Medical marijuana has become a very popular treatment for many different physical and psychological conditions. MMJ is now legal in most states, which means a large majority of Americans are able to enjoy its benefits.
When you use medical marijuana to treat a condition, your body metabolizes the MMJ in several stages. There is the initial ingestion and subsequent high, which fades after several hours, and then there is a period of several weeks when traces of MMJ linger in the body. So exactly how long does it take your body to metabolize MMJ?
How Long Does It Take Your Body To Metabolize MMJ?
There is no exact, one-size-fits-all answer to the question “How long does it take the body to metabolize medical marijuana?”. The amount of time that full metabolization of MMJ takes depends on the strain of marijuana, the patient’s biology and lifestyle, and the dosing method used.
What Are The Most Common Medical Marijuana Dosing Methods?
The 6 most MMJ dosing methods are:
- Topical rubs
How Long Does Marijuana Stay in Your System Overall?
Generally, whatever the method of ingestion, the THC from medical marijuana will remain in your system for about 90 days. It is detectable for about 90 days in hair, from three to 30 days in urine, 48 hours in saliva, and 36 hours in blood.
How Long Does It Take For An MMJ High To Take Effect?
The amount of time it takes for a medical marijuana high to take effect is dependent on the strain of MMJ being used, the biology of the patient, and the method of dosing used. Generally speaking, an MMJ high can take effect anywhere between a few seconds to over an hour after dosing.
How Long Does A Medical Marijuana High Last?
Similarly, the length of time that an MMJ high will last depends on the strain of MMJ being used, the biology of the patient, and the method of dosing used. An MMJ high can last anywhere between one and ten hours. Ten hours is unusually long, but certainly not impossible. Five hours is quite a safe assumption.
How Long Does MMJ Take To Kick In Via Smoking?
When you smoke medical marijuana, it usually kicks in after only a few seconds. The high can then build over the next few minutes and reach a peak within five minutes, lasting anywhere from one to ten hours.
How Long Does Medical Marijuana Take To Kick In Via Vaping?
Vaping is very similar to smoking. The high begins very quickly, usually after less than one minute. It builds and hits its high plateau after about five minutes. The high can then last from one to ten hours.
How Long Does It Take for MMJ Edibles to Kick in?
Edibles usually take longer to take effect than smoking or vaping. The body takes a longer time to metabolize edibles and release the THC and CBD content. Edibles can take over an hour, or even two hours, to kick in, lasting up to ten hours. But when they do, they can be very strong.
A common mistake people make is to dose with edibles and then think the MMJ is “not working” and so dose with more, only to be hit with a thunderous, incapacitating high when it all hits at the same time. So beware!
How Long Does It Take To Feel The Effects Of MMJ Tinctures?
Tinctures give a very pure high. When drops are administered under the tongue, the effects will take hold after about 15 minutes. MMJ tinctures will last anywhere between one and ten hours.
How Long Does It Take MMJ Topical Rubs To Kick in?
Topical rubs will kick in after about ten minutes and typically last for one or two hours.
How Long Does An MMJ Tea Take To Have An Effect?
An MMJ tea will usually have an effect after about 30 to 90 minutes. The high will usually last between one and five hours.
How To Get A Medical Marijuana Card
The quickest and easiest way to get your own medical marijuana card is to arrange a telemedicine consultation with a local licensed MMJ physician through MMJRecs. Your consultation will happen entirely online, and if you qualify for an MMJ card you will be sent a legal medical marijuana recommendation.
Some of the most common conditions that people treat with medical marijuana are:
- Autoimmune disorders
- Cardiovascular disease
- Crohn’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Neurological disorders
- Phantom limb pain
- Spinal cord injury
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