It is hard to deny that the cannabis industry is gaining traction across the United States and abroad. However, as the industry develops, so are the techniques in which cannabis is smoked or ingested.

Perhaps you want to get your fix by eating edibles, or maybe you want to take the inhalation route by smoking, dabbing, or vaping. While the effects of each method vary from person to person, vaping cannabis is becoming a more popular smoking method amongst cannabis smokers due to its functionality.

Whether you’re a beginner in the cannabis world or a veteran stoner, you may not be familiar with vaping. Therefore, you’re not sure what to expect from a vape high or how long it will last, so let’s break it down.

What Is Vaping?

Let’s first break down what vaping is before diving into how long a vaping cannabis high lasts. Vaping is a form of smoking through a portable, battery-operated device. These devices range in size, but they typically fit perfectly in hand or a pant pocket.

Vaping is different from traditional smoking methods because you do not use a flame to light the cannabis bud, wax, or oil. Instead, the vape heats and vaporizes the cannabis products giving you a nice hit of weed.

The most common type of vape for Cannabis is a dry herb vaporizer, which is often in the form of a portable device but sometimes can be a tabletop vaporizer for those who do not require a vape for travel.

Vaping cuts out the hassle of packing a bowl or rolling a joint, finding a lighter, or worrying about the smell. A vape is an all-in-one device that allows you to be a stoner, incognito. Just don’t forget to charge your device—that will ruin a high!

How Long Does Vaping Cannabis Last?

The high you receive from vaping varies from person to person. Depending on your level of experience, your high could last anywhere from 2 to 24 hours. Daily tokers should assume their high will linger for a couple of hours, while newbies may end up feeling stoned all day. But, again, everyone is different, and other factors play a part in maintaining your high as well.

Every human characteristic plays a role in how long a vaping high will last. Of course, experience plays a part, but even the most experienced cannabis smokers can end up couch-ridden depending on their metabolism, dosage, and the vape’s temperature.   


If you have a high metabolism, you may find that your high does not last as long. On the flip side, if you have a slow metabolism, you could be the one that feels the effects up to 24 hours. If you have a slow metabolism, try eating a solid meal before giving the vape a whirl.

Also, studies have shown that due to higher hormone levels, women metabolize the side effects of cannabis faster than men.


You may be thinking, what about the strain of cannabis? Shouldn’t that play a part in how long the high will last? Sure, the strain of cannabis is a massive factor in how long your high will last, but that’s only one of several factors impacting your intoxication.

However, it is safe to assume that no matter the strain, someone who takes one small puff from a vape will be less high than an individual that takes multiple, long drags. In this argument, dosage trumps strain. After you hit a cannabis vape, you should expect to feel the effects 2 to 10 minutes later. Take this into account before going in for your second hit.


Depending on the vaping device, you may be able to control the temperature. If this is true, keep in mind that in general: the lower the temperature, the lower the high, and the higher the temperature, the higher the high. Also, lower temperatures create a more flavorful puff, while higher temperatures eliminate the flavor in exchange for a more elevated high.

However, it’s important to avoid setting your temperature too high, as you may risk igniting your cannabis instead of vaporizing it.

Tricks to Extend Your High

Perhaps you’re reading this because you’re on your last cartridge, and you’re trying to find a way to savor your final puffs. It is tough to prove that any online method will work for you or at all, in general.

However, it is worth a shot. Here are a few ways you can try to extend your high. Before or after your smoke session, you can try eating superfoods, exercising, or drinking coffee or tea. The nutrients found in superfoods and the antioxidants found in coffee or tea work with the chemicals in your brain to enhance your high.

Tips to Decrease your High

Just about every cannabis smoker falls victim to becoming “too high” at least once in their lifetime. Unfortunately, there is not a magical remedy or pill you can take to come down immediately. Nonetheless, there are some ways that you can alleviate the side effects of a cannabis high.

First off, breathe. Controlling your breathing is the first step in remaining calm and managing your anxiety. You will not be high forever. Be sure to drink plenty of water and try eating a hearty meal. If this doesn’t help, try taking some CBD or take a nap.

Both will help you relax and decrease your high. Some studies have also shown that chewing on peppercorns or ingesting lemon peels have attributed to calming effects that may offset your cannabis high.  

Final Thoughts

Vaping is often recognized as a better alternative to traditional smoking methods because it is more cost-effective. When you compare the two, you will find that vaping will allow you to savor your product better over routes of administration.

When you light cannabis flower, oil, or bud, you allow some chemicals to get lost in thin air. Vaping is fully contained. When the product is vaporized, it produces just enough heat to give you a solid drag, and once you release the heating element, nothing more is lost.

No matter what level of cannabis smoker you are, it is essential to know what to expect from vaping cannabis. The longevity of a high is different for everyone, but vaping makes an excellent alternative for those looking to be efficient and stealthy stoners.