Many individuals may know what it feels like to get high, but ask a dozen different pot smokers how or why this happens and only a handful can explain the process. When you smoke weed, THC or delta9-THC (the psychoactive constituent in weed) travels through the lungs and into the bloodstream where it is eventually carried to the brain. Although the lungs filter some of the delta9-THC, up to 60% of it traverses the blood-to-brain barrier and causes the person to get high.
The High and Peak Concentration
From start to finish, a person can feel the results of the process almost immediately as peak concentrations of delta9-THC occur within 5 to 15 minutes after the person first inhales. In other words, this is the highest you’ll get. From that point on, the effects start to dissipate over the next hour or two. Here are the key takeaways to remember:
THC is introduced into your body when you smoke marijuana.
You can feel the effects of the THC within a few minutes of smoking.
The peak concentration (peak of the high) occurs within 15 minutes and can be gone within an hour after smoking.
The Feel of the High
So what does getting high actually feel like? Whether you smoke marijuana in a blunt, bong, joint, or pipe, there are certain effects that you are going to feel including:
- hunger (the “munchies”)
- sensitivity to certain colors as well as light, smell, sound, taste, and touch
The key point to remember is that you’ll feel high almost immediately and it will be intense for roughly 20 to 30 minutes before it begins tapering off. Thus, if you’re looking for the best way to experience a quick, intense high, smoking marijuana is your best and safest bet. However, you’ll need to select the variety of herbs that suit your recreational or medical requirements.
What happens when You consume Edibles?When you ingest marijuana edibles, the delta9-THC travels down your esophagus into your stomach, then passes through the stomach and on to your liver. Once in the liver, it is “transformed” (metabolized) into 11-hydroxy-THC, the chemical that differentiates the process of ingesting weed from smoking it. Compared to delta9-THC, 11-hydroxy-THC has a more potent psychedelic effect. This explains why you feel differently after ingesting marijuana compared to how you feel after smoking it. The key difference between ingesting and smoking is that you offset the munchies when ingesting edibles.
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