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Can You Take Edibles On An Empty Stomach?



Should I eat edibles on an empty stomach?

Drug effects can change drastically when you take them on an empty stomach versus a full stomach. Just think of the last time you drank alcohol without eating first. I bet it wasn’t a good experience! This concept holds true not just for intoxicating substances, but also vitamins and medications. Some compounds must be taken with food to boost their absorption, while others on an empty stomach. So, what about cannabis edibles? Is it okay to take them on an empty stomach?


Here’s what you need to know. . .


Although it is safe to consume edibles whether your stomach is empty or full, whether or not you have eaten recently will dramatically impact how edibles affect you.


THC acts differently in your body when it is absorbed through the digestive tract, resulting in a stronger and longer-lasting high. The potency and longevity make edibles incredibly valuable for times when you need prolonged relief. This is why edibles are great for insomnia or chronic pain! However, it can be incredibly uncomfortable if you accidentally consume too much THC so this is something to be cautious of when consuming edibles. Also make sure that you figure out the right dosing. With too much, you can experience paranoia, a rapid heartbeat, or sweating for hours on end. Although you cannot overdose on cannabis, this experience can be unwanted and uncomfortable.


Edibles on an empty versus full stomach


When you eat edibles on an empty stomach, the effects are going to hit you harder and faster than on a full stomach. When you eat an edible when you’re full, it takes longer to kick in, and the effects will be more mild in comparison to doing so on an empty stomach. The high will last for longer as well. This experience is preferred over the shorter, more intense high that is associated with taking edibles on an empty stomach.


Positives of edibles on an empty stomach


There are times when you might want to feel the effects of your medication immediately. If this is the case, know you are safe to have an edible without eating! Just remember that the effects are likely to be stronger, so you may want to decrease your dose by 50%.


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