How Long Does A Marijuana High Last?

By Luna / October 25, 2017

How Long Does Being High Last? 

If you’re new to the weed world you are probably wondering how long your high should last? For all the avid smokers that are experienced with cannabis, they will tell you that there is no single answer to that question. There are a whole lot of factors involved, and some of the things you need to take into consideration include:

  • Your own tolerance levels – if you’re a regular user you won’t experience such a powerful effect as a new user
  • The strain you’re using – some strains are a lot stronger than others and can lead to a longer and more intense high
  • The form in which you’re taking it – i.e. whether you’re smoking it or eating edibles
  • Your age – teenagers experience a longer high than an adult would
  • The Difference Between Edibles And Smoking


Know What You’re Getting Yourself Into

The main thing that will have an effect on the length of the high you experience is the form in which you consume the weed. If you’re vaping or smoking cannabis, your brain will fill with THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana, within just a few minutes, and you should notice the full effect within quarter of an hour. After that, the high will fade away over the course of the next 1 to 3 hours.

However, if you’re consuming weed-infused edibles like brownies or muffins, you should expect the effects to kick in much later. You shouldn’t expect to feel anything within the first 30 minutes after eating them. It can take over an hour for the full effect to be experienced. This is because the weed has to go through the digestive system first before being absorbed by your liver. The big difference comes once the liver has absorbed the weed as then the high can last as long as 4 to 8 hours.

The Other Factors Involved

While some strains of marijuana are so strong that the high will last a long time, some are much weaker and you can expect to feel completely normal again within an hour. It’s important that you’re aware of the strain you are using. Awareness is key! You do not want to end up experiencing an intense high that you are not prepared for.

Your own level of tolerance also has a key role to play. If you’re a frequent user, you won’t have anything like the same experience as someone who is using weed for the first time, and therefore you will need to take more to experience the same level of high.

Is There Such A Thing As A Cannabis Hangover?

Anyone who has ever had too much alcohol will know about the perils of the hangover. However, the good news is that weed doesn’t produce the same sort of after-effects. Although, there is such a thing as a “weed hangover”. The high from cannabis use is short term, but it does take a while longer to reduce the amount of THC in your bloodstream, so you may experience some effects including:

  • Itchy, dry eyes
  • Tiredness
  • Headaches
  • Confused thoughts
  • Mild nausea
  • Dehydration

If you experience any of these symptoms, they can easily be eradicated. I would suggest drinking more water, eating some healthy fruit and vegetables and getting some sleep.

You can also check out our latest post on How To Sober Up From Weed and our up-to-date post on CBD’s to help with anxiety and chronic pain for an alternative to the psychoactive effects of THC .  

About the author


Luna is an avid smoker and is always ready to see what new and exciting developments there are in the cannabis community. Please excuse her writing, she's still trying to figure her way around words. Practice makes perfect! If you wish to learn more about her please be sure to check out the "About" page!

Click here to add a comment

Leave a comment: