Maybe you’re new to cannabis or you’ve been using cannabis for a long time, and you want to know what you can do to ensure you have a great experience. You want to know how to balance your high. Beyond making sure you eat a healthy meal before you get high and you make sure to stay well hydrated, here are four proven strategies on how to balance your high.
Start Low and Go Slow
If you’re new to cannabis, haven’t used cannabis for a long time, or are new to a specific type of cannabis product or intake method (e.g., dabbing, edibles, and even oils), we always advise against rushing into anything. You’ll want to — as the popular cannabis saying goes — “start low, and go slow.”
Keep in mind the bioavailability (the proportion of THC or another chemical that enters the bloodstream to initiate an active effect) can vary dramatically between intake methods and even similar products. Moreover, the way your body metabolizes cannabis will be different from intake method to intake method (e.g., smoking vs. edibles vs. dabbing).
Try Microdosing Cannabis
As consumers become more savvy and discover the benefits of cannabis extend far beyond just getting high, more people are turning to microdosing. It makes a lot of sense on a number of levels:
- Consuming a high amount of THC is often therapeutically less effective.
- More THC is not always as enjoyable. Anxiety and paranoia are common side effects. Randomized controlled trials reveal that most consumers prefer mildly euphoric effects over getting super-high
- The chances of experiencing adverse short or long-term effects when microdosing — even if you do so regularly — is far less when you microdose.
Another factor is that cannabis is much more potent nowadays than it was 10 or 20 years ago. When you visit a dispensary, how many strains do you see with more than 20% THC. A lot, right?
How to Balance Your High: Use CBD-Rich Strains
Seek out and use cannabis strains that are rich in CBD content. You can always ask any of the budtenders at Have a Heart for high-CBD strains and products and they’ll be more than happy to help you find a great product!
Strains rich in CBD are great, because CBD neutralizes any potential adverse effects of THC, like paranoia or anxiety. Likewise, when THC is combined with CBD you’ll still get a great high, but it will be a different type of high. You’re more likely to be alert. Yet you’ll feel (paradoxically) intensely calm with a sensation of complete tranquility that overcomes your body and melts all your stress and worries away.
Make Sure to Have a High-CBD Product on Standby
Even if you decide to use high-THC strains — and who doesn’t enjoy these strains at least once in a while? — you should have a CBD product or strain handy in case you get too high. Some cannabis enthusiasts — even seasoned pros — overdo it sometimes and experience what’s called “greening out.” When you “green out” you can experience an elevated heart rate, paranoia, anxiety, dizziness, and even nausea. While there’s virtually no cannabis high that a little time and sleep won’t cure, overdoing can still be unpleasant. If you have CBD handy, you can use the CBD to get rid of those nasty effects.
How to Balance Your High: Closing Advice
Not only is cannabis a lot of fun, it’s an amazing plant that it’s incredibly versatile, from helping those living with chronic illnesses to lifestyle users who incorporate cannabis into their yoga routines. But like all things, too much is not always a good thing. If you follow our advice, you’ll know how to balance your high and have a great experience!