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How Do You Know If You're High?

If you're smoking marijuana, it's important to be aware of the symptoms. Do you have red eyes or the munchies? Are you feeling sleepy? The best way to know if you're high is to let your body tell you!

By Morgan E. WestlingPublished 6 years ago 4 min read
Top Story - December 2018

Smoking marijuana does not seem natural to many people because it has not been a legal substance for very long. It is still illegal in most states, so some individuals may just now be learning the side effects of the drug and wanting to know the symptoms of being high on marijuana. How do you know if you’re high and if you have smoked enough to get high? Drug abuse is a real problem, so knowing the side effects and being aware of these symptoms is important in order to smoke weed responsibly.

There are many side effects of smoking marijuana that will let you know if you’re high or not. One of the most common signs is relaxation. Your entire body will begin to feel more relaxed, and this is a good thing. This is one of the main reasons people choose to get high on marijuana in the first place, because it has a very calming effect. It can reduce anxiety in the body and allow you to feel better about the world. If you start to notice yourself relaxing after smoking weed, there’s a good chance you’re beginning to feel the effects of the drug.

Eventually, when you’re smoking marijuana, things may start to become more amusing than usual. Getting the giggles is one of the most common side effects of being high that people associate with being high on marijuana. When others act out, “being high,” they usually pretend to laugh a lot.

You’ll know if you’re high if you suddenly have an increased appetite. This is what people call having the munchies when they’re high on marijuana. You’ll want to snack on everything, because smoking marijuana makes you hungrier.

The side effects of smoking marijuana will come to you in stages, and one of the stages of getting high on marijuana will be sleepiness. This goes along with relaxation. You will know if you’re high when your body becomes very tired and calm. Marijuana reduces anxiety, eases the body from stress, and it will also put you to sleep.

While this may be a rare side effect for most, people who don’t smoke marijuana often may get paranoid while smoking. If you are smoking weed and suddenly become paranoid, this is a good way to know if you’re high. There is no other reason why you would become paranoid unless it’s a side effect of weed. Sometimes, a bad strand of marijuana can cause this effect, but this is not reason to panic because the effect will wear off. Your heart rate may increase, but don’t allow yourself to go into a frenzy. Stay calm and allow the effect to fade, and you'll be enjoy being high on marijuana in no time.

Because of the relaxation and sleepiness that smoking marijuana can cause, being high on marijuana can also cause a sense of apathy. You won’t care about anything that’s going on around you because you’ll be zoned out and relaxed. If you start to feel apathetic, this is a good way to know if you’re high.

If you want to know if you’re high, or at least under the influence, go look in the mirror. A visual side effect of smoking marijuana is that you’ll have red eyes. No matter what drug paraphernalia you use to get high, marijuana causes your eyes to get hazy and red, so be aware of this if you’re trying to hide your smoking from anyone around you. It can be a hard thing to hide if you don't know the signs, both in your looks and in your demeanor, but learning how to hide your high can be a major game changer if you enjoy it.

While getting high on marijuana may not cause your senses to be distorted in the way that alcohol does, there are some funky side effects of getting stoned. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) says that marijuana contains the mind-altering substance known as THC, so this side effect makes sense. You won’t be able to think or see as clearly as you could when you were sober, and your mood will be completely different when you are high. People smoke marijuana in order to feel this sense of distortion in the body. Otherwise, there would be no point in doing the drug. So be aware that the side effects are real.

When smoking marijuana, your thoughts begin to seem more profound than ever before. Even the simplest thought will seem like something much deeper and more earth shattering. You may think about your meal for lunch and decide that you’ve discovered something truly amazing. Honestly though? This is just the marijuana in your brain working its magic. Once it has worn off, you’ll probably laugh at yourself for all of the funny thoughts that went through your head.

Lastly, a very typical side effect of getting high on marijuana will be how often you forget things. You’ll have seemingly profound thoughts and forget them almost instantly. You’ll giggle for hours at things and then be unable to remember why they were so funny in the first place (oftentimes causing you to laugh even harder). Marijuana has a way of messing with your brain in this way.

Ultimately, the way to know if you’re high is to see the obvious change in your mood and your behavior after you begin smoking. If you feel no change in your appetite, mood, brain, or body, then you probably aren’t high. These symptoms are all clearly noticeable when they hit though, so make sure when smoking marijuana that you do so safely and responsibly, and be aware of how your body is reacting to the drug.

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Morgan E. Westling

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