How Long Does A Marijuana High Last?

How come some highs feel infinite and others fade in the blink of an eye?
10 June 2021
8 min read
How Long Does A Marijuana High Last?

  • 1. How long does a weed high last?
  • 2. How long does a high last when you inhale marijuana?
  • 3. How long does a weed high last if you take edibles?
  • 4. Other forms of consumption and effects' lengths
  • 5. Aspects that influence the length of a high
  • 5. a. Your physical build and tolerance
  • 5. b. The stimuli and surroundings
  • 5. c. Getting high on an empty stomach
  • 5. d. The potency of your buds
  • 6. Conclusion

Now that marijuana is gaining more and more approval all over the globe, it's time to provide the world with the necessary information to achieve full control of the use of this magic plant. Given this is a relatively new approach to marijuana, one that's far more open than it was back in the old days when the word marijuana and its derivatives were all a big taboo, this calls for an update to our databases or knowledge in the field. By combining the help of science and research, and people's experiences, we'll be able to show the world what cannabis is really about


How Long Does A Marijuana High Last?

Depending on consumption method the cannabinoids will be absorbed by your body differently thus the effects can vary.

Such information may be useful for those who have dipped into the stoner world only recently ago, or for those who are looking to try but yet feel rather hesitant about it. In this article, we'll explain the course of a cannabis high and how long it lasts. 

1. How Long Does a Weed High Last?

Well, though we'd love to answer to tell you that such a question can be answered in a couple of words, this isn't exactly the case. The length of a marijuana high can vary depending on several aspects, such as: 

  • The method of consumption;
  • The amounts of marijuana consumed;
  • The potency of the strains taken; 
  • The subject's tolerance to cannabis; 
  • The person's physical build, and more. 

The main differential aspect will be the form of consumption, given each different method processes and absorbs the cannabinoids in their unique way. For instance, when we smoke we absorb them through our respiratory system, but with edibles the process is longer and involves the digestive system.


How Long Does A Cannabis High Last?: See the process of edibles absorption.

Check the process of edibles' absorption.


So, let's get into each of these possibilities to try to provide a better scope on how long a cannabis high may last considering the different processes and influential aspects. 

2. How Long Does a High Last When You Inhale Marijuana?

Consuming marijuana by inhalation, whether it is smoking, dabbing, or vaping, is one of the most common methods of cannabis consumption. So, in case you're wondering how much a high will last if you smoke or vape weed, you've come to the right place, that's what we're set to find out!

Inhalation methods of weed consumption are among the fastest ones to take effect, normally when a person smokes a joint, the effects will start kicking in about 2 to 10 minutes after the first few couple of puffs. 

The effects when you smoke, dab or vape weed kick in quite immediately because the cannabinoids enter your bloodstream through your lungs within just a few minutes after inhaling them. However, when you consume weed this way, the effects will be gone as fast as they came, well not that much. 


How Long Does A Marijuana High Last?: Smoking methods high length.

How long does a high last when you smoke, vape, or dab weed?

The peak of a weed high will normally arrive after 10 minutes of having inhaled its components, where the usual giggles and goofiness will start to take place. Then, expect to feel high, stoned, or baked for about the next 1 to 3 hours, depending on the aspects that we'll get into further ahead. 

In extreme and out-of-the-ordinary cases, a weed high from smoking or vaping could even last up to 8 hours, but, again, this is not the usual case. With dabs, however, if the concentrates are strong enough, the high could even last an entire day, so keep that in mind before you're way too stoned to perform your daily duties. 

3. How Long Does A Weed High Last If You Take Edibles?

When you take marijuana in the form of edibles, which extends all the way from baked goods, such as brownies, cookies or gummies, to oil forms and everything in between, this means that your body will absorb its components through their metabolization

Since the cannabinoids and the rest of weed's components will have to be processed by the digestive system, it makes sense to deduce that it will take the effects longer to kick in than smoking, dabbing or vaping. Likewise, as the time to kick in is longer, so will be the extent of the effects. 


How Long Does A Marijuana High Last?: Edibles high length.

How long does a weed high last if you take edibles.

When a person takes cannabis edibles, they should expect to start feeling the effects anywhere between the first 30 to 60 minutes, although it may sometimes take up to 2 hours until you start to feel something. And since edibles provide quite a different and strong high, you should definitely wait at least such periods before you decide to take some more. 

Once the effects have kicked in, the peak will usually take place within 2 hours after you've ingested your edibles, and they can last for up to 24 hours. Therefore, if you're planning to take edibles, definitely go for that day off work so you can relax and enjoy the ride.

4. Other Forms Of Consumption And Effects' Lengths

Now that we've listed the length of the high in the most common methods of consumption, let's get into other forms of consumption that are less common but still in use. 


Transdermal patchesThe effects of these forms of cannabis consumption normally kick in within the first 20 minutes after their application, entering through our skin and into the bloodstream, and the effects can last up to 12 hours. 
Sublinguals Sublinguals are among the fastest forms of cannabis to take effect, almost immediately or within the first 10 minutes, since the compounds of the plant are absorbed fast into the bloodstream through the vessels under the tongue. The effects then last for about 
TopicalsThe time for cannabis topicals to kick in is infinite! Why? Because topicals don't make you high! However, if we're talking about their effects, they last between 2 to 6 hours, depending on the potency, and they take around 20 minutes to kick in.


Now that we know how long it takes for the effects to kick in according to each method of consumption, it's time to untangle the factors that can have an influence on the extension or decrease of these times. 

5. Aspects That Influence The Length Of A High

As we went through this article, listing the average time for cannabis' effects duration, you might have come across memories of times when the experience didn't match these parameters. Well, there's a keyword here: 'average'. Average is a term used to describe common patterns found in certain things, but, as the word implies, there are always exceptions to the rule. So you may have experienced some of these exceptions in which your high lasted longer or shorter than expected. 


Let's explain some of the aspects that may influence the length of your cannabis high.

Your Physical Build and Tolerance

When it comes to the length of your high, as well as its intensity, your size actually matters. It just makes sense that a smaller build will get higher than a bigger one, with the same amounts of marijuana. However,  this is not always the case, in fact, you'd be surprised to hear that men tend to be more susceptible to cannabis than women, although as a general rule, men tend to be bigger than women. 

One last important detail is that, regardless of your body size, if you've been a heavy marijuana consumer for quite some time now, then you will most likely have developed a certain level of tolerance to it. This translates into highs not as strong as before, and shorter too.

The Stimuli and Surroundings

Another reason why your cannabis highs may feel longer or shorter concerns the context in which you're high. For example, if you're just sitting on your living room's couch watching TV, you may not even notice how high you actually are, and when you started/stopped being high.

Meanwhile, when you're surrounded by interesting people or in a stimulant place, somewhere that triggers your senses, you'll definitely be able to tell whether you're still high or not, and this stimulant place may even enhance your mood, making you feel high for longer periods.


How Long Does A Marijuana High Last?: Factor that influence the length of a high

Many aspects can influence the length of a high, such as the method of consumption, your tolerance, and even your surroundings.

Getting High On An Empty Stomach

One of the aspects that will influence the length of your high the most is having or not having eaten anything before you ingested your weed. Generally speaking, you'll want to consume marijuana after eating at least a small snack. Anyone who's tried the good ol' wake 'n' bake knows that smoking, or engaging in any other form of cannabis consumption on an empty stomach tends to lead to a heavy high, or just heavier than the usual one. 

At the same time, just like an empty stomach may enhance your high and make it longer, the opposite happens when your stomach is way too full. Furthermore, eating while you're high also tends to shorten your high and bring you back to sobriety faster.

This is why many stoners would rather hold the munchies as much as they can to avoid food making their high fade away faster. Word on the street has it that consuming dairy products is even worse, making your high fade even faster. 

The Potency Of Your Buds

Lastly, one of the biggest influential factors of the length of your cannabis high resides in the potency of your marijuana. You'll certainly notice when a strain is potent because you'll feel unusually high. And as a part of the package, this high will definitely last longer than the one provided by low-quality buds. 


How Long Does A Marijuana High Last?: In the end, what truly matters is the potency of your buds.

In the end, what truly matters is the potency of your buds.

In the same line, you may have noticed how you feel barely something when you smoke poor quality buds, or how you need to smoke bigger, even doubled amounts to reach the type of high you're already familiar with. This is because these flowers contain so little THC that it's not enough for heavy stoners. Normally, a strain will be considered as potent when its THC percentage measures higher than 20%. However, other forms of consumption, such as concentrates or edibles can even measure up to 70% of THC, so beware of that before choosing your doses.

6. Conclusion

Not one cannabis high resembles its previous nor its successor. Therefore, do expect your experiences to vary. The 2-hour-long high you had yesterday may become the half-hour daze of tomorrow, it all depends on so many things. So, in order not to lose control of everything and risk still being high when not intended, definitely inform yourself about the different forms of consumption and what your ideal dosing should be. 

What about you, how long do your highs usually last?

10 June 2021