The effects of marijuana are pretty short, and even on the most extreme cases of over indulgence, there’s no side effect of cannabis that can’t be cured with a nice nap and a relaxed state of mind. When THC is inhaled, the marijuana high is almost immediate. The drug penetrates your brain, and although it may take a little while for your body to understand what’s going on, once you inhale there’s no going back, especially if it’s your first time. The effects of the plant really kick in after about 15 minutes, and can last for up to three hours, depending on how intense the strain is and how your body is reacting in that given moment.
When you’re eating an edible, things change drastically, taking a much longer time to kick in and wear off. Some edibles or marijuana capsules can take up to two hours to have an effect, and can remain in your bloodstream for up to 6 hours.
While the “main” effects of cannabis, or what you associate the word high with, lasts for a short couple of hours, the drug still remains in your system for a long period of time, which is why drug tests can pick it up days after consumption. When the THC leaves your bloodstream it stores itself in the fat of your body, only coming back to life when the fat is burned. This won’t make you feel high, but it’ll make you feel a little off, kind of like a light version of a hangover. These marijuana hangovers occur when you consume a really high dosage for your body, like an extra edible, or smoking a ton of marijuana when you’ve never smoked before. The symptoms can present themselves in the shape of headaches, dry eyes, foggy brain and dehydration.
According to research, teens feel the influence of cannabis for longer periods of time, much longer than adults who’ll certainly have no effects for more than 24 hours. Teens can smoke a lot on a weekend and feel repercussions on the following days of the week.