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Knowing how long a high will last could undoubtedly help you have a more enjoyable experience with cannabis. But can it be figured out ahead of time, across multiple consumption methods and strains?

Legend has it that there's an equation for that. 

Debunking the Highness Equation

The supposed "highness equation" looks something like this: 

Length of High = ( (dose x concentration) / (metabolism x tolerance) ) x delivery method

The delivery method includes ingestion (3-4 hours) or inhalation (1-2 hours), but doesn't take into consideration suppositories or sublingual applications, which both seem to have effects that differ in intensity and length from the two delivery methods in the above equation.

The biggest problem with such an equation is that it oversimplifies an infinitely complex series of metabolic and chemical reactions. 

For instance, upon eating THC, it is turned into another chemical when it passes through the liver. The new molecule THC-COOH, or carboxy-THC, will take some time (up to two hours) to take effect and then has some serious staying power. Once that THC-COOH enters the bloodstream, the average consumer is in for an extended experience.

Tolerance & Metabolism: No High Lasts Forever

It's not so much your weight that determines the length of your high, but how quickly your body metabolizes—breaks down, takes what's necessary, and expels the rest—the drug. A person with a high metabolism could experience highs of a shorter duration than their friend with a lower metabolism; if they’ve built up a tolerance over time or with frequent use, that consumer's high is going to feel even shorter.

For most regular cannabis users, the same dose will produce roughly the same experience time after time. For heavy users, if you've hit the ceiling whereby no amount of cannabis will achieve the desired effect, a short “tolerance break” can restore your tolerance levels.

Having the secret formula doesn't guarantee a predictable high every time. And we wouldn't suggest you use it to convince a friend to step outside of their comfort zone. 

No high lasts forever, but we stick with the golden rule of starting low and going slow when treading on new cannabis consumption territory. 

  Posted: Thursday, July 26th, 10:19pm 4 months ago
Profile PictureWritten By: Parker Wallace

Parker is a cannabis enthusiast to the core who shares a keen interest in listening to what others have to say and understanding what’s important to them. Those who know Parker know that his passion for health and wellness runs deep, and his love of Canada even deeper!


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