannabis and produce the entourage effect is with our full spectrum CBD gummies. These edibles are made by combining THC, CBD, and other minor cannabinoids and terpenes that enhance each other’s beneficial effects. According to Vučković, et. al., when taken together, CBD acts as a safety engineer, improving the safety and tolerability of THC and downregulating its possible adverse effects (e.g., increased anxiety and heart rate, and sedation). 

Our Euphoria gummies contain an equal ratio of THC and CBD at a 10 mg dose of each. These fruit-filled vegan edibles guarantee a mildly euphoric experience balanced by the soothing influence of CBD. 

Our THC drinks are another good way to experience the entourage effect, as they combine CBD and THC in a balanced ratio. 

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How To Make THC Drinks

Making THC-infused drinks can be an enjoyable way to customize your cannabis experience. The best part is that you have total control over the ingredients and dosage. Plus, the process itself often involves fun and creative ways to experiment with different flavors and combinations. 

Creating THC drinks at home doesn't really require advanced culinary skills. With some basic equipment and ingredients—and our irreplaceable THC Buzz drops—you can start crafting your own infused beverages.

We give you some tips and tricks for making awesome THC-infused beverages:

  • With THC drinks, you have the freedom to choose your preferred base liquid (water, juice, or milk). Feel free to experiment and create a wide range of beverages tailored to your taste preferences. 
  • Experiment with flavors, herbs, and other ingredients that will take your cannabis drink to the next level. With unique and delicious combinations like fruity blends, herbal infusions, or even creamy concoctions, the possibilities are endless.
  • Sweeten your cannabis drink with honey, sugar, or other sweeteners to balance out the flavors.
  • You can adjust the amount of cannabis used during infusion. We recommend you start low and go slow until you find your preferred dosage. One full dropper of our THC drink contains 2.2 mg of Delta 9 THC.

Unleash your creativity, grab your favorite ingredients, purchase our liquid THC drops, and go nuts. Here’s one of our favorite summer mocktails: Pink Lemonade with a buzz. You’ll need: 

  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1 ounce cranberry juice
  • 2 ounces lemonade
  • 1 full dropper of Buzz drops
  • Ice 

For more delicious and creative ideas, check out all our THC drink recipes

Are THC Drinks Legal?

Cannabis-infused drinks are legal in the US at the federal level if the THC in them is derived from hemp. The 2018 Farm Bill made a legal distinction between hemp and marijuana and removed hemp from the list of controlled substances if the cannabis product contains 0.3% THC by dry weight or less. 

This means all our THC-infused beverages and cannabis edibles are federally legal. If you’re wondering where to buy the best THC drinks, nama is the right place—no fuss, no worries about the quality and purity of the products, no legal complications. 

Whether you're looking for a refreshing THC drink to unwind after a long day or a convenient and discreet way to experience the benefits of low-dose THC, nama has got you covered.

All of our products are made with 100% organic, American-grown hemp with low amounts of THC. If you’re feeling like munching on a healthy snack, shop our collection of Delta 9 gummies now.

THC Drinks FAQ

After drinking a THC-infused beverage, you may start to feel a sense of relaxation, euphoria, and an uplifted mood. Some individuals may experience increased sociability, creativity, and heightened sensory perception. THC drinks produce a similar experience to other low-dose cannabis edibles, but the onset and intensity may differ. 

Each person experiences the effects of THC drinks differently. It depends on factors such as dosage, individual tolerance, and the specific cannabis product used. That’s why it’s a good idea to start with a low dose and wait for the effects to fully manifest before considering additional consumption.

Water-soluble THC is designed to be more easily absorbed into the bloodstream, potentially leading to a quicker onset of effects compared to traditional oil-based cannabis products. Individual experiences may vary, but water-soluble THC is generally believed to have a faster onset, with effects being felt within 10-20 minutes after consumption. This rapid onset is due to the increased bioavailability of water-soluble THC, which allows for more efficient absorption into the body.

Cannabis-infused beverages typically kick in quicker than edibles, gummies, or brownies. While individual metabolism and other factors can influence the exact timing, many people report feeling the effects of edible drinks within 10–20 minutes after consumption. Be patient and allow sufficient time for the effects to fully manifest before considering additional consumption to avoid potential overconsumption.

CBD-infused drinks offer the potential benefits of cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis. CBD is known for its potential to promote relaxation, alleviate pain and inflammation, and support overall well-being. The specific effects of CBD can vary among individuals, so remember to start low and go slow.

A 10 mg gummy edible contains 10 milligrams of THC. The strength of the edible refers to the amount of THC or CBD present in each serving. For THC edibles, a 10 mg gummy is considered a low to moderate dose, suitable for beginners or individuals with a low tolerance. It may produce mild to moderate euphoric effects, including relaxation, mood elevation, and potential pain relief.

10 mg THC is generally considered safe for most individuals, particularly those with prior experience with cannabis or individuals with higher tolerances. For beginners or individuals with low tolerance, 10 mg THC can be moderately potent and produce mildly euphoric effects. Adhering to the principle of "start low and go slow" allows individuals to gauge their response to THC and adjust the dosage accordingly for a safe and enjoyable experience.

Read more about the “high” Delta 9 THC can produce at higher amounts.

Cannabis drinks are often considered safer than alcohol for several reasons. 

  • Cannabis has a lower risk of physical and psychological dependence and addiction compared to alcohol. 
  • Cannabis beverages—especially at the doses we recommend—lead to far less motor skill impairment than alcohol causes.
  • Cannabis drinks don’t lead to aggressive or risky behavior as frequently as alcohol does.
  • Cannabis has a lower risk of overdose compared to alcohol, which can have severe health consequences. 

If you consume cannabis drinks responsibly and adhere to legal regulations, you’re ensuring the safety of cannabis-infused beverages.

The taste of THC drinks can vary depending on the specific product and flavorings used. They can be found in a variety of flavors, such as fruity, citrusy, or even chocolate-infused. Some have no flavor at all. 

Our Buzz Drops don’t have a flavor of their own, which is why they’re the perfect addition to your delicious mocktail.

The recommended dosage of THC in a cannabis drink varies depending on the person’s tolerance, desired effects, and experience with cannabis. Always start with a low dose, such as 2 to 5 mg of THC, especially for beginners or those with a low tolerance. From there, you can gradually increase your dosage as needed, being mindful of the effects and your own comfort level. 

With the legalization of cannabis for recreational use, the market for cannabis-infused beverages has experienced significant growth. These products combine the benefits of cannabis plants with the convenience and enjoyment of a refreshing drink. Cannabis infused beverages offer a unique way to consume recreational or medical marijuana, allowing individuals to drink THC-infused products rather than smoking or vaping. 

This alternative method of consumption has become popular among those seeking a legal recreational cannabis experience. Whether it's a cannabis-infused soda, sparkling water, or herbal tea, THC beverages are a discreet and convenient option.

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