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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.

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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.

6. EXERCISE

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.

The Weed Week Bracket: What’s the Best Way to Get High?

With marijuana legalization looking more and more like an inevitability, the marijuana enthusiast faces a new problem: How should they get high?

In the old days, stoners didn’t exactly lack for options—they could roll joints, turn apples into pipes, invest in a bong, bake brownies if they knew how—but today you can ingest your cannabis via gourmet meals, increasingly high-tech vapes, and bongs that double as art pieces.

Everyone has their favorite way to get high, but there’s only one way to determine the best: A March Madness–style bracket featuring 32 different ways to get stoned. And you, dear readers, get to vote on each matchup to determine the winner. Just stayed tuned to the VICE Twitter account, where a series of polls will sort this out.

But before voting opens, let me give any n00bs reading this an overview of each method and its seeding in each of our four “regions”:

1. Water Bong: The glass bong, the classic, you know what it is.

2. Glass Bowl: Another classic. It’s literally the law to own at least one of these if you smoke weed.

3. Bubbler: A sort of crossover between a water bong and a bowl, for when you want to filter the smoke through water but don’t want to go through the whole bong ordeal.

4. One Hitter: A small pipe, favored by those who like to light up on the go and/or have a low weed tolerance.

Left: Water bongs via Wikimedia Commons | Right: Glass bowl via Eve Peyser

5. Wooden Pipe: Perfect for the stoner who doesn’t want to get into a whole discussion about glassware.

6. Hookah: If you don’t think a bong is elaborate enough, can I interest you in a hookah?

7. Gravity Bong: This is a cross between a science experiment and a way to get you really, really high. Here’s a how-to video:

8. Gas Mask Bong: For only the most hardcore stoner, this bong allows you to do the impossible—look like a total nerd while smoking pot.

1. Brownies: A regular brownie with cannabis butter so you get high instead of just getting satiated.

2. Gummies: More complicated than your average make-it-at-home edible, but also more fun.

3. Chocolates: A fancy stoner’s brownie.

4. Cookies: For when you’re tired of brownies.

5. Firecrackers: A graham cracker with peanut butter, chocolate, and weeeeeeeed.

6. Tea: A good way to get stoned if you’re a parent.

7. Crackers: Yes, this exists—you just have to go to Colorado to find it.

8. Mints: I guess this is for when you have bad breath and also want to get extremely high?

1. Joint: The #1 classic—paper and weed baby!

2. Blunt: A cigar wrapper, oft flavored, with pure, uncut 100 percent marijuana on the inside.

3. Spliff: A joint with tobacco mixed in with weed. For when you don’t have much weed, your weed sucks, or you can’t handle the strength of smoking pure weed.

4. Hotbox: All you need is a small enclosed space, like a car or a bathroom. A favorite of teenagers.

5. Cross Joint: Two joints joined together to create a cross. 420 X JESUS CHRIST is the hottest mashup of the 21st century.

6. Apple Bong: A bong made out of an apple.

7. Banana Bong: An apple bong, except you use a banana instead. Do I need to draw you a diagram?

8. Soda Can: Favored by young marijuana enthusiasts, all you have to do is punch a small hole in an empty can and you have a pipe. The first time I smoked weed with friends, I did so from a soda can, and it sucked. Don’t do it!

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1. Oil Vape: Usually in the form of a pen with a THC oil attachment, this method is favored by classy stoners, and those who live in states with legal marijuana.

2. Flower Vape: Like an oil vape, except you put actual weed in there, and it some how magically vaporizes into stoner goodness.

3. Dabbing: For experienced stoners only, this form of marijuana ingestion uses extremely pure THC shatter or wax, which you can buy at your local dispensary if you’re blessed enough to live in states like Colorado, California, or Oregon. Otherwise, it’s pretty easy to make your own. All you need is a bong for dabbing, parchment paper, and weed.

4. THC Oil: For anyone who doesn’t like smoking and wants to forgo caloric edibles, you can ingest pure THC oil to get you high.

5. Volcano Vape: This pricey vape goes for almost $500, and compared to its smaller vape counterpart, the Volcano is a big boy. Basically, the vape fills a plastic bag with vapor, which you then suck into your lungs, and voila! You’re stoned.

6. Weed Capsules: If all this is making you stressed, you can now consume weed simply by taking a pill.

7. Topical Ointment: Cannabis-infused lotion might not get you high, but it will help you with aches, pains, and soreness.

8. Suppositories: This is the one you stick up your butt or vagina. Don’t pick this one.

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