Published: April 20th, 2022
Categories: Cannabis Info
Running low on weed and want to get as much as possible from it? Or maybe it's just not as strong as you want it to be? Or, maybe, you just generally wish you could get a little more from the good stuff? Find out how here.
This is probably the easiest way to boost a cannabis high—smoke the high grade! The THC content of cannabis can vary dramatically, even between individual plants of the same genotype, so choosing one with a high concentration of THC is going to get you more high.
Some of the weaker strains come in at under 10% THC, while the strongest can top 30%. So there’s a potential difference of a factor of three when it comes to how high you’ll get from your chosen bud.
Alas, we’re not all privileged enough to choose whatever strain we'd like. So, we must find other means by which to get as blazed as possible!
Cannabinoids aren’t the only compounds in cannabis that affect the high. Terpenes, responsible for the myriad flavours and aromas exhibited by the cannabis plant, also have some influence on the effects.
Myrcene, for instance, is believed to enhance the speed at which THC crosses the blood–brain barrier, increasing the intensity of the high. But terpenes are not limited to the world of weed. Far from it. Myrcene can be found all over the plant world, including in abundance in mango. Aside from tasting great, eating mangoes before and during smoking could potentially increase the effects of weed.
There aren’t many studies to prove this outright, but we can live in hope, and have a tasty snack while we’re at it.
The method of cannabis consumption is a huge factor in terms of how high you can get. Weed smoked in a joint might get you comfortably blazed, but the same strain smoked in a bong, for example, can totally floor someone.
In other words, changing up the way you enjoy weed can profoundly impact how it affects you.
First up, try eating it.
Cannabis edibles come in an almost infinite variety. You're not just limited to brownies and cookies, as popular culture may have you think. Savoury meals, decadent treats, and canna-smoothies are all within reach. So pick something delicious and go for it!
When THC is ingested, it converts to 11-hydroxy-THC. This version of THC is much more potent than smoked THC, and lasts longer too! It’s no myth that edibles are extremely strong. As such, this is an exceptional option for those who want to get as high as possible from their weed. Just beware you don’t get too high!
Making edibles can take a bit of effort, so put aside some time—both for making them and being on them. The high from edibles can last upwards of six hours, or even more.
There’s no feeling quite like ripping a few bongs. If you want to get very high from your cannabis, bongs are a highly efficient option. And even within the world of water pipes, there’s quite some variety.
If in doubt, stick with the classic glass or acrylic bong. However, there are variations such as bucket bongs and gravity bongs that offer another level of intensity. These options sit somewhere between a legitimate method of consumption and a novelty, so pursue them with care as they can be very, very strong.
Pipes are like the bong’s more conservative sibling. Offering quick hits, the effect tends to be a little more reserved than hitting a bong.
Nevertheless, don’t underestimate their potential to help you get the most from your bud. Like bongs, pipes offer one big hit at a time, which has a much more potent effect than lots of little ones. Plus, the simplest pipes are extremely cheap, and thus are suitable for those on a tight budget too!
Whether you opt for flower or concentrates, vaporizers are like the pipe’s very modern sibling.
Vaporization utilises lower temperatures than smoking to effectively release the cannabinoids and terpenes in your material in the form of vapor. Such calibration of heat allows you to eke every molecule of THC from your cannabis product of choice.
And if you vape concentrates, you’re guaranteed an even more potent high. Concentrates can contain over 80% THC! This makes them absurdly potent, and you should proceed with caution if you choose to indulge. That being said, concentrates are a great way for those with a high tolerance to imbibe enough THC to make them feel sufficiently high, without using a lot of cannabis material. For true concentrate aficionados, vaping from a dedicated dab rig may be more advantageous than a portable vape.
If all else fails, take a break. Even a short break of a few days helps to reset the receptors in your brain, meaning that less weed goes further.
As a general rule, the longer you stop, the lower your tolerance will be when you come back. Plus, taking a break from time to time can be good for the mind anyway.
Exercising introduces a cocktail of neurotransmitters into our brains and gets our blood pumping and full of oxygen. Working in concert, these reactions can boost the strength and quality of a high. Moreover, exercise just makes you feel good anyway.
All the above methods offer some degree of help when it comes to maximising the strength of your high. There are many times when it’s fun to get incredibly stoned. Sometimes, though, learning to appreciate the subtler effects could be worthwhile too.
Cannabis is a potent drug, and even small amounts can induce powerful effects if we learn to be mindful of them. There’s more than one way to boost a cannabis high, and a simple one is to focus on and appreciate it more.