What does it feel like to be high?

Smoking, ingesting, or vaping marijuana can make you high or “stoned.” If you’ve never tried marijuana, you might wonder what it feels like.

The active ingredient in marijuana is THC delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol. When you smoke or vape marijuana, THC enters your bloodstream via your lungs. Its concentration in the blood peaks within minutes. Eventually, THC is broken down and excreted in urine and stool.

How you react to marijuana depends on a number of factors, including:

  • the dose, strain, and potency
  • whether you smoke, vape, or ingest it
  • how often you use marijuana
  • your age, gender, and physiology
  • whether you drink alcohol or take other drugs at the same time​

While high on marijuana, you might feel: euphoric, relaxed, amused, giggly, creative, hungry and could be more sensitive to light, color, sound, touch, taste, and smell.

However, marijuana use can also lead to unpleasant feelings or experiences. These include:​

  • anxiety, confusion, delusions and hallucinations, high blood pressure, nausea and vomiting, panic, paranoia, ambiguous thinking, and racing heartbeat

When I smoke I feel different things. Often, I get inspired and energized to continue taking action on projects I am working on. I think this is because the weed slows my mind down towards focusing on what I am working on rather than all the “outside” thoughts and concerns that might be underlying.

When I am mediating after smoking I feel more connected with myself and a sense of gratitude for the life I am living. I am also able to see concerns in a way that could be impowering.

I do not suggest using marijuana to try to make your issues go away or get better. I would suggest marijuana to help you get in touch with what is going on VS a barrier to avoid.

Thank you for reading.

Written by
Ryan Andersen


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