How Long Do the Effects of Pot Last?

How long does it take to kick in? How does a person high on weed feel? All great questions with unfortunately no one-size-fits-all answer. But, courtesy of Healthline, we do have some general bits of essential information that can help guide you through the journey. 

Cannabis contains over 113 chemical compounds called cannabinoids, one of those being tetrahydrocannabinol, which is responsible for giving you that psychoactive “high” effect. The effects of marijuana can last up to 10 hours depending on a range of factors, including:

  • Amount consumed
  • Amount of THC it contains
  • Bodyweight & fat percentage
  • Metabolism
  • Prior food intake
  • Overall tolerance

Additionally, it will depend greatly on potency and dose. For instance, the higher the THC content and the more you consume, the longer you will likely feel the effects. However, the method of consumption will often play a role in when the effects peak and how long they stick around.

Eating: Edible effects typically peak at the 2-hour mark and can last anywhere from there to producing residual effects up to 24 hours later.

Dabbing: These effects can range from 1-3 hours. However, using THC concentrate may lead you to feel effects for an entire day.

Smoking/Vaping: These effects will peak at around 10 minutes and last from 1-3 hours, similar to dabbing, but they can linger for up to 8 hours. 

How Long Until the Effects of Pot Kick In?

How you choose to consume marijuana will typically determine the length of the high, too.

Eating: Because your digestive system metabolizes marijuana when you eat it, it can take a little while. Most edibles will kick in within 3 to 60 minutes but can also take up to 2 hours. This one requires a bit of patience as being too eager and indulging in more too soon may result in more intense effects later down the road. 

Dabbing: Often referred to as “dabs,” this method is a highly concentrated form of marijuana smoked through a particular type of pipe. Dabs have a much higher THC content than most other forms, so the high will kick in almost immediately. 

Smoking/Vaping: Because it enters your bloodstream through your lungs, you can typically feel the effects within 2 to 10 minutes of inhaling.

How to End the Effects of Pot Sooner

If you’re feeling “greened out” or just a bit too high for your liking, there is a list of tricks you can try to return to earth quicker: 

  • Take deep breaths
  • Hydrate
  • Consume CBD
  • Lemons (make lemonade or munch on a lemon if your taste buds can tolerate it)
  • Chew on black peppercorns
  • Eat some pine nuts
  • Take a nap

How to Prolong the Effects of Pot

On the other hand, if it’s going so well you just don’t want it to end, there are some anecdotal tips you can look into to extend or intensify the effects just a bit longer:

  • Stick with edibles
  • Drink green or black tea
  • Eat some mangoes
  • Try some nuts or another omega-3 fatty acid-rich snack
  • Enjoy some sweet potatoes

How Does a Person High on Weed Feel?

There are many clinical studies surrounding the effects of pot on our brain and body. Most of which begin by recognizing that it results in euphoria, relaxation, sleepiness, altered perceptions, and the occasional dry mouth. It’s well-known to cause positive mood changes, and joy and elation are likely outcomes. Some people feel an urge to paint, play music, write, or otherwise express themselves creatively. Others may choose to read, soul search, or engage in deep conversations with peers. 

Being high on pot is a subjective experience that’s different for each and everyone, and how you feel depends immensely on many external factors, too. It’s best just to take it slow and steady, and ensure you’re in a good headspace. Start with a low-THC strain, have water handy (and your favorite snacks), and just enjoy the ride! Remember, you are in control! Stop by The Flower Shop and one of our budtenders will help you find the best product for you to enjoy.