While there are many people who feel any drug use should be illegal, many others refrained simply because it was at the time. Since many states now allow people to smoke marijuana recreationally, there’s no reason to avoid it.
However, if you’ve never tried pot then you may be worried about what it will be like. You’ve no doubt heard a number of stories, all designed to scare people. The “educational” video called “Reefer Madness” may be considered a comedy today, there are many untrue stories that people take as gospel.
So what’s true? What’s false? In short, what does it feel like when you are high? That can depend on a few different things.
High On Smoking Marijuana
There are two major ways to use marijuana. Either you smoke it like tobacco or you turn it into an edible.
Smoking is by far the most common. Whether it’s wrapped in cigarette paper as a joint or packed into a pipe, it works the same way. You light the leaves on fire and then inhale the smoke. If you’re not used to inhaling smoke, then you will cough. If the pipe isn’t clean or the cigarette paper is cheap, it will also taste like tar.
Like many things meant for consumption, marijuana comes in different qualities. Low-quality weed tends to have harsh smoke and low potency, mids (or mid-grade) is smoother and more potent, and dro (hydroponic) is generally the most potent.
The first time you smoke you may not feel anything. This doesn’t mean you’re sober. You will still have lowered functioning abilities, but with no previous experience, it will be difficult to tell when things are working. You may also feel tired, either as if you need sleep or simply from your muscles relaxing.
There is a sense of euphoria. You may be a bit scatter brained, but you’ll still be collected enough to have a conversation. At worst it will be similar to painkillers in terms of mental abilities. Things will seem more amusing, and eventually, you will drift off to sleep or the high will wear off.
Getting High With Edibles
Edibles, such as chocolates or baked goods, work in the same way as normal pharmaceuticals. The THC slowly enters your system as you digest the food. This means the high won’t happen immediately. Instead, you’ll start noticing the normal high feelings starting after 15 or 20 minutes.
Because of this, it’s important to start small. It’s impossible to know how high you’ll get from an edible until you’ve tried it. You can always stop smoking, but you can’t un-eat a brownie.
Some people get paranoid or nauseous from marijuana. This is another reason to start small. If you begin to notice a building anxiety or an upset stomach, stop immediately. Sit somewhere calm and quiet, as you normally would when you’re stressed or not feeling well. The THC should cycle out of your system within an hour to a few hours, depending on factors such as potency and your own body’s tolerance, but it will cycle out.
It’s nearly impossible to overdose on marijuana, so any symptoms will pass. That said, you can hit a state similar to alcohol poisoning. Rather than throwing up, people tend to simply pass out and be mentally off-balance for a while. If you’re concerned then go to a doctor, but in general, you should only need to sleep it off for a while.
Being high can be great. But if you’re going to use marijuana then it’s important to use it responsibly and make sure you take care of yourself.