Infusing cannabis extract with food or beverages not only allows users to avoid cannabis smoke, but to achieve a calmer, more relaxed high than smoking can offer. However, the effect of edibles is very individualized and difficult to predict, differing greatly between users.
Because edibles and beverages are absorbed through the digestive tract rather than the lungs, the high is typically more intense and longer-lasting as a result. The typical dosage is between 5-10mg, but some edibles can contain as much as 100mg and are meant for multiple servings/dosages.
Edibles and beverages with cannabis content are processed through the liver, meaning the effects may not be present for 30-60 minutes, but can last between 4-12 hours. Beverages and tinctures can take effect much more quickly by comparison.