How long do the effects of Delta 9 edibles last?

Oct 31, 2022The nama Team
How Long Do Delta 9 Edibles Last?

Delta 9 edibles deliver effects that last much longer than smoking or vaping. The reason behind this is how they are digested, and the much more gradual release of THC and CBD into your system.

Our delicious gummy treats take longer to kick in, but once they do, they can last up to eight hours.

Let’s get into the weeds about what influences the slower but longer-lasting effects of THC gummies. 

If you’re wondering the same thing about our cannabis-infused beverages, here’s our guide to how long the effects of THC drinks last.

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What are Delta 9 edibles?

Delta 9 edibles or THC gummies are cannabis-infused gummy candies that contain small amounts of Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Delta 9 THC or THC), the main psychoactive compound from the cannabis plant. 

At sufficient amounts, THC may produce psychoactive effects such as intense euphoria (the “high”), altered perception of time, heightened sensory perception, and heavy sedation. The more you take, the stronger the effects. That’s why microdosing cannabis is the safest and most reliable cannabis consumption method—low doses of cannabinoids avoid any adverse effects, but they are enough to bring out the therapeutic benefits of cannabis, as well as a mellow, pleasurable high.

All our cannabis products contain hemp-derived THC, cannabidiol (CBD), and other compounds at balanced lower ratios because we want to avoid the intense high and give you the best possible cannabis experience.

Our edibles come in the form of delicious fruit-filled gummies and low-THC beverages. Yes, you can drink your cannabis, and now, with our collection of cannabis mocktail recipes, you can learn how to make your own delightful and refreshing THC-infused beverages at home.

The future of drinking belongs to craft mocktails. We can teach you how to infuse all your favorite non-alcoholic beverages with our THC Buzz drops™

How long can you feel the effects of Delta 9 edibles?

The timeline of edibles’ effects differs greatly from smoking or vaping cannabis. We know how quickly the THC in a joint kicks in—and how those plumes of smoke aren’t doing your lungs any favors—but these detrimental methods of consumption also have a shorter duration of effects. 

The effects of Delta 9 edibles can last between six and eight hours. Here’s why:

  • After you eat an edible, it takes 30–120 minutes before the THC gets fully absorbed. It goes from the digestive tract to the liver where it’s metabolized. Then, it makes its way to the brain and endocannabinoid system (ECS) where it produces its effects. 
  • The ECS is a complex network of receptors and signals that regulate all the important bodily processes. While THC binds to CB1 and CB2 receptors in the ECS, CB1 cannabinoid receptors are heavily involved in mediating THC’s therapeutic and potentially psychoactive effects.
  • Once enough Delta 9 from your edible binds with CB1 sites, reaching peak concentrations in the brain and ECS network, you'll start noticing the effects. 
  • This gradual ramp-up peaks around 2–4 hours after ingestion, but once fully activated, that high persists steadily for 6 hours or longer. The duration of effects can depend on several factors, including:
  • Metabolism
  • Body weight
  • Tolerance
  • Dosage
  • Individual sensitivity
  • Environment (e.g., mood and level of stress or anxiety)

To enjoy the effects of Delta 9 edibles, have patience. You need to allow the THC to navigate digestive and metabolic hurdles before it rewards you with an easy-going, prolonged high. Who needs the short-lived effects of nasty joints and vapes? The wait is worth it for less intense but more sustained effects—and let’s not even mention the flavors. 

Scratch that. Let’s highlight the flavors and the deliciousness of every one of our cannabis gummies. 

Whichever fruity flavor captures your fancy, you'll enjoy indulging in our flavor-packed cannabis edibles as much as the happy vibes they bring on. 

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How long do Delta 9 edibles take to hit?

The effects of edibles can kick in after 30 minutes to two hours. Edibles take longer to enter your system because they are gradually ingested through the stomach and liver, unlike smoking or vaping, in which THC enters the bloodstream directly through the lungs. 

The exact timeline depends on individual factors: your metabolism, tolerance levels, stomach contents, and more. The great thing about edibles is that you have more control over the dosage and the effects. They do take longer to kick in, but their effects are much more consistent and sustained.

We admit that smoking is the quickest way to feel the effects of cannabis, but it is also the unhealthiest. Why not swap those nasty joints and vapes and choose a healthier, more dependable consumption method? 

Many people choose cannabis products to calm their nerves, especially before bed. Our Sleep Plus edibles contain microdoses of Delta 9 that will help you sleep like an angel. Each serving is precisely dosed to ensure that you get the right amount of THC for a rejuvenating night's sleep.

How long does Delta 9 stay in your system?

The THC from the cannabis plant has a long half-life: it can take up to 30 days for your body to process and expel it fully. Our cannabis edibles contain up to 0.3% of THC per serving, and the THC content in our gummies varies between 2 and 10 milligrams, but these small amounts can be detectable in your urine or blood tests for up to a month. 

At low levels, Delta 9 gets fully metabolized by the body without building up in fat cells. If you’re microdosing cannabis regularly, Delta 9 may stay in your system for even longer.

Here are some ballpark numbers based on research:

  • For one-time or occasional 0.3% gummy usage, THC tends to fall below test detectability between 5–15 days after consumption, depending on metabolism, hydration, etc.
  • For frequent users, THC can linger at testable traces for up to 30 days in urine since more gets stored long-term in fatty tissues when consumed often.

If you’re a regular consumer of THC edibles, either recreationally or for medical purposes, you should know that you may fail a drug test. If you’re scheduled for a drug test, abstain from any THC intake for at least 30 days beforehand. When in doubt, lean towards a longer buffer zone of abstinence before the screening date.

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Are there side effects of Delta 9 the next day?

Delta 9 can have next-day side effects when you consume it in higher amounts or in ways that deliver too much too quickly. High doses of THC from a joint, for example, can overload your endocannabinoid system and lead to unpleasant, often impairing adverse reactions.

Depending on your tolerance level and experience with cannabis, 25 mg of THC in one dose or above can produce the following next-day effects:

  • Fogginess
  • Dizziness
  • Short-term memory issues
  • Increased anxiety or paranoia
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Coordination problems
  • Problems with balance and motor functions
  • Difficulty sleeping (insomnia)

Small doses of THC—between 2 and 10 mg of THC—generally do not cause impairment or discomfort the next day. At these levels, THC activates cannabinoid receptors involved in regulating important bodily processes without overactivating them. This can have genuine medical and wellness advantages for some people without hangover-like aftereffects. (Which is exactly why our low-dose THC beverages are the perfect alcohol replacement.)

Cannabis products that allow precise, low-level dosing give you more control over the experience. There is no better way to consume cannabis than with our microdosed THC edibles.

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Is Delta 9 addictive?

Delta 9 THC is not considered addictive or habit-forming. There's no clear medical evidence that cannabis can drive long-term dependency or withdrawal symptoms as you may see with certain drugs. 

With that said, higher THC content carries an increased risk of addiction. Some chronic users can build up short-term tolerance, so they may start taking higher amounts seeking that initial "feel good" buzz. Heavy cannabis use can lead to mental and emotional dependence, where users may experience anxiety or stress when they attempt to quit, which only perpetuates the cycle of addiction.

As long as you stick to our low-dose Delta 9 edibles, you avoid the risks associated with dependence. Our edibles let you improve your well-being, not chase a high.

Are Delta 9 gummies legal?

The 2018 Farm Bill drew a legal distinction between hemp and marijuana and made Delta 9 legal on a federal level in the US, provided the products meet the following conditions:

  1. The THC concentration in products has to be 0.3% THC or below by dry weight
  2. The THC has to be extracted from hemp, not marijuana

All our Delta 9 gummies are federally legal because they meet the criteria of the 2018 Farm Bill. 

Most states have adopted Farm Bill criteria into their own legislation. As of November 2022, only Kansas and Idaho have banned all forms of Delta 9 THC, meaning our delicious gummies can be sold in 48 states.

For more info, check out our state-by-state guide on the legality of Delta 9 THC in your state.

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You can buy THC edibles at dispensaries in states where recreational marijuana is legal. A much safer choice is to purchase from nama™ online anywhere in the country (except Kansas and Idaho). Once you go nama™, you never go back. 

Our premium edibles boast carefully selected ingredients, including non-GMO American hemp extract and authentic fruit flavors. Each batch undergoes meticulous third-party lab testing to ensure unparalleled quality and potency, providing you with the confidence that every bite is both safe and pure. 

Thanks to our rigorous standards, indulging in our edibles is not just a treat for your taste buds but also a guarantee of premium quality. See where to buy the best Delta 9 edibles in the country.

Delta 9 edibles effects FAQ

Delta 9 THC has a long half-life and can be detected in urine, blood, or saliva for up to 30 days after last consumption. This applies mostly to frequent cannabis users, as the psychoactive components and metabolites accumulate in fat tissue over time. 

For occasional moderate users or those adhering to responsible microdosing, Delta 9 metabolites tend to fall below detectable levels within 5-15 days. The timeline depends on personal factors such as a faster metabolism rate, hydration levels, body fat percentage, and more. With disciplined, low-THC consumption spaced apart, Delta 9 exits the system faster.

The strength and resulting intensity of effects from Delta 9 gummies cover a wide spectrum, ranging from subtle to very potent depending on the formulation and dosing. Currently, Delta 9 edible products feature doses spanning 1 mg to over 25 mg of THC per gummy piece. Lower 1-10 mg doses provide more manageable effects that may suit Delta 9 beginners looking for milder euphoric effects and relaxation without significant impairment. Highly potent amounts of 20–25 mg of Delta 9 deliver intensely intoxicating psychotropic impacts only recommended for experienced users with established tolerance levels.

For those without prior cannabis exposure and THC tolerance built up, a 30 mg Delta 9 dose would be considered extremely high, verging on risky and excessive. A 30 mg edible THC dose has the potential to generate overpowering effects, even for some regular Delta 9 users. 

Most would recommend first-time or low-tolerance consumers to start under 5 mg for safety, while 10–15 mg doses tend to suit moderate recreational Delta 9 use better without the risk of experiencing a deeply unpleasant, disorienting experience from overconsumption.

If you accidentally (or intentionally) consume excessive Delta 9 doses, you may experience potential side effects such as intensified anxiety, dizziness, vomiting, paranoia, sedation, and confusion. You may also feel an uncomfortable, intensely disorienting high. Delta 9 overdoses also may dangerously inhibit motor control and cognition as the overwhelming floods of cannabinoids disrupt brain signaling. 

To avoid unwelcome outcomes, exercise caution with product dosages and frequency, start low with Delta 9 products until establish your ideal tolerance threshold. Be sure to wait sufficient time between doses to properly gauge body responses before considering an additional dose.

Delta 9 gummies can certainly generate cannabis' signature intoxicating effects like euphoria, sensory enhancement, giddiness, and time dilation at adequate dosages (10 or 15 mg and over), especially in users lacking prior THC tolerance. However, Delta 9 edibles also come in mild microdoses under 5mg to provide therapeutic effects without necessarily causing significant intoxication or impairment. Outcomes depend heavily on individual tolerance levels and dosing.

For people who are new to, a 10 mg dose would be considered quite strong, and more likely to cause moderate-to-intense psychoactive effects. Seasoned cannabis fans with some established THC tolerance under their belts can comfortably handle a 10mg serving without overdoing it. For optimal safety and comfort, Delta 9 beginners are better off starting under 2.5–5 mg doses to carefully determine sensitivity before increasing dosage. 

The detectability of Delta 9 in a urine test depends largely on the frequency of use. 

For occasional Delta 9 users:

  • Delta 9 may be detectable in urine for up to 3 days after last use.
  • The detection window is shorter compared to frequent users.
  • THC levels drop below the detection threshold faster.
  • There is a strong possibility of passing urine drug test if use is sporadic.

For frequent Delta 9 users:

  • Delta 9 can be detected in urine for 5–7 days after last use.
  • Chronic use results in the accumulation in fat cells, extending the window.
  • Higher THC levels take more time to drop below the test cutoff.
  • Passing a urine test largely depends on an individual’s metabolism.
  • Recommended to stop use 1 week before an upcoming drug test.

In large doses (over 15 milligrams per serving), Delta-9 THC gummies may induce drowsiness and promote sleep in some people due to Delta 9’s intrinsic sedative qualities as a cannabinoid agonist. Doses under 10 mg have mild effects and many consumers report more neutral, lucid relaxation without necessarily experiencing substantial drug-induced drowsiness or sleep promotion. 

To better target sleep-enhancing effects specifically, some Delta 9 edible formulations feature added melatonin to amplify this cannabinoid’s natural nighttime destressing benefits. Try our Sleep Plus edibles and experience the ups without unnecessary next-day downs.

For responsible Delta 9 gummy consumption, it’s generally wise for first-time or low-tolerance users to start with just one 2.5-5mg piece, then patiently wait at least 2 hours after consumption to properly assess the effects before considering an additional gummy.

Even very experienced Delta 9 consumers should exercise caution beyond consuming more than 2-3 gummies in a single 6-hour session. Pacing intake and evaluating your individual tolerance threshold will reduce the risk of undesirable side effects. Consuming small portions with patience makes finding your optimal Delta 9 gummy dosage a safe, enjoyable journey.

Delta 9 THC and Delta 8 THC are both forms of THC derived from industrial hemp, but they differ slightly in their chemical structure and effects on the body. The main difference between Delta 8 and Delta 9 THC is the intensity of the psychoactive effects they induce. 

Delta 9 THC is generally considered more potent and has a stronger psychoactive effect on cognitive function compared to Delta 8 THC. That's why Delta-9 THC gummies can lead to a more pronounced high, including potential alterations in mood, perception, and cognitive functions.

Shop our Delta 8 edibles and see the differences for yourself.

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