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How Long Does a Delta-9 High Last?

How Long Does a Delta-9 High Last?

Nov 28, 2023 | 0 comments

Hey there, fellow cannabis enthusiasts! If you’ve ever wondered about the ins and outs of getting high on Delta-9 THC, you’re in the right place. We’re diving into the nitty-gritty of how long that buzz really lasts. Whether you’re a seasoned user or a greenhorn looking to light up for the first time, understanding the factors at play can make your experience all the better.

ย So, let’s kick back, relax, and explore the wild world of Delta-9 highs!

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Remind Me, What is Delta 9 Again?

Delta-9 THC is the superhero behind the euphoric experience of cannabis. This compound, short for tetrahydrocannabinol, is the driving force behind the blissful “high” that many associate with indulging in cannabinoids. Now, here’s the cool part: Delta-9 THC stands out in the crowd of cannabinoids. While its more laid-back cousin, CBD (cannabidiol), takes the non-psychoactive route, Delta-9 THC takes you on a journey to cloud nine.

And guess what? There’s a sweet treat in townโ€ฆ Delta-9 THC gummies.

Picture this: your favorite childhood snack, but with a dash of cannabis magic.ย 

These gummies are like the stealthy ninjas of the THC world, offering a discreet and tasty way for folks to get their THC fix. So, if you’re looking for a convenient and chill way to dive into the world of Delta-9 THC, these gummies might just be your new best buds.

What Factors Influence the High from Delta-9?

Picture this: You’ve just kicked back and eaten a delicious Delta-9 gummy, and now you’re eagerly awaiting that unmistakable feeling to kick in. But how long will it take to feel the effect, and how long will that high stick around? That, my friends, depends on a cosmic dance of variables that weave together to create your unique high.


The amount of Delta-9 THC consumed plays a crucial role in determining the duration of the high. Higher doses often result in more prolonged effects, while smaller doses may lead to a shorter duration of intoxication. Choosing a company that is transparent about their doses will help you manage that aspect.

Method of consumption

The method by which Delta-9 THC is consumed significantly impacts how quickly it takes effect and how long the high lasts. Smoking or vaporizing cannabis tends to produce a quicker onset of effects but with a shorter duration compared to consuming edibles. So, taking a Delta-9 gummy will take longer to see effects, but your high will also last longer than if you smoked or vaped.

Individual variables

Each individual’s body reacts differently to cannabinoids. Factors such as metabolism, tolerance, and overall health can influence how long your high will last. If you have a higher overall body weight, then generally the effects wear off more quickly.

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Regular cannabis users often develop a tolerance to the effects of a high, meaning they may require higher doses to achieve the same level of intoxication. Tolerance can influence both the onset and duration of the high.

Strain Variants

Different cannabis strains contain varying levels of cannabinoids and terpenes, which can contribute to differences in the duration and nature of the high. Indica strains are generally associated with more relaxing effects, potentially leading to a longer-lasting high compared to energizing sativa strains.

Setting and environment

The surroundings in which cannabis is consumed can impact the overall experience. A comfortable and familiar setting may contribute to a more enjoyable and prolonged high compared to a stressful or unfamiliar environment.


We hate to say it, but age gets to us all and itโ€™s not uncommon for tolerance to decrease or change with age. A study that was done on rats suggests a link between age and consumption ability.


Terpenes are aromatic compounds in cannabis, and may indirectly influence the duration of a high through the entourage effect. While terpenes themselves don’t dictate the length of intoxication, their interaction with cannabinoids, like THC, can modulate the overall experience. Terpenes may enhance the calming aspects of the high, potentially contributing to a more prolonged sense of relaxation.

ย Additionally, certain terpenes, such as myrcene, might impact the bioavailability of cannabinoids, influencing their absorption and, consequently, the intensity and duration of the high.ย 


This one is tricky. Women have been underrepresented from scientific studies for a very long time, and there is not that much research, but a lot of debate as to whether gender will affect the duration of a high. However, there are recognized differences in biology between men and women, so it is generally acknowledged that gender can be a contributing influence to a high duration.


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What Can You Do While Youโ€™re High on Delta 9?

When you’re high, activities that engage your senses, creativity, and sense of wonder can be especially enjoyable. Here are some fun things to do when you’re in a lifted state:

  1. Listen to music: Explore new genres or revisit your favorite tunes.ย 
  2. Watch a movie or tv show: Favorites include the Pineapple Express and Super Troopers.
  3. Have sex: There is evidence that being high can improve sex. Have fun and be safe out there!
  4. Create art: Being high can increase creativity.
  5. Take a safe nature walk: Being outdoors and surrounded by nature can be a wonderful and calming experience when you’re high.
  6. Play video games: Choose games with captivating visuals or immersive worlds. Some people find that video games can be especially enjoyable when they’re high.
  7. Cook or bake: Get creative in the kitchen and experiment with new recipes. The sensory experience of cooking can be heightened.
  8. Socialize with friends: Share the experience with friends. Engage in conversations, play games, or simply enjoy each other’s company.

How to Feel Less High on Delta 9

If you find yourself feeling overly high and want to reduce the intensity of the experience, there are several strategies you can try. This is common when taking edibles as folks donโ€™t feel the effects immediately (or even an hour later) so take more, leading to green out.ย 

It is important to state here that there are no recorded deaths from a THC overdose, it isnโ€™t always a pleasant feeling and we do have some tips on how to lessen the high.

  1. Stay Hydrated – there is evidence that staying hydrated will help you sober up.
  2. Eat a snack – High sugar snacks can help counteract the effects of THC.
  3. Specifically, eat some pine nuts – A study showed that this helps!
  4. Get some fresh air – A change in scenery and exposure to nature can calm you.
  5. Breathe – Research on mindful breathing has been shown to help. Simple but effective.
  6. Avoid stimulants – caffeine, coffee, alcohol and other stimulants can increase the effects and anxiety.
  7. Take a nap – Seek a calming and quiet environment and relax to help alleviate the high. This also allows your body time to process and eliminate the substance.
  8. Tell someone and ground yourself – Grounding techniques can help, and sharing with a trusted friend will allow them to reassure you that the feeling is just temporary.

Wondering what Delta 9 gummies do, exactly? Find out how it works for specific benefits in our guide.

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How Long Does a Delta 9 High Last?

As mentioned, there will be individual variables. However, the duration of a Delta-9 THC high typically falls within the range of 2 to 6 hours. It should be noted however, that Delta-9 will stay in your system for up to 12 hours to several months later.ย 

It is therefore imperative that you stay safe and do not operate any heavy machinery (drive) after taking a gummy, or being under the influence of any substance.

Most research has been done on the duration of a high after smoking, since the popularity of gummy consumption is a more recent phenomenon, and we already know that gummies have a more delayed onset effect.ย 

Here’s a complete guide on how Delta 8 edibles compare to Delta 9 edibles if you want to learn more.

When you take a gummy, the THC which is what will induce the high has to first pass through the digestive system, where it is absorbed into the bloodstream through the digestive tract. This process takes more time compared to the rapid absorption through the lungs from smoking or vaping. Additionally, once absorbed, the liver metabolizes THC into a compound called 11-hydroxy-THC, which has a different psychoactive profile and can contribute to the delayed onset and potentially longer-lasting effects.

The amount of Delta-9 you take, and how frequently you take it will directly affect your high. So if you take one gummy for the first time, then you will likely not experience a high for as long as someone who took twice the amount than you did on their first time. Makes sense!

Itโ€™s generally advised that newer users start โ€œlow and slow.โ€ You can expect your high to take over an hour to have the effects made felt, but peak at around 2 hours.
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