One of the most frequent questions new cannabis users ask is, “how long do the effects of weed last?” Knowing what to expect before you partake allows you to plan your day accordingly. After all, you’re not going to want to smoke something after lunch that’ll leave you glued to your sofa for hours if you have somewhere to be at 4 o’clock. While we can give you some general ideas about how long your effects might last, the truth is that the exact amount of time varies from one person to the next. Here’s what you need to know.

A General Timeframe for Effects

Unfortunately, there’s no specific answer as to how long the effects of weed will last in your system. Everyone is different, which means the length of your effects may be vastly different than someone else’s. Even so, we can provide you with a general idea of what to expect:

  • Inhaled cannabis generally lasts 1 to 3 hours
  • The effects of edibles last 4 to 8 hours
  • Concentrates generally last 30 minutes to 2 hours

Factors That Affect the Length of Your High

Several factors play a role in the length of your high. Let’s take a closer look at some of the most common ones.

Your Method of Consumption

As you may have noticed above, your method of consumption plays a significant role. Smoking or vaping cannabis provides faster effects, but those effects wear off faster as well. When you eat an edible, on the other hand, it takes longer to feel the effects, but the weed stays in your system for a longer period, so you’ll feel the effects longer, too.

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How Much THC You Consume

The more cannabis (and the more THC) you consume, the longer your high will last. Be careful, however, as taking in too much THC at once can have negative consequences. You may become too high, which can leave you feeling intensely anxious or paranoid. These effects do wear off, but it will take a few hours, so be sure to hydrate, play some soothing music, and try to sleep. Taking CBD may also help to lessen the effects.

Physiology and Metabolism

Your age, height, weight, and general health all play an important role in the length of your effects. So, too, does your metabolism. Some people metabolize weed slower than others, leading to longer-lasting effects.

Your Mindset

Your frame of mind and surroundings will affect not only the length of the effects but the actual effects as well. If you’re mad or upset, you’ll likely exacerbate these feelings. And, if you’re in an unfamiliar setting or feeling tense, you may notice some exaggerated effects that can leave you feeling uneasy for a few hours.

Knowing how long the effects of your chosen cannabis product lasts can be very beneficial information. Remember, everyone is different. Always make sure that you consume in a safe and comfortable place and ensure that you don’t have any other plans until you’re sure you know how you’ll react to a particular strain or product.