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Seven Common Effects of Being High


When it comes to cannabis, there's a lot of mystery and misconception around what happens when you get high. Some people think that you instantly become a giggling mess, while others believe that you'll become paranoid about mundane things. 

The truth is that the effects of cannabis vary depending on the person, as well as the strain and method of consumption. In this blog post, we will teach you about the seven main effects of cannabinoid interaction in the body and determine what being high feels like.

Euphoric Feelings

It really doesn't matter if you smoke sativa, indica, or hybrids, one of the effects of being high is that you'll experience euphoric feelings. This is caused by the THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which binds to cannabinoid receptors in the brain and creates a feeling of happiness and well-being. These euphoric feelings can often be described as a sense of joy with the world and you might realize the problems you were just worried about before seem a lot less significant. 

Feelings of Deep Relaxation

Usually, the effects of being high on an indica or hybrid strain can cause you to feel deeply relaxed. This is because THC and CBD work together to create a sense of calmness and serenity. You might find that your muscles feel more relaxed and you just want to sit back and enjoy what being high feels like. This is what most people experience when you watch cannabis users who are watching a movie or playing a video game and they appear to be completely present in the moment. 

Highly Amused

two women in leather jackets laughing

The first few times you smoke cannabis there is a good chance you feel the effects of being high as pure amusement. This is because everything around you seems more funny than usual and your brain is working overtime to try and process it all. If you are with friends, then this can be a great time to just sit back and laugh at everything that's happening around you. Just make sure that you're in a safe place where you can relax and not worry about anything. 

Burst of Creativity

Feeling increased creativity is another one of the effects of being high and it happens because cannabinoids in the body stimulate the parts of your brain responsible for creativity and abstract thinking. This is why a lot of people like to smoke cannabis before they start working on a project because it can help them to come up with new ideas and think outside the box. If you find yourself in need of some creative inspiration, then smoking sativa might be the right choice for you. It's a great way to get yourself out of a creative rut if you feel you may be suffering from writer's block.

Feelings of Hunger

cookies next to cannabis bud

Feeling hunger pangs, also known as "the munchies” is a common aspect of what being high feels like. This is caused by THC stimulating the parts of your brain that control hunger, which can cause you to feel like you're starving even if you just ate a big meal. This can be quite an inconvenient effect of being high if you’re not at home with access to your snacks. If you're out and close to a restaurant then this isn't usually a problem, but if you're in a place where you can't get food easily, then it might be best to wait until you get home. 

Heightened Sensitivity

There's no denying that one of the strongest overall effects of being high is that your senses are heightened. You might find that colors appear brighter, sounds are louder, and smells are more intense. This is because THC is binding to the cannabinoid receptors in your brain and enhancing your perception of your surroundings. While this can be a great experience if you're in a safe place, it can also be overwhelming if you're not expecting it. 

If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, then it's best to close your eyes and take some deep breaths until the feeling passes. This is what can lead to some people feeling paranoia but as long as you remain calm and use breathing techniques you'll come out the other end feeling better than ever.

Relief From Pain

One of the greatest effects of being high is that it may help to relieve pain. This is because cannabis contains both THC and CBD, which are known to interact with the body's endocannabinoid system to reduce inflammation and pain. If you're suffering from chronic pain, then smoking or ingesting cannabis might be a good treatment option for you. 

Just make sure that you speak to your doctor before you do anything, as cannabis can interact with other medications. You can also try different methods of cannabis like edibles or concentrates to see which ones help you get the relief you need. 

Understand What Being High Feels Like For You

There are plenty of positive effects of being high, but there are also a few potential negative effects to be aware of. With this guide you can know a bit of what being high feels like before you try it, but remember that everyone has different experiences when using cannabis. Remember to start with a low dose and slowly increase how much you’re using so you remain comfortable through the experience. If you’re not sure which product is right for you to start out with, reach out to our team of experts for help.

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