How Long Do You Stay High After Smoking Weed / Edibles?

How Long Do You Stay High?

Wondering how long does it will take to get sober from being high? It’s a popular and seemingly simple question. The answer, on the other hand, is a bit more complex because it varies based on several factors.

For instance, the amount of time you stay high for the first time is going to be different than someone who smokes frequently. So, before I give you a range of time I want to quickly go over the factors that will influence the duration of your high.

If you’re looking for something specific you can use the table of contents below to skip around the page:

Factors Affecting Time For High To Wear Off
     Tolerance
     Amount Consumed
     Potency
How Long Do You Stay High From Smoking?
How Long Do The Effects Of Edibles Last?
How To Get Rid Of A High?
Conclusion

Factors Affecting Time For High To Wear Off

Every situation is different so take into account all the factors below before trying to determine how long your high will last.

Tolerance

How often do you smoke? If you smoke often then you probably already have a good idea of your tolerance. If you’re just starting out then assume your tolerance is very low and your high will likely fall on the lengthier side of the spectrum.

Amount Consumed

This should go without saying, but I want to be thorough. The more you smoke, the longer your high will last. If you’re a beginner then start very slowly. Take one hit at a time and wait a minute or two between. It’s better to take your time and know your limits then to create an uncomfortable situation for yourself.

Potency

Not all cannabis is created equal. High-grade weed will contain higher amounts of THC than low grade. So, potency needs to be in your mind when considering how much you should smoke.

Okay, that’s the super quick rundown. Now I’m gonna give you some ranges. They are broad ranges, but they have to be since situations vary so greatly. I’ve also broken it down between smoking and edibles since they produce different effects.

How Long Do You Stay High From Smoking?

Typically, you will stay high for 2-3 hours. If it’s your first time then it could last longer. People who smoke habitually could stay high for as little as 30 minutes. So, I guess the full range would be anywhere from 30 minutes up to 4 hours, but 2-3 hours is typical for a casual smoker.

Let me know if the comment section how long you typically get high for. 

How Long Do The Effects Of Edible Last?

Edible are a totally different story from smoke. Your high from edibles is going last longer. Typically, you will experience a 4-6 hour high from edible. Of course, the high depends on the same factors as smoking (tolerance, amount consumer, and potency). A recommended dose for a first-timer is 10mg. Remember, it can take up to 2 hours for the effects to even start.

How To Get Rid Of A High?

Truth is, time is really the only thing that can truly get rid of a high, but here are some suggestions for things you can do to make yourself more comfortable and lessen some of the effects:

Drink a glass of water. Some people suggest a glass of milk because it helps absorb the THC. I don’t think it would hurt, but I haven’t found any evidence this works that aren’t anecdotal. The water will help, though. It hydrates you which will lessen cotton mouth if nothing else. 

Get some fresh air. If you’re smoking inside then get out of the cloud of smoke and breath some good old oxygen. Take some calming deep breaths. This will do more than you think. 

Take a shower. BUT, but careful that you’re not going to fall or slip since, after all, you are high. A hot shower feels good, but a cold shower wakes the senses. Try both. 

Eat something. You probably have the munchies anyway. 

Nap it off. Just snuggle up with your favorite blanket and nap the afternoon away. The effects will be gone or at least lessened by the time you wake up. 

Conclusion

If you take it slow and learn your limits then you shouldn’t have any problems. Also, make sure you are leaving yourself enough time to sober up before having to drive or do other hazardous activities.  

Now, most importantly – I need you all to let me know how long you stay high for. The more people who respond, the better idea we can get for an average. Try to include info on tolerance, amount consumed, and potency. Just leave me a comment below. As always, I encourage you to use a fake name and email address.  

If you enjoyed this article then here are a few of my others you may enjoy:

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Marijuana Overdose: Can You Die From THC?

20 Comments

  • Yogirl says:

    About1.5-3 hours

  • Dat Boi says:

    My tolerance isnt very high, Im usually chill all day after a wake and bake at 6AM, but the high only lasts til mid day 12-1PM

  • Jay says:

    I recently tried edibles for the first time. I took 5mgs and I was high for almost 9 hours.

  • tishim says:

    30-45 mins off of a .2 and im an everyday smoker, when i first started a .2 bowl would leave me high for 3-4 hours, been about a 2 year transition

  • Ditziie says:

    I have smoked daily for the past 4 or 5 years, with the exception of a few months when I was getting drug tested a couple years ago, and a month last spring when I quit for personal reasons, so my tolerance is fairly high. I only smoke, I’ve never tried any edibles, so I don’t know about that, but for smoking, depending on the quality of weed, I stay high anywhere from 30 or 45 mins to about an hour and a half…never really much longer than that.

    If I’m smoking loud, I still feel mellow and chilled out for about an extra 30 or 40 minutes but I wouldn’t say I’m still high, just very relaxed. God, I miss the days when I could take a few hits and be blown away for an hour or two, giggling my ass off, raiding the fridge and eating everything in site, then taking a nice nap. Blahhh, stoner problems lol.

    I don’t think water sobers you up at all though lol. Water is the only thing I drink, and yeah it helps with cotton mouth, but it literally doesn’t change my high at all.

    But taking a shower def helps. I don’t think I’ve ever been so stoned that I would pose a risk to myself by taking a shower so I think that’s good advice :)
    And definitely eating, for me, that is about the only sure way to sober up fast. Even if you’re not completely sober after you eat, it will kill your buzz enough for you to be able to hide it.

    Happy smoking xx

  • J. says:

    I’ve been smoking a tenth of a gram daily for about four years now, and I tend to be lit for anywhere from an hour to two. Sometimes it last longer, but I chalk that up to variance in the bud. I stick with the reggie because a) I’m not looking to get baked out of my gourd, b) that other stuff is way too expensive, and c) I worry that the expensive stuff could be doped with something else to make it so potent. I like it natural and cheap, basically :)

  • T M N says:

    I was first diagnosed with Lupus, that was changed last year to Fibromyalgia. After nothing else worked, I tried edibles with the help of a friend, but now have to smoke. I use a “pinch hitter.” I have smoked infrequently- about a year- hoping that limiting my use will make the effects on my pain last longer. Taking One or two pinch hits, inexpertly loaded I’m sure, pushes back my pain about 2-3 hours. A few times better herbs have lasted longer, one time about 4-5 hours on one rolled toke.

  • Anthony says:

    I smoke very very often, for at least 16 years now. (Age 15), l’m 31 now. At least 3g per day, roughly 6-7 joints. My high doesn’t last as long as an hour. The employee’s at a local dispensary says it’s the type of strains. I find Indica’s get me high for approx 2hrs, and Sativa’s/Hybrids at least 30-40min. I have also toned it down to a gram a day, and or some days with not smoking due to work and such. That, has given me improvements of longitivity of being high. Just interesting really, I’ve noticed what strains get me really upside down and some that are just plain blah. I am curious though about Shatter, THC Pills, Cannabis oil etc. The best ways to make use of it, etc I’m not keen on trying new things l usually just stick to my Zig’s and roll away! But will def give it a try if l know what i’m doing lol.

  • Ladyy Milk says:

    MY FIANCE IS A STR8 WEED HEAD AND HE SMOKES AT LEAST 10-15 BLUNTS A DAY RUBBING SYRUP/HONEY ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE BLUNT TO MAKE TO BLUNT BURN SLOWER (HONEY IS BETTER) GETS YOU WAY HIGHER WHETHER ITS FIFTH OR LOUD BECAUSE OF HOW LONG THE L. BURNS. THE BLUNT LAST 20-25MINS WITH HONEY AND KEEPS YOU HIGH FOR A LONG TIME.
    MILK SEEMS TO HELP US WHEN IT COMES TO TRYING TO BRING DOWN OUR HIGH..
    MY HIGH GO TO FOOD IS CEREAL AND IVE NOTICE THAT IT DOESSSS BRING MY HIGH DOWN… I AGREE EATING, NAPPING,AND COOL SHOWERS DEF BRINGS YOUR HIGH DOWN BUT I DONT DO HOT SHOWERS BECAUSE THEY MAKE ME LIGHTHEADED..

    DIFFERENT BLUNTS SEEM TO EFFECT HOW HIGH I GET AS WELL FOR EX:A GAMES BLUNT VS A WHITE OWL OR A DUTCH OR A BACK WOOD . WHITE OWLS BURN FASTER ITS MORE PAPER VS THE ACTUAL LEAF
    AS FAR AS GAMES/DOUCHES VS BACKWOODS, NATURALLY A BACKWOODS WOULD BURN SLOWER BCUZ DOUCHES N GAMES R LEAVES BUT THEY ALSO GOT THAT INNER LAYER OF PAPER AS WELL
    AND WITH A BACKWOODS YOU WOULD HAVE TO ROLL MORE WEED BCUZ OF THE ROLL OF THE LEAF YOU CANT JUST ROLL A DIME IN A BACKWOODS LIKE U WOULD A GAME OR DUTCH YOU CANT ROLL MID/FIFTY IN A BACKWOODS ITS HORRIBLE !

    HOW LONG WE STAY HIGH OFF EDIBLES:
    SUCKERS-HIGH 3-4 HOURS
    RICE KRISPIES/BROWNIES-6-8HR HIGH
    GUMMIES-4 HOURS
    LAFFY TAFFY-6-8 HOURS

    BUT HIS TOLERANCE IS EXSTREAMLY HIGH, MINE USED TO BE BUT NOW ITS REALLY KINDA LOW I JUST STARTED SMOKING AGAIN AFTER 3 YRS SO 1 BLUNT IM HIGH HALFWAY THROUGH IT FOR ABOUT 1HR .

    HAPPY SMOKING !!!!!!!XOXO

    * LADYY MILK & CHAKKA*

  • T.R says:

    Been smoking everyday for the past 10 years.
    Smoking 1-2 joints gives a high that lasts for 2 hours.
    Edibles 4-6 hours. The edibles hit hits once food is consumed. So if I eat after 6 hours, I’ll get massively stoned. If I eat immediately after consuming some edibles, the high will last around 4 hours.
    I am a female standing at 5”2.

  • HappyHolidays420 says:

    I took a few bong hits that lasted me 3 hours once. Usually though, I just take a vape hit of something potent (18-20% THC) and just relax for 40min to an hour.

  • This will also depend on how your body metabolizes THC. Individual body chemistry is a big factor with all drug interactions. Once upon a time I split a tray of pot brownies with my then-roommate. The tray contained an entire ounce worth of potent marijuana baked in. My roommate was in his room in the dark babbling to himself and waving cigarettes around so he could see the “pretty light trails” in the air. He was higher than the proverbial kite, and stayed that way for around 6 hours. Meanwhile, I didn’t feel a thing. Literally nothing. I have since discovered through experimentation that I get no high from edibles (drinking bong water is another story!). My body just doesn’t metabolize THC well when it’s delivered in food. I also get a very weak high if I smoke weed on a full stomach, I assume because a lot of my blood is going to the stomach to aid the digestive process and so that’s where a lot of the THC is going too.

    As far as how to ditch a high quickly, putting Visine in your eyes can do that. Also, massaging the muscles around your eye sockets will reduce the feeling of intoxication from weed. Marijuana in your blood tends to have a strong effect on the eyes and the surrounding muscles, although I could not speak to the science behind why that happens. Stimulating the eyes and nearby muscles seems to have the effect of rousing your brain out of the high to a certain extent.

    By far the most rapid and potent means of losing a high is adrenaline. I could be baked to the gills, and if I have to talk to police I will be instantly sober due to the fear factor. Anything that frightens or exhilarates you will cause your adrenal glands to start gushing, and that will snap your brain right out of the high. Also works for other drug highs such as cocaine and opiates.

  • Malik says:

    I would say about an hour depending on how much I consume.

  • It’s midnight…. I took 10 mg at 6:30, and have had excedrin throughout the day (Idk maybe 5???). I’m still fucking high. It took about an hour (when I ended up out running an errand I forgot I had to do tonight — I did not drive myself!!!) for it to metabolize and really kick in. Though I didn’t realize it until the gay asians at the laundromat “wouldn’t stop staring at me” and I was loosing time and it felt like a feverish dream. It still feels like a feverish dream. I’ve also been very sick the last few days but guys I’m afraid of I got to sleep I’ll wake up high.

  • shade says:

    I have very very low tolerance, I only use pot maybe once every 6 to 8 months. I’m an extreme lightweight. Last night I took 10 mg of edibles. Turns out that that was way too much for me LOL I ate the karmel’s at about 5:30 p.m. I was awake and paranoid until about 2:30 am before the paranoia War off enough for me to sit on the couch and watch TV for a little while. It is now been 18 hours, and I am still feeling weird LOL. I don’t think I’m going to do Edibles again. When I smoke it only lasts about 4 hours but these Edibles man… No, I don’t think I’ll eat those again.

    • shade says:

      I wish I could edit my reply above, I’m still high enough that I’m having to use talk to text. Now that I’m rereading and it looks pretty weird. Anyway you probably get the

  • Ian says:

    I smoke every day, every night. Potency I use is average. High lasts two to three hours on two drags.
    Edibles is longer but you must decarboxilate.
    Business decisions are generally good when high, but at the end of a high is best.
    Don’t use chemicals keep it natural

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