How Long Does Being High Last?

June 20, 2018

Whether you’re going to be trying cannabis for the first time or simply want to know if that high you’re riding will wear off before work, it’s a good idea to educate yourself on the effects of weed. At some point, you're bound to ask yourself how long does being high last? And when you do, you'll be glad to have a little extra info on your side.

The intensity and duration of your high will differ depending on your tolerance and consumption method, as well as the quantity and quality of weed that you smoked. Here's what to expect.


Most cannabis enthusiasts are aware that it takes more weed to get high after trying cannabis for the first time. This trend, known as tolerance, builds as you continue to smoke.

Someone who has been smoking every day for the past six months will be affected much differently than someone who smoked a blunt their freshman year of college, which, by the way, was 6 years ago.

Luckily for you cannabis lovers who fondly recall your first memories of smoking, tolerance begins to fall back to normal levels after 2 days of abstinence and is almost completely restored after 4 weeks.

Quantity & Type of Cannabis Consumed

The more cannabis you consume, the higher you’ll get. Where it gets a little confusing is determining how the type weed you’re consuming will affect you.

Cannabis is a combination of hundreds of cannabinoids, but the two you should know are cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

THC is the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. In short, this means that strains of cannabis with a large THC percentage will make you feel higher than those with a low percentage of THC.

CBD is non-psychoactive and effectively works to counteract the mind-altering effects of THC. If you’re concerned about the potential intensity of your high, try a strain with a 1:1 ratio of THC to CBD.

Consumption Method

There are as many answers to the question how long does being high last as there are methods of consuming cannabis. Here's how different consumption methods can impact your experience as well as how long your high will last.

  • Smoking

Smoking out of a pipe, bong, blunt, joint or vaping cannabis are the most common consumption methods. After inhaling, you will begin to fully feel the effects of marijuana after about 10-30 minutes.

Depending on how big of a hit you take and the THC percentage of weed, you may even begin to feel the effects immediately. You can expect this feeling to slowly mellow until you hit sobriety 1-2 hours later.

  • Dabs

Dabbing is similar to smoking weed out of a pipe in terms of duration of the high, but the intensity of the high tends to be more extreme. Therefore, if you’re smoking weed for the first time this probably isn’t the best consumption method for you.

  • Edibles

Ingesting cannabis edibles is a bit different than the previous two methods. This high will take longer to hit you and will have a far longer lasting high. These factors are mostly dependent on the amount you consume and the potency of the edibles.

You can expect the effects to kick in 30 minutes to 2 hours after consumption and will be experiencing the high anywhere from 2 to 5 hours.

So...How Long Does Being High Last for You?

In short? Everyone is different. It is important to note that the duration of your high will be mostly a subjective experience. One strain of weed may affect you differently than it will somebody else. There are many factors that need to be accounted for, so don’t be afraid to consult a budtender who can assist in deciding what is best for you.

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