Why Do Different Edibles Have Different Effects?

Edibles, also known as cannabis-infused food or drinks, have become increasingly popular in recent years. While smoking or vaping cannabis is the most common method of consumption, edibles offer a discreet and potentially longer-lasting high. 

However, not all edibles are created equal, and some may have significantly different effects than others. We will explore why some edibles have different effects than others.


One of the most important factors that influence the effects of edibles is the dosage. Unlike smoking or vaping, edibles take longer to take effect, and the high can last much longer. This is because when you consume cannabis-infused food or drink, the THC (the psychoactive compound in cannabis) is absorbed by the digestive system and metabolized by the liver, which converts it into a more potent form known as 11-hydroxy-THC. This process can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours, and the effects can last for several hours.

The potency of edibles can vary greatly, and it’s essential to start with a low dose and wait at least 2 hours before consuming more. 

Type of Edible

The type of edible can also play a role in the effects it produces. For example, baked goods, such as brownies, cookies or even chocolates tend to have a more intense and longer-lasting high than gummies or beverages. This is because baked goods are usually made with butter or oil, which allows for a more potent infusion of THC. 

On the other hand, gummies and drinks may have a milder and more controllable high, as they are typically made with lower doses of THC.

Strain of Cannabis

The strain of cannabis used in the edible can also influence the effects. Different strains of cannabis contain different levels of THC and other compounds, such as CBD, which can produce different effects. 

For example, a Sativa-dominant strain may produce a more uplifting and energetic high, while an Indica-dominant strain may produce a more relaxing and soothing high.

Method of Extraction

The method of extraction used to make the cannabis-infused oil or butter can also affect the effects of the edible. For example, some extraction methods may produce a more potent and fast-acting high, while others may produce a more gradual and long-lasting high.

Personal Factors

Finally, personal factors such as tolerance, metabolism, and weight can also influence the effects of edibles. People who consume cannabis regularly may have a higher tolerance and require a higher dose to feel the effects, while those who are new to cannabis may be more sensitive and require a lower dose.

Final Notes

In conclusion, there are several factors that can influence the effects of edibles. It’s essential to start with a low dose and wait at least 2 hours before consuming more, and to choose edibles with accurate labelling and dosing information. With careful consideration and responsible consumption, edibles can be a safe and enjoyable way to experience the effects of cannabis.