How Long Does it Take for Delta-11 to Kick In?

by Kat Austin June 13, 2023 5 min read

How Long Does it Take for Delta-11 to Kick In? - Vida Optima™

Delta-11 is gaining ground as hemp’s most potent psychoactive cannabinoid (though it’s currently tied with THC-O), but there’s still a lot to learn about this novel THC isomer.

Today, we’re going to touch on one of the most important topics for anyone experimenting with Delta-11’s effects: How long does it take for Delta-11 to kick in? And how does the onset time and duration vary for every different type of Delta-11 product?

You’ll be pleased to know that you may not have to wait hours to feel the euphoric effects of Delta-11-THC. It all boils down to how you dose it. Here’s what you need to know:

Table of Contents
How Long Will Delta-11 Take to Kick In?
Sublingual Edibles
How Long Do the Effects of Delta-11 Last?
What Do Delta-11 Effects Feel Like?

Key Takeaways

  • Different types of Delta-11 products have a different onset and duration of effects.
  • Edibles could last anywhere from 2-6 hours, possibly even longer, depending on dosing style and unique biological factors.
  • Inhalation methods and sublingual-style edibles can offer fast-acting and long lasting benefits.
  • Pay close attention to quality when buying Delta-11-THC products. Look for lab tested products made using safe extraction methods.

How Long Will Delta-11 Take to Kick In? (Breakdown by Dosing Method)

Delta-11 hemp flower, a hand rolled joint, and three Delta-11 edibles to show examples of different dosing methods.


Traditional edibles are edibles that are chewed and promptly swallowed, like gummies, brownies, or other traditional food items. These types of Delta-11 edibles need to be digested and don't reach the bloodstream until they are metabolized by the liver. That means they can take a while to kick in.

Usually, you can expect to feel the effects of a traditional edible between 60 and 90 minutes after dosing.

Sublingual Edibles

Sublingual-style edibles are like chews, lozenges, hard candies, or other types of edibles that are designed to dissolve slowly in the mouth. This dosing method allows Delta-10-THC to be absorbed sublingually, or through the mucous membranes in the mouth, where it can almost immediately enter the bloodstream.

Not only does this provide faster acting effects, but it bypasses a part of the digestive process called “first past digestion,” where some of the Delta-10-THC potency is filtered out and never reaches the bloodstream. That means that sublingual-style edibles could potentially be more bioavailable, which means more Delta-10-THC is actually absorbed into the bloodstream when taken this way.

Sublingual-style edibles are modeled after the sublingual dosing method of tinctures, an oil product that's meant to be dropped under the tongue. Sublingual dosing is nothing new, and is actually a common dosing method used for certain pharmaceuticals because it offers the benefit of fast absorption.

You may feel the effects of a sublingual dose in 30-45 minutes.

Inhalation (Vapes or Flower)

Inhalation is a popular dosing method for hemp THC products because the effects are nearly instant. When Delta-11 is inhaled, it reaches the bloodstream immediately as it reaches the lungs.

This is also a potent dosing method since there’s no reduced potency from first-pass digestion. Many people enjoy vapes as a beginner dose because the quick onset allows you to gently stack small doses until you reach the desired level of effects.

Inhaled Delta-11 doses, like vapes, flower, or concentrates, can take effect in only a few minutes.

How Long Do Delta-11 Effects Last?

Just like the specific edible dosing style you choose will impact the onset of effects, it also impacts the duration of effects you'll experience. Let’s break it down again:


Traditional edibles are broken down slowly and absorbed into the bloodstream slowly. It takes the body a while to process Delta-10-THC in the gut, which means that the effects of a traditional edible are slow rolling and long-lasting.

The amount of time that the effects actually last will vary based on multiple unique biological factors, but you can typically expect a Delta-10 high from traditional edibles, including Delta-10 gummies, to last between 4 and 6 hours.

Sublingual Edibles

The duration of effects from sublingual-style edibles is a little bit trickier to gauge. In a perfect scenario where all of the Delta-10-THC is absorbed sublingually, the effects may last two to four hours. Typically, however, that's not the case.

When a sublingual-style edible is taken a large portion of the Delta-10 is absorbed in the mouth and makes it directly to the bloodstream, but the remainder of the product is still swallowed and processed by digestion. This means that sublingual-style edibles can both take effect quickly and provide long-lasting effects. In fact, the effects from sublingual style edibles can also last 6 hours or more, but may last around 4 hours on average.

Inhalation (Vapes or Flower)

The effects from inhalation are fast acting, but they are also short lived. When using inhalation methods, the THC is carried into the bloodstream quickly, but it is also processed more quickly than digested methods. You can expect the effects of a vape, flower, or concentrate to last anywhere from 2 to 4 hours.

A green Delta-11 vape and an orange Delta-11 vape laid on a geometric background to show an example of inhalation-style dosing methods.

What Do Delta-11 Effects Feel Like?

Delta-11 is one of the most potent hemp-derived THC dosing options on the market. It is thought to be roughly three times more potent than traditional Delta-9-THC, the most common form of THC found in psychoactive marijuana products.

Delta-11 is also said to have more potent euphoric effects and is often associated with a body high, or “couch-lock” experience that’s relaxing and lightly sedating.

Still, the actual Delta-11 experience from edibles varies from person to person, and has a lot to do with the amount you take and your THC tolerance. Some products also contain other cannabinoids and terpenes that can alter the effects slightly to provide more targeted benefits. This method is sometimes referred to as “strain profiling,” but it generally only applies to vape products that are modeled after certain hemp strains.

Where to Buy Delta-11-THC THC

Delta-11 is one of many hemp-derived THC isomers, and it’s federally legal thanks to updated hemp laws. However, Delta-11 isn’t legal in every state, although it can be hard to find specific information about laws pertaining to these minor cannabinoids. Learn more by reading “Where is Delta-11 Legal?

In states where it’s legal, you can buy Delta-11 vapes, gummies, and various other dosing methods online, but it’s important to pay close attention to the quality of Delta-11 products before you buy. We recommend buying only from brands who use quality-tested, U.S. grown hemp material, safe extraction methods (like solventless CO2 extraction), and third-party lab testing techniques.

To skip all the footwork, just check out our Elev8 Collection. At Vida Optima, all of our hemp-THC products are third-party tested and 100% Farm Bill compliant, meaning they are federally legal in the U.S. Shop our full hemp THC collection to find both traditional and sublingual-style edibles (our specialty!).

Want to learn more? Read “What Percent THC is in Delta-11?” and “Flying with Delta-11-THC.”

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