7 Ways To Boost The Intensity Of Your High
Cannabis delivers a powerful psychoactive high. But sometimes, this effect can become diminished or not feel as potent. Here are our 7 tips for boosting the intensity of your high.
You had everything prepared so well. You got your weed, you had your favourite snacks and fresh water standing by. You had your comfy clothes in your comfy place to sit, ready to revisit your favourite music, movie, or YouTube channel. But when you light up, you don’t feel the high you were hoping for. Maybe it creeps up on you. No. This is more mellow and diminished than you expected. This is a frustrating problem to encounter. Whether the quality of your stash is subpar or your tolerance is through the roof, here are 7 ways to boost the intensity of your high.
1. CHOOSE STRAINS WISELY
Hopefully, you really do have a good source for your weed. This will of course be easier if it’s legal through a dispensary or cannabis club where you live. If you live somewhere where your choices are limited, it may still be possible to at least know the name of the strain you’re offered.
This is enough for you to research the cultivar on our site for some general advice. Here, you can also learn about the unique effects of each strain caused by its unique phytochemical profile, including dominant cannabinoids and terpenes. Varying ratios of these molecules induce anything from light and airy highs to deep body stones. You can even get figures on what THC levels to expect. Of course, these traits will vary depending on who grew the strain, and from which seeds. The best thing to do is to experiment until you find the strain that provides the sensations you desire.
2. STORE WEED WELL
When you get your weed home, where do you store it? If you use a plastic container or the baggy you got the weed in, this may spoil the herb’s potency. Plastic can conduct an electric charge, which will fry the THC-rich trichomes on your flowers. Avoid this with a good glass or steel jar.
There are ones with humidity controls built in, as well as ones with removable humidity packs. If you lack these, a simple solution for curing is to leave a peel of orange, lemon, or lime sealed in with your weed for 2 or 3 hours. This will stop your supply from becoming dry, crumbly, and less potent as a result. A dark, cool place is recommended for preserving the quality of your stash.
3. CHANGE UP YOUR ROUTINE
Maybe you’ve got a good stash and you’re taking care of it. So why is there still a sense of diminishing returns from your weed? By definition, taking anything in excess is bad. If you’re smoking too much cannabis, that can spoil the treat of it. As your body adjusts to having more cannabinoids in its system, your cannabis tolerance improves.
Consider how you can change things up in terms of your cannabis use. Are you in the habit of smoking first thing in the morning? Try abstaining until evening, or at least 4:20pm. Smoke earlier in the day if you smoke too much at night. Don’t smoke with every meal. Observe when you’re smoking and see how you might catch your brain off-guard by changing up the schedule a bit.
4. CHANGE UP YOUR METHODS
Another thing you can adjust is the method by which you’re getting high. Some people like to smoke, but will experience a different sensation when trying different methods. You may prefer the feeling of a high from vaping or a bong hit. This may also be something you dislike. It depends on the individual constitution of each person.
Avoid using your lungs altogether by experimenting with edibles. In general, edibles and dabs are considered two of the most high-potency cannabis products. Proceed with caution.
5. EAT THE RIGHT FOODS
There are a number of pleasant accompaniments to marijuana that will boost its potent impact. A simple cup of black or green tea contains catechin, an antioxidant that binds with your brain’s CB1 receptors. This will help the soothing effects of cannabinoids come on much more efficiently.
Dark chocolate has a similar effect when containing 72% or more cacao. This will not only act as an antioxidant, it will slow down the breakdown of anandamide, the brain chemical named after the Sanskrit word for “bliss”. This will sustain the length of your high.
Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids will also efficiently synthesise endocannabinoids and cannabinoid receptors. Also, look out for foods with terpenes in them, like THC-boosting myrcene or high-enhancing pinene. Pinene can be found in sage, thyme, and other herbs, while myrcene can be found in mangoes, broccoli, and nuts. If all else fails, a multivitamin is good for you anyway, and improves cellular absorption and the flow of the circulatory system. That will be very helpful for the flow of THC.
You should be looking at how healthy your habits are in general. Your diet can be tweaked to improve the quality of your high. Body fat is where a lot of THC is absorbed and stored. Sometimes this can be slow to release, diminishing the quality of your high. So, a diet and exercise routine that reduces your overall amount of body fat is advisable.
It may mean switching from ice cream to aforementioned dark chocolate. The exercise component is also highly relevant. Not only is exercise good for your overall health, studies suggest it impacts the brain in similar ways to cannabis. It doesn’t just elevate mood, it can actually trigger the release of THC from stored body fat. A 2013 study in Drug and Alcohol Dependence found that a cardio session raises blood-THC levels by 15%.
7. TAKE A TOLERANCE BREAK
If you have tried all of this and you’re still not getting high, we feel for you. You’ve optimised your circumstances for intensifying that high and it’s still not happening for you. You should start to consider why you’re chasing the high. Cannabis can enhance our lives in many ways, but it won’t resolve a deep-seated emotional issue. Be honest with yourself about your consumption levels. If you have been over-indulging, maybe over-exposure to cannabis is creating diminishing returns.
It is okay to decide to take a tolerance break from cannabis. See if you can last a month, or several, without any cannabis. The longer you leave it, the stronger your next high will hit you. It is estimated that a month is needed for cannabinoids to completely leave your system. If a tolerance break sounds unpleasant, you can find supports to get you through it. See what your life is like without cannabis. If there’s still a responsible place for it in your life, get back in and feel a more powerful high than before.
Users desiring the most potent psychoactive high from cannabis can follow our 7-step guide to making your high more intense.
7 Foods That Will Improve Your High
Friday October 30, 2015
E veryone needs to eat, especially stoners. Although some may opt for chips and other munchies while they’re under the influence of marijuana, there are other delicious options that can enhance your high even more.
So when you’re deciding on what to cook or where to eat out tonight, remember that food is worth more than just a pleasant flavor. In fact, there are some that can take your high to the next level.
Here are a few on our list:
Mangoes, like cannabis, contain terpenes that contribute to the strong aroma of the plant. One particular terpene called myrcene is thought to speed up the on-set and extend the duration of a high by aiding cannabinoids through the Blood Brain Barrier more quickly and efficiently.
When mangoes are consumed an hour before a smoke session, myrcene enters into the bloodstream where it binds with various Cannabinoid receptors. These bonds “prime” the receptors thus helping them respond more efficiently to cannabinoids later on.
Marijuana edibles can take a while to set in, but the process can be sped up by consuming nuts along with them. That’s because nuts contain high levels of Omega-3 fatty acids which bind to cannabinoids and help them through the Blood Brain Barrier. With “healthy fats” in the system, a person can therefore become high quicker and stay high much longer.
The high concentration of “healthy fats” in nuts can also protect the heart which is especially beneficial for those suffering from cardiovascular problems. Because cannabis has been shown to slow the heart rate in certain individuals, healthy fats such as those found in nuts and many oils are strongly recommended.
Herbs and spices
Some herbs (such as thyme, sage and bay) contain the terpene, pinene, a natural bronchodilator that opens up passages in the lungs thus increasing surface level and cannabinoid absorption. In doing so, cannabinoids can pass between the blood and the brain more quickly thus speeding the onset and increasing the duration of a marijuana high.
Other herbs (specifically, those containing the terpene limonene) can counter negative side effects of cannabis consumption by decreasing anxiety, depression and stress. Herbs that contain limonene, including Lemon Thyme, Lemon Basil or Lemongrass, can easily be grown in a sunny windowsill for quick anxiety relief. Black pepper can also help decrease mental stress.
Broccoli contains high levels of the terpene, Beta–caryophyllene, which binds to CB2 receptors in the body much like other cannabinoids. It can work synergistically with cannabinoids by helping to reduce pain, inflammation and depression. Though consuming broccoli alone won’t make you feel high, eating a little right before a mellow indica evening could help lull you into the comfortable high you deserve.
Sweet potatoes contain carbohydrates and B vitamins, both of which have been shown to increase serotonin production in the brain. And because they are low-fat and relatively low in protein, the mood-boosting serotonin can work relatively quickly to turn those blues around. Remember that consuming carbs alongside protein can actually block serotonin production, though, so keep the protein to a minimum.
Sweet potatoes (like pumpkin) also contain high levels of Vitamin E. Because diets that are low in Vitamin E tend to cause feelings of depression, an extra boost of this vital vitamin can help bust the blues and allow you to enjoy your high much more thoroughly.
Black and green teas contain catechin, an antioxidant that can bind with CB1 receptors in the brain to cause feelings of peace and relaxation. When consumed in conjunction with cannabis, tea can improve mood, decrease stress and increase feelings of euphoria.
Smoking marijuana after consuming a few pints of beer is a powerful combination, indeed. Commonly referred to as getting “twisted” or “crossfaded”, consuming marijuana in conjunction with beer can significantly increase a person’s level of impairment.
A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Chemistry found that those who consumed cannabis in conjunction with alcohol had “significantly higher blood THC” than those who only consumed cannabis. This explains why the “spins” are so commonly reported after a bud/booze combo and further supports the need for extreme moderation when consuming the two together.
Although some may opt for chips and other munchies while they’re under the influence of marijuana, there are other delicious options that can enhance your high even more.