How Long Do THC Drinks Last?

Jul 26, 2023The nama Team

THC drinks deliver longer-lasting effects than smoking or vaping. Plus, cannabis beverages  kick in faster than edibles do. Buckle up for the full details.

How Long Do THC Drinks Last?

THC drinks are a much better (and more social) option to smoking, vaping, and other unhealthy methods of cannabis consumption.

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What Are THC 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.

One of the greatest benefits of cannabis-infused drinks is the precise control of Delta 9, CBD, and other cannabis compounds you consume. With THC drinks, you can always be sure of the exact dosage, which allows for a more predictable and tailored experience. The discreet nature of THC drinks makes them particularly well-suited for microdosing cannabis. 

If you thought THC was the only potent cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant, you obviously haven’t heard about the health benefits of cannabidiol. Read more about CBD in our in-depth guide.

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Are you 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. 

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How Long Do THC Drinks Last?

After sipping on your favorite THC beverage, the cannabinoids get absorbed into the bloodstream rather quickly. From there, THC and CBD interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) to produce their effects. 

The ECS is a complex network of signals and receptors that interact with compounds from the cannabis plant. It helps regulate important physiological processes in the body like sleep, appetite, pain perception, memory, and inflammation. 

Once the effects of THC beverages kick in, they can stick around for about 2 to 6 hours. This can also depend on a few factors, like:

  • THC concentration in the drink 
  • Serving size 
  • Whether you’ve had a meal before or not
  • Your metabolism 
  • Your tolerance to cannabis

If you're new to drinking cannabis, start with a low dose and take it slow. That way, you can figure out what works best for you and avoid any surprises. 

THC Drinks vs Cannabis Edibles

Cannabis drinks and traditional edibles are two of the best ways to consume cannabis. While they do have this in common—and the fact that both are ingested methods of consumption—edibles and beverages have some differences when it comes to effects and how they interact with the body. 

  • Edibles go through the digestive system. The THC in edibles is absorbed first by the stomach and intestines before being metabolized by the liver and absorbed into the bloodstream. This may take some time, which is why the effects of gummies have a delayed onset compared to THC beverages. On average, you start feeling the effects of edibles within 30 minutes to 2 hours
  • Once the effects kick in, gummies tend to last longer, up to 8 hours, offering an extended period of relief or euphoria..
  • Both edibles and THC drinks offer a safe and smoke-free alternative to traditional cannabis consumption methods like smoking. You avoid potential harm to your lungs caused by smoking. 
  • Both edibles and beverages can provide a controlled and measured dose of THC, allowing for a more predictable and consistent experience. 
  • Both edibles and drinks typically contain lower doses of THC compared to other consumption methods. This lower dosage is great for those who prefer a milder cannabis experience or are just starting out with microdosing cannabis. Low doses help you have better control over the level of intoxication and reduce the risk of overconsumption.

The combination of Delta 9 and CBD gives the best results. Our Euphoria gummies can prove it. These yummy edibles contain an equal ratio of both cannabinoids: 10 mg of CBD and 10 mg of THC guarantee a mildly euphoric and delicious strawberry-infused experience. 

How Long Do THC Beverages Take To Kick In?

THC drinks have a 10–20 minute onset time. The cannabinoids in them dissolve in the liquid and pass through your digestive system, after which they are rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream. This direct absorption is why you can start feeling the effects of cannabis-infused drinks 10 to 20 minutes after consumption.

The time cannabis beverages take to kick in depends on the THC concentration in the drink, the serving size, and your metabolism and tolerance to cannabis. To ensure a safe and positive experience, make sure you start low and go slow—low-dose THC drinks like our Buzz drops are perfect. Wait for the effects of the cannabis product to fully manifest before drinking more. 

What Are the Benefits of Drinking Cannabis?

Low doses 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

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. When taken together, CBD improves the safety and tolerability of THC and downregulates its possible adverse effects (e.g., increased anxiety and heart rate, and sedation). 

Low-dose Energy gummies are a great way to start. They contain only 2.5 milligrams of THC and a balanced ratio of 5 milligrams of CBD. The low THC dosage minimizes the risk of overwhelming effects, making them suitable for those seeking a subtle and delicious gummy.

Whether you’re looking for a natural way to relieve pain, improve sleep quality, or simply want something tasty to boost your mood, consuming low-dose cannabis comes with a diversity of health benefits

  1. Low doses of THC can help improve sleep quality by promoting relaxation and reducing the time it takes to fall asleep (sleep latency). Research shows that THC may increase sleep latency and help maintain a regular sleep-wake cycle, which leads to restful nights.
  2. THC has analgesic properties and can provide relief from various types of pain. Migraine sufferers report ease in chronic pain after consuming low doses of Delta 9 THC.
  3. THC is known to increase appetite, making it beneficial for individuals with medical conditions or undergoing treatments like chemotherapy. Microdosing cannabis can help promote food cravings and improve nutritional intake, which means it can help “in the treatment of conditions that involve reduced appetite and weight loss” (Kirkham).
  4. Some studies suggest that low doses of THC may have anticancer effects by inhibiting tumor growth and metastasis. According to Preet, et. al., “THC was able to inhibit tumor growth and lung metastases in a murine model of lung cancer.” A 2022 study found that CBD has a cytotoxic effect on cancer cells. It lowered the resistance of cancer cells to treatment and even changed their morphological characteristics in order to hinder their growth. 
  5. Low doses of THC have shown potential for improving focus and concentration. This is good news for people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Low-dose cannabis may help reduce hyperactivity and impulsivity, bringing relief from ADHD symptoms. Low dopamine is thought to be a major contributor to ADHD. Insufficient levels of this neurotransmitter in our brain can lead to increased anxiety and depressive episodes. According to a 2012 study, Delta 9 increases dopamine levels in the brain, leading to greater feelings of wellbeing and better cognitive functioning. 
  6. THC has been found to promote neurogenesis, the formation of new neurons, which may be beneficial for brain health and potentially offer neuroprotective effects against conditions like dementia. One study review suggests that “THC promotes hippocampal neurogenesis, prevents neurodegenerative processes occurring in animal models of Alzheimer's disease, protects from inflammation-induced cognitive damage and restores memory and cognitive function in old mice.” Find out more in our guide to microdosing cannabis for dementia

Read more about what full spectrum cannabis products are. You’ll find information on how they can help you elevate your mood, relieve pain and insomnia, and enhance your overall well-being. For the maximum benefits of the entourage effect, we recommend our delicious, hemp-derived Sleep Plus gummies. They will not only alleviate insomnia and help you sleep but also provide a range of additional therapeutic benefits.

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Are Cannabis-Infused Drinks Legal?

THC drinks are federally legal 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 cannabis-infused beverages and edibles are legal at the federal level. Since each state decides on the legal status of Delta 9, this guide to state-to-state cannabis legality may come in handy. 

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. All of our products are made with 100% organic, American-grown hemp with low amounts of THC. 

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How To Make THC Drinks

Making THC-infused drinks can be an enjoyable way to customize your cannabis experience. You have total control over the ingredients and dosage, and the process itself often involves experimentation with different flavors and combinations. 

If you’re new to mixing and matching your favorite flavors with cannabis, we give you some tips and tricks for making an awesome THC-infused beverage:

  • With THC drinks, you have the freedom to choose your preferred base liquid (water, juice, or milk). You can experiment and create a wide range of beverages tailored to your taste preferences. 
  • You can also experiment with herbs, spices, and other ingredients that will take your cannabis beverages 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. (Or leave the sweeteners out for a healthier, low-calorie version.)
  • Feel free to 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 THC. That low amount is just enough to produce sweet relaxation with a dash of euphoria.

Here’s how to make Pink Lemonade with a buzz, our favorite summer thirst quencher. 

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

Explore more THC drink recipes on our recipes page. Making these drinks at home doesn’t require any advanced culinary skills. With a few simple ingredients and a splash of creativity, you can craft refreshing THC-infused drinks to suit your personal preferences. Don’t forget our low-dose THC Buzz drops for the ultimate cannabis experience. 

THC Drinks FAQ

THC drinks can produce mild euphoric effects and may even get you high if you drink enough. The THC present in these beverages interacts with the cannabinoid receptors in your endocannabinoid system, leading to the euphoric effects people typically feel when they consume cannabis.

We’re big fans of microdosing, and if you stick with our recommended dosage, you’ll just feel a bit uplifted.

The effects of THC syrups can last anywhere from 2 to 6 hours. This depends on several factors, such as the person’s metabolism, tolerance, and the specific product. We believe it’s best to start low and wait for the effects to fully manifest before you consider drinking more.

THC syrup is typically ingested orally. It can be consumed on its own or mixed with other beverages or foods. The recommended dosage and instructions for use typically depend on the type of product, so it's important to carefully read the packaging and follow the manufacturer's guidelines. Start low and go slow, gradually increasing the dosage if needed.

The strength of a 10mg gummy edible depends on your personal cannabis tolerance, metabolism, and the specific formulation of the edible. For beginners, a 10mg gummy edible is considered a lower dose and is often recommended as a starting point to assess their sensitivity and tolerance. 

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THC drinks can produce a range of effects, including relaxation, euphoria, pain relief, altered perception of time, and heightened sensory experiences. The experience can be similar to the effects of smoking or vaping cannabis but may have a faster onset and duration due to the unique characteristics of the beverage. Also, ingesting cannabis with edibles and THC drinks is a much safer option than smoking. (Carcinogens, anyone?)

The overall duration of liquid edible cannabis products can be similar to that of other ingested cannabis consumption methods. Typically, the effects of liquid THC can last anywhere from 2 to 6 hours. Of course, individual experiences vary.

There are a wide variety of weed drinks produced in the cannabis industry. These include cannabis-infused beverages such as: 

  • THC-infused sodas
  • Sparkling waters
  • Teas
  • Coffees
  • Juices

Innovators like Sōrse Technology found a way to emulsify raw cannabis extracts to make them water-soluble. This allowed people to enjoy medical cannabis through their favorite liquid treat. 

CBD-infused drinks are also popular, offering the potential benefits of cannabidiol without the potentially overwhelming effects of THC. The range of weed drinks continues to expand as the cannabis industry innovates and introduces new and creative options for consumers to enjoy cannabis in beverage form.

Beverages containing cannabis have become increasingly popular lately. People can now infuse beverages like lemonade, tea, juice, and even coffee and milk with small amounts of THC or CBD. This offers a convenient and refreshing way to enjoy the benefits of medical cannabis. 

With specific ratios of CBD and THC, users can experience a rapid onset of effects compared to other consumption methods like smoking and vaping. By infusing beverages with cannabis oil, manufacturers can carefully control the concentration of cannabinoids, allowing individuals to tailor their experience accordingly. 

Whether you prefer the calming effects of CBD or the energetic properties of THC, cannabis-infused beverages provide an alternative to traditional edibles.

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