Spoiler alert — no two marijuana experiences are the same. Kinda like snowflakes and fingerprints. Not only does the journey differ from person to person, but it also varies within the individual. You could smoke Granddaddy Purple (available seeds on our site) a million times and never have the *exact* same trip, for better or for worse. That’s because the marijuana high is rooted in numerous factors, some of which may be completely out of your control. Want to learn what could affect your marijuana high? Keep reading!
In today’s post, we’ll explore the seven main components that could easily affect your high. Here’s a quick breakdown:
- Delivery method
- Cannabinoid profile
- Flavor profile
Come on, who doesn’t like feeling comfy, cozy in their environment? You’ve heard of ‘Home Sweet Home’ and ‘Home Is Where The Heart Is’ before. These cute little mottos are more than just words when it comes to marijuana. Turns out, setting is everything. An unfamiliar location might trigger feelings of panic, stress, anxiety, and paranoia during your marijuana high. It may also be hard to relax, unwind, and calm your mind in a brand new space. “Where are the exits?” “How do I get home?” “Am I safe or welcomed here?” These are just some of the thoughts that may arise, and thus, negatively impact your high.
The way you choose to consume marijuana has a massive effect on your overall journey. Thanks to the booming marijuana market, you can now eat, drink, inhale, apply, soak in (insert whatever verb you can think of) marijuana. Retailers offer water, chocolate, lotion, oil, soap, (insert whatever product you can think of) with THC or CBD in it. Typically, edibles last between 6-8 hours. Smoking marijuana lasts for 2-4 hours. The duration of your high directly correlates to your method of consumption.
Less is more when trying out a new strain or marijuana-based product, especially when it comes to edibles. True story: I once took my friend’s homemade Rice Krispies edible at a Modest Mouse concert and almost passed out because I didn’t know the dosage. That night also happened to be a date with my now-fiancé! Talk about a potentially embarrassing scenario! Too much marijuana might lead to paranoia, cottonmouth, and general uneasiness. Too little marijuana may not do anything at all. Start slow and think about ‘less is more.’
This is just a fancy way of pointing out a strain’s THC and CBD percentage. Marijuana strains can range from 5-30% THC, so it’s really important to learn where you fall on that vast scale. Some people have bad reactions to THC — the same way others to do caffeine or alcohol. In this case, opt for a high-CBD strain instead. We offer plenty of high-CBD seeds on our site! CBD is less likely to give you negative psychoactive effects than THC. Dispensaries often list their strains’ THC/CBD profiles on a menu.
You may come across the word ‘terpenes’ in your marijuana search. It’s what puts the ‘lemon’ in your Lemon Kush. Or the ‘berry’ in your Mazar x Blueberry hybrid. Or the ‘fuel’ in your Chemdawg Sour Diesel. The jury’s still out on whether scent/aroma/flavor can impact psychoactive effects in a user. What we do know, however, is the smell and taste of a strain can either make a user fall in love or run for the hills. A prime example is the Blue Cheese strain. You either love it or you hate it, and that preference alone could affect your marijuana high.
Yes, it’s true, a person’s age can impact their high. A 2007 study on rats found a connection between age and marijuana. Researchers found that “adolescent rats were reported to tolerate the effects of weed much better than their adult counterparts, who showed more signs of stress, anxiety, and suppressed the movement.” We might be able to apply these findings to humans, as well, but it’s not a bullet-proof theory.
And lastly, a person’s tolerance to marijuana might be the most prominent factor of all. As we said at the beginning of this article, no two experiences are the same. No two users are the same as we all come from various medical backgrounds. THC and CBD attach to our brain and body’s cannabinoid receptors differently. This connection is what ultimately makes us feel high. It’s such a specific, one-of-a-kind experience.
Now that you’re familiar with the factors that affect your marijuana high, you can smoke in a more knowledgable fashion! You can make the very best of your marijuana experience as long as you’re in a comfortable setting, know your dosage and tolerance, and pick a THC/CBD profile that’s suitable for you!