How long does cannabis high last

The consumption of cannabis is increasing as countries are legalizing it. So, if you are new to it, you should be aware of how long the cannabis high lasts and what factors play a role in its duration.

We did research and asked people who consume cannabis. The majority of them said that the highest duration they have been high is above 12hours.

We will discuss the famous ways of consuming cannabis, the time those particular ways take to reach the peak, how long the high lasts, how it feels to be high on cannabis, and more.



Cannabis is a group of 3 plants, namely, Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, and Cannabis ruderalis. When the flowers of these plants get dried, they turn into the most common drug, marijuana or weed, or pot.

Cannabis has more than 120 components known as cannabinoids, but 2 of them have been well researched, CBD and THC.


THC is the main psychoactive compound of cannabis. THC leads to a high sensation. It is also available in oil, supplements, and more. THC side effects:

  • Dry mouth
  • Red eyes
  • Memory loss
  • Coordination problems

CBD is also psychoactive but not as THC. CBD helps with anxiety, depression, and seizures. CBD is legalized in many parts of the world for medicinal purposes, but a licensed physician should prescribe it. CBD side effects:

  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Diarrhea
  • Weight loss

How long does the high last

Many factors affect the duration of someone being high:

  • Quantity of cannabis
  • How one consumed (vaping/smoking/edibles/dabbing)
  • Concentration of THC 
  • Metabolism
  • Mood, something which I have experienced
  • If you had something or you are empty stomach

These factors also play a role in that how quickly one can overcome the high of it.

how long does cannabis high lasts

In a poll, we found that the longest duration majority of the people were high was above 12hours. Now, let’s see the most commonly used ways to consume cannabis: smoking/vaping, edibles, and dabbing.


In a survey, we found that smoking/vaping is the best way to consume cannabis. It is convenient to smoke and gives almost instant high; maybe that is the reason for being the best way.

best way to consume cannabis

65 people out of 87 said that the high of smoking or vaping lasts 1-3 hours, while only 20 said that it lasts 3-5 hours. The reason for different answers can be potency, metabolism, HTC concentration, and so on.

It reaches its peak within 10minutes.

how long does smoking/vaping high lasts


After dabbing, edibles are the most preferred way to consume cannabis. Doctors also recommend edibles in some conditions like chronic pain or insomnia. Edibles high stays the longest among all.

According to a short survey we did, the majority of the people(45 out of 55people) were high for 6-9hours and the remaining 10 were high even after 9hours of consumption.

Edibles high last long, but it takes time to kick in. It may take up to 2 hours, which is one of the drawbacks as a newbie might think it is not working and might consume more than they can take.

It may take up to 2 hours to reach its peak.

how long does edible cannabis high last

Some edible cannabis:

  • Cannabis Oil
  • Cannabis beverages
  • Chocolates
  • Gummies
  • Capsules


A quick and fast way to get high on cannabis, it gives instant onset. Highly concentrated and very strong. It is concentrated enough to intake all HTC that you might take over the whole week in a single sitting.

how long does dabbing cannabis high last

Out of 45 people, 17 said that it lasted for 1-2hours and 13 said that it stayed 2-3hours, and very few people had high more than 3hours.

How does an individual feel

If you have never tried, you might think about how it feels to be high on cannabis. You would have seen people giggling like babies, eating like they have not had something since days and some people also start getting hallucinations. An individual might feel some of them or maybe all of them. We asked an individual who consumes cannabis, she said.

An individual might feel:

  • She gets the feeling of being high
  • Happy and relaxed
  • She usually thinks that her appetite increases
  • She feels that she gets more sensitive to light, color, sound, touch, and smell


Chances of such reactions are more when you are new to this or take a higher dose of it.

  • Anxiety
  • Increase in heartbeat rate
  • Hallucinations
  • Panic
  • High blood pressure
  • Vomiting and nausea

How to overcome high quickly

Here are few ways which work to overcome high quickly:

  • Try to sleep as it may help you relax if you are feeling anxious. Your body will get some time to eliminate cannabis while you’ll be sleeping. Hence, you will wake up fresh and regular.
  • Try consuming some CBD; it interacts with that part of the brain that helps to make you calm and relaxed.
  • Lemon peel is an excellent way as it contains calming effect. According to some research ingesting some peel might counteract with psychoactive effects of THC.
  • Consume lemon peels with some hot water.
How to overcome high quickly

Cannabist’s body

The moment cannabis enters our body, it has to go through the digestive system and liver before reaching our bloodstream. There are many ongoing discussions and researchers on the effects it may bring to our bodies. Well, each method of consumption affects your body differently.

  • The THC present in cannabis impacts the ability of the brain to form new memories.
  • THC also impacts the way we process information.
  • THC may make you more prone to infections by suppressing your immune system.
  • Cannabis may affect the developing baby during pregnancy. The born child might struggle with concentration, memory problems, and problem-solving skills.
  • Cannabis leads to altered coordination, balance, and reflex response.
  • It makes our body release dopamine which leads to heightened sensory perception.
  • Cannabis immediately raises the heart rate and leads to the expansion of blood vessels, resulting in redness of the eyes.

Respiratory system

We all are well aware of how badly smoking affects our respiratory system, be it in the case of tobacco or cannabis. Cannabis has over 400 chemical entities, out of which 110 are potentially toxic, including ammonia and hydrogen cyanide.

Cannabis may make existing illnesses like asthma and cystic fibrosis even worse. It is also said that it may increase the chances of lung cancer.

Altered sensory perceptions

THC present in cannabis leads to altered sensory perceptions. People feel as if they are getting hallucinations. People you know might seem you unfamiliar, and their aesthetic appreciation can be enhanced.

Effects are also seen on hearing and tasting. People appreciate music and food and may spend their entire experience doing the same. It also leads to binge eating.

Negative impacts of cannabis

Negative impacts of cannabis are:

  • Mood
  • Attention Span
  • Sleep
  • Digestion
  • Mental Health
  • Respiratory system
  • Circulatory system


How long the high will lasts depends upon person to person. It can not be definite even if the potency of cannabis is the same. To know more about the impacts or if your body reacts to it differently, consult with your doctor.