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7 Factors that Affect Your Cannabis High

After work, on weekends, or for a morning energy boost, you enjoy your cannabis. You have your favorite strains for their flavor, and the high you get. There are a variety of reasons your high can differ, even if it’s the same strain you’ve consumed before.
Here are 7 factors that can affect your weed high, and a few tips on how to make your weed stronger.


smoking weed Smoking, vaping, or edibles, how you consume your weed, can alter the cannabis dose you’re getting. Edibles are the most difficult to dose. This is especially true for homemade foods. Each bite may have a different amount of pot, making your marijuana high unpredictable.
When smoking weed, you can actually see how much of the physical substance you’ve consumed. The benefit of pre-measured canisters in vape devices, is you know exactly the amount of e-liquid you started with. Store-bought products will generally have the ingredients listed on their packaging, including the amounts of THC and CBD. This can give you a clear idea of the amount of the weed compounds you are consuming. Your high also depends on the amount of THC vs CBD is in your weed. The greater the THC level, the more intense of a high you get.


You hate to admit it, but just like with alcohol, your tolerance for a marijuana high seems to have gone down with the decades. It may not be your imagination. As we age, our bodies go through changes, not only in looks but in chemical composition. Our bodies make less of crucial vitamins, minerals, and other essential compounds. This can affect how you tolerate the chemicals in alcohol and weed. More than likely, you may get a weed high quicker and have more unpleasant side-effects. The key to being able to continue to enjoy your high is to go easy on the dose. Less is more. You may also want to consider choosing strains with lower levels of THC and higher amounts of CBD.


Your tolerance level is how much pot you can consume before you feel high or have hangover symptoms. Although we are all physically similar, each person has a different chemical makeup in their body due to a variety of factors. This can include age, overall health, and physical fitness level.
Your level of comfort with getting high can also affect your tolerance. One person may enjoy riding the wave of a weed high, while another person may become agitated or feel like they are not in control when they are too stoned. When trying a new strain, start with a low dose to see how it affects your body and your mind. Only up the amount you consume, if you feel comfortable with how high you are.


Terpenes, also known as terpenoids, are the chemicals that create the aromas in fruits, herbs, and other plants, including marijuana. Our bodies have an endocannabinoid system that creates compounds similar to terpenes in plants. When you consume weed, the terpenes in the substance interact with CB1 and CB2 receptors in your endocannabinoid system. Your body’s reaction depends on the terpene it comes into contact with. Some terpenes in food enhance your high, some lessen your high.

Cannabinoid Profile

The cannabinoid profile is the chemical makeup of a marijuana plant, including THC, CBD, and Terpenes. This is most commonly used to determine how much THC a plant has.


cannabis edible Has this ever happened to you? You were enjoying your usual weed but felt a more intense high or less stoned. This seemed to happen either before or after you ate. Believe it or not, certain foods may alter your high. Foods with terpenes, high levels of vitamins and minerals, or omega 3 fatty acids may enhance your high. Other foods such as lemons, lemon water, and pine nuts may help to reduce the effects of your high. How to make your weed stronger? Eat healthy foods rich in vitamins, minerals, and terpenes such as sweet potatoes, nuts, broccoli, and tea. Go ahead and enjoy a beer with your pot. That will help too!

Method of usage

The way you consume your cannabis can also affect how high you are. Smoking and vaping are the quickest routes. It only takes a few minutes to start feeling the cerebral and body effects. Edibles are the slowest way. Be careful when consuming edibles. You may not feel high until several hours after eating weed products. Don’t go back for seconds until you’ve given the first round time to get through your system.
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Written By

Ian Baker

Ian Baker does content and customer communications with Happy Leaf Collective through the website and blog. With 5 years of total experience working in cannabis niche, 3 were spent as a budtender in Arizona. 2 years ago, following his passion of writing and educating, Ian made the move into content and communications.