As much as we'd love for everyone to enjoy their very own Weedsy Infused mini pre-roll, we understand that you may have stuff to do that would otherwise impede your ability to do so! We'd like to explore how long your typical cannabis high would last. Let's drive right in.
What Do the Studies Say?
Earlier this year, the Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews published a study led by Danielle McCartney of the University of Sydney. The report concludes that a "window of impairment" lasts anywhere between three to ten hours. This massive variation of time depends on several factors, including but not limited to the THC dose, the consumption method, and any potential cannabis history, such as tolerance. The study defines impairment as one's ability to drive while under the influence. On average, the report averages an impairment of about four hours, with users given 20MG of THC between inhaled and ingested methods.
Let's unpack this a moment. It is fair to say that there are a lot more ways to consume THC than just by eating edibles or smoking. Next, consider the participants consumed TWENTY MILLIGRAMS of THC. That's A LOT, considering that most edibles sold in licensed dispensaries offer 100MG in a package and your typical dose being about a quarter to half of that.
Comparing the Inhaled vs. Ingested Highs
As you probably know, the cannabis high you experience between inhaling THC from a Weedsy Infused mini pre-roll varies significantly from eating your typical edible. Bioavailability is a term often thrown around in the world of hemp-derived CBD. It is the process in which our bodies process cannabinoids. Bioavailability ultimately determines how long or short of an onset time you'd experience while also measuring how intense of a feeling would happen. This is where consumption method plays a huge part in determining how high you'd actually get.
Broken down by consumption method, bioavailability averages look like:
- Oral Consumption (Edibles): 6% - 15%
- Sublingual Consumption (Tinctures): 34% - 46%
- Inhalation Consumption (Smoking / Vaping): 40%
- Transdermal Consumption (Topicals): 45%
Given the bioavailability of each consumption method, the lines can be drawn on the different characteristics, therefore creating a massive variance on both the high experienced and how long said high would last. For example, with a bioavailability of 40% on inhalation consumption, cannabis effects would be felt within minutes, and the high lasting approximately four hours.
In contrast, if you were to eat or drink cannabis in the form of either an edible or a THC-infused beverage, the onset time can take up to two hours thanks to a significantly lower bioavailability.
Now before you head back to the dispensary and skip the shelf with Weedsy on it, opting instead for an edible or beverage, keep in mind that the delayed onset time is followed by a more-intense and longer-lasting high. As you eat or drink cannabis, the cannabinoids must first be broken down by your stomach acids and digested by your intestines. From there it passes through your liver before being distributed through your bloodstream. This whole process can take up to two hours with its effects lasting anywhere from eight to ten hours!
Keep In Mind: Tolerance Plays a Huge Part!
Fact: regular cannabis use can result in the body and mind developing a tolerance. This is probably why you just hauled off with hundreds of dollars' worth of weed last weekend and did not in fact, get absolutely blitzed as you killed half the stash! Tolerance can reduce the impairment window significantly, so if you're looking to enjoy being high for a minute, let's hope your tolerance is low enough for you to do so. And in case your tolerance is too high, and you'd want to chill a bit to return to a level where the high actually affects you, check out our guide on how to take a T-Break without hating every minute of it!
Happy blazing, Weedsy fam!