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How Long Will I Feel High if I Use Marijuana?

Does medical marijuana make you feel high and how long does a weed high last?

Factors that affect how high you feel from marijuana

How high you feel from marijuana, depends on a lot on the strain used. Multiple factors affect how long the high lasts.

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How long does a weed high last?

Generally, a cannabis-induced high lasts 1-3 hours after smoking or vaping.

However, it’s an individualized experience and depends on several factors:

  • Method of Ingestion
  • Individual’s Tolerance Level
  • Strain of Marijuana

Smoking vs Eating Marijuana

If you eat marijuana, (and IF your body processes it properly) you will feel higher and it will last longer than smoking. I say “if” because not every human body effectively processes cannabinoids consumed orally. Oral consumption just doesn’t work for everyone because of digestive and/or metabolism issues. Others are unable to tolerate oral consumption because of the intense effects.

InhalationOral Ingestion
Onset is 0-15 minutes.Onset is 30-90 minutes.
Peak Duration 1-3 hours.Peak Duration 2-5 hours.
When smoking or vaporizing cannabis, heat converts THCA into THC. When eating cannabis, the liver converts THC into 11-hydroxy-THC.
THC is processed in the lungs and quickly delivered to the bran.11-hydroxy-THC takes longer to travel to the brain, but crosses the blood-brain barrier more easily causing a more intense high.
As you can see in the above chart, eating cannabis lasts longer than smoking or vaporizing.  Also, the cognitive side effects tend to be more intense.

Did you know, cannabis can interact with some medications? Read more about antidepressants and marijuana, or learn how cannabis affects antibiotics.

 

How long does a weed high last after using marijuana? It varies, but here are general estimates. Plus, what to do if being too high is freaking you out because you feel too high.

Does medical marijuana make you feel high and how long does a weed high last?

Why does a weed high last longer for some than for others?

Different Strains Result in Different Health Effects

How long the effects of cannabis last vary by individual. Not all medical marijuana strains make you feel high.

There are strains of cannabis that have little-to-no intoxicating properties. These are generally high CBD strains with low concentrations of THC.

High CBD, low-THC strains can be life-changing for many, however, CBD alone, is not always effective for every person or ever disorder. Some patients require higher doeses of THC.

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How long does a weed high last after using marijuana? It varies, but here are general estimates. Plus, what to do if being too high is freaking you out because you feel too high.

If You Want to Feel Less High, Try Microdosing

My preferred method is to microdose. I take very small doses regularly around the clock. I prefer vaping but I make cannabis oil to use when I’m unable to vape. Microdosing keeps my spasms under control with little noticeable effects.

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Tolerance Builds Up Over Time

When you first become a marijuana patient, you might feel high often.  But slowly your tolerance will build and you will be able to use your medication without serious side effects.

After using medical marijuana, I don’t walk around like a character from a stoner movie.  Most people cannot tell if I’ve taken my medication or not.

I don’t get giddy or experience the euphoria that’s often associated with being high.  Some strains make me feel slightly more lifted than others.

Sometimes severe spasms require a higher dose and in that case, the psychoactive effects can be more pronounced. Those strains might make me feel sedated and sleepy.

Still, even with the side effects of medical marijuana, I function better than I did before MMJ.  The side effects of valium and opiates were more challenging than the side-effects of medical marijuana.

Here’s how I make cannabis oil in the crockpot: ABV coconut oil.

how long does a weed high last

What to do if you feel too high from marijuana

If you accidentally consume too much cannabis, you might feel like you’re dying.  The good news is no one has ever died from a cannabis overdose.  Still, consuming too much cannabis is an extremely unpleasant experience.

Still, consuming too much cannabis is an extremely unpleasant experience.  It’s commonly called a “green out”.

Overconsumption can result in dizziness, nausea, vomiting, fainting, blackouts, panic attacks, anxiety, confusion.

  • CBD! CBD! CBD! CBD oil can help counteract cannabis-induced anxiety!
  • Remember it will pass
  • Try to stay quiet and calm – breath deeply
  • Sleep if you can
  • Drink water to flush out your system
  • Eat nutritious food – not candy or cookies, but something of substance in your stomach.
  • Try homeopathic remedies

Homeopathic Remedies for Cannabis Overconsumption

Anecdotal reports say if you don’t have access to high CBD products, you can try these homeopathic remedies for being too high.

Black Pepper:  One of the most common ways of treating a cannabis overdose is sniffing or chewing black pepper. Personally, I’ve never tried it, but there is science to back it up.  Black pepper contains terpenes which can relieve anxiety.

Lemon Juice:  Drinking lemon juice or chewing lemon rinds is also said to help relieve cannabis related anxiety.  Lemons contain limonene, a terpene that can help relieve cannabis-related anxiety.

How long does a weed high last after using marijuana? It varies, but here are general estimates. Plus, what to do if being too high is freaking you out because you feel too high.

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Written by Jessie Gill

Jessie Gill, RN is a cannabis nurse with a background in holistic health and hospice. After suffering a spinal injury, she reluctantly became a medical marijuana patient then quickly transitioned into an advocate. Her site, MarijuanaMommy.com combines science with personal insight to educate about medical marijuana. She’s been featured on Viceland and bylines include GoodHousekeeping, Cosmopolitan, MSN, and more.

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