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Sure, you’re high—but are you as high as you could be? Science might be a bit behind in studying the ways to get a better high, but stoners around the world have shared their tips with each other since the first puff and pass. Hey, even if these tips don’t all work, you’ll get high trying them.
If you’ve been using cannabis for a long time, chances are you’re not getting as high as you used to. Your tolerance increases the more you use cannabis, and it becomes more difficult to get to the same level of high-ness that you could when you first started using cannabis. If you want to get higher, follow these simple techniques.
Here’s a tip that will help you improve your high in many ways. But first, let’s talk about CBG. Cannabigerol, a.k.a CBG, is called the mother cannabinoid. This is because all cannabis plants begin producing CBG which then transforms into other cannabinoids like the well-known THC or CBD.
It’s a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that acts similarly to CBD, producing mind and body soothing sensations. But, CBG does not make you drowsy or sleepy. Instead, it delivers mentally stimulating effects that invigorate and energize you.
When you combine CBG with THC, the result is a more balanced and enhanced high. That’s because CBG acts as a multiplier that heightens and compliment the effects of the THC. Not only will this improve your high, but it will also make your weed last longer.
Since it isn’t psychoactive, CBG can be sold in all 50 states. If you want the best CBG bud out there, then go with this Sour G strain. A rare CBG sativa that’ll pair perfectly with any THC bud.
Mangoes are not only delicious, but they are also highly practical for cannabis connoisseurs. Mangoes contain the chemical myrcene, which contains terpenes. You probably already know that cannabis also contains terpenes.
Therefore, when you eat a mango and then consume cannabis, the THC in the cannabis will interact with the myrcene and its terpenes, increasing the potency and duration of your high. This effect will vary from person to person.
Eating mango about an hour before you smoke can give you a stronger, more euphoric high. Even better, that mango may stop you from eating all those unhealthy munchies, and it gives you a dose of helpful vitamins and nutrients. A better high and healthy eating: what could be better?
Foods high in Omega-3 include chia seeds, brussels sprouts, walnuts, eggs, spinach, salmon, tofu, avocado, flax, broccoli, and best yet, hemp. The Omega-3 in these foods has been said to accelerate your high.
While there’s still a dearth of scientific research around this, it’s at least worth it to experiment. At the very least, you’ll get to eat some delicious food. Try eating these foods 30 minutes before consuming cannabis to increase the potency of your high.
If you’re on-the-go or not in the mood for cooking, take some Omega-3 gummies with you.
Anyone who’s eaten a cannabis edible will attest to the fact that the high you get is completely different than what you get from smoking. For one, the high from cannabis edibles lasts much longer (usually, at least four hours and can sustain for as long as ten hours).
Unlike smoking cannabis, which allows the cannabinoids access to your bloodstream quite quickly, edibles are processed through the liver. And since you’re metabolizing the cannabinoids, the effects are much, much stronger. It’s for this reason that we recommend, for a second time, to be very cautious with edibles.
Nearly every cannabis consumer has a horror story from eating too many edibles. Normally, one dose of an edible is 10mg. Try taking this dose, waiting at least an hour, and seeing how you feel. Remember, the high won’t come on all at once. You’ll get progressively higher over the course of several hours before your high plateaus and recedes.
Here’s a list of the best weed edibles you can buy online. We highly recommend you try the Daily Buzz Gummies from Five CBD. With 5 mg of THC per piece, these are a great way to test the waters with edibles.
Another way to try edibles is to bake your own! If that’s your case, then you have to get the Ardent FX. It’s called the Ease-Bake Oven for cannabis for a reason. With it, you can decarb, infuse, and bake perfectly dosed edibles with the push of a button. All in the same device. No experience needed, no hassle.
Science is almost always right. A study published in 2001 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence showed ethanol increased the rate at which participants felt the effects of marijuana. Also, respondents reported more episodes of euphoria and showed higher plasma THC levels. Just be careful if you decide to mix the two, as alcohol and marijuana affect everyone’s bodies differently.
Many smokers swear by it. A gravity bong (sometimes called a bucket bong or a waterfall bong) uses gravity—often by releasing water—to pull weed smoke into a container that the user inhales it from. Gravity bongs are something from another planet, they create huge clouds that will for sure get you higher than a regular joint, blunt, or regular bong. Besides, you can smoke your favorite concentrates in it. If you want our recommendation, go with High Rise’s bong, the world’s first hybrid gravity bong. Here’s our full review if you want to learn more.
This is a fairly obvious one. If normal cannabis isn’t doing it for you, it’s time to try something a little stronger. Cannabis concentrates like hash oil (also known as dabs and shatter) is a concentrated form of cannabis that isolates cannabinoids like THC so that you’re consuming less plant matter and more pure THC.
This means that a small amount of cannabis concentrates will get you significantly higher than the same amount of cannabis flower. They’re also highly enjoyable to consume, and gives you the opportunity to taste your cannabis’ unique terpenes. Try consuming cannabis concentrates with a dab rig.
Here’s one of our favorite concentrates you should check out:
Dark chocolate isn’t only great for the munchies. It’s also been known to increase your high. The darker the chocolate, the better. The reason is that cacao, which is found in dark chocolate, decreases the amount of time it takes for your brain to break down anandamide–a fatty acid neurotransmitter that binds to the brain’s THC receptors. It’s often called the “bliss molecule,” and if you ingest it before consuming cannabis, it’ll help prolong your high. The bliss molecule, indeed.
Hey, if inhaling is good enough for President Barack Obama, then it’s good enough for the rest of us. Sometimes people actually forget to inhale into their lungs—they just hold it in their mouths. So when you smoke, don’t forget to inhale (and maybe remember to exhale, too).
Many people love using cannabis when they exercise. In 2013, the University of Sydney conducted a study that reveals why cannabis might be such a great workout aid. The study found that after a 35-minute workout on a stationary bicycle, participants had a “substantial increase” in blood THC levels. In fact, the THC levels in the participants’ bloodstream spiked by a whole 15 percent. If you want to get higher, try going for a run, bike ride, or hit the gym immediately after consuming cannabis.
When you smoke, avoid a top shelf, which happens when the inhalation doesn’t get all the way to your lungs and gets caught in your chest, causing you to cough. To avoid this, try not to talk or laugh when you inhale (boo, we’re no fun).
Grinding your weed gives it more surface area, allowing it to burn more evenly and slowly. Bust that bud up good with the revolutionary KLIP grinder. With a patent-pending system that slices through your weed instead of grinding it like other devices, this Danish-designed grinder leaves your herb fluffier and covered with trichomes. Not only is it easier to use, but it also makes your weed stronger! Click here for our full review.
Black tea and green tea are excellent resources for trying to get rid of the pasties. They’re also packed with the antioxidant catechin, which binds to the brain’s CB1 receptors. This is why you feel more relaxed after drinking a cup of black or green tea.
And for that same reason, you can use black and green tea in conjunction with cannabis to increase its stress-relieving properties. So if you’re looking to kick back, throw on a series, get ridiculously stoned and relax, try sipping black or green tea while you’re consuming your cannabis.
Vapes, especially more premium ones, are a great way to get a better high. With vapes, whether they are dry herb vaporizers or concentrate vaporizers, you have more temperature control than with joints, blunts, or bowls. All those options, even though they are preferred by many, end up burning the weed because of the ultra-high temperatures of fire.
This results in burnt cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids, and overall affects the experience. With vapes, you can set your desired temperature. So, instead of burning cannabinoids and other plant components, you’re actually maximizing them and activating more of them. And, you get to experience the weed’s flavors.
Lower temperatures usually activate more terpenes than cannabinoids, making for a therapeutic effect, while higher heat settings can get you REALLY stoned. Besides, you won’t have to worry about lingering odors and harmful smoke entering your lungs.
If you want the best device out there, that you can use with dry herb and concentrates, then check out the PAX 3. Very few devices offer the precision temperature control and overall quality that this vape has to offer.
If you usually smoke in the morning, try at night. Change your location or the music you listen to. The change in routine might change your perspective, and give you a better high.
No matter what, weak weed just won’t get you there as quickly or efficiently as the good stuff. Here’s our guide with the strongest strains in the world, including indica, sativa, and hybrid strains.
A properly rolled joint burns evenly, has no seeds or stems, and provides a better high. It takes a few seconds longer to roll a joint properly, but those seconds are well worth it to get a few feet higher in the clouds. Give RAW’s 100% organic, toxin, and chemical-free rolling papers a shot for that perfect roll every time. Learn how to roll a blunt by clicking on the link.
If you find that being around certain people kills your high—don’t smoke with them. If you get the best high by yourself, smoke alone. It’s that simple.
“Fake it til you make it” does not work when it comes to weed. If you’re not high, don’t act like you are. It won’t get you there any faster and all you’ll do is annoy the people around you.
No two people will experience the exact same high. What works for one person might not work for another, so try out each of the above tips and see what works best for you.
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