May 31, 2023 6 min read

Delta-11-THC is one of the least talked-about hemp-derived THC products to arrive on the scene this year–but it may have some of the biggest effects. In fact, it’s thought to be at least three times stronger than traditional Delta-9, offering powerful mind and body euphoria that can turn the tables even for experienced cannabis consumers.

The question is–how long does a Delta-11-THC high last? The answer, though, can be hard to pinpoint because the duration of a Delta-11-THC high can vary depending on several factors, including the dose, the method of consumption, and individual factors such as metabolism and tolerance.

We’ll break it all down below to help you determine how long a Delta-11 high may last for you. Let’s jump in:

Table of Contents
Delta-11-THC Effects
How Long Will the Delta-11 High Last?
How Long Will Delta-11-THC Stay in Your System?
How to Try Delta-11-THC

Key Takeaways

  • Delta-11’s effects are a more potent version of Delta-9’s effects, and the duration of Delta-11’s effects may also be similar.
  • In general, Delta-8 effects can last anywhere from 3 to 8 hours, but each product style offers a different onset and duration.
  • Delta-11 effects may wear off quickly, but it can stick around in your system for much longer.

Delta-11-THC Effects

As we mentioned, Delta-11-THC’s effects are likely three times stronger than Delta-9-THC, but the effects are usually described as similar. The extent of the intense euphoric high is dose-dependent, but some possible effects include:

Delta-11-THC flower and edibles, two different methods for consuming this legal hemp-derived THC product
  • Increased relaxation
  • Body euphoria
  • Boosted mood
  • Intense cerebral experienced
  • Increased sensitivity to light and color
  • Reduced stress

For many people, especially those looking for a levelled up THC experience, that sounds appealing, but there’s still one important question:

How Long Will the Delta-11 High Last?

Before we can dig into how long the effects from Delta-11-THC may last, we’d like to note that there is currently no evidence to prove the duration of Delta-11 effects. In fact, Delta-11-THC is a relatively new cannabinoid, and research on its effects is limited overall. Still, based on what we know about other psychoactive cannabinoids, we can make some general predictions about the duration of a Delta-11-THC high.

For instance, there’s no one-off estimation for how long the effects of Delta-11 will last, rather it depends on a number of dosing factors, including:

Consumption Method

The way you consume Delta-11-THC matters because different products are absorbed in different ways. When it comes to the method of consumption, smoking or vaping Delta-11-THC is likely to produce the fastest onset of effects and a shorter duration of the high compared to other methods such as edibles. Here’s an estimate of how the duration of effects break down for different dosing methods:

    • Smoking or vaping Delta-11-THC can produce effects within minutes, with the high typically lasting for 2-3 hours.

    • Edibles, on the other hand, can take up to an hour or more to produce effects, but the high may last longer, up to 6-8 hours or more depending on the dose and individual factors. This is because when you consume Delta-11-THC in an edible form, it must be processed through the digestive system and metabolized by the liver before it enters the bloodstream and produces effects.

    • Tincturesmay fall somewhere in the middle. They are processed faster than edibles but not as quickly as inhaled products, so you can expect the effects to last between 3-5 hours.

    • Sublingual Edibles, like hard candies or other dosing methods designed to be dissolved in the mouth, may also take effect more quickly and be processed more quickly. The effects of sublingual edibles are more akin to tinctures, so they may last around 3-5 hours.


In some cases, dosage also makes an impact on how long the effects will last. While there may be only a miniscule difference between a 5 and 10 milligram dose, you’ll notice that a much larger dose (say 20 milligrams) will last a bit longer than a 5 millgram dose. The body simply takes a bit longer to process more THC, so the effects of larger doses last sightly longer.

Biological Factors

Certain biological factors such as metabolism and tolerance can also influence the duration of a Delta-11-THC high. People with faster metabolisms may experience shorter-lasting effects, while those with slower metabolisms may experience longer-lasting effects.

Tolerance can also play a role in how long a Delta-11-THC high lasts. Regular cannabis users may develop a tolerance to the effects of Delta-11-THC, meaning they may need to consume more to achieve the desired effects, which can also affect the duration of the high.

Simply put, a Delta-11-THC high can last anywhere from 3-8 hours depending on the dosing method you use and your own unique biological factors, like your metabolic rate.

How Long Will Delta-11-THC Stay in Your System?

A person holding a lit Delta-11-THC joint as it releases a plume of smoke into the air

Now that you understand how long a Delta-11-THC high will last, you may be wondering how long Delta-11-THC stays in your system.

In this way, Delta-11 is thought to be almost identical to Delta-9, although no independent research exists to prove how long Delta-11 will stick around after ingestion. In general, THC remains in your saliva for approximately 48 hours after ingestion, and in your blood for up to 36 hours. However, THC generally sticks around in your body for much longer, up to a month or more for some people.

The amount of time it takes your body to completely process and remove all trace amounts of THC (which can show up in your urine) differs for every person based on factors like body fat and metabolism.

Additionally, THC takes longer to be eliminated from the body if it’s used frequently. In other words, a person who doses one time may have THC-free urine much sooner than someone who has ingested THC consistently for extended periods of time.

Currently, there’s more information available for Delta-8-THC, a legal hemp cannabinoid that’s similar to Delta-11. You may want to read “Does Delta-8 Show Up on a Drug Test?” for more information.

Does Delta-11 Have Any Side Effects?

As we mentioned, there isn’t much evidence currently available to help us understand the potential effects or side effects of Delta-11-THC.

For now, its assumes that Delta-11 may have similar side effects to traditional cannabis, although the risk of overconsumption may be higher because the compounds itself is more potent.

Overconsumption is the primary cause behind THC side effects, which may include:

  • Dry mouth
  • Tiredness
  • Confusion
  • Headache
  • Anxiety or paranoia
  • Nausea

How to Try Delta-11-THC

Delta-11’s potent effects are appealing for many cannabis consumers, but it’s increased potency is a very good reason to proceed with caution when trying out hemp-derived Delta-11-THC for the first time.

Because it’s hard to quantify the potency, you may want to start with small doses and wait to see how you feel. In some cases (with certain dosing methods), the effects are more short lived, so you should choose your first Delta-11 product wisely. Here’s what to consider:

  • Make sure you buy high-quality Hemp THC products accompanied by third-party lab tests. That way you know you’re getting accurate doses of premium, hemp-derived Delta-11, and not diluted or synthetic material.
  • Start slow. Using a Delta-11 vaporizer can help you take small, spaced out doses until you reach the desired effects.
  • Alternatively, you can always cut Delta-11 edible doses into smaller portions to get an idea of how they will affect you before taking a full dose.
  • Give adequate time for your dose to kick in before deciding to take more. For edibles, that can be up to 2 hours, and for vaporizers it may take up to 30 minutes.
  • Keep track of your dose so you’ll know how much to take next time!

Conclusion: Duration of Delta-11 Effects

The duration of a Delta-11-THC high can vary depending on several factors, including the method of consumption, individual factors, and the dose consumed. Smoking or vaping Delta-11-THC is likely to produce a shorter duration of effects compared to edibles, but individual factors such as metabolism and tolerance can also influence the duration of the high.

As research on Delta-11-THC continues to emerge, we may learn more about its effects and duration. For now, Delta-11 revels in its legal status (when made from hemp) and offers one of the most potent accessible THC doses you can find. Looking for legal hemp-derived THC? Check out our Elev8 Collection!

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