Getting high can be an overwhelming trip for some or a non-existent concept for many long-time weed smokers who have built up tolerance levels so high, that high just doesn’t cut it anymore. For these experienced tokers, psychoactive highs are a thing of the past and cannabis produces more of a “feel good” buzz that’s just meant to get you through the day.
In this article, we’ll discuss ways that may help you enhance your high if you’re an inexperienced consumer and have not hit that “stoned” state everybody is so fond of. If you’re on the other side of the spectrum, then we’ll also discuss ways that could help put that kick back in your high and help you shift the gear back to normal on your tolerance.
I’ve found that a good high is strictly dependent on the atmosphere I’m working with. If the setting around me is shitty, I’ll usually experience a shitty high. This might be correlated with my anxious, OCD-type behaviors so it could be an amplified feature in my case, but I think a little prepping couldn’t hurt anyone.
If this is your case as well, make sure you prep before even thinking of lighting up. I’ve experienced the most incredible smoking sessions when I take the time to previously pick out my music, food, drinks, movie, or book. Every time I smoke I make sure that everything I’ll need is within arm’s reach and immediately accessible to me.
There are of course strains that provide more potent highs, this is often due to THC levels. So, picking a strain with high contents of THC could be the way to go for you if you’re just looking to get crazy stoned. Regardless of whether you’re going with Indica or Sativa.
If that’s not your goal, then definitely be picky between Indica or Sativa. For instance, I find that a Sativa high can be overwhelming, so I choose to go Indica in the evenings and 50/50 hybrids throughout the day. Try out what works for you best and pick out the moments of the day depending on strain type.
I suggest sticking to strains with effects you’re familiar with and aromas that you enjoy smelling. If you want to get higher off of a certain strain that you already love but can’t manage to do that, then hold tight because we’ll list a few tricks later on in the list that will help you do just that.
Because of its taboo riddled past, storage is perhaps one of the things we’re least used to doing well. If you’re serious about your weed, then storage has to be on top of your list of priorities.
Make sure you keep your cannabis in a cool place, away from moisture, direct sunlight, and heat. Once you have the product in your hands, make sure you take it out of the baggy it comes in and place it into a metal or glass container. Potency can be affected by plastic and other materials, while glass and metal are charge free.
Pro Tip: Store strains separately to isolate aromas.
With friends? Alone with a book or movie? Taking a walk with your dog to unwind? Finding the moment that gives you the most satisfaction will ultimately improve how you feel during and after you get high.
The right method for the right type of high and duration. Bongs, joints, rigs, edibles, and sublingual drops all provide different sensations and durations. Dabs on rigs will usually result in a more potent high, but the truth is that all bodies react differently.
I suggest trying out a few different delivery methods and taking mental notes of what goes better for the type of high you choose (or actual notes if you’re that disciplined). Some delivery methods could be better suited for certain times in the day and different goals, so play around with the timing as well.
I’m not particularly fond of recommending foods that supposedly provide better and more potent highs because I don’t feel any benefits from it personally. However, there are some foods and substances that have been scientifically proven to boost the high like mangoes.
I find that foods boost my high on a mental level, as they provide pleasure through textures and flavors, rather than directly altering the way cannabis interacts with my body. Based on personal experiences I would suggest sticking to the foods you enjoy. Look for foods that provide pleasurable sensations on their own, rather than eating something you wouldn’t usually have.
I’ve had amazing experiences doing yoga and riding a bike while high. But I’ve also experienced shitty highs when lifting weights or boxing. The right type of exercise for a high is the one you feel most comfortable with, something you already know gives you pleasure on its own without the need of being high.
I’ve found that gentle sports like Jiu-Jitsu and Yoga pair perfectly with a high. My suggestion would be to choose a workout not because it makes your high more enjoyable, but the other way around, get high to enjoy the sport you already love on an even higher level (pun intended).
THC is absorbed and stored in body fat, so exercises that burn fat are technically recommended to leverage a more potent high.
If you’ve tried to get high before but haven’t managed to do it, it’s alright, you’re not alone. I’ve had friends and family go through this and it usually turns out to be that they’re just not inhaling the smoke deep enough for it to reach their lungs, and when they do try hard to inhale, they end up coughing and don’t enjoy the sensation at all.
If this is the case, then you might just not enjoy smoking and should probably look into vaping, concentrates, or edibles. However, if you’re hell-bent on getting high, then I would suggest inhaling small puffs of smoke until your tolerance to smoke builds up a little bit.
I enjoy smoking weed so much that I purposefully try not to overindulge and build my tolerance levels up so high that all I feel is a lousy buzz. Choose your smoking moments and dosage quantities wisely. If you want a bit of a boost to get you through the day then 1 or 2 puffs should do the trick, but if you want to let go and unwind then smoke a bit more. But keep it steady, dial back a little bit, and make sure your tolerance levels don’t spiral out of control.
Not smoking all day every day has worked magic for me and keeps me at a tolerance level I’m happy with. Not taking away the giggly and paranoid effects that I find amusing, and still allowing me to regulate my consumption to levels where I won’t feel overwhelmed and will still be able to read a book or write an article.
Remember, the goal is to manage your tolerance level to a point where you’re still able to achieve both states: Super stoned and slightly buzzed.
If you’ve already reached a point in your smoking habits where nothing gets you high, then your best bet would be to alternate your delivery mechanisms and cannabis source –
Experiment with flower, hash, concentrates, bongs, vaping, dabs, joints, distillates, and edibles. By switching from one method to the next you’re tricking the system into feeling that high again. I couldn’t recommend a standard variation of mechanisms because everybody is unique. So perhaps just try out a few different combinations and see what works for you.
However, overdoing it with any delivery system (regardless of how high you’re getting at the beginning) could build up your tolerance levels even higher. So, refer back to point number 9 on the list and be wary of managing your tolerance levels before you even think about mixing it up.
I have not yet reached the point where I need a break from cannabis. But I do have friends who have reached a point in their life where no amount of cannabis gets them high and going a day without it seems like a nightmare. If this is the case, then a tolerance break is not only healthy for you in general, but it could also reset your system and get you back to a tolerance level that feels pleasurable once again.
People that have been through this bit often say that a break has to be at least a month for it to be effective. But once again, I haven’t been there so I can’t speak for it first-hand. The best advice I could give you is to manage your tolerance level from the very beginning and avoid getting to the point where you need a break from sweet Mary Jane!