Does THC Hit You Harder On An Empty Stomach?

Does THC Hit You Harder On An Empty Stomach?

We all have rituals when taking an edible or smoking/vaping THC. However, a popular belief is that taking THC on an empty stomach will hit you harder. We investigated and found some interesting facts on whether or not THC is more effective on an empty stomach.

Taking THC On An Empty Stomach

A question often asked among stoners is if taking THC on an empty stomach is twice as strong. The 2 most common ways of consuming THC are through your stomach and lungs.

Vaping THC On An Empty Stomach

When you’re vaping or smoking THC, Delta 8, Delta 9, Cannabis, etc., the smoke or vapor enters your system through your lungs. However, different things factor into how hard the THC will hit you. For example, THC tends to stick to your fat cells, so not having anything in your stomach may not have the lingering effect you want.

Furthermore, not eating before a session can result in a serious case of the munchies. Your blood sugar drops, so your brain is triggered to get it up again by eating. You’ll want to indulge if you're hungry, bringing down the THC naturally.

THC Edibles On An Empty Stomach

When you take any type of THC, such as Delta 8 Gummies or Cannabis Gummies, you’re more than likely to get the munchies. However, a popular belief is that if you take an edible on an empty stomach, it hits harder and faster. 

The logic behind this is that the THC in the edible will take longer to digest if you had a meal right before taking it. Although your body does have to digest all of the food, as stated before, THC tends to stick to fat cells, so it can linger in your system longer if you did eat right before.

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Negatives of Taking THC On An Empty Stomach

We’ve noticed that taking THC on an empty stomach might not hit you as hard. However, there are some negative sides to taking it on an empty stomach. These negative side effects can include stomachaches, nausea, and vomiting.

This is because THC can irritate the stomach lining on an empty stomach. Also, depending on when you last ate, you can experience lightheadedness because of the drop in blood sugar.  However, this varies from person to person; some experience nothing negative, while others have a bad experience.

Increase The Strength Of THC Through Food

Certain foods may increase the strength of THC if you’re looking to keep the party going longer. Although this can vary from person to person - the idea of THC interacting with different chemicals is known as The Entourage Effect.

One thing to remember whenever you come across any tips for taking THC is that it can vary from person to person. Because THC is not a one size fits all, so what works for one person may not work for another.

Top Foods To Increase THC Strength

Here is a short list of foods that might be helpful if you want to increase the strength of THC.

  • Mango

  • Chocolate

  • Broccoli 

  • Tea

  • Coffee

  • Sweet Potatoes

  • Kombucha

Decreasing The Strength Of THC Through Food

We know what you might be thinking, why would anyone want to decrease the strength of THC? If you’ve ever taken an edible, you know how strong it can be. Also, it’s not fun when you accidentally take too much. This is especially true when it comes to Delta 8 Products.

Learning to gauge how much THC to take can be tricky because different factors can determine how strong the product will be. It can be that you got a strong batch, your stress levels were high or low, and also your overall health.

Foods To Decrease THC Strength

If you want to take it down a notch, here are some foods we recommend.


  • Drink Water

  • Pine nuts

  • Lemon

  • Peppercorns

  • CBD

Other methods to bring the THC down are to distract yourself or take a show. Also, taking a walk can help, and most importantly, is to try and relax.


Although there’s nothing conclusive to say that taking THC on an empty stomach will make it stronger, there are plenty of reasons not to. However, food can either make it stronger or take it down a notch. Remember the points in this article if you decide to take it on an empty stomach.