If you are going to smoke, you ought to extract every drop of intoxicant from the magic marijuana. Science might be a bit behind in studying the ways to get a better high, but stoners around the world have shared their tips with each other since the first puff and pass. If you think we’ve missed a trick, let us know!
1. Hit a Gravity Bong
Let’s consider the benefits of using a gravity bong to elevate your high. Bowls and pipes are great for the neophyte, but if are ready to get a headier higher, you want to fill your lungs with smoke the way only this contraption can. It’s an intense experience, and not for the newb. This technique is somewhat old-school, and has that DIY spirit many smokers embrace.
2. Eat a mango
There may be a scientific reason that mangoes give you a better high, according to Medical Daily. It has to do with a compound called myrcene terpenes, which helps THC get through the blood-brain barrier quicker.
Eating a mango about an hour before you smoke can give you a stronger, more euphoric high. Even better, that mango may stop you from eating all those unhealthy munchies, and it gives you a dose of helpful vitamins and nutrients. A better high and healthy eating: what could be better?
3. Just inhale already!
Hey, if inhaling is good enough for President Barack Obama, then it’s good enough for the rest of us. Sometimes people actually forget to inhale into their lungs—they just hold it in their mouths. So when you smoke, don’t forget to inhale (and maybe remember to exhale, too).
4. Roll the joint properly
A properly rolled joint burns evenly, has no seeds or stems, and provides a better high. It takes a few seconds longer to roll a joint properly, but those seconds are well worth it to get a few feet higher in the clouds.
5. Change it Up
Your smoking routine can plateau your high. You may need to shake it up in order to recharge your experience. Humans adjust, we adapt. So, if you are used to smoking every morning, you may notice your high has become mundane. Try smoking at night instead, in a different room from your usual spot, outside, under the stars. Try listening to different music or contemplating a new subject. You may simply be stuck in a rut. Get out of your head. Open yourself up to a new type of experience.
6. Use A Grinder
You’ve got to get a grinder. According to our sources, this is the best way to ensure that you are burning consistently. As a side bonus, you’ll end up with a good amount of kief as a high by product. This dust that collects in a grinder’s bottom chamber has super concentrated THC. Add a sprinkle of kief to your supply when you want to get intensely high.
7. Check the strain
Similar to the above point, some marijuana strains are known for their highs, others for their lows. Esquire notes Indica is for pain, anxiety, and sleeping problems because it dulls the mind. Sativa tends to make you higher and feel more energized. So when you smoke a hybrid, make the hybrid more Sativa heavy to counteract the powerful Indica effects.
8. Cut it
Some cannabis enthusiasts argue that grinding weed causes more THC to be lifted out – whereas cutting the weed with sharp scissors still allows for a fine cut, without the THC loss.
9. Crack a beer
Science is almost always right. A study published in 2001 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence showed ethanol increased the rate at which participants felt the effects of marijuana. Also, respondents reported more episodes of euphoria and showed higher plasma THC levels. Just be careful if you decide to mix the two, as alcohol and marijuana affect everyone’s bodies differently.
10. Take a Tolerance Break
Even the Willie Nelson-ist among us sometimes needs a break from the herb. Maybe you’ve been smoking too much, too regularly, it has become too much of a habit. A high should be just that. If smoking wonderful, delightful, mind-expanding weed no longer feels like soaring, give yourself a few days off. Absence makes the heart (and lungs) grow fonder. When you next inhale, you will feel that giggly, delicious, heightened feeling again, as if for the first time.
[Updated, originally published 26.9. 2017]
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