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4 Ways To Tell The Difference Between A Mind High & Body High

The type of high you experience has a lot to do with your chosen strain and consumption method. Learn more about the differences below.

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 your strain of choice and how you consume it.

Sativas are most associated with the mind high or cerebrally-enhanced effects. At the same time, the body high is mostly acquired by Indica strains, which cause feelings of deep relaxation, sedation, and full-body sensations.

Check out our guide with everything you need to know about differentiating head and body highs.

The Mind High: Immediate Mood-Altering Effects

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Soon after one or two good hits (more for high-tolerance smokers), feelings of euphoria, energy, and pleasure overwhelm the brain. Glossy, red eyes ensue as a range of psychoactive effects occurs right off the bat.

Sativas, like Botany Farms’ Pineapple Haze, produce highly-stimulating effects that result in alertness and optimism, thus making them perfect for daytime use.

Mind highs are primarily associated with instant effects. If you feel a tingly sensation or heaviness behind your eyes after a toke, that’s the mind high.

The Body High: Gradual Physical Effects

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A body high, however, induces primarily physical effects. Indicas, specifically, offer more or 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.

Indicas, like this Hot Blonde from Botany Farms, help you unwind and chill on a relaxing evening with your loved ones. They produce effects more gradually than mind-high Sativas. The body high starts with a wave of relaxation throughout the body, which shifts into a feeling of tiredness and physical bliss.

Altered Mental Perception Vs. Heightened Physical Sensations

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Mind highs are often accompanied by a noticeable enhancement of certain mental processes like creativity and making connections you didn’t make when sober.

There is also an increased 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. They fill you with energy and get you through your day with added vitality.

Body highs, however, tend to leave tokers a lot less functional. Body highs are notorious for producing bouts of:

  • Laziness
  • Feelings of paralysis
  • Heaviness
  • Numbness
  • Even out-of-body experiences

If you’re looking for a higher level inclined towards the mental buzz, there’s nothing like a Sativa strain, like the Candy Jack Vape Cartridge from Binoid.

A 92% premium quality HHC-O live resin cartridge, paired with live cannabis terpene strains, gives a potent and powerful mental buzz that will provide you with happiness and overall liveliness.

On the other hand, if you need a well-deserved rest and relaxation day, opt for the Delta 8 Live Resin Vape Cartridge with Blueberry Kush flavor. This strain will help you melt into the couch with soothing and relaxing sensations that gradually take over your body, eliminating the day’s stress.

These cartridges, being made with live resin, produce powerful sensations that stay with you for a long time. So, which one do you prefer?

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Mind Highs: Increased Heart Rate

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Smoking weed can dramatically increase your heart rate, which can last a few 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, 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.

Botany Farms’ Sour Special Sauce, for instance, is a gentle Indica that’ll help you decompress and eliminate stress.

The Delta 8 Blueberry Kush Cartridge is also a special Indica to eliminate, at least temporarily, all worries. Being able to relax with nothing else on your mind but calm.

Body Highs: Better For Physical Ailments

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Indica’s deep relaxation-inducing qualities are a perfect match for medical marijuana patients who suffer from:

  • Chronic pain
  • Muscle spasms
  • Migraines
  • Insomnia
  • Inflammation
  • Other physical conditions

Bubba Kush is a great example of a strain that works wonders for patients suffering from ailments like depression, anxiety, insomnia, and even chronic pain. Thanks to its extremely calming effects, this is an excellent alternative for medical users who want to decompress or improve their sleep.

Mind highs work better for those who suffer from mental conditions. While Indicas may be better for treating anxiety, depression, and attention deficit disorder, behavioral disorders benefit more from the use of Sativa because of its ability to increase concentration and stimulate creativity.

This HHC-O Live Resin Cartridge – Candy Jack, a Sativa strain from Binoid, is ideal for fostering creativity and stimulating deep, reflective thinking. It’s no wonder why many religions and cultures have used marijuana to meditate and connect with their inner selves for millennia.

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