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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.

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 everything you need to know about differentiating head and body highs.

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.

Delta 8 THC Pineapple Haze Flower

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.

Sour Lifter Sativa Flower

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.

But everything in life depends on the preferences of each one, the moment, and the particular needs, so if what you are looking for is a high more inclined towards the mental buzz nothing like a Sativa strain, like the Candy Jack Vape Cartridge by 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 give you feelings of happiness and overall liveliness. You will want to eat the world in the company of this Binoid cartridge.

If on the other hand, you need a well-deserved rest and relaxation day nothing like the Delta 8 Live Resin Vape Cartridge with Blueberry Kush flavor.

This strain will help you melt into the couch while you have soothing and relaxing sensations that gradually take over your body, eliminating life’s stress. It is also ideal for finishing a heavy day of work and counting sheep in less time than you think.

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 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.

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

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.

Bubba Kush Indica Flower

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.

Like the HHC-O Live Resin Cartridge – Candy Jack-, a sativa strain from Binoid ideal for fostering creativity and stimulating deep, reflective thinking.

No wonder many religions and cultures have used marijuana to meditate and connect with their inner selves for millennia.

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