We all know that marijuana with high levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) gets you high. And a lot of people think “being high” can be substituted with “being stoned.” But it can’t, because the two terms are not exactly the same.
“High” and “stoned” are two different experiences, two different feelings, and two different states of mind. As such, they are different body conditions that someone who has smoked a lot of weed gets.
A buzz is different, too!
“High” and “stoned” both occur after getting what’s called a “buzz.” So, yes, buzz is a different thing altogether. A buzz is what you will experience when an intoxicant starts to take effect. Just like how you initially get “tipsy” when you drink alcohol.
The initial buzz you get from cannabis depends on the method by which you ingest it. The buzz from dabbing, for instance, is characterized by heat rising in the body and sweating. It wears off after a short while and then comes the high. Eating cannabis-infused edibles, on the other hand, is felt with physical sensations. This is followed by a high that manifests on a cerebral level.
It goes without saying that the potency of the product you are using plays a role in how long your buzz lasts. But generally, a nice buzz lasts from 30 minutes to two hours.
So its buzz -> high -> stoned
After getting the initial buzz, you only have to consume an additional amount of weed, and the high kicks in. And consuming some more weed after the high takes the body into a “stoned” state.
What this means is that the buzz is the first stage, the high is the second stage, and stoned is the third and final stage. Each level comes with its own effects.
What characterizes a high?
Different substances give different kinds of high. And the high from marijuana is different from the high you get from alcohol and other drugs. What’s more, different strains of the cannabis plant give different highs, too.
The sativa strain would make you extremely energetic. You will experience a bout of euphoria and optimism, an explosion of creativity, and hallucinogenic effects. The kind of high it creates is linked with creativity, imagination, productivity, and brain activity.
Meanwhile, the high you get from consuming an indica strain is associated with physical sensations and a relaxed mind. The indica experience is much heavier, so to speak. While you would feel pleasant mentally and physically, you will also experience a lack of energy for particular activities. In other words, the effect is more mellow.
The high from sativa is what they call the “true high.” Meanwhile, the high from indica may sometimes even be called being stoned.
How long does a high last? A high-quality strain will keep you high three to four hours without burning you out.
What characterizes being stoned?
When you are stoned, your body goes into a calm, lazy, sedated, and lethargic state. Your body will mostly be at rest. There is a desire to go to sleep or at least melt on the couch.
Being stoned is the aftermath of getting high. It’s the equivalent to a hangover when you’ve been drunk. This is what they call the stage when the high gradually wears off or when you consume more weed after getting high.
When you consume an indica strain, you know you are stoned when you start to feel tired, dopey, and spaced out. With sativa, you will start to feel paranoid and edgy.
While marijuana users look for and enjoy the high that it brings, most do not like to feel stoned. Once you are stoned, that is when the munchies really strike.