Different kinds of cannabis taken in different ways by different people can produce a range of effects. Each combination of product, person, and other factors can lead to a unique set of sensations.
This includes the type of high you may get.
So, in this post, we’ll hit on:
In relation to cannabis, a high is any feeling of euphoria, intoxication, or altered state caused by our leafy green friend.
The actual sensations of a high will vary from person to person — maybe even each time cannabis is used. The nature of your cannabis — marijuana- vs hemp-sourced, low THC vs low CBD, inhaled vs ingested — will also weigh heavily in how a high manifests itself.
When cannabis enters your body, it plays tag with your endocannabinoid system (ECS). Your ECS is a friendly team of endocannabinoids, enzymes, and receptors that leverages cannabis compounds to support your physical and mental health. And possibly get ya some shape of high.
The substances in cannabis influence the regulation of brain chemicals and processes, your nervous system, and more. In this capacity, cannabis may alter your mental state, tweak your mood, etc.
This is a super important point: Not all forms of cannabis will result in a high. The strain of cannabis plant — as well as each individual cannabinoid — is a pivotal factor.
For example, here’s what can you expect from CBD, THC, and D8:
A few other tidbits to chew on…
On top of this are the infinite variables of product formulation, method of consuming the cannabis, and the vagaries of people’s individual bodies. Each little piece nudges the outcome of your cannabis experience in its own direction.
There are two types of high: head high and body high. Three types if you count head+body high. The high you get is a matter of your personal biology and your cannabis routine.
This is one of those times when the name matches what the thing is. A head high (aka mind high) is when the buzzy feelings are in your…you guessed it…head.
Head highs are described in a host of ways. People commonly say that their head highs make them feel:
Basically, head highs are often associated with elevating your mood, stimulating you, and sort of freeing your mind.(1) Many folks mention feeling alert and prefer this sort of high during the daytime when they’ve got to get stuff done.
One thing to watch out for, though, is that some people get a sense of anxiety or paranoia with their head highs.
You’re more likely to get a mind high if you:(2)
What about CBD? CBD can alter your mood and mindset, too. While it does bring on the calm, it’s not producing a high. The effects, which are very real, are non-psychoactive mental and emotional responses. If you’re consuming full- or broad-spectrum CBD, however, you may feel the psychoactive zing of the THC.
Whereas a head high is in the head, a body high is in the body. Bet ya didn’t see that one coming, did you?
Instead of the sensations being above the neck and between the ears, it’s felt elsewhere in your system. You may experience it widespread or in isolated zones — like your limbs or back. Again, to each his or her own.
If you’ve ever wondered, “What is a body high like?” or “Why does my body feel high when I’m not?” — you aren’t alone. Sometimes people describe body highs as a sort of curious feeling in which the body has zenned out while the head is totally clear.
Keep in mind that body highs may impede a person’s ability to function optimally. Like plopping on the couch and catching up on your shows is just the right speed. Yah, it can be that chill.
This brand of high can be a great release for those who deal with chronic pain or physical issues related to stress.
The probability of a body high goes up if you:(2)
Again, as CBD isn’t psychoactive, it technically can’t give you a body high. That said, CBD can help your body unclench. This feeling of muscles relaxing, the pinchedness of stress melting away, and so on can feel like a body high. (And loads of people actually refer to it as a body high.) CBD’s just working with your ECS in a different way to get these outcomes.
Remember, though, that the THC in full- and broad-spectrum CBD products may cause a body high.
Maybe you’re the sort who doesn’t like to choose. You’re a “Can’t I have it all?” kinda person. That’s cool.
If this sounds like you and carries over to your cannabis inclinations, you can have both head and body highs. Your best bets for accomplishing this include:
To make it simple, we propose this little decision-tree-esque process for you….
First and most importantly — determine if getting high is safe for you to do.
We always advise people to consume cannabis in healthful ways. And given that not all cannabis is appropriate for all people, it’s valid to assume that getting high is not the right path for everyone.
If you currently have medical conditions or are taking medications or supplements, discuss with your doctor whether or not using cannabis is OK for you. Together you can map out a suitable cannabis plan.
Next, decide if getting high is something you want to do. (Tons of cannabis users go to great lengths to avoid getting high, you know. It’s a thing.)
You may find that you want a high sometimes but not all the time. That’s legit, too.
If you’ve settled on, “Yes, I do want to get high.” — and it’s safe for you to do so — your next step is to pick which kind of high you’d like. This will be based on your needs, preferences, and what you’re hoping to achieve by using cannabis and getting high.
Do your research and select cannabis products that are most likely to give you your desired high.
Highs occur when cannabis creates an intoxicated or euphoric feeling.
Different types of cannabis produce different highs. So, selecting cannabis products that prominently feature the cannabinoids and terpenes known to generate the outcomes you seek is key. How you consume — e.g., sublingually vs ingested — your cannabis will impact your high as well.
All in, you’ve got a lot to think about when it comes to cannabis highs!
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