What Does Being High Feel Like?

What Does Being High Feel Like?

Ah yes, the age-old question: What does being high feel like? Is it going to be like the scenes in the movies? Will it take you for a wild ride like it did in Pineapple Express, and will you really eat everything in the entire fridge? The answer to this is dependent on a number of factors including things such as the way a person is wired, to the strain of weed they are consuming. Each person has their own experience, however, there are some universal effects that can be expected after consuming marijuana.

Different Types of Highs

Not all highs are the same and not all types of weed will give you the same high. Because of the science behind the marijuana strains, users can generally expect a few universal effects. The following is a cliff notes guide:

  • Indica Strains – Will give you a big body high
  • Sativa Strains – Will give you a big head high
  • Hybrid Strains – Will give you a bit of both a head high and body high. One might be greater than the other depending on what the dominant strain is.

When going to the dispensary, try to remember Indica stands for “Into the couch”.  If you are looking for both a body and head high without one being stronger than the other, try to pick out an even hybrid strain that has a 50/50 mix.

If you aren’t too sure about the difference between different marijuana strains, ask the workers! They will be more than happy to help you out and it is after all their job. They will know the strains better than anyone else, and they will pick one out for you that checks all the boxes on your list of must-haves.

THC Content

The amount of THC found in marijuana is what actually gives users the psychedelic, mind-altering effects. THC is the psychoactive substance that is responsible for the euphoric feeling users often rave about.

THC can also benefit users medically and recreationally because its a cannabinoid and has its own properties. It is one of the most powerful parts of the marijuana plant and is extremely helpful to medical patients.

Perhaps you are one of those who wants a head high without feeling any psychedelic effects: in this case, strains with a mix of THC and CBD will give a head high without giving you a “trip”.

Head High Feelings

As we went over, those who want a head high should stick to Sativa or Sativa-dominant strains. A non-psychedelic head high will be similar to taking a happy pill. A head high is a great thing to experience during the day or afternoon. People can still function while having a head high, and some can, in fact, even benefit from it.

Feelings associated with a head high include:

  • Giggles
  • Non-stop talking
  • Confidence
  • Euphoria
  • A sense of well being
  • Energy
  • Head tingle

Medical Head High

Using Sativa strains can help patients with mental illnesses that they often can’t find relief from when using standard pharmaceutical drugs. Overall head highs are great for people with:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • ADHD
  • ADD
  • Headaches/migraines
  • Chronic pain

A head high is a great tool in helping those feel euphoric, focused and relaxed. Once taken, marijuana can help change peoples outlook on life and can put them in an overall more positive headspace. Coffee doesn’t cut it for some people and users find the extra bump of motivation they need from using Sativa marijuana.

Jobs in the art field can require a great deal of mental creativity and imagination. When artists minds get blocked, the use of a sativa heavy stain can open up their mind. The high changes in each mindset and allows users to go to another world. Once the mind is open, it can inspire artists to move forward on the current project they may be stuck on.

Note: A head high can be great for mental ailments, but for users who overindulge, the effects may have the opposite effect. If a high dose or a potent strain is taken, the user may experience paranoia or anxiety. Instead of the world seeming endless and beautiful, it may seem dark and frightening. A few tricks that may help, is not to eat greasy food, and also to drink water mixed with sugar.

Body High Feelings

People looking for a focus on a body high should stick to Indica or Indica-dominant strains. A body high is great to experience at night or during times you don’t have to get things done. Body highs might be intense for some people and they may find themselves falling asleep.

Feelings associated with a body high include:

  • Sleep
  • Relaxation
  • Calm
  • Lazy
  • Hunger
  • Body tingles
  • Body buzz or numbness

Medical Body High

Indica strains can help people with body ailments. Indica strains are real lifesavers for those who have body pain that would typically keep them bedridden. Through the use of marijuana, people can start to heal and get back to their everyday life.

A body high can be helpful in treating those with:

  • Insomnia
  • Joint pain
  • Inflammation
  • Muscle conditions
  • Cancer (specifically nausea)
  • Acute pain

Altered Perceptions

Those who choose a strain with high THC content can experience altered sensory perceptions. Eyesight, touch, smell, and sound may all be altered in a way that many have never experienced before. Some might experience a time lapse and hours may feel like minutes. Eyesight may skip and a time-lapse will happen, which is similar to the feeling of a tilt-o-whirl.

Another popular feeling users are likely to experience is hunger. The use of marijuana reacts with receptors in our brain, and it is because of this process, that the brain thinks it is hungry instead of being full. People enjoy the munchies for both medical and recreational reasons.

Until you have experienced a Thanksgiving dinner high; have you ever really experienced a proper Thanksgiving dinner? Not only will you feel hungry, but food will taste so much better when you are high. It’s sort of the same concept as eating when you are drunk after bar close, diets are thrown out the window and pizza is thrown into the mouth.

Enhancement of sound is a top pleasurable experience associated with being high. Why have a hangover the day after a concert when you can experience it high, with zero negative effects the day after? Not only will you feel a body high that allows you to feel the beats, but you will experience a head high that will make you see your new favorite song in a different light.

Mood and Mental State

Overall, a high will feel like intoxication that is elevated. Being high will give you the same effects as drinking without the blackouts and falls that are often accompanied after one too many drinks.

Peoples mood and mental state are going to differ from person to person, and things such as height, weight, health, medication, and consumption method are all things that will affect individual high feelings.


The way in which weed is consumed is going to play a huge factor in the consumer’s mood and mental state. Edibles are going to give users the best overall experience and the high will slowly come and slowly go. Overall edibles give users a mellow experience. Many people prefer to use edibles because the high time itself is typically the longest and can range anywhere from 2-6 hours.

Smoking weed offers an instant effect and users will feel strong results immediately. The feeling may be overwhelming to first-time marijuana users and a small puff is suggested or negative feelings may ensue. Smoking weed offers a high time typically averaging 2-3 hours.

Those who don’t necessarily want a full body or head high should consume weed in the form of lotions or oils. People can benefit from the healing properties of the marijuana plant without affecting their overall body and mind state. Athletes and health-conscious people prefer this method, because they don’t typically like altering their overall body or mind. Even with low THC, ingesting marijuana will change a persons body.

Final Thoughts

Feeling high is a bit more complicated than just one standard universal feeling. Remember to look at the strains and ask the dispensary for help, so you can find the product which will achieve your medical or recreational purposes.

If you are new to the marijuana world, start slow; work your way up and look for a 50/50 hybrid strain. First-time users will enjoy the high from edibles over the high they will experience from consuming it any other way. Once you feel comfortable with edibles, you can start to explore other consumption methods and dive into more strains.

If you want a smooth high from beginning to end, look for low THC or THC mixed with CBD. A good rule of thumb is to get a hybrid to get a 50/50 body and head high. While this is a no brainer, it’s worth mentioning; anytime you are using weed your body and mind will be altered. Those who use weed will feel effects no matter what.


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