Every high feels different.
So, you’re thinking of taking up cannabis usage, but have some reservations and apprehensions. You do not feel like you know enough about the highs you may experience with weed. You wish to eliminate these concerns before taking your first puff. I understand this urge. This is why before I even tried cannabis for the first time, I conducted a fair bit of research about the highs I could expect during cannabis usage.
Getting "high" on cannabis is no small feat. In fact, it's the prize that cannabis consumers live for -- just ask anyone who smokes daily. The effects of cannabis vary wildly and it's not always easy figuring out why something hit us harder than another.
Every high feels different. That’s why it's so important to describe them. From the nervous feeling before you take the first hit, to that moment when you feel like you have never been higher, there's a lot to say about highs.
Cannabis is special. It’s the only drug, aside from maybe psychedelics, which allows us to feel amazing euphoria. There are a lot of variables and theories about why this happens. I guess for me, now it’s just trying to find the right recipe (strain/strategy) to find my perfect bliss.
So what does it feels like to be high on cannabis? Well, the best way to answer this question is by saying "it depends". Cannabis affects everyone differently. Some people feel relaxed and some people feel energized when they consume cannabis. The feelings that people have on cannabis are almost identical to the feelings people have on alcohol. So, if you're looking for an answer that is a bit more specific, then you can use your experience with alcohol as a gauge for what it will feel like to be high on cannabis.
The truth about being high is that tolerance levels vary from person to person. How much does one person have to smoke/intake before they feel the effects? If a person has low tolerance levels, then they might only need one puff of a joint before they start feeling the psychoactive effects of THC. However, if a person has high tolerance levels, then they might need five or even ten puffs before they start feeling the psychoactive effects of THC. In other words, low tolerance users will not get as high as high tolerance users because it takes them less time to consume the same amount of THC.
Being high on weed can be an overwhelming and confusing experience. Especially if you have never smoked cannabis before. The highs can vary greatly depending on the strain of weed that is used, the method of ingestion, and your own body chemistry.
With that Knowledge, there are some general things that can be expected when smoking marijuana. Marijuana when smoked will usually kick in within 3-5 min and last for 2-3 hours. It's typically not as intense as other methods like eating or vaporizing but it will still provide a nice relaxation from everyday stressors. The most common feeling associated with smoking weed is getting "couch lock" aka feeling sedated to where you just want to sit down and relax, put on Netflix and chill. The high from smoking weed can help with stress, aches and pains, insomnia, and even help with appetite. Smoking weed is also known to increase the taste of food so it's a great way to get extra flavor out of your food if needed!
When you smoke weed, it may produce these effects:
Relaxed and calm
Tingly feeling in your face
Loose muscles and joints (which is why people like to eat when they're high)
Munchies (because your body tells itself that it needs food because it's starving from all the smoking)
Happiness and giddiness (because your brain is producing chemicals like dopamine and serotonin, which makes you happy/giddy)
Calmness – Your brain doesn't have to worry about anything so you can sit down and relax. You could also sleep if you wanted. You might feel sleepy or tired after smoking, but whatever you do, don't drive while high.
I love the smell of a freshly opened can of marijuana. It's like a bag full of fresh coffee beans, or pipe tobacco, or good cut grass on a hot summer day…
That being said, When I get high on marijuana, I usually do it by eating some 'edibles' (i.e., cannabis-infused food). It's great for pain relief and also for getting creative and having good ideas. But it also makes me talk too much and laugh too hard at dumb jokes (which might be why I never make them myself - that way I won't bother anyone!)
The highs felt vary from strain to strain, person to person and even time of the day or day of the week. So you can't really say what the highs are like with 100% certainty without a good idea of those factors. There is just so much we don't know about weed still, that it's hard to make accurate comparisons when people argue over which is better. Instead of asking "which one is better?" you might be better off asking questions like: "What strains do you favor? How do they differ, in terms of high? Would you recommend any specific strains for different types of activities?" And such.
In the end, no matter how many times it’s been explored in song or verse, getting ‘high’ is not an exact science. Many people are sure to disagree with our list, and that’s fine—the point is to make you think about what a high feels like to you and helps you realize that everyone is different. Experimentation, whether through smoking or eating, will also help you determine what works best for your body and how different strains affect your highs. It can be daunting but just remember that there are thousands upon thousands of people out there who have done this before you. Being part of a new generation of cannabis users is exciting because the world has never had this much information about this amazing plant, and the effects it can have on all aspects of one’s life. Take advantage of this research and enjoy the journey, it could affect everything from your health all the way up to your happiness.
We went ahead and picked out a great strain for beginners, both Indica and Sativa, check them out below!