As marijuana increases in popularity, more and more people are using this drug. In many social circles nowadays, weed is no more taboo than drinking alcohol. 

Some people are using weed every day, and people close to them aren’t aware. It’s important to know the signs of marijuana use so you can tell if people close to you are using the drug.

Today, weed is being used in several different ways – from smoking, to edibles, to various oils that can be vaporized or added to edibles. Some forms of using cannabis are less easily detectable than others. In this article, we will tell you what to look for so you know if someone close to you is high.

What Does Being High Feel Like?

If you’ve never experienced being high on marijuana, you might be wondering ‘what does being high feel like?’. Even if you have used pot before, you should understand that everyone has a different experience with this drug. You can’t simply look for the same signs in someone else that you have experienced.

If you’re wondering what it feels like to be high on cannabis, there is no straight answer to the question. Many things can influence a person’s experience with the drug, including the setting in which they take it, how much they use, and how their body and mind respond to pot.

In general, people who are high commonly feel some of the following effects:

  • Changes in sensory perception. When people are high, they don’t normally hallucinate in the same way as people who take drugs like LSD or shrooms. But, it is common for familiar things to seem different or ‘funny’. Sometimes, the outside world feels more pleasurable to people who are high on pot.
  • Effects on mood. Like all parts of the marijuana high, the effects of the drug on a person’s mood vary a lot from person to person. That said, a common reason that people use the drug is to improve their mood and experience mild euphoria and a general feeling of ‘pleasantness’.
  • Physical effects. Many people cite experiences with pot that point to the drug’s ability to relax tension in the body. Tingling sensations might arise in certain users.

Stages of Being High

The active ingredient in cannabis that leads to feeling high is called Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC levels peak in your bloodstream at different times depending on how you take the drug (vape, smoke, ingest, etc.). 

There is not currently enough research to know whether the effects of marijuana change over time. However, we do know that euphoric feelings usually peak after the blood concentration of THC has peaked.

Symptoms of Being High

If you want to know how to tell if someone is high, you need to understand the symptoms of using pot. Remember, how someone reacts to marijuana depends on many factors, such as:

  • The dose, strain, and potency used.
  • Whether the drug is smoked, vaped, or ingested.
  • How often you use weed.
  • Your age, gender, and body type.
  • Whether you drink or take other drugs at the same time.

People who are high on pot may feel any or all of the following:

  • Euphoric
  • Relaxed
  • Giggly
  • Hungry
  • Creative
  • Amused
  • More sensitive to light, color, sound, etc.

Using marijuana is not fun and games for everyone, all the time. Some people might experience the following unpleasant effects of the drug:

  • Anxiety
  • High blood pressure
  • Delusions
  • Panic
  • Nausea
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Confusion
  • Paranoia

As you can see, the effects of cannabis vary greatly. This makes it difficult to pin down when someone is currently high. Not to worry–we’ve put together a shortlist of the most common tell-tale signs that someone is high. If you already have reason to believe that someone close to you has been using weed, look for these signs:

  • Red, bloodshot ‘high eyes’
  • Uncontrollable laughter, especially for seemingly odd reasons
  • Talking about things that don’t seem to make sense
  • Mood swings
  • Sleepiness
  • Paranoia

Probably the most universal sign that someone has been using pot is an unusual look in their eyes. People who are high may have eyes that are red, bloodshot, and glassed over. 

If you are wondering ‘do edibles make your eyes red’, the answer is yes. Edibles, just like vaping or smoking, can make the user’s eyes red.

Get Help for Marijuana Addiction

Just because pot is becoming more popular does not mean it is safe for everyone to use. Just like many other drugs, weed can be addictive, and using it may result in dependence. Thousands of people check into treatment centers across the country every month because of marijuana abuse.

If you or someone you love is losing control of your marijuana intake, now is the time to call a treatment center. A certified rehab center can discuss options with you and help you come up with a plan to fight your drug abuse.

Call your local treatment center today to get help overcoming marijuana abuse.


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