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Article Last Updated on December 20, 2022

Getting a better high is a common goal for most cannabis users, especially after they’ve been consuming cannabis for a longer period of time and have built up a tolerance to it. There’s always a way to improve your cannabis experience either through trying new cannabis products or by combining certain foods with a joint, edible, or a bong. If you want to take your cannabis smoking experience to the next level and get the most out of it, check out the following methods which can help you get really stoned. 

Cannabis and Its Cannabinoids THC and CBD

The main cannabinoids found in weed are delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), and they both interact differently with the human body. The psychoactive effects of marijuana are due to THC, while the sedative effects of weed are caused by CBD.

The active ingredients of the cannabis plant interact with the central nervous system through the cannabinoid receptors and produce the sought-after effects. Cannabis use affects the neurotransmitters norepinephrine and dopamine and also affects the levels of serotonin, resulting in the abovementioned psychoactive effects.

The effects of marijuana are experienced as a result of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) which is made up of cannabinoid receptors (CB1 receptors and CB2 receptors), endogenous cannabinoids, and the enzymes that degrade the cannabinoids. The ECS is the system that assists the body to maintain homeostasis (balance) and regulate essential functions in the body such as appetite, intracellular communication, regulating metabolism, memory, as well as other functions. Now let’s see how we can stimulate the ECS to get a more potent high through smoking weed in new ways, while also experimenting with other methods.

How to Get Higher on Weed?

Below we’ll give you suggestions on other cannabis consumption methods which you can try (if you haven’t already) as these can give you a more potent high.


Dabbing is one of the newest cannabis consumption methods that has become quite popular in recent years. Dabs are types of cannabis products (shatter, wax, butane hash oil) that are extremely potent as the THC levels in dabs can reach as high as 90%. To use dabs, you need to purchase a dab rig which is a type of blowtorch that smokes the product and the cannabis user inhales the psychoactive smoke. As we’ve already mentioned, dabs are very potent and the onset of effects after inhaling is almost immediate. So if you’re looking for ways to get higher, dabbing can be just the thing for you. Just remember to start with smaller doses and gradually increase the dose to prevent side effects from occurring.

Gravity Bong

The gravity bong is another method that has gotten very popular in recent years, especially for users who want to experience a more potent high. Gravity bongs can even be homemade so you don’t need to actually go out and spend a lot of money to give this method a try. We’ve already added a tutorial for making your own gravity bong in a previous article, so check it out if you’re interested in a DIY product that can elevate your experience. Gravity bongs maximize the hit by creating a vacuum which is how the smoke enters your lungs even faster.

Try Edibles

Turning your THC into an edible is another great option if you’re after a more potent high. In fact, edibles combine one of the best foods in the world, chocolate with cannabis. You can use our tried and true recipe for weed brownies and add all your favorite toppings. Because cannabinoids are lipid-soluble, making weed brownies results in a perfect THC infusion which will result in a potent high for many hours to come.

The reason why eating edibles results in a more potent high is due to the fact that weed first needs to go through the digestive system, then it needs to be converted from delta-9-THC into 11-hydroxy-THC in the liver before it finally reaches the blood as an active ingredient and produces its effects. Whether you choose to try brownies, gummies, cookies, or even make a savory pasta dish with a cannabis infusion, make sure that your weed is decarboxylated prior to eating it or you won’t experience any psychoactive effects. 

Add Kief to Your Joint

Apart from trying new consumption methods, you can always find ways to make the classic joint more potent. If you have a two-chamber weed grinder or larger, you probably have collected a large amount of kief in there. Kief (or the cannabis crystals that come from the resinous trichomes of the weed plant) is a collection of loose cannabis trichomes that have accumulated through sifting cannabis flowers or buds with a mesh screen, or have been collected in your weed grinder as a side effect of grinding your larger buds. But remember, these crystals are much more potent than the weed you use to smoke so collecting them and adding them to your joint can elevate your experience significantly.

Other Methods You Can Try to Get Really Stoned

Apart from switching up your cannabis consumption method, there are other things you can do to improve your experience.

Switch Up Your Strains

Did you know that some weed strains can carry as much as 30% THC content? So, if you’ve been buying the same strain from your local dispensary, it’s no wonder why you don’t get as high as you used to. After consuming it for so long, you’ve probably gotten so used to that specific weed strain and developed tolerance to it, so it may be a good time to switch things up. Next time you visit the dispensary, you can ask the budtender to give you some recommendations for high THC strains you can try. Choose an Indica, a Sativa, or a hybrid depending on what you prefer. In fact, switching up strains regularly without them having to be the most potent ones on the weed market will decrease your body’s tolerance to any particular strain and you’ll have a better experience overall.

Grow Your Own Weed

Another option to not only save money but also customize the potency of your weed is to start growing weed yourself. You can find a lot of sources on our site that guide you through it, so you just need to purchase your weed seeds or get your weed clones to start planting and growing. As the movement towards legalization moves forward, weed is becoming more and more expensive, so having this alternative if growing weed where you live is legal can be a great option.  

Eat Some Mangoes

Another method that can stimulate your cannabinoid receptors and boost your THC experience is eating mangoes. This is due to the fact that mangoes contain the terpene myrcene which is also found in weed plants. Terpenes interact with THC and provide entourage effects that boost the psychoactive effects you get by consuming THC. Myrcene also provides calming effects and no side effects so you really have nothing to lose by giving this combo a try.

Take a Tolerance Break

Finally, nothing increases the potency of your high as taking a tolerance break. This way, you not only detox your body completely, but you also save money, and after a month or two you need significantly less THC to get high, and you’ll be able to get high from less potent strains.

Final Thoughts on How to Get Higher on Weed

Whichever method you decide to try, remember to always start with a lower dose and add more after you give the weed enough time for you to start feeling the full effects. Just remember not to mix cannabis with other drugs or prescription medication to avoid any potential side effects from the experience. Experiment, be thoughtful during the process, and enjoy!

A passionate advocate for the benefits of cannabis. Fraser Horton, who has a background in botany and a strong love of nature, has spent years researching how cannabis affects the body and mind. He established Leaf Nation in 2020, where he has devoted himself to educating people about the legalisation of marijuana and its safe and responsible use. Fraser is committed to highlighting cannabis’ potential for improving wellness and working to dispel the stigma associated with its use.


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