Keep in mind that marijuana is still illegal in most states. Some people are very sensitive to marijuana’s effects, while others might not notice them as much. How you react to marijuana depends on a number of factors, including: the dose, strain, and potency whether you smoke, vape, or ingest it how often you use marijuana your age, gender, and physiology whether you drink alcohol or take other drugs at the same time. While high on marijuana, you might feel: euphoric relaxed amused giggly creative hungry more sensitive to light, color, sound, touch, taste, and smell.
However, marijuana use can also lead to unpleasant feelings or experiences. These include: Negative reactions are more likely when you’re inexperienced or take too much. The active ingredient in marijuana is THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol). When you smoke or vape marijuana, THC enters your bloodstream via your lungs. Its concentration in the blood peaks within minutes. Eventually, THC is broken down and excreted in urine and stool. Since your blood concentration of THC changes over time, it’s possible to experience different stages of being high. For example, feelings of euphoria tend to peak sometime after blood concentration of THC has peaked. More research needs to be done to understand whether the effects of marijuana change over time. Strains are different breeds of the cannabis plant.
There are three main strains of marijuana: indica, sativa, and hybrids. Users associate indica strains with relaxation, while sativa strains are believed to produce a more active, physical high. Hybrid strains are thought to combine the effects of both indica and sativa strains. However, these differences in high are not scientifically proven. In addition, some researchers believe they’re unfounded. Ethan Russo, an expert on the human endocannabinoid system, “One cannot in any way currently guess the biochemical content of a given cannabis plant based on its height, branching, or leaf morphology.” He also stated that: “The differences in observed effects of cannabis are then due to their terpenoid content.” Terpenoids are a substantial group of organic compounds found in plants. The “munchies” are a scientifically supported effect of marijuana. There’s likely more than one mechanism behind them. It may also increase ghrelin, a hormone associated with hunger. Finally, THC enhances smell and taste, which can cause you to start or continue eating. Vaping marijuana is different from smoking marijuana. When you vape, you are inhaling vapor instead of smoke. Vaping releases higher concentrations of marijuana’s active ingredients than other methods. As with smoking, you should feel the effects of vaping right away. Results from a 2018 study indicated that vaporizing cannabis produced higher blood THC concentrations and stronger effects than smoking the same amount. Ingesting marijuana, whether in tinctures, sprays, or food and drink, leads to a different high than smoking. Theoretically, the effects are less intense, as THC is released into the bloodstream over a longer period of time. For example, in a 2017 study that compared the effects of smoking, vaporizing, and ingesting cannabis, users reported weaker drug effects when cannabis was ingested. However, there are anecdotal reports of edibles producing a strong and sometimes debilitating high. Other sources suggest that when ingested, THC reaches the liver faster, where it’s broken down into another psychoactive compound. The high might change depending on the concentration and ratios of THC and its metabolites in the bloodstream. More research needs to be done to understand these differences.
It can take between 30 and 90 minutes before you start to feel the effects of marijuana edibles. Edible highs tend to last longer than a smoking or vaping high. The duration of a marijuana high depends on a variety of different factors, including the dose and potency. In addition, how you consume marijuana can drastically affect how long you feel high. A 2017 review identified the following times for the onset, peak, and total duration of a marijuana high.
Method Onset Peak Total duration Smoking and vaping Within minutes 20 to 30 minutes 2 to 3 hours Edibles 30 to 90 minutes 3 hours Within 24 hours. Keep in mind that other differences, such as whether you smoke marijuana using a bong or a joint, can also affect how long the high lasts. There’s nothing more relaxing, enjoyable, and glorious than sharing some quality weed amongst friends and being high. It’s a great time to bond, unwind, and relieve the stress of a long workday or workweek. And if you’ve made it to the end of a milestone (the end of a workday or workweek does count!), you deserve to get righteously stoned.