This is How Weed Actually Makes You Feel When You Smoke, Drink or Eat it
With so many ways to consume weed these days, and with it affecting each person so differently, we are taking a quick snapshot of how smoking, vaping or spraying cannabis products made various users feel. If you’re thinking of trying a different strain, or a different mode of delivery, go slowly because it’s hard to know how each person will respond (as these different experiences suggest).
DISCLAIMER: This advice is not intended as a substitute for the advice of a qualified healthcare practitioner. Always seek medical advice that is specific to you and your situation when considering the consumption of cannabis.
Tried CBD sprayWhat I tried: Hexo Elixir CBD Peppermint Spray
How long it took to activate: 30 minutes
What I expected: Some pain relief
How I actually felt: Almost pain-free
What activities I did: Everything!
Best thing about the experience: No digestive upset like CBD oils that I'd tried in the past.
Worst thing: It can be expensive without a prescription
Would I do it again: Yes
Additional comments: Other than very occasionally smoking weed more than two decades ago, I didn’t have much of a relationship with THC or CBD. In 2019, after seeing two different rheumatologists for fibromyalgia and not having any success with pain relief, I started seeing a new rheumatologist who prescribed CBD oil for my pain. At that point, I had been dealing with fibromyalgia for 13 years, and was in the midst of a 14 month flare-up. The doctor first tried me on a CBD oil with a 25:1 CBD/THC ratio, and I found it very hard on my digestive system, so an oral spray was recommended. Three months into treatment on the Elixir CBD Peppermint Oil Spray from Hexo, and I have little to no pain. I use three sprays once per day in the evening before dinner. Added bonus: it’s helped with my anxiety and restless sleep! - Diana
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Tried drinking weed in teaWhat I tried: Drinking weed in tea
How long it took to activate: about 15 minutes on an empty stomach
What I expected: I expected it to make me feel heavy and tired, like experiences with different edibles. I also expected it to taste kind of herbal, but not in a good way.
How I actually felt: The tea itself was kind of sweet and smelled like vanilla. I drank half of it on an empty stomach while making dinner and felt kind of body heavy. I ate dinner and drank the rest afterwards while watching Jeopardy. While I wasn't as sharp as I usually am, I did feel calmer and more relaxed both mentally and physically.
What activities I did: Made dinner and watched Jeopardy.
Best thing about the experience: I like the idea of getting the calmness of CBD without smoking. This way I can sip my tea and I feel like I can take it at my own pace. Also I don't have to go out on my patio in the rain like I do to smoke.
Worst thing: Doing it on an empty stomach. I feel like it hit me hard at first.
Would I do it again: Yes. - High Tea
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Tried micro-dosing weedWhat I tried: Smoking a joint with some herbal tip.
How long it took to activate: Started feeling it as we burned down to the filter (less than 10 minutes)
What I expected: To be less stoned than if I burned a full marijuana cigarette
How I actually felt: Ouid 'Arouse' had me feeling pretty chill – combined with the classic bud.
What activities I did: Headed right over by foot to my friend's place to bake cupcakes. While the sober bakers took on tasks, I supervised with a bag of chips — offering positive praise between crunchy bites.
Best thing about the experience: For me, I enjoy being high and when your friends are distracted, you can just enjoy the vibe and not deeply engage.
Worst thing: Having to talk to new people #StrangerDanger
Would I do it again: Microdose my weed? Maybe. But personally, I love the taste of bud.
Additional comments: The herbal tip is a great product for green, newbies. The weed itself was a hybrid organic with indica dominant. - High Times with The Gaysian
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Tried a THC gummyWhat I tried: A cannabis-infused "jelly bomb" (a jelly candy) with THC
How long did it take to kick in? A little under an hour
What I expected: Up until this point I had only ingested homemade edibles, so I thought the experience would be similar – comfortably stoned.
How I actually felt: This Jelly Bomb was more powerful than I expected, and I probably ate more than I should have, either way I got very high.
What activities I did: I had preplanned my activities and walked over to the local court and played some basketball with friends.
Best thing about the experience: It was a sunny weekend, so being outside was really nice.
Worst thing: The basketball court is located pretty centrally in a busy area of the city, and I started to get uncomfortable being so high in such a busy location.
Would I do it again? Yeah. And I have, but overall I prefer to smoke cannabis than to ingest it, because I find the high lasts too long otherwise. - Emily
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Tried spraying CBD oilWhat I tried: CBD Oil Oral Spray
How long it took to activate: After two spritzes, I felt a subtle sense of calm within 20 minutes.
What I expected: Given that I had never tried a weed spray before, I didn't know how many spritzes to take, since there is no recommended dosage. So, I played it safe. I didn't expect to feel much of anything.
How I actually felt: I felt more at ease, and less in my own head. It was nothing dramatic, but I definitely felt more relaxed, like the feeling you get after a restorative yoga class.
What activities I did: I tried it on a Sunday night (the most anxiety-inducing night of the week, RIGHT?) I watched a bit of TV. And baked. And read a book in bed. #zenlife
Best thing: The sense of calm. Also: I love the spray action! You can barely taste it. (It reminds me of Listerine's "Cool Mist Spray" – only it doesn't fix bad breath, but that doesn't really matter, because you're too relaxed to care). I'd tried CBD in tincture form, and was not a fan of swallowing the oil, as if it were echinacea. No, thank you. This was a far better experience for me.
Worst thing: Only positive experiences here! Although I wish I had a better sense of how many spritzes to take.
Would I do it again: Yes, and in fact, it's quickly become a staple at home. - Perma-Zen
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Tried a chocolate edibleWhat I tried: Chocolate Square with THC. It cost $9. It was one of only two options available.
How long it took to activate: It was kind of a slow and steady but then wouldn’t quit.
What I expected: I asked for the most mellow experience from the guy in the store who walks around with the iPad. Out of the two available he suggested that one I bought.
How I actually felt: I felt calm, cool and collected but really energized.
What activities I did: I got myself settled in for a couple hours of chilling but at 11:30PM at night I was building shelves. Not what I anticipated. I just had this idea and I needed to execute it.
Best thing about the experience: It was manageable. And it didn’t feel out of control.
Worst thing: I couldn’t sleep for hours!
Would I do it again: Maybe if I had a full day.
Additional comments: Maybe it was the chocolate that made me not sleep. So, next time I would go for gummy bears or something without caffeine. - Sleepless in Weedville
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Tried eating half an edibleWhat I tried: Half of a CBD gummy
How long it took to activate: Under 1 hour
What I expected: I very rarely use pot, and even when I do smoke or take edibles, I don’t always experience the same high my friends and family describe (for example, while I don’t feel anything, my partner experiences paranoia and anxiety). I had taken this gummy with a very specific purpose in mind: Following several days of extreme sciatic nerve back pain, I was looking for some relief without turning to pain medication. I expected that either I’d feel no affect or that the gummy would mellow me out just slightly and allow me to finally get some sleep.
How I actually felt: At first I felt just a slightly bit giddy, but that might have been because my back pain did ease, and that in itself is a mood-booster for me (if you’ve ever had sciatic back pain, you know the deal…).
What activities I did: I slept, just as I’d hoped.
Best thing: It worked! The small, controlled portion provided just the bit of relief I needed without turning to pain medication.
Worst thing: It didn’t completely eliminate my back pain, but I didn’t expect it to.
Would I do it again: Yes, under similar circumstances, but not on an ongoing basis. If I needed to turn to this more consistently, I’d seek a medical professional’s advice for guidance when dealing with pain management for chronic or consistent health issues. - High Expectations
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Tried smokingWhat I tried: Smoked
How long it too to activate: Varied
What I expected: To take the edge off and chill out a bit.
How I actually felt: Terrible.
Best thing: N/A
Worst thing: It causes psychosis for me.
Would I do it again: Hell, no!
Additional comments: While marijuana is great/helpful for a lot of folks, it affects everyone differently (just like food, alcohol or prescription meds). For me, weed – even in small amounts – causes psychosis. And that psychosis has triggered years [SS11] of anxiety, panic attacks and more. Cannabis use can increase the risk of developing mental illness, so tread lightly, especially if you’re new to the drug or have a family history of mental illness.- Not For Everyone
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