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  • by Nicola Boulton September 01, 2022 5 min read

    How Long Does It Take For a Vape Pen To Hit?

    Do you know how long it takes for a vape pen to hit? This article explains how long it takes for a vape pen to kick in, how long it lasts, and the factors that determine how long it lasts.

    Cannabis vapes are a welcome alternative to smoking cannabis, associated with several known health risks, and edibles related to prolonged and intense highs. Users use oil cartridges or vape pens. Anticipating usage will increase as legal cannabis vape pens become more widely available. Vaping cannabis oil produces different results. Suppose the intensities, durations, and onset periods are different when vaping cannabis oil. In that case, those thinking about switching to vape pens may wonder how this delivery method will affect how they experience the effect of cannabis.

    How Long Does It Take For a Vape Pen To Hit?

    How Long Does It Take to Kick In?

    How quickly you start to feel the effects is primarily determined by how you use the substance:

    Smoking or Vaping

    Within two to ten minutes after consuming cannabis, you should start to feel the effects of the drug. After only a few minutes of inhalation, CBD has already made its way into the bloodstream through the lungs and is ready to work.


    When you eat marijuana, your body must first go through the process of metabolizing it, which can take some time. The effects of edibles typically begin to take effect within 30 to 60 minutes, but they can occasionally take as long as 2 hours.


    Using this technique, a highly concentrated form of marijuana is smoked using a unique pipe. Users can feel the effects of the drug almost immediately. The THC content of dabs is higher than that of other forms of cannabis.

    How Long Does It Last?

    The effects of vaping can last anywhere from two to four hours on average; however, these estimates should not be taken as gospel. In 2017, a more reliable and scientific study was conducted to investigate the average time it takes for the effects of vaping to kick in and how long they last. The following information was uncovered as a result of its findings: the typical duration and timing of a high from vaping are as follows: A few minutes is all it takes for the high to begin, but it can last anywhere from two and a half to three hours.

    The effects of inhaling vaporized cannabis tend to kick in rapidly and reach their peak within the first half an hour. On the other hand, the following edible highs have the same average durations and onset times: The onset of the high can occur anywhere between 30 and 90 minutes, and it can last for up to 24 hours. It is important to note that individual experiences can differ from one person to the next. Still, the numbers provided here serve as a good guideline for most first-time and inexperienced customers. The duration of the high from vaping is not always consistent.

    Factors That Consider How Long the Vape Lasts


    The duration and intensity of the effects of using a cannabis vape pen are directly related to factors such as the user's age, gender, body type, and mood. According to age-related differences in how cannabis affects people, it appears that cannabis use has a greater negative effect on adolescents than it does on adults. It seems that men and women respond differently to the effects of THC. According to Traboulsi et al. (2020), men are more susceptible to the psychoactive effects of inhaling THC through vaping than women are, even when using the same dose. Your physical form is yet another unique aspect to consider. For example, if your metabolism is faster, the effects of vaping might not last as long. Hormones are involved in a significant way in the process of regulating cannabis sensitivity. A person's unique body chemistry, in addition to their gender, is a factor in how they respond to THC. For instance, having a higher estrogen level may make the pain-relieving effects of cannabis less effective.


    Dibaji et al. (2018) stated that vaping is the only delivery method that allows for precise temperature control, making it one of the most intriguing aspects of this technology. Vaping at just the right temperature for you can also help keep your high in check. Vaporizers with temperature control allow users to switch between various temperature presets on their devices, enabling them to find the optimal temperatures for their particular extracts and their individual preferences.

    There are particular advantages and disadvantages associated with each temperature. The following is a synopsis of the advantages and disadvantages:

    Vaping at Low Temperatures

     Vaping at lower temperatures (350 to 375 degrees Fahrenheit) produces more flavorful vapor but less intense highs.

    Vaping at Medium Temperatures

    Temperatures in the medium range (375 to 400 degrees Fahrenheit) produce more intense highs but at the expense of at least some flavor.

    High-Temperature Vaping

    Vaping at higher temperatures (between 400 and 425 degrees Fahrenheit) increases the intensity and duration of highs but sacrifices flavor.


    Regular use of cannabis raises one's threshold for its effects. A higher tolerance can lessen the potency and length of the high effect one experiences from vaping. It is also true for cannabis users who are just starting with vaping but have been regular consumers of cannabis through other methods. Cannabis continues to affect your body even if the "high" feeling doesn't last quite as long as it did before. Therefore, it is best if you don't drive or operate heavy machinery for several hours after drinking alcohol, even if you don't feel particularly tipsy.

    Strain Type

    Different types of cannabis produce varying levels of intoxication and other effects on the human body, as explained by Room et al. (2010). For example, Indica and Sativa are the two most popular types of cannabis. According to Lewis, Russo & Smith (2018), Sativa affects the mind and has energizing effects, while Indica is said to affect the body and has soothing effects. Most cannabis strains available today are descended from either these original strains or hybrids. Each cannabis strain has its unique effects and levels of psychoactivity. Cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoid content, as well as percentages, can vary greatly from one strain to the next. Naturally, the effects will be more powerful and last for a longer period if the concentrate has a higher concentration.


    To a large extent, the effects of vaping and the length of time they last are determined by the doses that users take. Directly involved are each dose's strength, temperature, and amount variables. In addition, the longer the draw, the more of the substance you take in at one time. Therefore, an extended inhale produces a greater effect.


    Cannabis has a variety of effects on different people. Therefore, it can be difficult to estimate how long it will take for you to feel its aftereffects. If you want to avoid getting too high, starting with a low dose of a strain that isn't as potent may be helpful. On the other hand, choosing edibles will help you feel the effects for a more extended period.


    Dibaji, S. A. R., Guha, S., Arab, A., Murray, B. T., & Myers, M. R. (2018). Accuracy of commercial electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) temperature control technology. PloS one, 13(11), e0206937.

    Lewis, M. A., Russo, E. B., & Smith, K. M. (2018). Pharmacological foundations of cannabis chemovars. Planta medica, 84(04), 225-233.

    Room, R., Fischer, B., Hall, W., Reuter, P., & Lenton, S. (2010). Cannabis policy: moving beyond stalemate. Oxford University Press, USA.

    Traboulsi, H., Cherian, M., Abou Rjeili, M., Preteroti, M., Bourbeau, J., Smith, B. M., ... & Baglole, C. J. (2020). Inhalation toxicology of vaping products and implications for pulmonary health. International journal of molecular sciences, 21(10), 3495.

    Nicola Boulton
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