• Ashley Slimak

Should You Consume Cannabis-Infused Edibles On An Empty Stomach?

Updated: Apr 5


Edibles are a discreet and indulging way to consume cannabis and reap its medicinal benefits. However, like other medications, taking edibles with or without food may lead to a difference in its effects.


Some compounds must be taken with food in order to boost their absorption, while others are best taken on an empty stomach. So which is the best method when consuming cannabis-infused edibles?


In order to purchase edibles from dispensaries, patients must first get approved by a medical marijuana doctors. Here at Ohio Marijuana Card, we are here for you every step of the way. Learn more on how to qualify for you medical marijuana card.


Should I Take Edibles With Or Without Food?

While you can safely take edibles on an empty or full stomach, the amount of food you’ve recently consumed will influence the effects of the edible.


When you inhale cannabis, the THC is absorbed into the bloodstream and effects can be felt within minutes. However, when you consume edibles, it is absorbed through the digestive tract which will result in a longer onset and a stronger high. The potency and strength of edibles make them a great option for patients who are seeking prolonged relief. But be careful, because consuming too much THC can cause some uncomfortable side effects.


Because an edible high lasts longer than those produced from inhaling marijuana, you want to make sure you find the right dose to ensure a positive experience. A good rule to always follow, especially if you are a beginner to cannabis use, is to start low and go slow.


When consuming edibles on an empty stomach, the effects are going to hit you faster and harder if you’ve already had something to eat. For this reason, it is recommended that beginners avoid taking edibles without eating first.


When you take an edible on a full stomach, it will take longer to kick in and the effects may not be felt right away. Typically, it can take anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours before you begin to feel the effects.


There may be times though when you might want to feel the effects of your edible quickly. In this case, you are safe to consume an edible without eating anything beforehand. However, remember that the effects are likely to be stronger, so decreasing your dose by 50% may be the best practice.


Regardless, edibles are safe to consume whether taken on an empty or full stomach, but the effects will be noticeably different. When you consume edibles on a full stomach, the effects will take longer to kick in and last longer. On an empty stomach, you will experience faster, stronger effects.


If you are new to cannabis-infused edibles, avoid taking them on an empty stomach. But if you are familiar with edibles and how they affect you, it is safe to consume them without food. Just remember to decrease the dose to steer clear of any uncomfortable effects.

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