There are a variety of factors that determine how long does a high last of cannabis.
Some of these include:
- how much do you consume
- how much tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is in it
- Your weight and body fat percentage
- Metabolic rate
- whether you’ve eaten anything
- how you react
Cannabis contains over 113 chemical compounds called Cannabinoids. The ingredient responsible for making you feel high is delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
How Long Does A High Last?
- Depending on the dose and potency, the duration of the effects can vary greatly. More THC and a higher THC level will give you a longer-lasting high.
- The way you consume cannabis also affects when the effects peak and how long they last.
Here is a breakdown:
- No smoking or vaping. Most of the effects of cannabis peak between 10 minutes and 3 hours after consumption, though some can last up to 8 hours.
- Eating food. The effects of edibles usually peak between 2 and 24 hours after consumption.
- The act of dabbing. The effects of dabbing normally last from one to three hours, just like those of smoking. If using a high THC concentrate, you could feel the effects for an entire day.
Although cannabis’ high may only last for a couple of hours, the comedown or aftereffects could linger for several hours or even into the next day. When you’re new to cannabis, it’s best to go slow.
What can be done to speed up the end of a high?
Based on some research, here are some suggestions:
- You can take a nap. If you feel anxious or paranoid while high, sleeping can help you relax. In addition, it gives your body time to process and eliminates cannabis. After a few winks, you’ll feel refreshed and more alert.
- Pepper is a great addition to a dish. There’s some evidence that caryophyllene, a compound found in peppercorn, can increase THC’s sedative effects. Just take a container of black pepper and have a sniff without inhaling it. Peppercorns whole also work well for chewing.
- Eat a few pine nuts. Researchers have found that pinene, a compound found in pine nuts, can calm the nervous system and improve mental clarity. If you have a tree nut allergy, however, you should skip this method.
- You can try CBD. CBD, it turns out, counteracts the effects of THC. Cannabidiol (CBD) is another cannabinoid, like THC. Their interaction with your brain is what makes them different. You get high from marijuana, but CBD has a calming effect that may help dull the high.
- Peel some lemons and have them. Citrus contains compounds that can calm the nerves, particularly the peel. The effects of THC could be reversed by consuming citrus peels. Steep some in hot water for a few minutes, then remove them and drink.
Note: It’s important to remember that these tips are designed to reduce the effects, not eliminate them. Because of this, you will likely still experience lingering effects, including a reduced reaction time, so you should avoid driving.