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9 Fun Things To Do Stoned To Get To Know Yourself

Smoking weed gets a bad rap. OK, maybe not a bad rap, per se, but it definitely has a reputation as an activity for slackers. Many people picture the average weed smoker as a guy in his underwear, sitting on the couch, watching TV in a daze. But it’s not true — and if you yourself are a woman who smokes weed, you know better, and have probably done plenty of fun, interesting things stoned.

While I’ve written before about how weed can be abused just like any other substance and how smoking weed can certainly make me lazy, when used in moderation, I find it can also help me become incredibly introspective and functions as a fun aid in getting to know myself better. While alcohol tends to simply make me more outgoing and get me in the mood for trouble, marijuana will often make me feel more reflective, creative, and even body positive.

Over my decade of recreational use, I’ve found that while it is sometimes fun to just smoke and watch Broad City , there are plenty of fun things to do high that also have the added benefit of helping me see myself more mindfully.

Not sure what the hell I’m talking about, damn hippie? Read on for nine ways I’ve leveraged getting high to my introspective benefit.

1. Make Some Art

The benefits of coloring are well documented — a little time with a coloring book and some crayons can yield everything from stress reduction to increased focus. But many of us tend to prevent ourselves from enjoying this meditative and creative activity as adults because we think we’ve outgrown it, or “aren’t artists.”

Well, here’s my rule of thumb: pretty much anything that I used to do as a little kid (including playing dress-up) is still fun. Especially when I’m high. When I’m riding the green haze (a thing I just made up . you think we can make it catch on?), I like to pull out that adult coloring book and some pens, put on some tunes, and go to town. Or better yet, finger paint.

If I’m doing this with a partner or friend, I’m always impressed by how much more relaxed and open our conversation becomes. It’s amazing what our minds become free to do when our hands are occupied.

2. Sort Through Your Closet

This might sound like a horrible thing to do anytime, let alone when you’re high; but if you’re the type who sometimes gets a kick out of organization, this can actually be a lot of fun — not to mention, productive.

I find that when I’m high, I’m more easily able to get rid of those pieces that just aren’t me anymore, but that I have been holding onto out of guilt or attachment. Sometimes, it’s a little easier for me to see things as they are when I’m stoned. For me, that perspective is super useful when it comes to figuring out just what my style is right now, rather than what I might think it “should” be.

3. Masturbate

I’m pretty sure this has been a suggestion on every single list I’ve ever written, but hey, there’s a reason.

I find that different things come up for me when I masturbate or have sex stoned. I might have a harder time coming, or an easier time. I might find I’m having thoughts or fantasies that I wouldn’t otherwise. I might feel like watching porn I haven’t wanted to watch before. I just try to be honest about my desires — and follow them. I try to notice whatever’s happening, without judgement, and try to pay attention to the sensations in my body and breath. It helps me be more honest and present the next time I’m having sex sober, though of course, it’s different for everyone.

4. Take A Hot Bath Or Shower

To me, this just feels great. I like to take a bath, put bubbles in it and light a candle, then listen to music or read. If I’m in the shower, I like to take my time. I think of this as my chance to pamper myself, and lather up or shave slowly. The sensations feels amazing, and I feel like I’m pretty the picture of self-care.

5. Try To Meditate

Yes, I know this sounds like the worst possible time to try to empty your mind, but luckily, that’s not really what meditation is all about. Mindfulness meditation is more about noticing your own thought patterns as a detached observer. I know that when I’m stoned, I’m often in a good position to do this anyway, since my normal thought patterns are somewhat disrupted and accentuated.

I like putting on a chill song, closing my eyes, and simply noticing what thoughts pop into my head. I pull myself back to my breath when I start to wander off with them. I sometimes also light a candle and simply place my attention on the flame, for extra groovy points.

6. Listen To Your Hunger

When I’m stoned, sometimes I get the munchies. And like a lot of women, I have a lot of baggage around said munchies.

But for me, being high has actually been a great time to reprogram some of my associations with food. If I feel snacky, sometimes I try asking myself: What am I actually craving right now? If I could eat one thing, what would it be?

Then, I try something truly radical: allow myself to go and eat it, without judgement. As I eat, I try to slow down and focus on the taste, the sensations, and the pleasure of the food. I try to promise myself that I will listen to my body and let it decide when I’m full, rather than deciding how much to eat based on the amount I think I “should” consume.

Though you may imagine this ending with me eating until I’m sick, that actually isn’t what happens for me — in fact, often, by honoring how much food I want and my desires, I’m more likely to end up eating the amount that’s right for me and my body.

7. Confront Your Own Image

When you’re stoned, you usually have some interesting outside perspective on yourself — so when I want to see something truly mind-blowing, I take a hand mirror and check out my vag.

I might also try one of my favorite body image exercises, which is to confront my full body in the mirror while standing up (this is great sober as well, which goes for all of these, obviously). I look at myself in the mirror, and then turn the inward narrative out. I tell myself what I’m feeling. What do I like about what I see? By forcing yourself to say your feelings about your body to your own face, you have the potential to make friends with it and reprogram your inner critic.

For extra fun-and-trippy points, I might also do this by recording myself on Photobooth, looking at myself as I speak my inner narrative about what I see, and then play it back to myself afterwards.

8. Go See Live Music Alone

I’m a big proponent of women doing more stuff out alone. One of my favorite activities to do alone, stoned or otherwise, is to go see live jazz.

I’m lucky that I live in New York, where there’s plenty of jazz, but even if you live somewhere else, see if you can find some live music. I like to let my mind wander as I watch, and I know that I feel less self-conscious sitting alone when I have someone besides the bartender to place my attention on. I might also bring a journal to write down thoughts and sketches as I listen.

Of course, it’s different in every city and bar, but I find that going out alone is nothing to be afraid of. People won’t tend to bother me if I look busy scribbling, and if I want to meet new people, my emboldened state helps me make some eye contact.

9. Dance On Your Own

This might sound like a silly thing to do — and it is. But it’s also really fun, and in my experience, it has helped me cultivate lots of body positivity. When I put on the tunes I loved to dance to as a teen (Beyonce, Shakira, and the Save The Last Dance soundtrack — all the way) I find myself uninhibited in a way I just can’t access when I’m in public. Sometimes, it’s important to dance knowing no one’s watching.

While I also love to do this for exercise and a dose of self-love while sober, I’ve found that dancing alone high makes things next-level fun. I’m already open and less likely to judge my own moves — and it feels great to be hyperaware of how good it feels just to move my body, and how sexy I really am. I highly recommend it.

This post was originally published on December 8, 2015. It was updated on June 27, 2019.

Smoking weed gets a bad rap. OK, maybe not a bad rap, per se, but it definitely has a reputation as an activity for slackers. Many people picture the average weed smoker as a guy in his underwear, sitting on the couch, watching TV in a daze. But…

Did You ‘Feel’ This When You Were High On Weed?

Dhrishni Thakuria
Aug 23, 2018 · 9 min read

Everybody all over the world is talking about weed — how good it feels, how great it makes your life, how medicinal it is. But what does it even feel like to be high on weed? When I first pondered the question, it seemed completely unanswerable, like explaining what a banana tastes like — or even like explaining what colour is to a blind person.

After some deeper meditations, I realized that there are some experiences that all stoners can connect with. There are definite changes that take place in the physical, mental and emotional experiences after smoking weed.

I f you’ve never smoked weed before, it could be a healthy thing to do to familiarize yourself with the kinds of changes that can happen after you smoke. Although they won’t be the same for all people, there is a general basket of experiences that seem common among stoners.

So, we think we’ve figured it out — how to explain what it feels like to be high on weed that is. It’s less like explaining exactly the sensation of smoking weed, and more like telling you a bit about what the weather will be like when you get there.

Being high vs. being drunk

If you’re smoking weed for the first time, there are definitely certain things you should not expect. The first expectation to let go of is the idea that it will be something like being drunk. Being high is nothing like being drunk. Often, people in a drunk state of mind experience desensitisation or a general loss of the senses. On the other hand, people who are high report feeling highly sensitive.

It is generally quite easy to describe the social repercussions of being drunk, such as the feeling of wanting to talk a lot or wanting to dance. Alcohol seems to fit perfectly into the nightclubbing environment.

But the same cannot be said about weed. Being high can sometimes fill the body with energy for dancing, but not necessarily the desire to be social. Sometimes the marijuana experience is very pensive, at other times it is extremely outgoing.

In general, the social setting for smoking marijuana is a more personal one, such as with friends in a house or around a campfire. The effects of marijuana are less definable than those that we tend to experience with alcohol. This is what makes it such a wonderful plant to use with friends. And also, what makes it very mysterious when it comes to the very varied experiences that many users have.

Signs that you might be high

Some stoners swear that there are certain “symptoms” they experience after smoking weed that are much more prevalent than others. What I mean is that some smokers always feel light headed but never get the munchies. Other stoners always get the munchies and always get tired, but never get paranoid. It really is different for every stoner. However, there are certain signs that seem to pop up again and again that are almost like symptoms of the stoned effect.

What’s interesting is that some of these symptoms are the reasons that stoners love marijuana, while the very same effects are the reason some people choose never to smoke again. It’s all very interesting if you ask me. The very sensations that are linked with feeling calm and relaxed can be the same sensations that are linked with anxiety and paranoia after smoking weed.

You never really know which side you’re going to tinker on. But your attitude towards smoking weed will mean a lot.

1. Warped perception of time

Stoners are almost always late. That should mean a lot for the topic of warped time perception. It is a particularly common experience among first time smokers. It can feel like you have so much time. The minutes can feel like hours. For some people, this is a huge relief. However, if you’re starting to feel anxious and wanting the stoned effect to go away, a warped sense of time can be really uncomfortable.

2. Spacing in and out

Just as with time perception, I think the symptom of spacing in and out is something that you come to manage after frequent marijuana use. I can liken it as phasing in and out of your mental world. Marijuana can have the effect of making thoughts overactive, and it becomes easy to get “sucked in” to that world.

The effect is so strong that there is almost a forgetfulness of the people around you. But in a moment, whether it is triggered by the sound of one of your friends or by music, your attention is brought back to the physical world. This is what is meant by spacing in and out.

3. A Relaxed body and drowsiness

One of the medicinal values of marijuana is that it is a muscle relaxant. After using, you can feel immediately that all the knots in your body simply fall away and that there is a sense of freedom about the physical body. For some this sensation can cause laziness or drowsiness, a sensation of wanting to go to sleep.

4. Increased energy

Because of the previous two, there can be the feeling of increased energy in the body. When some people’s muscles get relaxed, they feel this as the perfect time to go for a walk or do some stretching.

Perhaps it is even the moment for dancing! The mental activity paired with the physical relaxation can actually cause the feeling that it is time to do something creative, such as make music, paint, dance or do yoga.

5. The “I don’t give a shit” effect

This has more to do with the emotional consequences of smoking weed, and it is probably what Bob Marley was talking about in his songs. Smoking weed can come with a sense of euphoria or joy that is unparalleled with any other high.

It is like having no worries in the world, or literally not giving a shit about anything. This is the place where people lose all of their inhibitions, have increased libido, increased self-confidence and a sense of “flow” with all that is happening around.

6. The paranoid effect

The feeling of paranoia is something that comes up a lot on the topic of smoking weed. It is the flipside of the care-free attitude that can happen sometimes. It’s the sensation of giving too many shits about everything, causing a sense of anxiety, mistrust or paranoia.

We don’t really know why this happens. It could be caused by a number of factors, such as who you’re smoking with, which strain you’re smoking, where you’re doing it, whether your day was good or bad, what you ate before you smoked — there are countless things that could have an effect on the emotional reaction you have towards smoking weed. For some people, just the fact that it is all very new can cause this sense of paranoia.

7. Short-term memory loss

If you’ve smoked weed before, you know exactly what I’m talking about. You put your keys in your pocket and then instantly forget that you even touched them. Then you’re running around your entire house searching for them, convinced that they’ve been stolen! And after wasting 30 minutes of your life, you finally realize they are in your pocket and all of a sudden you remember putting them there.

This is a really common effect that many stoners report after smoking weed. The good news is that it doesn’t last very long. Once you return to sobriety, your memory pretty much goes back to normal. However, frequent users could be experiencing short-term memory loss frequently. And your friends might interpret that as complete forgetfulness.

8. Heightened sensitivity

As we talked about earlier, many stoners experienced a heightened sensory perception after smoking weed. It’s why a lot of stoners enjoy listening to music when they are high. The sensitivity to sounds, colours and even physical sensations have a tendency to heighten. This could also be the reason that the libido is increased after smoking weed.

The difference between sativa and indica

It’s probably worth mentioning that there are reported differences in the effects of indica and sativa strains. It’s much more complicated than the common preconception that sativa makes you energetic while indica makes you tired.

As much as you can expect different effects from a pure indica than you might from a pure sativa, there are many other factors at play. A single marijuana plant contains hundreds of active compounds, from terpenoids to cannabinoids to flavonoids, and these all affect what you experience.

Take Northern Lights, for example. This strain is pure indica and heavily resinous. Users report feeling relaxed and happy after using this strain, but don’t often report feeling very sleepy. Now let’s compare that to the Afghan strain, which is also a pure indica. Users also report feeling relaxed, but much more sleepy compared to when smoking Northern Lights.

Durban Poison is a popular sativa strain. Users report feeling extremely energetic, uplifted and happy after they use it. Super Silver Cheese, a strain very heavy in sativa genetics, makes users more relaxed than uplifted.

Is smoking weed a psychedelic experience?

Smoking weed is sometimes lumped into the category of the “psychedelic experience”. This causes a lot of fear for people who are smoking weed for the first time. Is it a psychedelic experience or is it not? Well, unfortunately the answer to that question is complicated.

What makes a psychedelic experience? It isn’t simply just having visions of colours or hallucinations (which is possible, but not necessary on weed). I like to think that the psychedelic experience is distinguished from other drugs by the sense of disassociation. Some sort of space is created between you and your mind and body, giving you the sense that you have become something else.

Through this, you are given some sort of power to be able to observeyour mind and your body from a more detached perspective. This is kind of what happens when someone takes mushrooms or LSD.

This doesn’t always happen when it comes to smoking weed. It might if you are smoking really strong weed, sativa in particular. The cerebral high that is linked with strong sativa strains is often associated with the psychedelic experience. However, it doesn’t happen all the time.

The method of ingestion can also have an effect on how psychedelic the experience is. For many people, the use of marijuana through edibles is a far more psychedelic experience than it is through smoking. The whole sense of “tripping out” can be heightened with edibles or oils, but for many smokers this is often bypassed.

If marijuana is in fact, a psychedelic experience, it is much milder than what you can expect from taking a hit of LSD. It’s uncommon to experience wild visual or auditory hallucinations unless you’ve just smoked something really strong. However, the sense of disassociation is something that stoners come to enjoy, and what gives them the sense of strangeness when they use it.

The first time you smoke weed

Interesting things can happen the first time you smoke weed, and I credit that to the fact that you have no idea what to expect (this article might help with that).

I know many first-time smokers who said that weed didn’t really have an effect on them. One possible explanation is that those that have no idea what to expect might be projecting too many expectations on what it means to be stoned. As a result, nothing actually happens. If you’re too focused on what you think is going to happen, you might miss what is actually happening, and be left disappointed.

Some theorize that cannabinoid receptors in the brain that have never been activated to this extent before actually need some time to fully accept the stimulation of THC and CBD, as though they are a little bit shy to start off with. This might also be an explanation for the phenomenon of the mysterious “nothing happened” of first time smokers.

On the other hand, if you don’t know what to expect from smoking weed, the experience can be all too powerful, and this also causes a lot of people to abandon the idea of ever smoking weed again.

Unique experience for everybody, every time

What’s important to remember is that smoking weed is different every time you do it. There are so many different factors that will affect your experience, it’s basically impossible to say what it will be like when you do it.

The marijuana experience is different for everybody. It’s one of the reasons it is so mysterious in the world of intoxicants. While some feel relaxed, others feel energized. While some stop giving a shit, others can’t stop giving a shit.

So how do you know what it feels like to be high? I’m going to go back to the example I made of explaining what a banana tastes like. We could probably talk about it all day, because there’s so much to tell when it comes to describing the taste and texture of a banana. But at the end of the day you won’t really know what it tastes like until you eat it!

So, the best way to know what it feels like to be high on cannabis is to give it a go. Rest assured, you cannot die, even if your mind would be trying to convince you otherwise. Nobody has ever overdosed on marijuana.

With an open heart and mind, you can really enjoy the marijuana experience. For many, it is one of the best remedies on the planet — for many different things! So, let go of what your grandparents might have told you about smoking weed and see for yourself!

Everybody all over the world is talking about weed — how good it feels, how great it makes your life, how medicinal it is. But what does it even feel like to be high on weed? When I first pondered…