Anyone who knows and loves cannabis edibles will probably agree that it sometimes feels like forever till the THC kicks in. Something that can be problematic if you’re desperate to get high as quickly as possible, or simply have limited time available.

Whether you prefer Sativa-based edibles or those laced with Indica weed, this method of consumption will always take longer to do its thing than inhalation. All of which is attributed to how the liver metabolizes THC in a different way, which is also why the high from cannabis edibles hits harder and lasts longer.

All well and good, but what can you do if patience isn’t exactly your most abundant virtue? Say for some reason you simply need to get the job done as quickly as possible, can you still consume edibles and get high relatively quickly?

The short answer is yes, though by no means on the same level as inhalation. There are a few ideas to experiment with for accelerating the effects of cannabis edibles, which if nothing else should see you feeling the brunt of the whole thing a little quicker.


Try Sublingual Tinctures

Despite often been categorised entirely separately to cannabis edibles, tinctures are technically edibles in their own right. At least, in the sense that they are consumed in a similar way and the absorption process is the same as with any other type of edible.

The biggest difference with tinctures is the speed at which the THC in the preparation gets into your bloodstream. You pop a few drops of the stuff under your tongue, which over the course of the next 5 to 10 minutes is quickly and efficiently absorbed by the body.

You don’t get quite the same instant ‘kick’ as you would with inhalation – nor does the effect of sublingual tinctures last quite as long. It’s instead more of a balance between the two consumption methods – faster results than edibles, with a slightly longer-lasting high than inhalation.


Infused Beverages

It’s remarkable how many self-proclaimed cannabis connoisseurs have still never experimented with the idea of THC-infused beverages. When you think about it, the whole thing is the ultimate no brainer. There’s limitless scope for experimentation and dreaming up creative concoctions, which can subsequently pack the punch of a conventional edible though get the job done much faster.

Consuming cannabis in a liquid form amounts to something of a rapid delivery system, which gets the THC in the preparation into the body exponentially quicker.  Rather than hanging around for an hour or two, a potent THC-infused drink will usually begin doing its thing within 20 minutes.

Along with getting the job done faster, this can also make it much easier to control your intake and keep things under control. Something that’s often difficult or impossible, when the edibles you consume don’t make their presence known until a couple of hours later.


Increased Activity Levels

Lastly, the very worst thing you can do if trying to feel the effect of an edible as quickly as possible is to simply lie on the couch and wait for things to happen. The speed at which THC enters the body after consuming edibles is influenced by the speed, efficiency and general health of a person’s digestive system.

It’s no secret that exercise and activity are directly linked with metabolic efficiency and better digestive health. Hence, it should come as little surprise to learn that physical activity can speed up the THC absorption process with cannabis edibles.

There’ll be plenty of time to self-indulge on the couch later, so it’s a small price to pay to speed things up a little. 

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