Do edibles stay in your system longer than smoking?
Surprisingly not always...
Even though smoking gives a instant effect as THC and other cannabinoids are sent straight to the brain and feels as though the effects are much shorter lived than ingesting cannabis, smoking still sends more THC and CBD to the blood than ingesting edibles, which your body processes in the liver and then sends small amounts of THC into the bloodstream as its processed.
The amount of time edibles stay in your system compared to smoking is largely determined by how much you consume. If you a non regular smoker chances are edibles will stay in your system for about a week and up to a month or more for heavy users.
Drug Test Edibles Vs Smoking
Marijuana testing is often used in sport, law enforcement, and medicine. With the current rate of legalization, marijuana testing is starting to be a point of interest to suspecting parents that are too keen not to raise sporty stoners. Any marijuana user would love to flush its remnants off before an important sporting or medical test. As a result, one of the often asked questions among users regards to the time taken by marijuana, specifically the edibles, in the system. Besides the properties of the edibles, which have negligible influence on the duration, the time taken by edibles in the system depends on an array of factors including:
- Body Mass Index (BMI)
- Frequency of use
- Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR)
- The potency of the strain
Body Mass Index (BMI) describes the attempt to quantify the total amount of the tissue mass (bone, fat, and muscle) in a person, and the group that person as being normal weight, overweight, underweight, or obese based entirely on that value. Studies show that marijuana edibles, just like any other drug, last longer in individuals with high BMI and the duration drop drastically with the reducing BMI.
Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) describes the rate at which your body spends energy. BMR increases with mass which means overweight individuals retains edible marijuana a little longer than their underweight counterparts.
The edibles stay in the system longer if they are consumed frequently. The more potent edible is, the longer it may last in the system.
There exist 3 types of marijuana edibles: oral, gastrointestinal, and hybrid. Gastrointestinal edibles come in form of cookies, rice crispy, brownies etc. and takes between 45 and 90 minutes to elicit the first effects once absorbed through the gastrointestinal tract (intestines). They last longer in your system. Oral edibles include tinctures, lozenges etc. They are absorbed through the capillary-rich tongue and tissues under your tongue. They take 15 minutes to elicit effects and lasts shorter. Hybrid edibles come in form of drinks and are absorbed through the gastrointestinal tract and orally. They take between 15 and 90 minutes to elicit effects and lasts longer.
High frequency of consumption retains marijuana edibles in your body for an extended period of time. The more potent the edible, the longer it may stay in the system.
Edible marijuana takes a varying amount of time in to be cleaned from different parts of the body system.
THC blood test
Depending on the frequency of consumption, weed edibles stays in your blood between 1 to 7 days
If you consumed marijuana cookies a few times in a week, say thrice, weed will be detectable in your blood samples for utmost 3 days afterward. If you are a daily user, you will need close to another 7 days to adequately clean up your system.
THC in Urine
Depending on the frequency of use, edible marijuana stays in urine between 7 to 70 days
Over the years, urine tests have become the standard technique for drug testing. As a result, urine tests have evolved to be intricate and more specific. For instance, urine tests have been redesigned overtime not to seek THC but THC-COOH instead. THC-COOH is a metabolic intermediate of THC that is channeled into the urine after being metabolized by the liver. Suppose tests were made to look for THC in your system, single usage will add enough THC in urine detectable for close to 7 days. If you choose to ingest the edibles 3 to 4 times and stop using it afterward, THC will stay in the urine between 9 to 18 days. Heavy consumption (5 to 6 times) will keep the metabolite in urine for 31 to 48 days. Daily consumption of the edibles will require about 51 to 60 days to cleanse marijuana traces in your system.
How long does THC stay in the saliva heavy smokers?
Depending on frequency, marijuana stays in saliva for 1 to 7 days
Police officers don't have a lot of time to take urine samples so they often pull suspects at the roadside and ask for saliva samples. Since edibles are consumed orally, traces of marijuana can be detected in saliva barely one hour after consumption. Single-use keeps sufficient metabolites in the saliva for utmost 24 hours. Occasional usage can produce positive tests for 72 hours. Regular usage produces positive saliva tests for a maximum of 1 week. Roadside tests are controversial because you can test positive for THC even if you're not stoned. In such case, it is difficult to label the driver as being impaired.