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What Affects My High?

17th Nov 2021

What Affects My High?

5 Factors that Impact a Cannabis High

If we ask a group of 8 how they feel after smoking the same strain, we would get 8 different answers. For instance, I love all lemon strains. Lemon strains do something for my creativity that Mendo Breath simply won’t do. Yes, I am high, but the high is not the same as a beautiful lemon strain. 

The beauty of plant Cannabis is that she treats us all differently- but heals us all the same. Let’s talk, factors that impact/effect a Cannabis high. And it’s important to state right on that the most important factor in what impacts our highs, are our individual endocannabinoid systems. Every other factor comes after that. 

Session Setting/Where the High is Taking Place

The environment, the people, and the overall vibe play a role in the impact and effects of a high. This includes the scenery, music, and if the consumption is happening in happiness or sadness.

How you consume cannabis will effect how you feel it.

The Consumption Method

Many don’t get the same high from an infused beverage that they get from a cookie. For me, my best high is smoking flower. No matter the other methods, my high isn’t the same. There are many people who don’t get a high at all from edibles but are on cloud 30 vaping oil. Different methods will have different effects on your high.

The Amount Consumed

This is a great point when discussing cannabis tinctures and cannabis edibles. Consuming 5 MG of cannabis tincture and/or eating a cookie infused with 5 MG of Cannabis, is going to be a very different high than a 25 MG cannabis tincture/infused cookie. Tolerance matters because for me, before my body feels an edible, it needs 50 MG. But very important to note- the body is still using it as medicine no matter what, high or no high.

The Cannabinoid(s) Consumed

Consuming CBD is going to be a totally different high than consuming THC. CBD is generally felt in the body and not the mind. THC is generally felt in the mind and not always the body. Then there are ratios. A CBD/THC 1:1 (half and half joint) is going to be a high different from a full joint of one or the other.

The Terpene Profile

Terpenes are the sidekick to cannabinoids. They contribute to the benefits of a high and are also responsible for the fragrance of the Cannabis plant. A terpene profile with myrcene, limonene, and linalool, is going to be different from a terpene profile with terpinolene, caryophyllene, and pinene. 

In Closing

Something not mentioned above, the age of the Cannabis being consumed. As Cannabis ages, it loses things that only the trichomes can deliver to the high, which is also a factor that impacts a cannabis high. These are just a few factors, and a reminder that like referenced above, the biggest factor is our endocannabinoid systems; we are all different and Cannabis impacts each of us differently.

This piece is a repurposed version of the original version, which was originally written by the author and published in Oklahoma Chronic Magazine.

About Veronica Castillo

Veronica Castillo is a writer from Miami, with a pre-Cannabis background in insurance and human resources. She advocates, writes about, and educates on the topic of cannabis and hemp for overall life. Currently, she is a resident of the road exploring all thing’s cannabis and hemp in the United States, with plans to travel abroad in exploration of cannabis and hemp culture in other countries.


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