If you are a cannabis rookie, you may find the weed high overwhelming for the first time. Like any mind-altering stuff, enjoying weed comes over time. Once you hook on the experience, the only thing left to do is to let it flow.
When it comes to smoking weed, the high doesn’t last very long. On the contrary, edibles will provide you with a longer and more intense high, so it’s essential to finally figure out how long the effects of weed last.
How Long Does The Weed High Last?
Source: 7 Deadly Mag
For those who are about to approach cannabis for the first time, the weed high may be a bit intense. Luckily, if you’ve smoked, dabbed, or vaporized marijuana, the effects won’t last very long.
When you inhale cannabis, you activate the primary psychoactive constituent of the cannabis plants – tetrahydrocannabinol. Actually, it’s a matter of minutes until THC saturates the brain.
It usually takes less than half an hour to fully experience the effects of the herb on your body and brain. After that, the high will start to slowly wear off, winding down over the course of the next one or two hours.
As for the ingested cannabis, the weed high lasts much longer. When you consume marijuana in an infused food or capsule, it takes cannabis anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours to kick in. Once you start feeling the effect, it can last even up to four or even eight hours, depending on the amount you ingest.
To cut the long story short, I can provide you with a simple recap:
- Inhaling cannabis: 1 – 3 hours
- Edibles and pills: 4 – 8 hours (depending on how much you’ve consumed)
What Does Affect the Lasting Period of Weed High?
There are various factors affecting the lasting period of weed high. Let’s see what determines the time for the effect to wear off.
Figuring out what’s your tolerance may take you some time. Of course, if you are a savory smoker, you probably know your weed tolerance level better than anyone, which probably means that you begin to enjoy the effects of the herb in a different way than a novice does. Speaking of novices, if you’re new to marijuana, you can assume that your tolerance is very low and your high will likely last longer.
Potency of Your Weed
Provided that weed becomes legal in Canada next year, we will be able to experience the breeding phenomenon on a broader scale, but you’re probably already aware of the fact that not all weed is created equal. There more THC in a particular strain, the more potent it will be. In order to experience a pleasant high that won’t make you feel super-stoned, it’s best to take one hit at a time and wait a minute or two before you inhale cannabis again.
It goes without saying that the more you smoke, the longer the effect will last. That being said, don’t rush it if you’re a beginner. Start very slowly, take your time and you’ll know your limits pretty soon. This will make the whole cannabis experience comfortable.
The Effects Lasts Longer in Teens
Source: Mary Jane’s Diary
That’s pretty interesting. A team of researchers run by Dr. Francis Jensen, a neuroscientist and author of “The Teenage Brain”, found that the effects of marijuana on the brain last longer in teenage brains.
According to her, the teen brain have more places for the cannabis to land, so it stays there longer than in the adult brain. Given this, adolescents may feel the cognitive effects of marijuana for longer periods of time. For example, if an adolescent gets high over a weekend, the effects may be still there on Thursday or Friday later that week. You won’t find such long-term effects in adults.
How To Mitigate the Effects of Weed High
Truth to be said, the only thing that can truly get rid of a high is time. Nonetheless, there are some suggestions for methods that can mitigate the effects of the weed high and help them wear off faster. Here are some comfortable ways to lessen the effects of cannabis on your brain:
- Take a shower. A hot shower feels soothing, but a cold shower wakes senses. Try both, one at a time, and you’ll notice the difference.
- Go outside. If you’re smoking weed inside, it’s good to get out of the fog of smoke and get some fresh air. Take a couple of calming deep breath and enjoy the nice weather.
- Eat something. Munchies and eating rampage aside, there are voices that food makes the weed high weaker over time, so why not try it?
- Drink some water. Some people believe that a glass of milk helps absorb the THC, but there is no evidence (other than anecdotal) that this works. Instead, try drinking a glass of water. It hydrates you, so at least the cotton mouth will not be so acute.
If you’re new to smoking weed, take it slow and learn your limits so that you don’t encounter any problems with consuming cannabis. In addition, make sure that you always have enough time to sober up before driving or performing any risk-related activities.
Now, for the most important part, I’d like you to tell me how long you stay high for. The more voices there are, the more accurate idea we can get for an average. Share your tolerance, the amount of marijuana you consume, and the potency of the strains you use!