It seems as though everyone has their own unique experience with cannabis. Different strains, portions and product types make us feel less or more stoned. Some of us even have a naturally higher tolerance than others. However, one thing that we can all agree on is that we can all reach varying degrees of high.
In this article, we'll explore the 7 levels of being high. It's worth noting that everyone reacts differently to cannabis. A joint that took you to the maximum level of being high might only have a subtle effect on someone else. Our endocannabinoid systems are responsible for our propensity to feel high and absorb cannabis.
What To Do If You're Too High?
Before we take you through the 7 levels of high, we'd like to offer some advice on how to deal with the effects of being too high. If you are experiencing 'marijuana toxicity', you may feel some of the following symptoms:
- Anxiety disorders
- Panic disorder
- Reduced attention span
Rest assured, these are normal reactions to the overconsumption of THC, and the effects will pass over time. To help sober up if you think you're too high, you can:
- Chew on peppercorns
- Take some CBD
- Focus on your breathing
- Drink lots of fluids
- Take a shower
The 7 Levels of High
Level 1: Toasted
For many cannabis users, this is the perfect level of high as it allows you to go about your day doing routine tasks with no hindrance. Things that generally feel mundane will now feel easy and even pleasurable. You'll giggle at something that ordinarily wouldn't catch your attention.
The effects will be somewhat equally distributed across your body, making you feel floaty and mentally calm. Many people find it hard to reach this level of high using THC dominant products because THC strains are overpowered these days. So instead, try a CBD flower that contains nearly no THC and heaps of CBD.
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Level 2: Baked
You're now officially high. Here come the audio and visual stimulations that somehow make everything look and sound better. Art, music and movies will now seem profoundly more interesting. Colours will seem more profound, music will have a deeper meaning, and films will stimulate thoughts you never thought you had.
You'll still be in control of yourself, and it's unlikely that anyone around you will be able to suspect that you are high. However, some people will get 'red eyes' at this stage, and you might notice slightly slurring words.
Social interactions can get very interesting at this stage, as things seem more attractive. These effects can lead to increased connection with other people and some fascinating conversations and shared ideas. But, unlike the later stages of being high, things aren't getting weird yet!
Level 3: Roasted
At this stage, you'll find yourself putting more effort into functioning. This is because you are officially impaired, and autonomous tasks now require extra effort.
What many call the internal conscious will now be broadcast to those around you. As a result, you'll find it increasingly difficult to keep your inner thoughts in. You will have those around you entertained with interesting theories that we would generally keep to ourselves.
Sentences will become more challenging as your motor skills and mental speed decline. Not only will you not be able to keep up with routine tasks, but you'll find yourself saying words incorrectly and pausing in conversation.
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Level 4: Fried
Never mind trying to have a proper conversation. You are now beyond words and are lucky to get the start of your words correctly.
You'll still be able to move and be motivated to find food, but not without struggle. Operating a microwave will take the energy of preparing a 3-course meal. So instead, you'll stare into the glass as your food bubbles and tantalises your stoned brain.
Be particularly careful about operating devices that can be hazardous at this level of high. For example, ovens should be off-limits unless accompanied by someone that is in a more sober state.
Level 5: Cracked
Time to strap in, as you'll need to be ready for uncontrollable paranoia. Everything will find a way into your thought consciousness now. You might find this overbearing and benefit from minimising the number of things your mind can overthink.
You will become hyper-analytical of every thought and action that you make. Furthermore, you'll project this onto those around you. Let's not even get started on eye contact. It's not uncommon to feel your energy is being drained by conversing and socialising with others. You might prefer to be left alone at this level, taking refuge behind your eyes as if you sat in a meta-room in your head.
You may want to get up and move, but a big part of you is resisting this urge, knowing it will only worsen things. The couchlock is creeping in, and it'd be best to give in at this point.
Level 6: Couch Coma
There's no fighting the couch lock. You are now chair-bound, trapped within your own body, stimulated by anything around you. Everything will catch your attention, and frighteningly, you might start hearing your body's inner workings. For example, you can listen to and feel your heartbeat, despite being physically drained.
You'll lose track of the concept of time, sitting still and gazing into the distance until you fall asleep or come to your senses. Level 6 can be best enjoyed in the safety of your home, with something to focus your attention on.
Level 7: Mashed
Level 7 goes beyond the couch lock; now, you ARE the couch. Forget the socialising effects of level 2; communication no longer requires actual words. Instead, you'll connect via telepathy to those around you as their silhouettes fan at a reduced frame rate.
Your visual abilities will be compromised as you struggle to focus on things, and depth perception falls out the window.
The hyper analysing takes a new level, where you feel everything internal and external. Eating a chip will make you feel the contraction of every muscle throughout your digestive tract, performing the type of analytic thinking that could earn someone a PhD. You have reached the highest level of high before passing out, and now it's time to put down the joint.