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Learn | 12.13.2021

4 Ways To Know The Difference Between Mind High & Body High

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. Created with Botany Farms.

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.

Check out this guide we made with our friends at Botany Farms with everything you need to know about differentiating head and body highs.

Take a look at their product catalog and see what they have to offer.

The Mind High Produces 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.

Glassy, red eyes ensue as a range of psychoactive effects take place straight out the gate.

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

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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.

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 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.

If that’s what you’re after, we recommend you roll a joint of this Sour Lifter we made in collaboration with Botany Farms, which will fill you up with energy and get you through your day with added vitality.


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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.

Mind Highs Are Likely To Increase Your Heart Rate

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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, 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.

Body Highs Are 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, and a host of other conditions.

This 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 a great 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, 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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