The Stages Of Being High
Most chit-chat or discussions surrounding the smoking or usage of weed always result in the same thing: “getting stoned.” I mean, apart from the sub-fraction of people who use weed purely for medicinal purposes, most people smoke weed just to get high.
An interesting point that most people might not have mentioned is that getting high is not a straightforward journey but one with many stages. However, don’t be scared or confused; you’ll get the gist momentarily.
Many have argued that getting high is sometimes better than sex, and in the same way, there are stages to climaxing, which are excitement, plateau, the big “O”, and resolution; there are also stages to being high.
One factor that can determine your stages of high is the mode of ingestion, but for this article, we’ll be focusing solely on smoking. Another factor is the type of weed because some are so potent you’ll get knocked out on your couch.
In this article, you’ll be learning the ten different stages of being high so that the next time you smoke a joint, you’ll be able to identify which level you are at as you get stoned. But, if you’ve got your joint with you, let’s go on a journey!
Stage 1: Anticipation
This is the first step in your journey to get high. You have not even smoked your joint yet, but you’re already anticipating what it’ll feel like. It’s when you admire your perfectly rolled weed just before lighting it up (Check-In.)
Stage 2: Savor the Flavour
This stage comes after you’ve lit up your joint, and the smell and aroma of cannabis fill you up so much you can feel the taste on your tongue. Then, finally, the smoke passes through your nose and settles down in your lungs. At this stage, you’ve just started to relax before your first drag (Plane Boarded.)
Stage 3: The Moment of Clarity
This is when your trip is just beginning, and you’ve settled in for all the twists and turns to come. You’ll already be getting the familiar early-stage feelings and tingling at this stage. You’ll feel happy and comforted knowing your trip has commenced, and there’s no time for a reversal. (Plane is on the runway.)
Stage 4: Energy, Focus, and Awareness
As the high hits, you’ll start experiencing a sense of joy and focus more on things around you. The feeling will probably arise based on your anticipation of what is coming. Everything around you will suddenly become brighter and more interesting than how it looked minutes before hitting your blunt.
This is when you’ll suddenly want to talk about things you did not want to before, or you might just get the urge to laugh at something. Don’t worry; you’re not going crazy; the world has become much more interesting (Takeoff.)
Stage 5: Chill Time
This is when you’re officially in the zone. Your mind and thoughts will become empty; you’ll feel more relaxed and have no paranoid feelings. At this point, you can choose if you’ll want to enjoy your ride on the sofa or under the cover of blankets.
You could settle in for a little Netflix and ‘chill,’ which is when your crunches become essential. After that, everything becomes more delicious, and your leftover pizza might taste like heaven. It’s all part of trips (Plane on autopilot.)
Stage 6: The Reckoning
This is the stage where your body starts feeling the full force of THC, the most prominent cannabinoid in most strains of cannabis. At this stage, you might feel a bit tensed, disoriented, paranoid, or nervous if you’re new to weed or have a low tolerance for it.
However, don’t worry; all you need to do is remind yourself the feeling will pass. Nonetheless, at this point, when you’re fully stoned, do what you can to get comfortable again. You might sleep, eat, or maybe listen to some music; just do anything to get you distracted (A little turbulence.)
Stage 7: Reaching the Peak
Once you’ve reached the epitome of getting high, the THC levels in your body will start leveling out. This is when you’ll feel a sudden burst of energy or a sense of purpose or creativity. This is the perfect time to get things like house chores or creative work done. In addition, you’ll get a fantastic sense of focus which might make you reflective or introverted. (Your plane is just about to land.)
Stage 8: Sharing
This is when you’re gradually returning to the world around you. At this stage, you might start feeling a deep urge to talk about your feelings or observations, especially if you’re with your crew. Again, this is a vital bonding moment between tribe members since you’re all on the same wavelength.
The THC will start disappearing from your body, and you might feel restless. This is the best time to consider another joint, especially when your crew still feels the vibe (Your plane has landed.)
Stage 9: Decompression
At this stage, your heaviest feelings of high will begin to ease, and things can get a bit disorientating. This is when you start getting a bit of clarity because as your high fades, you start feeling lightheaded. Also, you might feel thirsty or tired or a little burnt out; if so, just try and get some rest (Checkout.)
Stage 10: Reset, Repeat
One important thing to note is that the stages of being high don’t come chronologically sometimes, which may be affected by your environment or the mode of ingestion. The feelings of hunger, giggles or reflective thoughts might vary. However, the trip never gets boring, so get ready, light up, and get another booking!