If the relationship you have with weed is already pretty great, it might seem...unappreciative to ask anything more from it. However, like with all things worthwhile, there’s always ways to improve your experience, and in this case, that experience is getting really stoned. This article is here to help you bring your relationship with Mary Jane to the next level. You’ve moved beyond awkward introductions over coffee, and are ready to get straight to Netflix and Chill. Yes, you know what getting high is like, but what about getting extra-extra high? You’re not just some amateur, and we see you! So, take a minute and check out these ways to improve the experience you know and get really, really stoned.
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Dabs: The Queen of Getting High AF
Do you ever feel like smoking a joint but like, really really fast, and all at once? Well go on and get yourself a dab rig, you maniac. For sure, the strongest, most surefire way of getting as high as humanly possible is with dabs. Or, dabbing, in its verb form. The optics of this method still make some a little standoffish, and we get it—smoking anything out of something called a “rig” with a blowtorch understandably sounds a little too close to some much harder, and way less socially acceptable families of drugs. The stuff you’re going to be looking for will have names like shatter, wax, and butane hash oil, to name a few. All types of dabs are cannabis concentrates that have been processed with some type of solvent, leaving you with a potent form of THC.
Let’s emphasize that dabs are hella strong (hey, it’s okay to say ‘hella’ if you're in the Bay). If you’d like to witness a truly Herculean act of highness, take yourself back to the early 2010s, at beautiful San Bernardino’s Cannabis Cup. Get yourself a $10.00 paper plate full of cheese fries, drag on that American Spirit, and behold a parking lot full of wooks continuously dabbing for 14 hours, and yet somehow still standing—just enough to shuffle around to the STS9 show at the end.
To someone newly acquainted with dabbing, it all might sound a little...intense, but despite the optics, dabbing is pretty fabulous and definitely gets an unfair rep. The high from dabbing feels exceptionally clean, easy on the lungs, and gives you a really nice flavor profile. Oh yeah, and it gets you really, really stoned. This can be a wonderful experience for anyone if it is done mindfully, as is the case with any drug. Start with small doses—don’t be a Wonderwoman. And do it in a place that’s comfy and familiar. There’s a reason why it’s growing so fast in popularity, and after giving dabs a shot, many never go back! Overall, dabbing has the potential to be an excellent THC experience for all levels of experience.
Dab rigs used to be somewhat of an investment, and they still can be, with some selling for $500 and beyond. However, these days you can buy rigs for around 100 bucks. And, you can get tiny ones too! So, overall this method of getting really stoned is much more accessible than you’d think.
This is a great way to stretch your weed and make a friend at the same time. Show that Covid that it can’t ruin a good time! Take a joint, and put the lit end between the lips of person A, and then have person B blow air through the unlit end, into the mouth of person A. It kinda-sorta does the same thing as a power hitter, with the force of the air being pushed into your lungs causing a more intense high. And who doesn’t love fun with fire?
Smoking out of a gravity bong is a method that maximizes your hit by creating a vacuum, and it’s also the stuff of many an unscrupulous high school kid’s weed nightmares. As in, it’s definitely gonna get you really stoned. It’s easy to make yourself, with just a plastic bottle and a bucket of water. With a hole cut in the bottom of the bottle and a bowl packed at the top, you slowly raise the bottle out of the water while inhaling. The vacuum caused by this method forces the smoke into your lungs faster than you can think “omg!”, fully taking advantage of the capacity of your bowl. You’ll definitely get super high, so just be careful what you wish for—the DIY nature of gravity bongs is probably why it’s the source of so many “I got too high” stories for many young stoners. Overall, it stretches your wallet because you can make it out of practically nothing, and it helps you get really stoned by making the most out of your weed hit.
Switch Up Your Strains
You might be thinking, “well duh,” but still, it’s worth emphasizing that things have gotten really, really good in the last decade, thanks to the work of cultivars and the legalisation of the weed industry. Did you know that there are some strains that carry as much as 30% THC content? That’s a lot. Like a lot a lot. Next time you're at the weed dispensary, ask your budtender for high THC strains like Red Congo. For dramatic effect, say it like you’re an outlaw cowboy demanding a stiff shot o’ whiskey before taking down the Sheriff, and slap your money on the counter like you mean it.
Keep in mind that switching up your strains in order to intensify your high really means switching up your strains regularly—if you get too comfy with high THC strains, then after a while you’re going to rely on them in order to get really stoned, creating a standard that other strains will never live up to. You’ll also eventually build a tolerance, meaning that not even the strongest kid on the block will be enough to get you properly, much less extraordinarily high. So the point here is that intensifying your high is not necessarily synonymous with smoking the most intense strain on the planet. Instead, switching up your strains, regardless of how potent they are, will decrease your body’s tolerance to any one particular strain.
Grow Your Own
Let’s say it again, and this time throw in some imaginary clap emojis: Grow. Your. Own. This is and always will be the most secure way to ensure your ability to get really stoned in perpetuity, forever and always. Growing your own weed will give you an unlimited supply of marijuana, and what can beat that? If there’s anything getting in the way of your right to get high as possible, it’s not your method, and it’s not your strain—it’s the cost and supply. The movement toward full legalization that we’re seeing is a huge victory, but like all things worthwhile, it doesn’t come without a price. Like literally, the price you’re paying for the eighth you used to get from the lady next door has skyrocketed at the dispensary. Growing your own weed gets you really stoned in a way that other methods can’t; it dramatically lowers the cost, and therefore increases access to marijuana.
People have the impression that it’s a hassle and a task only meant for the pros, but it really isn’t. Growing weed at home has become so commonplace that folks with zero experience grow dispensary-quality weed, by simply purchasing all-in-one grow kits.
Intensify Your High with Mangoes
Oh what tough lives we live—having to eat delicious fruit when we want to improve our highs. Eating mangoes about an hour before getting stoned will stimulate your cannabinoid receptors, and really boost the THC experience. This is because mangoes have plenty of myrcene in them (pronounce it like MER-seen, like MERmaid). Myrcene is the most abundant terpene found in weed plants. Terpenes interact with THC and other cannabinoids, creating a synergistic, or “entourage” effect. So basically this means that when you eat foods with lots of myrcene in them, you are enhancing the experience you have with weed by boosting the terpenes, which creates a new, complex effect (rather than enhancing an already present effect). Anything edible is going to take a little while to break down, so that’s why it’s important to eat mangoes at least forty-five minutes before you smoke. With just a little bit of timing, eating mangoes will get you really high—and satisfy those munchies too!
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Food that Helps Get You Really Stoned
Mangoes and their myrcene content really deserve their own category, but lucky for you, there are several other foods you can eat that will dress up the psychoactive effects of whatever marijuana you are using. Foods high in antioxidants, omega-3s, and healthy fats are all ingredients that make weed particularly wonderful, if you can imagine that’s even possible. Antioxidants help cannabinoids cross the blood-brain barrier, and they are just good for you in general. Coffee and tea have plenty of antioxidants, and what’s more, their caffeine content also plays a role in enhancing your high. Although caffeine is a stimulant, it can actually have a calming effect when paired with weed. This is great for all of you silly stoners out there that might be feeling some anxious side effects along your journey of getting really high. Additionally, the stimulant effect can improve your overall experience if you're trying to avoid feeling overly hazy from indica strains...and all of those mangoes you’ve been eating.
You already know that omega-3s and healthy fats are good for your brain, body, and taste buds, but now you also know that eating foods rich in these ingredients will lead to a happy, as well as healthy high. One of the reasons for this is that THC is fat soluble, so naturally foods high in healthy fats are going to assist the cannabinoids in increasing bioavailability. In order for THC to do its thing, it needs to have some fat to cling to, so these healthy fats make the perfect home.
Speaking of eating, we’re not done yet! Turning your THC into an edible form is a well-known way to feel a stronger, longer high than simply smoking. You can take all of the goodness of fats found in regular food, and incorporate them into the weed itself as ingredients to some sort of tasty treat. Before mixing weed into food, take what you already know about fats into consideration—that means that you need to infuse the cannabinoids from marijuana into butter or oil. After that, the possibilities are endless.
By now it probably makes sense that brownies hold the title to the world’s most iconic edible. The butter or oil in brownies allows for a perfect THC infusion, while the chocolate unleashes those helpful antioxidants that we just mentioned. Additionally, the rich flavor of cocoa (or cacao) provides the perfect medium to cloak the strong flavor of THC butters and oils. Remember that THC always needs to come into contact with heat in order for it to get you really stoned, so the heat from the infusion process is what allows all edibles-whether they be brownies, gummies, cookies, or pasta sauce-to get us all really high. So, make an infusion by simmering your weed at a constant temperature in your fat of choice, then strain the weed out.
And yes, edibles have the propensity to get you unusually, uniquely high. Their effect is not only powerful, but also much longer lasting than the effects of smoking or vaping. One reason that edibles make us happy and high is that there is more than just THC working through our bodies. The THC we all know and love is Delta-9-THC, but when you eat THC, your liver converts our friend Delta-9-THC into a new chemical you might have never known about: 11-hydroxy-THC. So if you didn’t know already, it’s kind of surprising that there’s a totally different cannabinoid that’s getting you really stoned. Chew on that, why don’t ya?
Skip the CBD
While we’re talking about cannabinoids, we should mention that not all of them get us super high. The one in particular is CBD. As a compound, CBD is absolutely amazing for treating anxiety and inflammation. Choosing weed with CBD content is a great choice for those of us trying to counteract the anxiety that THC sometimes causes, and it definitely deserves its own article. So, while we have nothing but love for CBD, it’s also true that CBD does not get you high, and in fact in higher amounts it will weaken the psychoactive effects of marijuana. If this isn’t what you’re looking for, then make sure you ask your budtender about the CBD levels in the strain you are buying.
Particularly potent strains like Chemdawg and Fat Banana are strong because they have a higher THC content and low amounts of CBD. The most efficient way to avoid CBD is to use oils that have been intentionally processed to remove CBD. Technically you can’t fully remove CBD, but you can get really, really close to it.
Mix Marijuana with Other Drugs
Now don’t go around repeating this, but it’s been said there are certain illicit substances that pair unusually well with weed, and that info on these combinations might be floating around somewhere on the internet. But we’re not degenerates, so we know nothing about that. Bahahaha just kidding! Using marijuna with certain drugs can be an incredibly rewarding experience, if done with intention.
Out of all the drug families, marijuana and psychedelics are most certainly BFFs. It makes sense that this is true, as both substances are ancient facilitators of human ritual. Combining psychedelics with marijuana does a great job of getting you really stoned. Smoking weed while on mushrooms, for example, creates waves of euphoria, and smoothes out the edges of both drugs. Psilocybin takes away the feeling of drowsiness and heaviness that some folks attribute to weed. Many people consider marijuana to be its own kind of psychedelic, so it is unsurprising that marijuana allows people to access a higher level of introspection while on mushrooms.
Weed also does wonders for LSD. The next time you’re an hour and a half out from dosing, and kicking yourself for buying bunk acid, try smoking a joint. It’ll jumpstart your trip faster than you can say “give me another tab.” That’s because marijuana is a known potentiator. It’s a great combo for wanton silliness, as well as for solo meditation. So if you’re trying to get really stoned, it’s worth giving this a try.
Working out is good for your body, your emotional health, and surprise, it’s good for your high too. Remember that all systems in your body are interconnected, so the condition you are in has a direct impact on the way that you experience THC. Regular exercise will help you get really stoned because it keeps your metabolism working efficiently, and your cardiovascular system strong enough to keep blood flowing properly.
In addition to regular exercise, working out before you get high and while you are high can get you extra stoned. Working out right before you smoke or vape raises your blood pressure and oxygenates your blood cells. Both of these things facilitate the body’s ability to process THC. The exercise itself gives you a small dose of serotonin and dopamine, so off the bat you’re beginning with high feel-good vibes. It might seem counterintuitive, but exercising while high can really improve your workout by loosening you up. Some athletes even claim that working out while high turns their training into a sort of meditative experience. This is a great way to get super stoned and indulge in some guilt-free munchies.
Get Really Stoned by Taking a Tolerance Break
Who woulda thought? Yes, a great way to get yourself super high is to simply stop doing it for a while. Give yourself a break and abstain from THC for a couple weeks, and notice how your tolerance will have shot way down. This is a great method because it saves you money, too. Not just because you won’t be buying weed during this period, but also because afterwards you will need significantly less THC to get high, and you’ll be able to get really stoned from the less potent strains. So put the bong down, we know you can do it!
Alright, you marijuana warrior, you’ve got some excellent THC experiences waiting ahead for you. Experiment, be thoughtful, and above anything, enjoy getting really stoned!