What Does It Feel Like To Be High?


Answers to one of the top questions from the uninitiated: What does it feel like to be high? What does it feel like to be high? The reality is that it’s different for everyone. From genetics to dose and from the environment to metabolism, there are countless factors at play. For those who haven’t yet inhaled, but find themselves curious, let’s answer the question that Bill Clinton never would. What Does it Feel Like to be High? The effects of cannabis can vary widely, and some people will be more sensitive than others. Cannabis can impart a variety of sensations and feelings, including euphoria, relaxation, amusement and giggling, enhanced creativity, curiosity, improved pattern recognition, hunger (or ‘the munchies,’ colloquially), and increased sensitivity and awareness to stimuli such as light, color, sound, taste, smell, and touch. People vary widely in their response, and much of it can be influences by the environment, the dose, and the cultivar of choice. In some individuals, cannabis can impart unpleasant effects and experiences. These may include things like anxiety, confusion, panic, paranoia, a racing heart, and even perceptual changes that seem like hallucinations (in very high doses/potency). Such reactions often occur in those who are inexperienced, consume too much, or those with an underlying mental health challenges that become exacerbated with cannabis consumption. How a patient reacts to cannabis depends on a variety of factors that include: The dose, cultivar, and its potency The method of administration (smoked, vaped, eaten, sublingual) The tolerance level of the individual Age, gender, and metabolism The Stages of a Cannabis High The compound responsible for the “high” associated with cannabis use is the cannabinoid THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol). After ingesting cannabis, THC makes its way into the bloodstream, either through the intestinal tract, in the case of edibles, or the lungs,…

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