How Long Does A Weed High Last? | Smoking, Edibles & Drinks

How Long Does A Weed High Last?

There are many people that have just started smoking weed and many would start smoking cannabis this year. It is common for these people to ask questions like, “ How long does a weed high last “. It is definitely not a bad question to ask, especially if it has something to do with putting substances into the body.

Before I answer the question above, I will like to draw your attention to the fact that, weed can be consumed in various ways i.e. smoking, vaping, eating, drinking. Each of these consumption models will impact the duration of the high that ensues after consuming weed.

How long does weed high last – Smoking/Vaping 

how long does a weed high last

When you smoke marijuana, you can have a high that can last under an hour or up to four hours depending on the potency. Mild to low THC weed will keep you baked for an hour more or less. High quality and potent cannabis can last you up to four hours.

The typical duration, however, is about 2 hours before the effects completely vanish. As mentioned, it depends on the strain and the amount of cannabis consumed to determine the duration of a high. Nonetheless, a good ballpark figure is about 2 hours.

How long does cannabis high last – Edibles


When you eat marijuana in form of “edibles”, there is a different form of THC created, unlike smoking marijuana which releases 9-delta-tetrahydrocannabinol within the smoke. Within seconds it enters your bloodstream and usually, it takes between 5 to 10 minutes to feel the effects.

On the contrary, when eating cannabis, the gastrointestinal tract absorbs it and the liver breaks down the cannabis differently and creates 11-hydroxy-tetrahydrocannabinol which is roughly 10 times more potent than THC.

What this means is that if it would take you ten hits of 9-Delta-THC, it would take about 1 hit of 11-hydroxy-THC to obtain the same effects.

In the case of edibles, you should always be careful not to consume too much as it can induce some serious hallucinations.

Either way, a typical dose of edibles can last anywhere between 4 hours to 12 hours depending on quantity and potency. There have been cases of people “tripping” for over 24 hours, however, it’s important to note that they did consume more than 20 edibles in one sitting.

How long does a weed high last – Drinking it

how long does a weed high last

Drinking marijuana is much milder than other methods discussed above. Depending on the potency of your strains, drinking marijuana will give you a high lasting between 3-6 hours. Similarly, the THC is processed differently.

Irrespective of the presence of 11-hydroxy-THC, the high is completely different than if you were to eat it.

You’ll be calm, relaxed and you’d hardly ever peak as you would with edibles. Nonetheless, having less marijuana-infused tea is always better for new users. Try to gradually increase quantity and quality in order to find the right mix of cannabinoids to get you high at the desired time.

Final thoughts

Everybody processes cannabis differently, thus these numbers are ballpark figures. That being said, these are standard expectations with respect to “how long does weed high last” irrespective of the consumption models, strain, potency, quality, and quantity. The best way to tell is to see what works best for you. Leave a comment below if you have any question.

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