How Long Does a Weed High Last?

by Emjay
How long does a high last? Emjay

How Long Does It Take For Weed to Wear Off?

The age old question.  Whether you want to keep the buzz going or are hoping it will start to wear off soon, the duration can feel like a mystery. There are a lot of variables at play here and the cannabis high will vary from person to person and by method of consumption. Edibles, for example, are going to last the longest. 

If you’re afraid you’ll get too high or if you want a high that won’t leave you locked to the couch for the rest of the day, you have a few options for alternatives. Before you light up, make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into and take the time to plan properly. Radical self consent is sexy.

When You Smoke or Vape Weed the High Can Last From 1 to 8 hours.

Weed that enters your body through your lungs gets to work the fastest. Inhaling cannabis introduces it directly to your bloodstream and the cannabinoid receptors it services very quickly. You’ll feel it within a minute or two, and it will continue to get stronger for ten to fifteen minutes. 

You’ll ride that wave for a while. If you smoked a small amount, the effects will begin to dissipate within an hour. If you smoked a lot, or if you have a lower tolerance for THC, expect it to be high for up to three hours. 

Even when your high wears off, you still might residually feel it for six to eight hours. You won’t be heavily impaired, but you might feel sleepy or even a little hungrier than usual for the rest of the day. 

When You Eat Weed Edibles the High Can Last up to 12 Hours.

Edibles are a unique experience, their effects are almost nothing like weed you smoke or vape. Edibles need to pass through your digestive system and the body likes to take its time. Your digestive system is complicated. It needs to break down the food base of the edible, as well as the regular food that might be in your stomach.

Once your liver processes the THC, and it enters your bloodstream. Depending on your digestive system, your metabolism, and your liver, you’ll feel the effects of edibles anywhere from 45 minutes to two hours after you eat them. 

How long the high lasts depends on how many edibles you ate and how efficient your body is at metabolizing them. A low dose edible will start to wear off anywhere between two and eight hours after it kicks in. Residual effects can continue for up to twelve hours. Normally, you’ll feel a little fuzzy in your mind, but not quite fuzzy enough to consider yourself high. 


A weed high is a personal, amorphous experience. You and your best friend could smoke the exact same amount of the exact same weed and have completely different experiences. While there are some general estimates, you won’t really know how high you’re going to feel and how long that high will last until you’re in the moment.

Tread lightly. “Start low, and go slow” with low doses you spread out out infrequently. It is never a good idea to overload your system and it can kill the fun really quickly. Look for low THC content  or strains with a good balance between THC and CBD if you’re nervous about how you’ll be affected by flower.

When you’re ready to sample, Emjay’s ready to deliver. With tons of flower and well measured micro and macro dosed edibles, we’ll be at your door in no time. 

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