The longest struggle for every stoner and cannabis connoisseur is the struggle they face when it comes time to the drug test. The universal opinion regarding cannabis around the world is changing and shifting towards the positive, but there is still a lot of work that needs to be done.
Since marijuana is still federally illegal and the majority of the states in the U.S are still creeping towards legalization, whether it be medicinal or recreational, there are a lot of gray areas that currently exist within the cannabis industry.
One of those gray areas resides around the infamous drug test. Something that all cannabis lovers have had to struggle with since the beginning, there are a lot of myths floating around the internet as well as a lot of hard truths.
Some people believe edibles won’t show up on a drug test since you are not smoking it while others believe edibles are the best way to consume cannabis. Let’s take a dive and explore the facts from the fiction.
Will An Edible Show Up On A Drug Test?
First and foremost, yes an edible will show up on a drug test. Regardless if you are smoking it or eating it, the THC still enters your system. The process by which your body breaks down and processes the THC from edibles can actually stay in your system longer than it does when smoking it.
There is a myth out there where people believe eating edibles is better than smoking weed in terms of the length of time it remains in your system and the fact that it is better for your lungs.
The first thing to point out is that edibles will stay in your system longer than it would if you smoked it, especially if you’ve built up a high tolerance. Another insight to explore is that, based on some studies, there might not be such a negative impact on your lungs from smoking weed, that is, if you do not smoke blunts or vapes.
Each option of consumption, smoking or edibles, has its pros and cons. The decision is solely for you to make based on your lifestyle and circumstances. Make sure to do your research and make the decision for yourself whether edibles are right for you.
How Long Do Edibles Stay In Your System?
For each of the different tests, regardless of how the THC was ingested, THC can be detected. The length of time THC remains in your system is dependent upon various factors. But first, the four main tests for THC are:
THC will remain detectable in your saliva for 24-72 hours whereas it will remain detectable in your blood for 3-4 hours. So, right off the bat, people might assume that ingested edibles are the smarter option since it leaves your bloodstream sooner than your saliva.
However, if you are being tested through hair or urine, it’s a completely different story. THC can still be detected in your urine or hair for 30-90 days, all depending upon your tolerance and the amount you consumed.
What Are The Pros and Cons of Eating Edibles Versus Smoking Flower?
Everyone has their personal preferences when it comes to consuming cannabis. Some people are die-hard stoners who prefer to smoke cannabis, either through joints, bongs, pipes or blunts. Some prefer edibles, finding them to be easier and safer to consume. But is that true?
Let’s start with edibles! Ingesting edibles does take any potential risk factors associated with inhaling smoke out of the equation. You can rest assured that your lungs are safe. For the most part, edibles are also relatively affordable. You can purchase them at dispensaries in the form of brownies, cookies, gummies, and more. Or you can make your own.
Making edibles does require you to purchase equipment to create cannabis butter. This is the process by which you take the actual flower and turn it into the butter or oil you would cook with. The equipment for this is not cheap, however, could end up being cost-effective in the long run.
Making edibles can be fun and just like baking or cooking where you can add creativity and flavors to make the perfect edibles for you. However, there are some cons associated with edibles.
Since you ingest the edible, it does take longer for your body to break it down and send it throughout your bloodstream. Edibles are slower to react and take at least 45 minutes to an hour before you begin to feel the effects.
On top of this, due to the increase in science and technology within the field, edibles tend to be stronger. The last thing to note with edibles is that you cannot control how high you go. Once you take the edible, you are along for the ride, in its entirety.
The pros of smoking turn this conundrum on its head. One of the best things about smoking flower is that you can control how high you get and it’s a direct hit. You can enjoy the flavors of that specific strain and can truly enjoy the ascent. The con to smoking is, of course, the negative effects it can play on your lungs and throat.
The choice between smoking and taking edibles is completely up to you and should be based on your preferences and lifestyle. Do your own research and make the best choices for your health. Your experience with cannabis should be enjoyable and fun.