How Long Does a Marijuana High Last is one of our most popular Blog Posts. It’s packed full of useful information designed to help novices and chronics navigate the effects of cannabis by better understanding the complexity of consumption. This post talks about how long the affect of cannabis lasts. Read: How Long Does Cannabis Stay in your System to learn about cannabis and drug tests.

How long does a
marijuana high last
depends on several factors, including
– consumption type
– strain and potency
– other factors
– How long does a
weed high last?
– How long does being high last
– How to stop being
· Consumption
· Strain and Potency
· Tolerance
· Weed Measurements
· THC and CBD
Some answers to
cannabis consumption
– How to get stoned
– Can you get high
from eating weed
· Smoke
· Vape
· Dab
· Edible
· Beverage
Strains and Potency as well as THC to CBD
ratios all determine
the quality & duration of a cannabis high
– Strains and Potency · Sativa
· Indica
· Ruderalis
· Hybrids
How does tolerance to
cannabis affect a
marijuana high?
– Tolerance – Newbie
– Experienced
– Chronic

If there’s one question that everyone seems to wonder about — but no one knows the answer to — it’s, “How long does weed high last?” If you’re new to the world of marijuana, don’t feel bad asking this question. Even many long-time cannaseurs have a hard time giving a conclusive answer.

But not us! We know what you want to hear. So in this article, the cannabis experts at Happy Travelers Tours give you the definitive answer to the question how long does weed high last.

How Long Does Being Stoned Last?

The best way to answer that question is by saying, “It depends…” We know that’s not very definitive, but let us finish. Before you get angry and storm off, the duration of your weed high really does depend on the way you consume your THC.

What that means is that you can tailor your experience by choosing from among the many different methods of getting THC into our body. Once you decide that, we can give you a much more definitive answer to your question.

Focus On The Effects, Not The Duration

Most marijuana highs will peak after 30 minutes (on average) and then start to trail off. You’ll still feel the effects for another hour or two, but they’ll gradually get less and less intense.

And what’s more, they all pretty much last the same amount of time (give or take an hour or two).

So rather than worrying overly much about how long a weed high lasts, focus instead on the effects you experience. Ask yourself:

  • Was the high too harsh?
  • Was it too weak?
  • Did the weed high make you sad?
  • Did it make you paranoid?
  • How did you feel coming out of it?
  • Were the munchies really intense?

If you can find a strain or potency that gives you all the good without the bad, that’s worth its weight in gold. A totally pleasurable experience that only lasts for two hours is much better than an unpleasant experience that lasts for six.

Focus on the effects, not the duration, and you’ll be a Happy Traveler just like us. Here’s how the durations break down based on method of consumption.


Smoking is one of the most common ways to get your ganja on. The tools used for smoking are literally legion and include:

  • Joints (straight or cross)
  • Blunts
  • Thai sticks
  • Vape pens
  • Vaporizers
  • Bongs
  • Dab rigs

Basically, any time you inhale the smoke or vapor from a marijuana product, you’re smoking.

How long does a smoking weed high last? 1-3 hours


There are so many ways to make your marijuana into edibles that you’re really only limited by your creativity. Our favorite edibles include:

  • Honey
  • Gummies
  • Candy
  • Butter
  • Milk
  • Tea
  • Pills

Yes, that’s right. Milk, tea, and pills are included on this list. Basically, anything that you put in your mouth and swallow can be considered an edible.

How long does an edibles weed high last? 4-6 hours

Some stoners have even reported tripping for as long as 12 hours off a high-quality edible, but those claims are largely apocryphal.

Topical Application

Topical application (on your skin) is becoming a very popular method of consumption among those looking for medical benefits from their cannabis. There are even multiple means of applying topical marijuana to your skin. They include:

  • Patches
  • Creams
  • Oils

The key thing to remember about topical applications is that they won’t cause a weed high. This is because your skin absorbs the cannabinoids very slowly.

So by the time the THC reaches your bloodstream after traveling through the layers of your skin, its potency has been reduced significantly (enough not to cause any psychedelic effects).

How long does a topical application weed high last? It doesn’t.

Sublingual Administration

Sublingual is the scientific word for “putting something under your tongue and letting it dissolve.” After a few minutes, that substance — in this case, some type of cannabis product — is absorbed into your bloodstream through the arteries in your jaw, where it travels directly to your brain.

Sublingual consumption of marijuana is one of the easiest, fastest, and most discreet methods available today. Products for sublingual consumption include:

  • Dissolvable strips
  • Tinctures
  • Oils
  • Isolates
  • Distillates

How long does a sublingual administration weed high last? 2-4 hours

Cannabis and Sex (Wink, Wink, Nudge, Nudge)

Yes, we’re talking about sex here). Bet you didn’t know there was a cannabis product made especially with that in mind. It’s called cannabis lube, and it’s designed with her in mind (meaning guys don’t use it).

Cannabis lube doesn’t get you high, but it does get things working and relaxed down there (if you catch our drift). That makes for better, more enjoyable intimacy on both sides of the equation.

And, of course, consuming cannabis to get ‘in the mood’ is another way which cannabis can affect sex – given the nature of a cannabis high, it’s quite possible you’ll find smoking weed while having sex makes for an amazing experience.

How long does a special situation weed high last? Technically, you won’t get high at all, but you might feel euphoric in other ways.

Now that you get a general sense of how long a weed high lasts based on the method of consumption you choose, let’s examine some other factors that affect duration.

Other Factors That Affect How Long A Weed High Lasts

1) Quality

Quality plays an important role in determining how long a weed high lasts. High-quality, organic marijuana that’s rich in cannabinoids, terpenes, and trichomes will provide a much more satisfying high than the low-quality mids or regs you might be used to.

It’s worth the extra money for the chance to stretch your weed high out just a little bit longer.

2) Strain

The strain you choose can also have an impact on how long your weed high lasts. Stronger strains can make it seem like your high lasts longer because the effects are so much more dramatic.

But before you rush out to buy the strongest weed strain money can buy, keep in mind that with extreme highs come extreme lows and side effects.

Because strong weed strains are bred for high THC and low CBD, there are fewer cannabinoids to counteract the negative effects of THC (e.g., paranoia, anxiety, etc.).

3) THC Content

THC content plays a large role in the quality of experience you can expect from your marijuana product. Breeders are growing whole bud that contains 25-percent THC.

THC extracts are even pushing the coveted triple-digit THC percentage (that’s 100-percent, boys and girls).

With these big-number products, weed highs may seem longer because the “distance” you have to travel from peak high to normal is so much greater.

4) Experience

Your experience dating Mary Jane also plays a big part in how long a weed high lasts. Think of this as your tolerance to the cannabinoids that marijuana has to offer.

As with any drug, your body will eventually get used to processing the THC in your joint, so you’ll need more just to feel the same effects.

That can have a dramatic impact on the duration of your high. If you’re a brand-new cannaseur, you’ll likely trip balls for quite some time after just one or two tokes.

But if you’re a seasoned canna-warrior, you may only feel high for 10 minutes on the strongest weed strain available. That’s the benefit and the curse of experience with the wacky weed.

5) Amount Consumed

The amount of pot you consume has a direct effect on how long a weed high lasts.

Think about it: if you take two drags on a blunt over the course of five minutes, your weed high isn’t going to last anywhere near as long as if you take 20 drags on several blunts over the course of 45 minutes.

Even smoking two blunts (or joints or whatever) in 20 minutes is going to bring on a high that lasts longer than those initial two tokes in five minutes.

6) Your Metabolism

The speed with which your body processes food, drink, medications, and other “foreign” substances (your metabolism) also affects how long a weed high lasts.

If you have a fast metabolism, your body processes outside materials very quickly. That means the THC will spend a shorter time in your brain and blood (which results in a short high).

If you have a slow metabolism, your body processes outside materials slowly. That means the THC will spend longer in your brain and blood (which results in a long high).

7) Environment

No, we’re not talking about global warming here — it’s not that type of environment. The environment in this case refers to whether or not your surroundings are relaxing and familiar or tense and strange.

If you’re at home in your favorite chair with a classic stoner movie on the tube or playing a fun weed game, your high is going to last quite a long time.

But if you’re hunkered down behind a dumpster in some strange alley on the opposite side of town, your nerves are going to decrease the weed high substantially. For the best experience, find a relaxing environment where you can chill for a while without worrying about what’s going on around you.


Let’s talk for a quick minute about Terpenes and Trichomes and why they’re an important indicator of when a cannabis plant is ready to be harvested. First, let’s check out the chart of common terpenes found in pot and what they’re affects are.

What are Trichomes? Take a look below.
All those white crystals sitting on the leaves are the Trichomes which are ready to harvest when they look like the next photo below.
When trichomes sit on the end of the stalk, then the flower is ready to harvest.

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