How Long Does A High Last (And Why)?

Exact Answer: 12 hours

Some medicinal drugs can be abused very much. Pharmaceutical medicines have long-lasting effects and also side effects. Every person has a different experience while taking drugs. Some can get addicted, while some do not. All one has to do, is maintain the level of intake and they will be fine.

Every time a person uses cannabis, marijuana, or any sort of drug, the effects can be different every time based on different factors. Everybody reacts a different way to drugs. Among various factors one analysis before having drugs, one thing everybody wants to know first before intaking drugs is that, how long will the high last.

Normally, the high lasts for about 12 hours to even a day. It can always vary and differ.

How Long Does A High Last

How Long Does A High Last?

Eating24 hours
Smoking or Vaping8 hours
Dabbing3 hours

Every inexperienced and new drug user has a different first experience. The duration of high can be different for anyone. Generally, when a person wants to get high, they start to consume a form of weed. Weed is the general term of products used to refer to any product that is obtained from cannabis Sativa, which is a type of plant. Cannabis products can be used both medically and recreationally.

Every cannabis product consists of different compounds, and the major compounds that constitute every product of cannabis are cannabinoids. The amount of cannabinoids present in a product is based on the strain of cannabis in the product. The two compounds on which the effects of the drug depend are THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol).

The type of effects depends on the composition of the drugs too. THC is the primary psychoactive compound that will cause the effects. It is the main factor that determines the duration of effects. The different factors that influence the effects include the type of weed, its strain, a person’s physical and mental characteristics like tolerance, metabolism.

It also depends on how much one consumes, how much THC it contains, the body weight and fat percentage, and even if one has eaten or not. It is also based on the method of consumption, and intake of any other mind euphoria producing stuff like alcohol and cigarettes. The type of high induced is also based on the CBD content the drug contains.

Why Does A High Last That Long?

In recent years, researchers and scientists are trying to increase the potency of the drugs by making the strain stronger. Meanwhile, weed is the strongest form of the drug than any other because they create high that last longer. There are many forms of drugs used to get high, and the most commonly used methods include smoking, vapor inhalation, edibles, and dabbing oils.

The method of consumption can really affect the potency levels. After the THC reaches the blood, it will be quickly absorbed by the body and starts producing effects. When one smokes or vapes the weed, the effects will start kicking in about two to ten minutes. It kicks in the fastest because when one smokes the weed, it gets mixed up in the bloodstream quicker. It can last for eight to ten hours.

Edibles kick in within 30 to 60 minutes and it can last for a day. Dabbing, on the other hand, is the most potent and effective, because it is applied directly as oils. They have higher THC content than any other form of drug, and it kicks in immediately. The effects of dabbing can last for a long time, for at least 3 to 4 hours, Although one can feel the effects for at least a day.


Altogether, whatever the strain or method of consumption is, the high can last for at least 12 hours. There are many ways to reduce the effects. One can take a nap, or eat some black pepper. Black pepper contains caryophyllene that helps with the effects of THC. Eating pine nuts and even trying to have CBD can counteract the effects. They produce a calming effect that can dull the effects of high.

Make sure to maintain the level of dose, and when the dosage increases, there can be severe consequences. When one uses drugs for the first time, the dosage must be very well calculated.


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    1. Yes, it’s important to recognize the complexity and individual differences when discussing drug use.

  1. The conclusion provides helpful tips for minimizing the effects of drug use and emphasizes the importance of maintaining a safe dosage.

  2. Understanding the different factors influencing the duration of a drug’s effects is essential for responsible drug use.

  3. It is interesting to note that black pepper and pine nuts can help counteract the effects of drugs. I was not aware of this fact.

  4. The comprehensive analysis of the factors influencing drug effects contributes to a better understanding of the topic.

  5. The effects of drugs can vary for each individual due to several factors such as body weight, metabolism, and tolerance.

  6. The discussion on the various methods of drug consumption and their differential effects is intriguing.

    1. Yes, it’s fascinating to learn about the different methods and their impact on the duration of drug effects.

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