Cannabis contains psychoactive components that cause the so-called feeling of “high.” Many of us have heard about it or have seen this effect in the movies. There are many tales about the impact marijuana has on us. However, not all of them are true. Let us introduce you to the peculiarities of the magical high sensation.
The recent political and social movement around the plant resulted in the legalization of cannabis in several states. The temptation to try weed is strong among people of all ages. However, few of us are ready for the high it provides. Even if you use marijuana for medical purposes, you are not warded off the psychoactive effects completely. Getting started with the herb, many people wonder what it is like to be high.
There are many different effects that you can experience. Some people think that being on weed feels the same as drinking alcohol. In fact, the impacts differ a lot. Besides, the high varies from person to person, so it is hard to say exactly what side of weed you will experience.
There are some universe feelings that all stoners get from the consumption of marijuana. Among them are body and mind relaxation, joy, euphoria, care-free behavior, drowsiness, munchies, etc. There are also minor side effects that can ruin the fun for a first-time consumer. Paranoia and panic attacks are the most frequent occurrences. However, these effects do not happen to all stoners. Mainly, they are the result of a too potent dose or lack of experience in weed consumption.
In most cases, when you are high on weed, you simply feel happy—all worries go away. That is why so many people feel driven to it.
However, there are many factors that determine what you will feel. People do not buy any weed that catches their eye—they choose the strain according to their desired high.
Indica-dominant strains tend to cause a sedative, relaxing high. The relaxation can spread and envelope both your body and mind. Heavy lids, mixed thoughts, foggy head, and sleepiness are the constant companions of this kind of weed. Mentally, it is like a pill that makes you spacey. You feel lightheaded. If a strain is potent, you may feel couch-locked—your limbs become heavy, and you want to sleep more and more. It is a great opportunity to watch TV and relax after a long day.
Sativa-dominant plants have the opposite effects. They work as stimulants and provide us with energy. Generally, they are more uplifting and give you an active weed high. Of course, like in the case of indicas, you feel euphoria, but it is combined with a sharp mind and a boost of activity. Sativas can be compared to a cup of coffee. Upon consuming them, you feel a strong jolt of energy and an unbridled desire to direct it somewhere. Among the usual effects, there is also the rise of sociability—you become bubbly, giggly, and talkative. Of course, even after the consumption of the most “giggly strains,” you can stop the fit if you try hard enough, but why bother if everything is perfect and you are happy?
There are also hybrid strains that combine the genetics of both types of cannabis. They may be relaxing or energetic, or they may show both sides at the same time.
Be ready to experience dry mouth and eyes no matter of the kind of pot you consume. These are the common side effects, especially for beginners.
In addition, the influence also depends on the way of consumption. Smoking and vaporizing weed instantly spreads the feeling through your body and acts like smoking cigarettes. Consuming edibles, in its turn, provides a slightly different experience. The high comes in time and grows gradually. This way, you can clearly feel the changes in your body. The sensation may start developing in your head. You feel a little pressure—like a small balloon of euphoria and dizziness is being inflated. It becomes bigger and bigger until it spreads further down your body. This type of high may stay with you for hours unlike the effects of smoking.
If you are looking for the sheer medical benefits of the plant, you had better choose a strain with a high level of CBD and a low content of THC. This way, the psychoactive impact will be minimized, but you will still be able to enjoy the healing properties of the plant.
Of course, knowing the theory is always good as it prepares you for the experience. But feeling these effects yourself is a completely different thing. Some properties of weed cannot be explained in words. Next time you consume pot, ask yourself a question “What does it feel like to be high?” and listen to your feelings—you will find many various sensations that you have never paid attention to before.