Ever have that friend that says they just can’t get high? Maybe you were that person that couldn’t get stoned their first time. Or, if you’re like me, you got so high your first time that it is difficult to comprehend how someone can’t get high off cannabis. For anyone frustrated or confused by this early-stage consumption phenomenon, consider the points below. They may apply to you or someone you know.
Your Body May Not Allow You to Get High Initially
Keep in mind that cannabis affects everyone differently and the high a person experiences can and likely will vary by person. Factors can include a person’s height, weight and metabolism. Think about how a larger-sized person probably needs to consume more alcohol to feel drunk or ingest more food to feel full. The physical makeup of a person will often be the culprit if physical limitations are what’s holding them back from experiencing THC. In other cases, however, additional internal factors can alter one’s experience. This includes any issues relating to a person’s hormones as well as their serotonin and dopamine levels.
In 2014, a study pointed towards the naturally producing hormone pregnenolone as a counter effect to THC. In the report, it states that the hormone “can protect the brain from cannabis intoxication.” If the person continues to not feel the effects of THC consumption after a few times, they may want to consider visiting a physician for further answers.
You May Be Consuming Cannabis Wrong
If a person doesn’t get high the first time, those around them may suggest that they try a different approach to smoking. One of the more common mistakes new consumers make is treating cannabis like cigarettes. While they may appear similar, their consumption methods are rather different. Namely, nicotine is held in the mouth by the user. Whereas with cannabis, it is recommended that the person inhale the smoke right into their body without holding it in their mouth.
Also, consider how the cannabis is being consumed. If the person doesn’t feel the effects of the smoke in a few minutes, then the person may need to explore some of the other reasons on this list. However, with edibles, vaping and other methods of consumption, it is best to keep in mind that the onset effects vary, sometimes taking around two hours to kick in. This is especially true with edibles. Don’t be like comedian Jason Mantzoukas and his first time getting high using cannabutter (see video above).
You May Have Bad Weed
Not all cannabis is created equal. Today’s crops of cannabis are more likely to range in the teens to mid-30s when it comes to THC potency. This sharp increase in marijuana potency should ensure that every person gets high every time, right? In theory, yes. But several factors may have made that seemingly fire strain rather extinguished by the time you light it up. Starting with the producer, they could have a contaminated crop. That means anything from a leaky roof allowing rainwater onto the plant to miscategorized flower all potentially ruining a high.
Even if a person receives high-quality flower, that does not mean the strain will retain its quality over time. If left exposed to the elements, cannabis can degrade and deteriorate. As such, it is essential to store flower in a cool, dark container that does not allow air into the packaging.
A reliable storage method won’t protect flower forever, either. Just like everything other than honey, cannabis has an expiration date. Once that date passes or is exposed to enough UV light, the THC and THCA in the plant can convert to other cannabinoids, namely CBN and CBNA. While these cannabinoids won’t harm a person, they may have them experiencing different effects than expected. This could potentially result in a person thinking they aren’t high.
You May Need to Smoke More
The “start low, go slow” method is a wonderful concept in cannabis. Basically, begin with a low dosage of marijuana, whether smoking, eating or what have you, wait 30 minutes to an hour to gauge the effects. If a person isn’t feeling the high the first time around, then a second round may be in order. If so, they can take an equal or slightly larger hit and gauge how it affects them. No need to go overboard if the first time didn’t do the trick. Continue at the same levels of consumption, or incrementally up the levels being consumed. No need to go all in if the first round doesn’t produce the ideal results.
You May Have CBD Flower
It’s highly doubtful this is the case, but smoking CBD flower definitely won’t lead to anyone getting high for the first time. Sure, they’ll likely feel some effects, but not like THC can provide. If a person says they are looking to get high and they have Charlotte’s Web or ACDC, then you may need to give them a small bit of difficult news. Conversely, in states where cannabis is still illegal, black market dealers have been known to “cut” cannabis flower with CBD flower in an effort to make extra profits.
Keep in mind that cannabis exploration should be fun. Save for a physical limitation, in due time a person is almost assured to find what dosage and method of consumption is the best way for them to get high. Safe consumption is always advised as well. Be sure to use extra caution if you find yourself unable to get high right away. Don’t get frustrated and overdo it. Keep on exploring and slowly scaling up if need be. The high will come, and when it does it will be that much more worthwhile.
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