Marijuana is about more than just getting high, especially when a doctor recommends marijuana to you. In most cases, the legal use of weed comes from some level of medical benefit, ranging from assistance in sleep, improvement in appetite to some targeted relief to chronic symptoms like pain and inflammation in arthritis, spasms in multiple sclerosis, and more.
With a handful of qualifying conditions of MMJ card, patients get access to high potency doses which can lead to a high. However, not every medically recommended product will do that. If, as a patient or a recreational user finding relief with marijuana, you expect to experience some intoxicating effects, you might have to choose a product with high THC concentrations.
This THC, otherwise called tetrahydrocannabinol, is what will take you on a high trip. If you’re looking for an experience like that, you must invest in a high-quality cannabis product with THC in it.
That being said, not every user, especially a newbie, knows what THC is, what type of product they’re supposed to invest in, and even when they do, first-time consumption may or may not bring the expected results.
Here are some of the reasons why you might not be getting high on weed.
5 Reasons You Aren’t Getting High on Marijuana
You want to get high but can’t. Why? Here are 5 Reasons that might provide you with the answer you’re looking for.
You’re a First Time User
Whether it’s smoking (we’ll get to that) or any other way of consuming marijuana, you might not feel the effects the first few times. Since your body already has an endocannabinoid system-it contains cannabinoid receptors that are only used for the minimal cannabinoids your body naturally produces. So when external cannabinoids enter your body, your receptors might take a little while to activate. This means that for the first few uses, you might not feel any effects of the weed you consume.
However, that does not mean that you keep on consuming until you feel the effects. This experience required you to sit down, relax and have patience for the effects to take over.
It’s also a possibility that your anxiety regarding your first experience might not let you enjoy the effects. In this case, all you need to do is relax and remove your mental barrier.
You Aren’t Consuming it the Right Way
This one is especially true in the case of smoking or vaping weed. Most first-time users aren’t well versed with the intricacies of smoking weed. They simply tend to take the smoke into their mouth and then release it, without letting it get into their lungs. Or sometimes, they end up sending the smoke into the stomach. If you feel your stomach acting up during this experience, (feeling pain or burping), you might’ve taken the smoke into the wrong organ.
It is always advised that new users take small hits and let them take effect rather than trying to take a larger dose than they can handle. A single (or two) hits taken right will have you feeling the effects almost instantly.
You Have Bad Quality Weed
Even when you have a qualifying condition of MMJ card and you enter a dispensary, you might end up with a not-so-good product. You have to remember that there is no uniform regulation across states when it comes to the quality of marijuana products. That being said, you have to checklist some basic giveaways about the quality of your weed.
When buying a flower, you can look for:
- Bright colors like green with hints of red, purple, blue, or yellow
- Glistening layer of trichomes covering the flower
- Moist flower that isn’t too try or too wet
- Flower that isn’t too spongy or extremely hard
When buying a pre-packaged product, you can look for:
- A well-defined label with details of manufacturing and expiration date, batch no., etc.,
- A certificate of analysis, more often in the form of a barcode on the packaging
- Disclaimers and warnings about potential high, allergens, FDA approval, etc.,
- A detailed ingredient list
Your Tolerance is Too High
Quite the opposite in the case of newbies, you’d have to be a regular consumer of cannabis to have a high tolerance. That being said, it’s a possibility that you don’t feel high from the recommended doses because you’ve consumed it too much already. Your body is used to the effects, so are your receptors.
If you still wish to experience the high effects, you can always one-up your dose. However, if you’re using cannabis for a medical condition, it is always recommended that you consult your physician before increasing your dose.
As your THC consumption increases, you’ll begin to feel the effects. Another way of getting the effects back is to go on a little tolerance break. This will help your brain return to its prior settings and function normally. This way, you’ll be safe from possible dependency and also wouldn’t require a stronger dose.
Your Good Quality Weed isn’t Potent
There is a possibility that the product you’re buying has a larger concentration of CBD than THC and isn’t letting you experience the high. All you have to do is consult your physician or the budtender for a stronger THC dosage and you should be good to go.
Irrespective of your qualifying condition of MMJ card, not every dose you get your hands on will get you high. There are pros and cons to this fact, take it as you will. However, if you’re looking for intoxicating effects but aren’t able to get them, you might find the reason stated above.