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3 Levels of High

3 Levels of a Marijuana High

What is getting high?

Buzzed, High, & Stoned on Weed

What is getting high on marijuana? It has been happening for Centuries. Here we take a look at what we call the 3 Levels of HIGH on Cannabis. We specify marijuana for obvious reasons.

Once you have read these descriptions, we hope you’ll agree and see (in your own experience) how we have come to these conclusions.

Below you will find our description of basically what happens when you smoke marijuana, and what happens when you continue to indulge. Some believe there are more than 3 levels of getting high, and they have every reason as marijuana affects everyone a little differently.

The apparatus you choose to smoke your pot in will vary.

While this can influence the rate at which you attain these levels, it does not negate the fact that you go through each one to experience the next (no matter how briefly).

The BUZZ

Use: “catching a buzz” or the invitation “wanna catch a buzz?” (It CAN BE elusive, so you have to ‘catch’ one when you can)

Practice: Limited to taking only two or possibly three hits (tokes, inhales, etc.- depends on weed too).

Effect: The BUZZ is the first level experienced in getting high on pot. You catch a nice, calm, enjoyable, floaty, buzz. First time users may claim to be stoned.

This buzz practice is good for the daily user who begins their day with a buzz (not to be confused with “wake & bake” – see Stoned).

Catching a Buzz is not enough to get burnt out, and yet you have not truly reached the Level of High (so to speak). You can revisit your joint or pipe later and refresh your buzz by taking a couple more hits. This can be continued through-out the day with zero (if any) ill or negative effects.

Explanation: Depending upon the potency of your pot, any one of these effects could be enhanced or non-existent in your personal experience. It may take only one hit on the bong with your Hawaiian to catch a buzz, or it could take more than 10 hits of a joint to catch the same buzz based upon the quality of your weed and your friends.

Warning: These examples take into account the use of good to excellent grade reefer. A nice buzz can last from 30 minutes to 2 hours. The effects of getting high on marijuana can be different from one person to the next. Marijuana is NOT a physically addictive drug.

The Marijuana HIGH

Use: “getting high”, “let’s get high”

Practice: This level is generally reached when you smoke a joint or a couple of bowls with friends. Attainment can be reached with 4 to 8 hits of decent weed. It goes beyond a buzz, but you are not stoned either.

Effect: When you have continued from the Buzz level, you will quickly get funnier, and can become internal with your wild and sporadic thoughts. You may experience phases of paranoia at this level, I do not. That comes from (potentially) breaking a law to do it, or having to cover it up or hide it to begin with (IMO).

You generally feel really good, may want to do something fun, fast & exciting. You will like the taste of food and drink, and can still perform awesomely & completely enjoy your partner sexually. Now that’s a side-effect! Audio and Video experiences seem enhanced to you. Focus & creativity are generally increased as well.

Warning: People have reported witnessing uncontrollably laughter at nothing or anything at all. Having them explain the source of their laughter is futile. Laughing to tears is possible when paying attention to deep, meaningless conversation and humor.

Existing addictions like video games, alcohol, sex or adrenaline rushes of any type seem magnified and craved for, when high. Red, sometimes bloodshot eyes can be experienced while at this level of high (standard eye drops can mask this appearance). It seems more fun to you when your friends are NOT high with you – but it’s not fun or funny to them. Great marijuana can keep you really high for hours with minimum burn out. Some marijuana can leave you with dry mouth, also referred to as “cotton mouth”.

STONED on Marijuana

Use: “Let’s get stoned”, “Getting stoned” or “They’re really stoned”

Practice: When you continue to get high (continue to smoke after you are already high), you reach a certain plateau (destination). This Zone is happily referred to by many as “Stoned”. To some, catching a buzz or getting high just isn’t enough. they like to be stoned.

Effect: When a person is stoned, they may exhibit any or all of the following behaviors;

All of the symptoms of the Buzz and the High are still present and usually increased when Stoned. It’s also more fun in groups.

Friendly, talkative, sexual, less inhibited, courageous (?), daring, and sometimes even stupid (example: the movie JackAss).

Individuals are often mistaken in photographs for having their eyes closed, when (in reality) they were really just stoned.

Warning: Extreme bouts of snack splurging are a noticeable side effect of being stoned on marijuana. While eye drops can help with the red eye experienced when getting high, they cannot help with the squinty eyes of a stoner. This often occurs after smoking really good reefer, or smoking so much Pot that you are glued to whatever seat you are in (the couch is a fine example). This squinty-eyed side-effect has no known cure as of the time of this publishing.

Some individuals may display a lack of motivation or activity at this level (lethargic). A burn-out may occur when coming down from the high (feeling) itself.

Bad weed or extreme burn-out may cause sleepiness in some at this level. Some people experience a nice body buzz besides their cerebral high. Many individuals (but not all), are NOT recommended to operate heavy equipment, run machinery or grocery shop in this condition.

What is getting high? Getting High on Marijuana. The 3 levels of getting high on Cannabis. What we feel like getting high on weed.

Is It Better To Take Big Or Small Hits When Smoking Weed?

There are still plenty of cannabis smokers who believe that gigantic hits from a bong or blunt are a one-way ticket to getting higher than high. But is it true that more smoke means more THC? Let’s take a look at what separates the huge hits from the small.

It’s likely that you’ve heard the old myth about how you’re supposed to smoke weed the “right” way. How exactly is that done? Well, some say that you must take extra-large hits and hold them in the lungs for as long as possible to achieve maximum effects. If you’re in this camp, we hate to break it to you, but this is not doing what you think it is. Here’s why you don’t need to take huge hits to enjoy your weed.

WHY YOU DON’T NEED TO TAKE BIG HITS

To get a better perspective on things, let’s take a look at how our lungs function. When we breathe, we are actually not very efficient at absorbing oxygen and expelling carbon dioxide. Although our lungs can hold about 6 litres of air with one large breath, we’re expelling a good portion of that oxygen when we exhale. If our lungs absorbed oxygen super-efficiently, we could potentially take in these 6 litres in one go and wouldn’t need another breath for a while. Instead, we breathe more often and with shorter breaths.

The fact is, your lungs can only absorb 5–6ml of oxygen per minute, and the same principle is true when you smoke weed. Or said differently, it’s not possible for you to force more THC into your system when you’re holding smoke in your lungs.

“TAKING BIG HITS MAKES ME HIGHER!”

You may indeed “feel higher” when taking larger hits and holding them in, but this is because you’re depriving your brain of oxygen. The lightheadedness or dizziness that you feel will be compounded further by carbon monoxide in the smoke. Simply by inhaling a larger hit of smoke, it may trick you into feeling as though the quantity of THC being received is also higher. Point blank, this is not the case.

OUR BODY ABSORBS THC INSTANTLY

Our lungs transfer oxygen from the air (or THC from smoke) almost instantly. As soon as you have taken a hit, almost all the THC from your weed (95%) has already entered your body. This means there is no point in holding your smoke for an extended period, or at all for that matter.

HOLDING IN YOUR SMOKE IS UNHEALTHY

The active compounds in cannabis (THC, CBD, terpenes, flavonoids) only comprise a small portion of what is contained in weed smoke. The rest of its contents is made up different substances, many of which are harmful. The longer you hold the smoke in, the more toxic byproducts settle in your body. If you think this sounds unhealthy, you’re spot on.

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO GET AS HIGH AS POSSIBLE?

Simple answer here: smoke more. Or, if you think that your current weed might not cut it for your desired effect, consider stronger strains. You can also consider dabbing concentrates or taking edibles, both of which result in much more potent experiences.

Now that you realise taking smaller hits is healthier, it might make sense to try vaping. Vaporizers don’t combust the pant material or concentrates, but simply heat them to the desired range for cannabinoids to become active. This results in a healthier consumption experience that some people believe is more intense. The smooth draws should also make your lungs feel better after becoming acquainted with your vape.

OTHER BENEFITS OF SMALLER DOSES OF CANNABIS

Not everyone who smokes weed does so because they want to get as high as possible. Different folks have different reasons, and that’s okay. Microdosing has recently become quite popular among medicinal users, and it’s even gaining traction amongst recreational consumers.

WHAT IS MICRODOSING?

Microdosing involves taking a small, “sub-perceptual” dose of a substance (in this case THC), so you can experience its benefits without feeling high. A normal THC microdose is around 2–3mg. So, rather than smoking your entire joint or bowl, you’d just take a small puff or two. Some users microdose this way throughout the day to enjoy cannabis without the negative side effects that come with high doses of THC.

KEEP IT EASY AND HEALTHY

Fortunately, smoking cannabis isn’t some type of competition where you need to strain your body to get the most out of it. However you choose to do it, keep it easy with small puffs. If you smoke a lot, look into switching to a vaporizer instead. A decent vape can last a while and reduce harm to your lungs. It’s a win-win!

We dispel the old myth that you need to take huge hits to get higher. Learn why smaller hits hits of cannabis are smarter. ]]>