In recent years, science has found an answer to one of cannabis culture’s most challenging questions: how long do humans stay high after taking cannabis? Does a cannabis high last for a long time?

Cannabis is made up of approximately 113 chemical components known as cannabinoids. One of these cannabinoids is delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the component that makes you feel euphoric. Nonetheless, there are other minor cannabinoids with psychoactive properties such as Delta-10.

A study led by Danielle McCartney of the University of Sydney and published in Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews in 2021 discovered a “window of impairment” that lasts between three and ten hours, depending on the amount of THC consumed, the method of ingestion, and the consumer’s previous cannabis experience.

How Long Does It Take for it to Take Effect?

The rate at which the effects manifest themselves varies substantially depending on how you utilize it.

Smoking or Vaping Cannabis: within two to ten minutes of inhaling the smoke or vapor, you will start to experience the effects of cannabis. It starts working immediately after you inhale it since it reaches your bloodstream through your lungs minutes after inhalation.

Cannabis Edibles: your digestive system begins the process of metabolizing marijuana the moment you consume it. It might take several hours or even days. In addition, edibles usually take effect in 30 to 60 minutes, but depending on the individual, it might take up to two hours in some cases.

Dabbing: this approach involves smoking a highly concentrated type of marijuana using a special pipe (or other dabbing devices such as the Wand), which is designed specifically for this purpose. Dabs contain a higher concentration of THC than other forms of cannabis, resulting in a more rapid onset of the high.

What is the Duration of the Effects?

According to the aforementioned study, cannabis consumers were able to regain their driving abilities after five hours of inhaling 20 mg of THC. Consumers who consumed the same amount of THC via edibles need a longer period of time to regain their driving abilities. The majority of cannabis edibles available in legal markets have ten milligrams of THC each serving and one hundred milligrams of THC total per package.

The duration (cannabis high) varies depending on the intake method:

Whichever method of smoking or vaping you like. Marijuana’s effects peak approximately ten minutes after intake and last for an average of one to three hours, however they can last up to eight hours in certain circumstances. On the other hand, edibles typically have a peak impact two hours after ingestion and can last up to 24 hours.

Dabbing’s effects, like smoking’s, last between one and three hours. You may experience the affects for the remainder of the day if you use a high-THC concentration.

 

Is There a Method to Reduce a High More Quickly?

You have a few options for bringing the high to an end or reducing its intensity. Consider the following example:

1) Take a nap to recharge your batteries. Sleep can help you reduce stress and relax your body. It’s especially helpful if you’re suffering from paranoia or anxiety.

2) Black pepper contains a high amount of caryophyllene, which has been linked to anxiety relief in some studies.

3) Pinene, a terpene that has properties similar to caryophyllene, is abundant in pine nuts.