Worst Types of High
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The Worst Types of High

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Cannabis can both cause and treat certain kinds of symptoms. These include panic attacks, depression and anxiety. But which is which? Part of this is about understanding the different types of cannabis and cannabinoids. Part of it is experimentation. Find out which strain works best for your condition.

While smoking or ingesting cannabis is largely a pleasurable experience, there are some “highs” that are actually real downers. On the one hand, users can experience feelings of intense euphoria, relaxation and creativity, if not mental focus. However, that is not always the whole story. Some consumers also experience really negative effects from cannabis. These include lethargy, panic attacks, paranoia and even insomnia. In some cases, patients who experience these effects end up feeling worse off than they did to begin with.


There appear to be several negative effects that users commonly report. These can be caused by numerous factors, including personal metabolism, mindset, or even the strain used. Ironically, marijuana can help with many of the symptoms it can also cause.

Essentially, cannabinoids act like regulators in the body. In many cases, this means that negative symptoms improve or go away completely. In some cases, however, cannabis can exaggerate such conditions. While many of these corollaries are also fleeting, you should immediately seek medical attention if they persist.

As people can actually be allergic to cannabis, you should also seek medical care if you do not feel well for more than a few hours after first noticing these symptoms.

There are two main options to consider if your bud makes you feel bad. One, stop altogether. The other? Search for another kind of weed. Luckily, there are many strains to suit your unique physiology.


Paranoia High

Are the cops about to bust in the door? Did I turn off my stove? Are aliens landing? While these feelings may seem ridiculous to those who do not suffer from panic attacks or paranoia, they can be very real to the sufferer. And yes, marijuana can also exacerbate them.

The best way to deal with paranoia? First, recognise it for what it is. If your heart is beating, or you are sweating - try to centre yourself. Ask yourself if there is any real reason for this sudden, awful feeling. It’s always helpful to remind yourself that you just ingested a psychoactive substance.

Recognition, however, is only the first step in all of this. If you cannot calm yourself down any other way, drink water or try to eat something. This will also impact the high itself and help bring you down.

You might also try another strain of marijuana. There are many people who use cannabis and experience temporary, adverse side effects from time to time. Further, many strains have now been specifically bred to address the issue of paranoia.


Insomnia High

The inability to sleep is a medical problem in and of itself. Insomnia is also often caused by certain underlying conditions and can be influenced by depression or nervous tension. Up to 30% of adults suffer from insomnia. Worse, 95% who have been prescribed “traditional” narcotics often feel “hungover” the next morning. This is why medical cannabis is becoming a top alternative and natural sleep aid.

Research regarding cannabis shows that THC and CBD affect sleep in many diverse and positive ways. In fact, cannabinoids can help patients fall asleep. They can also impact and improve the quality of the sleep cycle itself.

Indica strains are generally thought to be the most effective for use as sleep aids. If you are having a hard time sleeping because of the joint you just smoked? Bummer. Next time, try another strain of cannabis. There are many to choose from.

For example, there is CBD Shark Shock. This indica-dominant strain is also packed with CBD to guarantee you a long and comfortable snooze. The small, compact plant produces in just 8 weeks. It has a sweet, fruity odour with a surprising scent of garlic.

Bubba Kush is an almost pure indica strain that will also do the trick. You will be counting sheep in no time. This strain, synonymous with comfortably numb, has a high THC content of 16%. It also requires only 8-9 weeks of flowering to produce a resin-rich bud that will take you to dreamland quickly.


Lethargy High

Drowsiness and couch potato behaviour is a highly negative stereotype associated with stoners. In fact, it is one of the many misperceptions about the drug and those who use it. Cannabis can of course cause people to go to sleep. However, there are many kinds of cannabis that do not cause this reaction. In fact, sativa blends tend to create a highly focussed, mental high that allows people to create, exercise and work.

If you do not want to use caffeine to perk you up, or if your current weed is making you drowsy - do not fear. The solution to this one is easy. Pick a strain with a higher sativa content. These are known as sativa-dominant strains. There are also many of these to choose from.

For example, Energy Haze gives users a feeling of enormous power and energy. Made via a cross between Kali Mist and Northern Light, this sativa-dom is known for its upbeat stone. With a flowering time of just 10-11 weeks, this is a great producer. The effect is even better.

New York City also attempts to live up to its namesake by delivering a sativa-infused energetic high. This 70% sativa strain delivers massive yields of 500 grams per plant. It will produce buds within 80 days.


Edibles Cannabis Consumption

While many people consume marijuana by smoking it, medical users are increasingly switching to edible consumption. This is for many reasons. The first is obviously health related. The second, however, is how cannabis works in the human body. When eaten, the effects of cannabinoids come on slower, but last longer. This also impacts the ability of the body to gradually descend into restful sleep. It allows the brain and body to rest for a longer period of time. Whichever consumption method you choose will affect how you react, so it is worth testing out for yourself.

If the symptoms you are treating with medical marijuana continue for an extended period of time for no reason, you should seek medical attention.

Marguerite Arnold

Written by: Marguerite Arnold
With years of writing experience under her belt, Marguerite dedicates her time to exploring the cannabis industry and the developments of the legalisation movement.

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