Just as cannabis plants can vary greatly from strain to strain, so can any individual person have a unique response to cannabis. Some people get ridiculously high after just two puffs, while others can smoke blunts all day and still be productive. Other smokers’ issue is that the high they get is just never strong or long enough. For those of you who are wondering how to stay high longer, we’ve got some tips and tricks. Check them out!
What Can Affect The Duration Of A High?
Before we dive into the various ways to enhance your high, it’s important to discuss the factors that come into play when you’re getting stoned. Your own metabolism and the THC content of your weed, for example, both play crucial roles in how long your high will last.
The Potency Of Your Weed
It makes sense that the potency of the pot you’re smoking will affect the duration and intensity of your high, but why? Let’s break it down: what’s the difference between a 15% THC strain and a 25% strain? Say you have a gram of each; the THC percentage means that in the first strain, there’s 150mg of THC per 1 gram of flower, and 250mg of THC per 1 gram in the other. So, if you’re smoking stronger weed, you’ll be consuming a higher dose of THC, which takes longer for the body to process. Hence, you’ll stay high longer than with less potent strains.
Highest THC Strains
Weed Consumption Method Of Choice
Even if you smoke a whole gram of that potent weed we were just talking about, that doesn’t mean all of that THC enters the bloodstream. The amount your body absorbs and how quickly the high sets in depends on how you consume your cannabis – whether you vape, smoke, or choose edibles. Vaping and smoking will hit you pretty soon, and you’ll start feeling the effects after a couple of puffs. Edibles, on the other hand, need to be broken down in the liver, and that can take up to two hours. Then again, an edible high also lasts way longer and can be a lot more intense than when smoking cannabis.
Me, Myself, And Individual Characteristics
Physical and genetic factors such as age, height, weight, and health conditions can also affect how long your high will last. Metabolism, for example, is not necessarily something you can control, but it will have an effect on how long THC stays in your system. If you have a faster metabolism, your body processes the chemicals quickly, while those with slow metabolisms will benefit from a longer-lasting high. Something you can control, however, is your tolerance! Depending on how frequently you consume cannabis, your high could last for a longer or shorter timeframe. Regular, experienced users will get stoned for a shorter period of time than a novice smoking the same strain and amount of marijuana.
THC In Your System
The Scientific Side Of Cannabis
We’re talking a lot about THC here, and while we all know this chemical is the star of the show, it’s not the only compound in cannabis that has an impact on your high. There are plenty of other cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids that all work together to enhance your high. Depending on the strain and quality of the weed you’re using, the different compounds can interact with the THC in weed, leading to variations in the duration of your high.
The Familiarity Of Your Environment
We’re not sure why, but consuming cannabis in an unfamiliar environment can actually make your high last longer. Maybe it’s because getting stoned in an unfamiliar place can heighten feelings of self-consciousness and anxiety, especially if you’re hanging out with people you don’t know well or are smoking a doobie in a public setting. Of course, these feelings of discomfort will pass, but they can contribute to an overall intensified sensation that’s totally different from when you’re high in your living room. The comfort felt when in your safe place – whether it be your bed, balcony, or best friend’s house – can contribute to shorter periods of time between smoke sessions.
Top Stoner Hacks To Stay High For Hours
Now that we’ve got a basic understanding of how marijuana affects the body – and remember, every person is different, so it’s hard to generalize how exactly weed will affect you – it’s time for some high hacks! We’ve got a great list of things that can enhance your high in one way or another, so keep reading to learn more.
Smoking Weed? Chow Down On A Mango
It would be remiss to start this list with anything but the mango. Mangos are chock-full of myrcene, a terpene found in cannabis that interacts with THC. This is worth mentioning because of something called the “entourage effect” – a phenomenon by which cannabis compounds other than THC interact in harmony with the psychoactive effects of the plant. In the case of mangos, myrcene can increase the intensity of your high as well as give you a faster onset of effects. Eat a mango an hour before you smoke and see how you feel, and check out our article about mangos and marijuana to get the full scoop on how to boost your high with this tasty fruit.
How Mangoes Affect Smoking Weed
Have A Beer Before You Light Up
Maybe you’ve heard the saying: “Weed before beer and you’re in the clear. Beer before grass and you’re on your ass.” Well, that’s not necessarily true if you play your cards right! According to a 2015 study, THC absorption is boosted by the way alcohol opens up the blood vessels in your digestive system, so you can increase the levels of THC in your bloodstream by drinking a beer before using marijuana. One beer is enough! If you have a few drinks before you smoke marijuana, chances are you’ll find yourself feeling “crossfaded” from the combination of weed and booze – a sensation associated with nausea and disorientation, which can be pretty uncomfortable and can last longer when drunk.
Swap Out Coffee For Tea During Your Wake And Bake
Now that you’re familiar with the entourage effect, you should know that mangos aren’t the only thing you can turn to when you want to maximize your high. It’s already common knowledge that tea contains antioxidants, but did you know that they bind to the cannabinoid receptors in our endocannabinoid system (ECS)? When the antioxidants in tea bind to and stimulate proteins in the ECS, the resulting sensation is a more relaxed, longer-lasting high with an improved mood. For your next wake and bake session, swap out the usual cup of coffee for a steaming mug of tea and observe how it affects your experience.
Cannabis Seeds For Wake And Bake
Snack On Nuts
And back to snacks – aside from mangos, there are other foods that can help you stay stoned for longer. Aside from being a great way to combat the munchies, nuts provide omega-3 fatty acids that bind with THC and other cannabinoids in weed. These fatty acids can provide a soothing effect in combination with cannabis. It’s worth mentioning that this isn’t necessarily a long-term method for boosting your high; those who have combined nuts with weed report feeling a longer-lasting, more intense high after boosting fatty acid intake, but only for about a week. Hey, at least nuts are healthy!
Enjoy Sweet Potatoes
And finally, we have another food that can have an influence on your marijuana high: sweet potatoes. You can enjoy them as fries, mashed, cooked in a curry, whatever you like! Sweet potatoes contain carbs, B-vitamins, and loads of vitamin E, all of which can boost serotonin production in the brain. While this doesn’t have a direct effect on how THC binds to the receptors in the body, a boost in serotonin means an elevation in mood. So before you even sit down to enjoy your smoke session, you’ve already taken a step to curb depression and improve your overall state of mind. Now that’s sweet!
Time To Get Blazed!
We’re there with you – it’s awesome to get the best possible high, whether that means increased intensity or a longer-lasting buzz. And if all else fails, it won’t hurt to take a little tolerance break. Just taking a few weeks or even days off from smoking bud can elevate your future stoney experiences. Do you have any stoner hacks that keep you high for hours? Feel free to share in the comments!
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