How Long Does Weed Last?

How Long Does Weed Last?

 

The effects of cannabis have been debated on by experts around the world. It is only after scientists discovered medical applications for marijuana that its effects were clearly identified. For the last decade, scientists have been looking at cannabis application in the treatment of diseases. What they found out so far is that marijuana or CBD oil has the potential of curing conditions such as epilepsy. At the moment, scientists are close to discovering the use of CBD oil in curing cancer and Parkinson’s Disease.

 

Thanks to the current interest in cannabis by the medical community, several countries have decriminalized marijuana. They include:

 

  • United States
  • Mexico
  • Belize
  • Jamaica
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • Uruguay

 

As of October 18th, 2018, Canada legalized the use and cultivation of recreational marijuana.  In some countries such as the US, one requires a medical marijuana ID.

Although marijuana is decriminalized in the above countries, possession is still limited. In most cases up to one ounce. How many grams in an ounce of weed? 28.

So, how long does weed last?

 

What you need to know is that the effects of marijuana fade fast but the active ingredient, THC, can remain in your system for long. Cannabis effects vary from one person to the other. Some of the factors that dictate the effects of cannabis on individuals include:

 

  • Weight
  • Health
  • Size of the user
  • The Strain
  • Quantity
  • Frequency of use
  • Form of consumption that is edibles or smoking

 

The effects of cannabis are categorized into two:

 

  • Short term
  • Long Term

 

Short-term effects include altered vision, sleepiness, relaxation, increased appetite, anxiety, and spontaneous laughter. Others include loss of inhibition, mild paranoia and increased heart rate. The effects above start 1 hour after ingesting cannabis and can last 2 to 4 hours if one smokes cannabis.

 

If you take higher doses, you will experience paranoia, decreased reaction time, and excitement. Also, you may experience confusion, hallucinations, and detachment from reality.

 

For long-term effects, you have impaired correction, sore throat, asthma, and can lead to cannabis psychosis. When it comes to hormone production, it lowers your sex drive and lowers your sperm count. Also, it causes irregular menstrual cycles.

 

How long does it take to get high?

 

Today, you can smoke cured buds from cannabis indica, cannabis sativa or hybrids. Apart from smoking, you can also ingest cannabis as food or prepare it as tea. Weed contains an active ingredient called delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. Also, it contains other elements called cannabinoids.

 

If you smoke cannabis whether as a cigarette, a smoke pipe or a bong, you should get high within the first few minutes. In some people, it can take a few seconds.

 

If ingested in baked foods such as muffins, brownies, and others, you should get high within an hour. Once you consume cannabis, the effects and high intensify. This depends on the quantity consumed, your body weight and form of consumption.

 

What does being high feel like

 

One thing you need to know is that there is no better experience than sharing quality weed with friends. Not only is it a great opportunity for you to unwind but an opportunity to bond.

 

Cannabis is way better than alcohol for several reasons. Unlike alcohol where you end up getting drunk and puking, weed gets you high and relaxed. Also, you never wake up with a hangover. Basically, you can get as high as you want and wake up the following day feeling fresh and ready to tackle the day’s work.

 

So, what does being high feel like? Well, it feels like you are floating out of your body. Actually, you feel like your thoughts are lighter too and you are able to think louder. Also, you experience a certain calmness as if you are the only person in the room. In addition, you become aware of your surroundings and even create mini adventures to explore your mind.

 

Cannabis Time In The Body

 

When you ingest or smoke cannabis, THC enters the bloodstream. In fact, it takes 20 minutes to 2 hours for THC and byproducts to get in the blood. Once it is in your blood, it attaches itself to fatty cells. While attached to the cells, the body metabolizes THC resulting in the creation of metabolites.

 

These compounds number to around 80. As blood is pumped throughout the body, so do the metabolites. As a result, the metabolites can be detected in your hair, urine, and saliva. Actually, in urine, the metabolites are detectable after 3 days since you last smoked or ingested marijuana.

 

However, if you consume a higher quantity on a daily basis, the metabolites can remain in your urine or saliva for close to 2 months.

 

How long does weed stay in your hair

 

THC is the active ingredient in cannabis. When you smoke or consume it, THC is what makes you high. Although the effects of cannabis wear off after a few hours, the active ingredient can remain in your system for weeks.

 

The reason this happens is that THC bonds with fat cells in your body and starts to break down slowly over time. There are several factors affecting this phenomenon. They include:

 

  • The quantity of marijuana consumed
  • Frequency of use
  • Method used
  • Amount of THC in the marijuana
  • The user’s metabolism

 

In case of a drug test, lab technicians usually detect THC and 9 carboxy-THC. The latter is a byproduct produced during the metabolization of THC. This substance is a metabolite and remains in your system for a long period usually around 120 days. This means that THC and byproducts remain in your hair for close to 90 days.

 

This is how it happens? When you ingest or smoke cannabis, the active ingredient enters your bloodstream. It is then transported to the strands of your hair via the hair papilla found at the root of the hair follicle.

 

Final Thoughts

 

If you want to relax on a weekend with friends and don’t want the negative effects of alcohol such as a hangover, weight gain, and puking, cannabis is a good choice. Unlike alcohol, cannabis gets you high leaving you calm and relaxed. For this to be possible, you must consume small amounts say 1 to 3 grams once in a week.

 

Becoming a chronic cannabis user can lead to job loss and other long-term effects. As you already know, companies carry out random drug tests. If found positive, not only will you lock yourself out of a great job opportunity but you may end up losing your current job too.

 

To avoid this, don’t become a chronic user. Alternatively, you can inform your employer in regards to using medical marijuana. Don’t forget to hand in your recommendation and a copy of your medical marijuana ID.

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