THC Drinks vs Edibles: High and Effects Compared

If you're a cannabis user, then you know that there are many ways to enjoy THC. You can smoke it, vape it, eat it, or drink it. For many newcomers to THC or those that prefer not to smoke, edibles have been a longstanding first choice. However, the THC beverage market is growing rapidly. This form factor is perfect for social occasions (or just getting high with your friends) and offers a high that keeps people coming back for more. Let’s compare THC drinks vs edibles and note the similarities and differences in high and effects.

How Do You Get High from THC Drinks?

Can you get high from weed drinks? Definitely! THC drinks are made with the help of nanoemulsion. This technology reduces the molecule size of active cannabinoids so that it blends completely into the liquid. But it also serves another purpose, which is to increase the bioavailability of THC. So, when you drink THC beverages, the absorption process begins in the mouth’s soft tissues and continues as the liquid enters your stomach. 

Because the THC is delivered directly into your bloodstream via nanoemulsion, it's absorbed quickly and efficiently—and kicks in quicker than it would if it were digested through your stomach and intestines.

How Long Does It Take THC Drinks to Kick In?

THC drinks work pretty quickly. Most people feel the effects within 15 minutes, though it can take up to an hour for some people. The effects are shorter-lived than edibles. A beverage high generally lasts about an hour to 90 minutes. This is perfect if you are hanging out with friends and want to have a second beverage.

How Are Edibles Different From THC Drinks?

If you’re new to cannabis, edibles may seem like a good way to start. But once you try THC drinks, you might never go back. That’s because THC drinks offer many of the same benefits as edibles—without having to wait for your body to process them. That means you can find your bliss even faster!

When you eat an edible, it has to get digested in your stomach and processed by the liver before heading back to your bloodstream. This process can take much longer than sipping on a can of THC seltzer. 

How Long Does It Take Edibles to Kick In?

The first thing to know about edibles is that they’re processed through the digestive system and metabolized by the liver. So, it can take a while for them to kick in. But how long does it take for an edible to work?

Depending on your metabolism and how much you've eaten before (or smoked), you might feel the first inkling of an edible high within 30 minutes. It can take up to 90 minutes to feel the full effects. The most significant factor (dosage) plays a role as well.

Effects of THC Drinks

THC drinks are often more mellow than edibles, and they're a good option for people looking to get high without getting out of control. The effects are usually described as being ‘soft’, similar to the feeling you'd get after drinking a light beer or glass of wine. People also say that THC drinks don't offer as long of an experience as edibles—but you can always have another drink! This is why they are such a great option for sharing with friends at social gatherings. 

The high from THC drinks is described as balanced without feeling intoxicated; it's ideal for those who don't need too much stimulation or don't want their minds racing at 100 miles per hour from overconsuming THC. Which can easily happen accidentally with edibles.

Effects of Edibles

The effects of edibles are known to hit harder than THC drinks so if you want something that will knock you back in your chair then this is the way to go. All too often someone will think that the edibles aren’t kicking in, then eat more. Soon after the effects from the first bite hit, and by the time the second dose comes on, it’s just too strong. 

For many people, edibles are best saved for private occasions where discretion isn't an issue such as movie night, a self care day, or just getting a great night’s sleep. Of course, if you are comfortable with the effects of edibles, there’s no reason they can’t be social. Start small and find your perfect dosage. 

Which High Lasts Longer: THC Drinks or Edibles?

The short answer is that edibles typically last longer than THC drinks. The reason for this is because the body processes edibles at a slower rate, so you get the full feeling of being high for longer. THC drinks are absorbed more quickly by your system, which means that you experience the high sooner but it doesn't last as long.

The length of each high also depends on how much THC you consume — whether it's from an edible or a drink—and also on your body weight, metabolism, and any other factors like food in your stomach or anxiety levels before consuming the product.

Which Is Better: THC Drinks or Edibles?

While both options have their pros and cons, it’s up to you which one you prefer. If you’re looking for an experience that’s social and relaxing, THC drinks are a great choice. They offer a nice high without feeling overwhelming. On the other hand, edibles offer a more lasting effect even though they can even take up to two hours before they kick in. 

Regardless of which option you choose though, we think it's important that everyone knows how to find their dosage and experiment in a fun environment! In the end, it’s up to you to decide which is right for you. We think you’ll like our THC seltzer, and we’ve created a new Variety Pack so you can try four cans of each six flavors to find your favorite. Shop now and choose delivery and you won’t even have to leave your couch. With plenty of holiday sales, now is the time to dive into the delicious world of THC drinks.