Not all highs are created equal and we certainly have our preferences. Among experienced cannabis users, it is well-known that the type of high you experience has a lot to do with our strains of choice, as well as the way in which they are consumed. Sativas are most associated with the mind high or cerebrally-enhanced effects. While the body high is mostly acquired by Indica strains, which cause feelings of deep relaxation, sedation, and full body sensations.
1. The mind high produces immediate mood altering effects
Soon after one or two good hits (more for high-tolerance smokers) feelings of euphoria, energy and pleasure overwhelm the brain. Glassy, red eyes ensue as a range of psychoactive effects take place straight out the gate.
Sativas offer a higher CBD content, which produces highly-stimulating effects that result in alertness and optimism, thus making them perfect for daytime use.
A body high, however, induces primarily physical effects. Indicas offer higher concentrations of THC which have a sedative effect. Common characteristics of a body high are: feelings of lethargy (couch-locked), clumsiness, awkwardness walking/standing, tingling, heightened physical sensitivity and heightened sexual awareness.
2. Altered mental perception vs. heightened physical sensations
Mind highs are often accompanied by a noticeable enhancement of certain mental processes like creativity and connection-building for example. There is also an increase in aural and visual capacity that seems to breathe new life into even the most mundane activities.
Sativa users are capable of high-functioning physical and mental activities including exercise and artistic creation among many others.
Body highs however, tend to leave tokers a lot less functional. Body highs are notorious for producing bouts of incredible laziness, feelings of paralysis, heaviness, numbness and even out-of-body experiences.
3. Mind highs are likely to increase your heart rate
According to Webmd, “smoking pot can increase your heart rate by as much as two times for up to three hours.” This increased blood flow enhances the psychoactive effects produced by the brain. For some smokers, an elevated heart rate can cause feelings of panic and actually induce anxiety rather than provide relief.
Under the influence of a body high of a body high, it is more common to feel your heart rate slowing down and/or pounding. Indicas are generally a better option for anxiety relief than sativas as they naturally calm the body and reduce the manifestations of stress.
4. Body highs are better for physical ailments
Indicas deep relaxation inducing qualities are a perfect match for medical marijuana patients who suffer from chronic pain, muscle spasms, migraines, insomnia and a host of other conditions.
Mind highs work better for those who suffer from mental conditions. While indicas may be better for treating anxiety, depression, attention-deficit, and behavioral disorders benefit more from sativa use due to its ability to increase focus and stimulate creativity.
No wonder many religions and cultures have used marijuana to meditate and connect with their inner selves for millennia.
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