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the stages of being high 2 The Stages of Being High

The Stages of Being High

There’s nothing more relaxing, enjoyable, and glorious than sharing some quality weed with friends and being high. It’s a great time to bond, unwind relax, and relieve the stress of a long workday or workweek. And if you’ve made it to the end of a milestone (the end of a workday or workweek does count!), you deserve to get righteously stoned. Everyone knows that.

When you take a closer look at it, you’ll see that going out to celebrate, unwind, connect, and so on is far superior with cannabis. You’ll never puke or have a hangover when using marijuana.

With this method, you can feel energetic and well-rested for work even after a long night.

Cannabis, on the other hand, is a high-calorie food that will add weight to your stomach and thighs. Furthermore, alcohol is just empty calories that go straight to your hips and gut. Weed, on the other hand, increases your metabolism and may help you burn calories. Oh marijuana! how we adore you!

Weed is a magnetizing drug that takes you on an unforgettable journey. You begin in one place and are then taken to a brand-new realm through a mind-bending trip.

In addition, marijuana usage increases creativity. You always have your most profound ideas when high. It figuratively broadens your mind! And who isn’t looking to expand their perspectives and think in different ways? I don’t know anyone who doesn’t want that.

According to the experts at GG4, there are seven stages of being high. In this post, we’ll guide you through them.

Whether you’ve been there before or are looking to go on your first trip soon, the descriptions in this list can offer new insights into the THC experience. Everyone can relate to these seven phases of being exceptionally, extremely high, from euphoria to profound thinking. Take advantage of the journey!

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The 7 Stages Of Being High

The great thing about cannabis is that it’s a largely individual experience. Although there are some similarities, the way you respond to two or three puffs will be distinct from how your friend responds.

However, you can only pass through four phases on your journey to THC territory. Alternatively, if you’re exceptionally fortunate, you might travel through nine or more stages. It all boils down to your individual body chemistry.

We’re confident that you’ll experience these seven stages at some point during your trip, even if they don’t happen in this order.

Stage 1: What The Eff Just Happened?

You took one too many hits from the dragon-shaped bong being passed around seconds ago and now you can hardly see. Your lungs are on fire, but you’re trying not to cough.

Is phlegm really attractive? You wonder as you expel what feels like half your lung onto the pavement. Your friends are watching, judging – five seconds ago, you were even questioning where your life was going…and then it hit.

The tetrahydrocannabinol instantly crossed the blood-brain barrier and attached itself to the CB1 receptor, turning on your neurons and sending you into a blue dream. You were fine (other than the hacking) one moment, and then “Whoa!”—you’re gone.

From the “what-the-hell-just-happened moment” to our favorite part of getting high, it’s the first thing that grips us. It’s one of our favorite aspects of being stoned.

Stage 2: Euphoria

After you come to from the initial “what-the-eff moment,” you’re on your way to getting extremely stoned. At some point during this stage, you’ll be hit with a strong sense of euphoria.

You’ll probably lean close to your friend and squeal, “Dude, I’m so high!” (We always do.) Then you’ll erupt into a fit of laughter that lasts much longer than it probably should.

The mother of all naps on the big, comfortable bed with a good book is going to be incredible. And it’s not just because they’re in tatters and have no elasticity that allows you to do this; it’s also your natural ability as an insomniac. You’ll collapse back onto the sofa (yes, into, not onto) and just melt away. Your limbs will feel like they weigh 592 pounds. (Yes, exactly.) You won’t be able to move but you won’t even notice.

You’ll be so relaxed that all your worries will vanish. You’ll be pumped and prepared to listen to The Disco Biscuits while you daydream for the rest of your life. Everything will be right with the world again.

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Stage 3: Deep Contemplation

After you come to grips with the mind-numbing euphoria that has turned your brain to jelly, you start to become hyper-aware of your tiny place in the universe. Welcome to stage 3! We call it the deep contemplation stage.

During this stage, you’re thinking about things that you’ve never even thought to think about (like why in the world the Kardashians are still famous). You’re considering things you’ve never even thought to consider (like why cats are so much better than dogs).

During stage three, there are so many things to analyze and to understand (we like to pick apart Christopher Nolan’s movie Inception). You are just a small spec on the grand landscape of the universe (yet you can see the truth in the saying “it’s turtles all the way down”). Your mortality is undeniable and death will eventually be your fate (this is just true so we’ve got nothing smart to say about it).

You start to become overwhelmed by these far out thoughts. You find yourself engaging with your friends in deep discussions about the infinite fabric of the universe and the very nature of reality.

You are a genius. Everyone knows that.

Stage 3.5: The Big Ohhh

This stage doesn’t always happen (which is why there are only seven and not eight in the title). But when you get lucky (pun intended) enough to experience the big ohhh (or just O) on marijuana, you’ll never want to do it sober again.

Doing the deed is already outstanding all by itself, but just imagine what you’ll feel with a healthy dose of THC in your system. Mind blown! That’s right, we said blown.

For an even more euphoric experience, we suggest incorporating a bit of cannabis lube into the proceedings to heighten her pleasure (remember boys, what’s good for her is good for you). It takes a while to really get going (20-40 minutes), but you can use the time to try other things.

If you’re going to engage in the big ohhh, be sure to do it (again, pun intended) before the next stage sets in. There’s nothing worse than being paranoid during intercourse.

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Stage 4: Paranoia

After a round of deep thoughts (or other deep activities) in stage three, you start to feel decidedly anxious. It’s time for stage four to kick you in the teeth.

During stage four, it’s time to peel yourself off the couch and venture outside (we know, it’s a big place, man or woman up) in search of supplies. But not just any supplies. We’re not talking about bread and water here.

We’re talking about sugary snacks and chips. We never have a list, but we always seem to end up with the same thing: Caramel Bugles, Funions, Blow Pops, and Mountain Dew.

You haven’t lived until you’ve downed a bowl of Bugles and Funions drenched in Mountain Dew like some sort of unholy breakfast cereal. Trust us, it’s an experience.

What are the Blow Pops for? Well, one, they’re just a damn lot of fun. And, two, they take your mind off the bowl of goo you just devoured like it was Lucky Charms. Okay, wait, we’re getting off track (lack of focus is a sub-stage of “what the eff just happened”). Back to stage four.

During your quest for refined sugars and salt, everyone—and we mean everyone—is suddenly out to get you. And to make things worse, everyone—and we mean everyone—is a cop.

That ninety-year-old woman hobbling across the street in front of you? Yep, she’s an undercover DEA agent. That eight-year-old with the too-big backpack and the Poekmon hat turned backward? CIA. The baby being breastfed by its mother on the park bench? Mossad assassin.

Oh, and that guy in the aviator sunglasses and suit coat with the cut-short hairdo, he’s probably FBI, right? Wrong! He’s an alien from Alpha Centauri. But that’s a discussion for another stage.

As you’re driving to the store, you hear sirens and immediately you know the popo are coming for you. You’re convinced that the ninety-year-old woman, the eight-year-old kid, and the baby at its mother’s breast are going to leap into action, wrestle you to the ground, and lock you away in a dark dungeon for the rest of your life.

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And yes, dungeons do exist. We’re writing this article from one right now.

Much to your surprise, though, the sirens are just part of the background on your rap CD. It’s then that you realize you hate rap (and for good reason). And your car doesn’t even have a CD player. Wait a minute, this isn’t even your car!

When you finally arrive at the store (after returning the car you evidently stole), you’re like a kid in a candy store (which, I guess, at this point, you literally would be).

Every aisle holds new wonders and you’re soon piling tons of snacks onto the counter, all the while thinking to yourself (and sometimes out loud), “This guy knows I’m fucked up. Don’t make eye contact. Just give him your money and get the hell out. $329.76? For three bags of Funions, an extra-large bag of Caramel Bugles, ten watermelon Blow Pops, a 2-liter of Mountain Dew Code Red, and a 2-liter of regular Mountain Dew? That sounds about right. Yes! I made it out without getting caught. Squirrel!”

As with the trip to the store, the trip home is filled with conspiracies and officers and agents of every conceivable law-enforcement agency on the planet…and they’re all out to get you.

During stage four, the world is a very scary place, and you just want to get back to your couch and your Disco Biscuits album.

Stage 5: The Munchies

When you finally make it back to your house…well, let’s face it, the car. You are suddenly so insatiably famished you feel like you could eat an elephant (which would probably be healthier than the stuff you bought at the gas station).

You start indiscriminately ripping open bags of Cheetos and Sour Straws, mixing them together, and stuffing your face. Mmmm, sweet and cheesy!

Your body has somehow transmogrified into a garbage disposal that refuses to hold anything inside. No amount food and drink could ever silence your stomach’s cry to be filled. More spicy pickles and whipped cream, please. So, you just keep stuffing it all in until there is nothing left to cram into your facehole.

Oh, wait, you’re out of supplies? Damn the supplies! They never mattered anyway. You beeline for the fridge, empty its contents into the sink, and eat it all with a large soup spoon.

When the fridge is empty (Does anyone know why we always go to the fridge first? That’s one of those things to ponder in stage three.), you turn to the cupboards. You assemble a bizarre peanut butter, fluff, popcorn sandwich and eat it without care.

Everything is so delicious you wonder how the whole world isn’t obese. Then you remember that a large portion of it is. Bummer!

Stage 6: Repeat All Of The Above

Now that you’ve stuffed your face like a little ripened piglet, it’s obviously time to repeat the whole process over again. One trip through the stages of being high is never enough. Everyone knows that. It would almost be a crime not to have another go.

Where there is weed, there is a way. So, you pack a few more bowls to share amongst your friends and start the whole process all over again.

Your friends promise to Venmo you (pay you back digitally) tomorrow. You know they won’t. That’s okay. You like to share. Weed brings people together. Once again, everything is right with the world and you are a simple vessel of happiness.

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Stage 7: Fading

After a long day of being high, continuously smoking, eating, and basically doing nothing valuable with your waking hours, you start to get extremely sleepy. All of the life has been drained out of you.

Though you probably didn’t do much in the way of physical activity, that means very little where coming down off a high is concerned. Your body is so worn out you may as well have run a marathon.

Despite the fatigue, you feel content and happy. You had a great day with your friends and your beloved bong. Today was all about the chill. Tomorrow will be more productive. You’re cool with that. You’re great with that. You’re thrilled with that.

Tomorrow will be more productive…unless you decide to skip work and get high again. You’d be cool with that too! Then, as your thoughts wind down toward nothingness, you crawl into bed, probably without brushing your teeth, and pass the fuck out.

Being High: A Spectrum Of Consciousness

As should be painfully obvious just by reading the title of this article and skimming its contents, you should be prepared to experience various levels of consciousness when you partake of the wacky weed.

These include:

  • Sober
  • Buzzed
  • High
  • Stoned
  • Tripping

Like many of the terms created and co-opted by cannabis culture, inexperienced outsiders have overused these words — or just plain used them incorrectly.

It’s gotten so bad that these words are now smooshed together in everyone’s mind. They’ve become synonyms for one another.

Buzzed means high. High means high. Stoned means high. And tripping means high.

But back when the world was fresh and new (we’re talking the 1960s), these words described distinct waypoints on every psychedelic trip. You may not reach each station every time. But with the right weed and a serious commitment to the cause, you might, just might, go all the way.

Let’s discuss the cannabis spectrum of consciousness in a bit more detail.


Sober means “unaffected by <fill in the blank>.” For the sake of this article, you’d write “marijuana” in that blank.

Sober is everything that happens before stage one on this list and is what most of us experience every day, so, yeah, it’s no fun at all. Let’s move on.


The “buzzed” point on the cannabis spectrum of consciousness occurs at the end of stage one on the way into stage two of this list.

For the lucky few, it may occur after just one hit. For most of us, though, it will probably take more than a few tokes to reach this point.

With a good buzz going, you’ll feel more relaxed and at-one with the world. Colors will be brighter, music more melodic, and flavors more intense (although you won’t have hit the munchie stage yet).

If you consume just enough pot to stay buzzed, you’ll still be able to function at a fairly high level without getting distracted — squirrel! — and may even be more motivated to attack the mind-numbingly mundane tasks that make being sober such a nuisance.

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The “high” point on the cannabis spectrum of consciousness occurs during stage two of this list.

At the beginning of being high, you’ll continue to feel happy, energetic, and optimistic (leftovers from the earlier buzzed point on your journey), but being high will add new feelings of elation and euphoria.

Some cannanauts report experiencing a burst of motivation and energy when they’re high that inspires them to accomplish great things.

Not everyone paints the Mona Lisa (really, what’s so great about that painting anyway?) or writes The DaVinci Code (a true modern-day masterpiece), but you may be moved to devise a new way to organize your sock drawer and that’s a small little victory in itself.

We recommend partaking of a sativa (like Sour Diesel) or a sativa-dominant hybrid strain (like Chem Dog) if you’re like us, want more control over your marijuana experience, and want to get off the psychedelic express at the high station.

Sativas tend to make people high without pushing them into stoned territory. Your results may vary. Experiment with different strains and different amounts to find the results that are just right for you.


The “stoned” point on the cannabis spectrum of consciousness occurs at the end of stage two and into stage three of this list.

In contrast to being high, getting stoned will make you feel blissfully relaxed, calm, and lethargic.

You may either go from being high to stoned or skip the high stage entirely and go straight to being stoned, depending on a variety of factors including marijuana quality, dosage taken, your metabolism, anxiety level, and others.

If you’re looking to get couch lock immediately, we suggest indulging in an indica strain like Northern Lights or Granddaddy Purple.

When considering the stoned point on our spectrum of consciousness, it’s important to remember that not everyone experiences both stages (high and stoned).

For some individuals, the train stops at being high. For others, the train travels through high into stoned. For yet others, the train may skip all other stations on its express ride to stoned.

You may be able to exercise a bit of control over your experience, but, most times, you just never know how these things are going to hit you.

But stoned isn’t the last stop on our spectrum of consciousness. One more point remains: the elusive tripping.

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The “tripping” point (or trippin’ for those of you with lazy tongues) on the cannabis spectrum of consciousness occurs toward the end of stage three on this list.

If you’ve ever reached the tripping point while smoking weed, count yourself lucky. It’s not easy to achieve and it doesn’t happen very often.

According to experienced cannanauts, tripping off of cannabis is like a tamer version of a mushroom or LSD trip.

Physical energy levels skyrocket along with mental activity, which may manifest itself as manic behavior in some individuals.

In response to said mental and physical stimulation, some people may experience auditory and visual hallucinations including, but in no way limited to:

  • Endless fractal tunnels
  • Melting surfaces
  • Celestial bodies that speak or play music
  • 1000 lifetimes flashing before your eyes
  • Cthulhu emerging from the watery depths

There are no restrictions on what you might experience while tripping — all boundaries of time, space, and ego are eliminated — so be prepared for a hell of a ride.

After tripping, you can expect to return to reality at stage four of this list — paranoia — and progress through munchies, another trip, and falling stone-cold asleep.

Whether your canna-trip stops at buzzed, continues to high, pushes on to stoned, or makes it all the way to tripping, be sure to enjoy what’s going on around and within you and revel in the novel experiences before sober overtakes you again.

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