How much is THC in a hit?

The amount of THC (the stuff that gets you high) you get from a single puff of weed can be anywhere from 1 to 3 milligrams – but this can change based on a bunch of stuff. We’re going to break down these factors for you.

How much thc in a hit

The ABCs: THC and weed

Let’s start with THC, short for Tetrahydrocannabinol. This is the part of weed that gives you that high feeling. Different types of weed have different amounts of THC. Some might have just a tiny bit (like 0.3%), while others could be packed full (think 30%).

Smoking: Old-school style

oldschool puff of weed

Smoking weed the old-fashioned way, by rolling it up or using a pipe, is popular. But it’s not super efficient – some of that precious THC is lost in the smoke or doesn’t get burned right. But using this method, you might get about 1-3 milligrams of THC in each hit.

Vaping: High-tech high

Then there’s vaping, which is a bit more high-tech. When you vape, the weed gets heated up just enough to release the THC, but it doesn’t burn. That means you might get more THC in each puff if vaping.

Edibles: A different beast

high last from edibles

Edibles are a whole different game. That’s when you eat or drink something with weed in it. The THC enters your body through your stomach, which takes longer but can give you a stronger, longer-lasting high.

Individual differences

Finally, there’s you. Your body, tolerance, and how big a puff you take can all change how much THC you get in a hit. If you’re used to weed, you might need more THC to feel high. And bigger puffs mean more THC.

So, how much THC is in a hit of weed? It can be anywhere from 1 to 3 milligrams, but this changes based on the weed, how you use it, and your body. If you’re new to weed, take it slow to start and see how you feel. Remember, always use it responsibly, and make sure you’re following local laws.


How can I know the THC content of the cannabis I’m using?

You can often find THC content on the product’s packaging if you buy from a legal and regulated source. If not, you might need to rely on general strain information, which can be found online. However, remember these are typically averages, and the actual THC content may vary.

Does holding in the smoke increase my THC amount?

There’s a common belief that holding in your smoke can get you higher. While it might slightly increase the amount of THC absorbed, most THC is absorbed almost instantly upon inhalation. Also, holding in your smoke can lead to more lung tar and toxins, so it’s not recommended.

Can the same amount of THC affect people differently?

Absolutely. People’s bodies process THC in different ways. Factors like body weight, metabolism, and your endocannabinoid system can affect how you react to THC. Regular users may also develop a tolerance, which means they might need more THC to feel the same effects.

Can I reduce my tolerance to THC?

Yes, you can. Taking a break from cannabis use can help to reduce your tolerance. This is often called a “tolerance break” or “t-break.” Over time, your body can reset, and you may need less cannabis to achieve the same effects after your break.

What if I accidentally consume too much THC?

If you’ve consumed too much THC, you might feel effects like paranoia, anxiety, or extreme dizziness. It’s important to remember that these effects are temporary. Try to stay calm, hydrate, and rest in a safe place. CBD can also help counteract some of the effects of THC.

Does consuming cannabis with higher THC always mean getting more high?

Not necessarily. Other compounds in cannabis, like CBD and terpenes, can modulate the effects of THC. Sometimes, a strain with less THC but a good balance of other compounds can give a more pleasant or complex high.

How long does the high from a single hit last?

It varies by person and method of consumption. If you smoke or vape, you’ll likely start feeling effects within minutes, lasting up to a few hours. If you’ve consumed an edible, it might take a couple of hours to kick in, but the effects can last much longer, up to 8 hours or more.

Alex Ramsey

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