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How To Not Look High

Every cannabis consumer has found themselves at one time or another in a less-than-desirable situation when they’re high – and need to not look high

Every cannabis consumer has found themselves at one time or another in a less-than-desirable situation when they’re high – and need to not look high.

Maybe your parents call around, or you have to pick up some previously-forgotten-but-now-essential-item from the grocery store (snacks or rolling papers, usually.)

If you’ve been smoking weed for a long time, chances are people can’t tell when you’ve had a smoke anyway.

But if you’re relatively new to the scene, there are a few things you can do to keep your love of MJ on the DL.

How Do You Look When You’re High

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When your mind is running on the power of weed and your limbs start to feel lighter than a feather, you know you’re high.

However, other people might also notice some telltale signs that make them wonder whether you’ve been indulging in dope.

We’re here to help you master the art of not looking high.

Here are some signs of highness to expect when consuming Mary Jane:

  • The most common physically noticeable attribute are the famous reddened eyes.
  • Your muscle coordination might tip you off – perhaps your relaxed state will cause you to be a bit clumsy.
  • You might need more time processing what’s being said or what’s going on – leading to a delayed reaction time.
  • Munchies: if you can’t stop grabbing at the bowl of chips, someone might wonder if you’ve got a case of increased appetite by weed.
  • A change in mental state: if you’re prone to anxiety and paranoia when smoking, it could be that someone notices you’re not entirely your sober self.

How To Not Look High In Front Of Your Parents

Not all parents are a-okay with your use of weed (they’re from another generation – can we blame them?)

You’ll want to make sure you don’t let off telltale signs by tending to red eyes, getting rid of the skunk-like smell that’s recognizable, relaxing, and remembering that no one notices the trip as much as you do.

Just be yourself, but throw caution to the wind by investing in some eye-drops, hiding away the stash, throwing on some perfume, and brushing your teeth.

How To Make Your Eyes Not Look High

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Red eyes symbolize smoking weed, as the inner eye pressure drops and blood vessels expand to give that signature bloodshot look. Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to get rid of them.

The most common and effective way is to use anti-redness eye drops, as long as you don’t overdo it and create a tolerance.

Once that’s out of the way, be aware of your squinting and open those bright eyes right up.

Because weed dilates your pupils, your eyes might feel more sensitive to light, thus making you squint.

If all else fails, put on a pair of sunglasses, and they’ll be none-the-wiser.

How To Not Look High Without Eye Drops

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You might be in a pickle if you’ve just smoked and don’t have any eye drops on hand.

Fortunately, there are ways to combat that infamous bloodshot stare without the need for chemicals.

You can try soaking a hand towel in cold water to create a compress and placing it over your eyes for a few minutes.

Alternatively, rinsing your eyes out with water can also do the trick (just make sure the water is filtered and safe).

Finally, make sure to blink often by relieving eye strain.

How To Hide Being High

Most people won’t give it a second thought as long as you stay in control, make sure the smell is all gone, and tend to the telltale physical signs.

Here are some tips on how to hide being high:


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You’ll want to make sure you’re drinking enough water to combat red eyes and keep you from dealing with cottonmouth, as well as keeping you grounded.


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Remember, most people won’t even notice if you’re high or not as long as you’re in the zone and in control of your thoughts and actions.

Try to stay calm and just enjoy the moment as you would if you were sober.

CBD can help you relax. Not only does it have mind and body soothing properties, but it also counteracts the psychoactive effects of THC.

A few drops of a full-spectrum CBD tincture like this one from CBDistillery can help you settle down and chill.

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Hide Your Stash

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If you’ve got unexpected visitors that decide to pop by right after a raging session, you’ll want to get rid of the evidence.

Thinking ahead will spare you a lot of trouble, so have your stash hidden away in someplace safe that you know no one will come looking for.

Here’s our list of genius places to stash your stash.

Get Rid Of The Smell

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Usually, if you’re caught smoking it will be because of the infamous smell that marijuana has.

Keep an odor eliminator on hand, light some candles, burn incense, brush your teeth, pop a gum (CBD gum will help you relax, too) in your mouth, and spray on some perfume.

Veil is an odor eliminator specifically designed to get rid of pot smell so maybe keep one around to have peace of mind.

How To Act Sober While High

Life happens, and often, life is accompanied by a joint or a pipeful of your favorite strain.

You can easily get rid of the physical giveaways of being high, but acting sober is another important aspect to get people off your trail.

First of all: take a couple of big, deep breaths and relax. You might feel like you’re on Jupiter, but to someone who doesn’t suspect a thing, you’ll seem normal (or a little tired, at worst). 

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Find a comfortable position to be in and concentrate on calming yourself. If you feel like the conversation is a burden, keep your answers short and sweet and let them talk themselves out so you don’t have to. 

Here’s another secret: fake it until you make it. Confidence is a surefire way to get people to see right past the movie going on inside of your head.

Fixating on the trippiness of the situation might awaken some anxiety, so take a chill pill and just concentrate on the moment.

Finally, there’s a chance that someday you might find yourself facing a drug test for an employer or your parents.

Check out some detox options to have you prepared at any time to flush it out of your system.

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