Higher from weed. Effects on the brain and body

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Imagen de la cara de un fumeta sintiendo el colocón de índica y sativa
Image of a smoker’s face feeling the indica and sativa high.


The effect caused by the active compounds of cannabis can be very varied and subjective, because depending on the quantity and variety of cannabinoids and terpenes, it will be felt in one way or another. It is also necessary to take into account the form of administration, the tolerance of the consumer, the amount that is taken, and even the moment and other particular questions. As we see that there are many doubts about it, we thought it would be a good idea to create an article that answers some of these questions, I hope you enjoy it.


⚠️ What does a marijuana high feel like?



That depends on the variety consumed, because there are different types of high depending on the marijuana, since indicas do not act the same as sativas or hybrids. In general, it could be said that the effect can be felt physically or cerebrally, although currently most commercial varieties are polyhybrids that affect both the head and the body.

The type of effect will be the result between the relationship of the cannabinoids and terpenes that each strain contains, the person who consumes it, and the set&setting, which encompasses the state of mind, the environment, and the moment in which it is consumed. This means that it is possible that 2 different people can feel different effects consuming exactly the same cannabis, and even the same person can have different sensations consuming the same thing at 2 different times.

Most of the effects could be classified as stimulants, relaxants, analgesics, sedatives, or uplifting, and these are determined by the relationship between the different compounds that each type of yerba contains. What is the difference between the high of indicas, sativas and hybrids? In general it is quite different, so let’s see them separately.


*Graphic representation of the effects of cannabis*
*Graphic representation of the effects of cannabis*


Sativa high

The effect of sativas seeds is usually more stimulating and affects more on a mental level, accelerating the pulsations and brain activity, increasing happiness and creativity. Some pure sativas have a high that is called “no ceiling” because it gets you higher and higher the more you consume, without perceiving any physical effects or relaxing low. This is because sativa genetics typically contain more THC than indicas, and this particular cannabinoid works more in the brain than in the rest of the body.


Indica high

The body stoned feeling of indicas is very different from that of sativas, as it is perceived more in a relaxing, sedative, and in many cases pain-relieving way. That does not mean that it is not noticeable on a mental level, but it does not cause the stimulation and acceleration of thoughts, on the contrary, it really causes calm and in many cases makes one sleepy. From a medicinal point of view, the effect of indicas may be more interesting than that of sativas, which are enjoyed more in a playful way, but this depends on the specific chemotype of each strain and the purpose to be achieved.


Hybrid Marijuana High and Stone

Cannabis hybrids and polyhybrids offer an effect that combines the cerebral high of sativas with the body stone of indicas. The percentage of each subspecies that the hybrid variety contains will mark the type of effect, that is, a strain with 80% indica and 20% sativa will have an effect more similar to that of the indicas, and although at first it is uplifting and stimulating, it will never be as stimulating as that of pure sativas and you will always feel a relaxing part on a physical level. In general, the effect of hybrid marijuana starts more like that of sativas and ends up like that of indicas, but this can vary depending on the amount of genetics of each one.



🎯 How long does a weed high last?


The most noticeable usually lasts between an hour and a half to 2 hours if smoked or vaporized, but how long does the herb keep you high in total? Well, if how being drugged we refer to the time that we notice changes in the perception of things or our physical state, we can say that no more than 2 hours as a general rule, but if we refer to the time that the substance remains in our body, then it is much more because it can take more than 1 month to completely eliminate it. In some tests we have verified that urine tests can give a positive result for cannabis up to 40 days after the last consumption, but this also depends on the person and the type of life they lead.


How long does the high from cannabis edibles or edibles last?

In this case, the perceptible effect can last much longer, in some cases up to more than 6 hours, and it can also be much more intense than when smoked or vaporized marijuana is consumed. When taking cannabis edibles, you have to control the dose very well, because it also takes much longer to take effect than with other forms of consumption, and in some cases it can take up to an hour and a half before you start to feel the high. For this reason, some people may overdose as they do not feel anything during the first hour, a big mistake because then the effect is even more powerful. There are regular consumers of smoked weed who have a bad time when they take edibles due to the much longer duration of the effect, even some with high tolerance, so extreme precautions must be taken when eating.



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🧐 How does marijuana get you high? What does it do on a chemical level?


The reason for this phenomenon lies in our own body, specifically in our endocannabinoid system, which is made up of the CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors. There are certain chemical compounds such as cannabinoids and some terpenes that have the ability to activate cannabinoid receptors, and these affect our entire body in one way or another. CB1 receptors are found primarily in the brain, and to a lesser extent in the spinal cord and some organs. On the other hand, CB2 receptors are mainly found in the immune system and the central nervous system, but they have really been very little studied until now and how they really act is not yet known in depth.


*Image showing how cannabinoids activate CB1 and CB2 receptors*
*Image showing how cannabinoids activate CB1 and CB2 receptors*


Body High Vs Mental High

The physical or body high of weed may also be related to opioid receptors, as cannabidiol (CBD) is thought to be able to activate them as well, thus causing analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects. Instead, some terpenes are capable of binding to cannabinoid receptors and have the ability to modulate the effect of marijuana. It is known that a variety with high levels of linalool can cause a more sedative effect than another with the same cannabinoid profile but without this terpene. On the other hand, a variety rich in limonene feels much more psychoactive, and elevates the mood more than others with the same cannabinoids but without limonene. For this reason, we must also take into account the variety of terpenes that a chemotype contains to know the type of effect that it can cause, not just cannabinoids.


Body stoned feeling from weed

The most notable is the relaxation of the muscles, but it also alters the heart rate and blood pressure, although not always in the same way. Indica varieties tend to slow down the pulsations and give a feeling of greater body heaviness, but sativas, on the other hand, give you the feeling of greater physical lightness and can cause tachycardia, you see how different the physical high of cannabis can be. In some cases, the effect can also be felt as greater warmth and body sensitivity, and something very evident that can be seen with the naked eye is the red eyes so characteristic of cannabis users.


Cerebral high of marijuana

The psychoactive effect of some sativas can be very expansive on a mental level, it makes you see everything from a different point of view, accelerates brain activity, inspires, edifies, cheers and in many cases is motivating. I say in many cases because there are also people who feel the opposite, that is, reluctance and lack of motivation. Indica varieties have a more introspective cerebral effect as a general rule, with less brain stimulation in general, but it is interesting because it provides greater peace and mental calm.



👾 Getting stoned from weed in other ways


Most people consume cannabis smoked or vaporized, but these are not the only routes of administration, and all kinds of creams, ointments, lotions, skin patches, etc. can be found in the medical cannabis industry. Through the skin we can assimilate the beneficial compounds of this plant and feel its analgesic or anti-inflammatory effects in a short time, but can you get high from contact with weed? Surely yes, with a certain amount of THC that passes into the bloodstream it would be enough to notice a certain high.


If you eat Maria’s buds will you get high?

It depends, eating marijuana can get you high as long as it is decarboxylated, that is, with active cannabinoids instead of in acid form as they usually are before applying heat. If the intention is to take advantage of certain therapeutic properties of cannabis but without getting high, it can be ingested without decarboxylation, because cannabinoids in acid form also have beneficial effects.


Can Smelling Marijuana Get You High?

The smell of cannabis does not get you high, but high exposure can cause dizziness, changes in mood, or even some discomfort, as can happen with other types of vegetables with very powerful aromas such as lavender, mint, basil etc Keep in mind that terpenes are very volatile compounds and it is very easy to absorb them through breathing, and they pass into the bloodstream until they reach an area of ​​the brain called the limbic system, which is connected with mood, emotions, instinct etc. Another thing would be to smell or breathe the smoke of the weed for a long time, in this case it can get high, to the point that a passive smoker could test positive for THC. You’ve probably heard someone say “I haven’t smoked but I feel high” after leaving a room where a lot of marijuana smoke has gathered.



🚀 Conclusion


The type of high can vary a lot depending on multiple factors as we have seen in this post, and it is important to know them so as not to take a little bad trip or have an unpleasant time. At Pevgrow we do not want to encourage consumption, our mission is to try to inform as much as possible so that lovers of this plant know how to act in the best way, but obviously always at their own risk. If you liked the article, I would appreciate it if you would share it on your social networks so that it can reach more people.



☕ Frequent questions


Does keeping smoke from weed get you higher?

Although in some countries there is considerable consensus that it is, there are studies that show the opposite. Keeping the smoke in the lungs longer than necessary does not make any sense, since it does not take long to get into the bloodstream before it enters the lungs. The only thing you cause is collapsing the lungs on one side, something that causes coughing, and running out of oxygen, which causes dizziness among other things. Inhaling the smoke caused by combustion of any kind is harmful to our health, so it is not recommended to keep the smoke longer than necessary.


Does CBD-Rich Marijuana Get You High?

If it doesn’t contain THC it won’t get you high, and if it’s one of those strains that contain less than 1% THC and a high level of cannabidiol like the CBD Time strain, the high is so light that it’s hardly noticeable as a general rule, since CBD It inhibits a good part of the psychoactive effects of THC. On the other hand, varieties with a 1:2 or 1:3 ratio between THC and CBD do get high, but not as much as those that do not contain high concentrations of cannabidiol. That it is not high does not mean that the medicinal effects of CBD and the rest of the components cannot be felt, in fact if it contains some THC it is better because it increases the entourage effect and makes cannabidiol more effective.

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