Several factors contribute to getting high. But overall, New Jersey cannabis consumers are unfamiliar with them due to marijuana prohibition.
In our new enlightened age of state-legal cannabis, several New Jersey cannabis dispensary owners and the budtenders working the registers report that most New Jersey consumers don’t know much about weed except it gets us you high, and they want it strong.
“Give me the strongest you got,” they say.
However, the way weed hits you is based on several factors.
Responsible consumption is important. Experts say to “start low and go slow.” This is especially important when consuming edibles because they might take 90 minutes to kick in versus the swift high of a smoke drag.
Thus unexperienced New Jersey cannabis consumers should only consume a little weed slowly. Learn your limits.
Don’t make a fool of yourself in front of normies or get caught. Every New Jersey cannabis consumer is like an ambassador to the seemingly foreign land of the cannabis community and industry.
A bad ambassador makes the whole community look bad.
Educating New Jersey Cannabis Consumers on Getting High
Broadly, Sativa cannabis is known to be energizing, while Indica cannabis is known for relaxation. So, when you want to go to a party, smoke Sativa-dominant cannabis flower. When you want to marvel at graphics in movies on the couch, enjoy Indica-dominant cannabis.
However, New Jersey cannabis experts have argued that some strains are so mixed you could even find a sleepy Sativa-dominant cannabis and energizing Indica-dominant cannabis.
But Sativa and Indica are not the only factors contributing to the high of cannabis consumers.
Body type, terpenes, and cannabinoids determine highness along with consumption methods.
Dosing is also very important.
Consumption Methods and Body Type Factors
Like alcohol, your weight and tolerance contribute significantly to how you get high. Everyone has different limits and responds differently.
If you are a thin or petite person who rarely consumes or never consumes cannabis, it will hit you hard. A few puffs of some mids or mid-grade mediocre cannabis might do the drink.
However, you can consume more and feel less high if you have an imposing figure or huskier build.
After a while, though, you could have a high tolerance of cannabis flower. But then you still might cough like it’s your first time if you hit a dab. Dab hits are derived from cannabis concentrates. Thus, the amount of THC is higher in them.
Infused edibles and drinks also hit differently. The digestive system breaks cannabis down and gets you high in a different way than smoking. That’s why edibles take longer. A gummy might hit faster if you treat it like sucking candy. In that case, it’s absorbed through the saliva.
What are Cannabinoids?
Cannabinoids were not well known historically in the underground legacy cannabis community. But they pack a punch.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the most popular of the cannabinoids and the most well-known. THC is what gets you high at the very base level. It can stay in your system for some time. It was discovered by the Israeli scientist Dr. Raphael Mechoulam in the 60s. (more on that in my book Cannabis 101!)
But it’s not the only thing that contributes to the feeling of getting high.
CBD is the second most popular since it has been found to be especially effective. But without a good amount of THC, more than .03, then you do not get the entourage or ensemble effect where they all work better together.
There are about 100 cannabinoids. However, so few of them have been discovered and researched due to federal marijuana prohibition.
Cannabinoid Examples and Benefits
THC-O is an interesting cannabinoid. THCO-dominant cannabis products might pack an extra punch.
CBG for example, is good for treating inflammation issues like Huntington’s disease. THCA is also good for inflammation and causes the munchies.
CBN is another cannabinoid. It can help you sleep. If you’re sickly and having trouble eating, consume cannabis with CBN to get your appetite back.
Delta-8 THC was a cannabinoid discovered that exists in industrial hemp you can’t smoke to get high.
What Role Do Cannabis Terpenes in Getting High?
A lot of the nuances of consumption depend on the cannabis terpenes contained within a plant as well. They give the cannabis flower its unique smell.
Terpenes are in regular plants. For example, limonene gives lemons and weed the same smell. The aromas will change how you experience something.
The most common cannabis terpenes are:
- Pinene is a terpene found in pine trees and some weed.
- Myrcene: Musky, earthy scent, also known for its sedative effects. Commonly found in Indica strains.
- Limonene: Citrusy scent, also known for its uplifting and energizing effects. Commonly found in Sativa strains.
- Pinene: Piney scent, also known for its anti-inflammatory and bronchodilator properties.
- Linalool: Floral scent, also known for its calming effects. Often found in Indica strains.
- Caryophyllene: Spicy, black pepper-type scent, also known for its anti-inflammatory properties.
Set and Setting
One’s mindset and physical setting, known as set and setting, contribute to how you feel high. For example, if one is stressed and surrounded by untrustworthy figures, the weed might not feel great.
However, if one feels calm and is in a secure location among warm friends, it will feel very different.