What Is the Difference Between a Head High and a Body High?

A woman smoking cannabis in a chair

A woman smoking cannabis in a chair

If you have been consuming cannabis for any length of time, odds are good that you have done a fair share of experimenting with various strains in an effort to find out what you did or didn’t like. Maybe one strain left you couch-locked with light limbs, or the other made you feel creative and alert. With so many different strains available on the market, it makes sense to want to find what is the best fit for you. 

The reason that there are so many different strains of cannabis is because they each have unique highs that a person can experience. While these can get pretty specific, most strains fit into one of two overarching categories: a head high and a body high.

So what is the difference between the two? Which one is better? How can you determine which strain will give you which effects? Keep reading to learn more and get the answer to these questions!

 

What does a ‘head high’ mean?

While you have likely heard the term ‘head high’ before, you might not know what it means. Essentially, it refers to the psychoactive effect that cannabis can have on the brain and mental condition. Normally, even if you are partaking in a strain that is geared toward both a head and body high, you will feel the effects of a head high first. 

With a head high, you will usually experience feelings of euphoria, happiness, and pleasure. Depending on the strain, you might also see a boost in your focus and energy levels, too. The strains geared toward a head high tend to help with certain disorders such as depression or anxiety. 

As is a rule in cannabis consumption, dosing is important. The right dose will have you feeling the desired effects as described for that individual strain. However, an overconsumption can lead to paranoia and anxiety for a short stint of time. Since this is clearly not ideal, it is best to start with a small amount and work your way up.

 

What does a ‘body high’ mean?

On the other hand, a ‘body high’ is what you feel in your body when consuming cannabis. Typically, you feel light-limbed or experience other physical side effects. Either way, it is meant to relax and soothe the body. 

Common effects of a body high include experiencing relaxed muscles, lethargy, and sedation. Depending on what product you purchased, you could also feel tingly sensations or physical sensitivity throughout your body. Turning to cannabis strains that have a body high focus is a go-to for those who suffer from any sort of chronic physical pain, such as fibromyalgia or arthritis. It has even been used to help alleviate pain in cancer patients undergoing chemo. Also, because it causes sedation, it has helped those with insomnia. 

Again, paying keen attention to dosing is very important. The right amount of cannabis can trigger the desired effects, but taking too much can leave you couch-locked. If that is your desired goal, that’s great! However, if you’re simply seeking pain relief in order to get through various tasks, this might end up being counterproductive. 

 

Do Chemicals Influence the High?

Cannabis plants have many different compounds within them. How concentrated each compound is depends on which strain you have. It all varies, which is what makes each strain unique and creates different types of highs and effects.

Cannabinoids are located inside of cannabis plants. In fact, there are over one hundred different types of cannabinoids. When cannabis is consumed, these cannabinoids attach the cannabinoid receptors in our bodies, which triggers the different effects we feel. Not every strain possesses the same type or amount of cannabinoids. For example, one strain might be higher in THC while the other is higher in CBD. 

Another thing that influences a cannabis product is the terpenes present. Terpenes exist in all plants, and have an effect on flavor and aroma. As an example, terpenes help to determine if a strain is more energizing and stimulating, or if it will be more sedating and calming. 

 

Sativa and Indica: Do They Have an Influence

Generally speaking, cannabis has three categories it falls into: Sativa, Indica, or a hybrid. Though with hybrids, they still tend to be either Sativa-dominant or Indica-dominant. While most folks believe that Sativa strictly means that it’s energizing and Indica means that it’s relaxing, it is actually not that simple. It does depend on the product. If you’re not sure, talk to one of our helpful budtenders at any of our dispensaries for assistance. 

Jars filled with cannabis

The Best Strain for You

No two cannabis strains are the exact same, making them unique – just like you! So what works best for you might not work best for the person standing next to you in line at the dispensary. It all depends on what you’re looking for. Take any medical conditions into consideration, or any goals that you might have in mind when using cannabis. 

For example, are you looking to feel more inspired or do you want a boost of creativity? Or do you need a bit of relief from joint pain or other issues? Getting the answers to these questions will help you to determine which is best for you!

 

Cannabis Delivery in Santa Ana

If you know your favorite strain or have a favorite cannabis product already, opt for cannabis delivery in Santa Ana! Our dispensaries make it super easy to get your favorite products brought straight to your door. Whether you are after a head high, or body high, or maybe a mix of both, you can bet that From The Earth has everything you need. 

Of course, if you have questions, feel free to stop in and talk to one of our helpful staff members. We want to help educate and provide our customers with a personalized, friendly experience. We want to cultivate a space where everyone can grow, learn, and live. 

5 Ways Weed Can Boost Your Mood

Happy woman vaping outside at pool party with friends in Santa Ana

Happy woman vaping outside at pool party with friends in Santa Ana

It is no secret that cannabis makes you feel good. We have seen this depicted all over various forms of media for several decades. From every classic stoner movie featuring Seth Rogen’s infectious laugh to images of hippies sitting on the lawns of sprawling amphitheaters enjoying music, weed is shown as boosting the mood of everyone who partakes.

So what is the science behind cannabis that helps create these feelings of euphoria? Is it dopamine, or something else entirely? Can it really boost our moods, or is that just a myth? Let’s take a closer look! 

 

Dopamine Debunked

For the past forty years, addiction scientists have collectively embraced one theory, and that’s the dopamine theory of addiction. This cites that all addictive substances and activities, across the spectrum (food, sex, substances), flood the limbic brain with a chemical called ‘dopamine’. Dopamine is one of the chemicals in our brains that plays a significant role in how we feel pleasure.

Because smoking weed is a pleasurable activity for many, it can contribute to the release of dopamine in some way. This would be similar to doing anything else you might enjoy, such as working out or watching your favorite sitcom. 

Stimulants like cocaine or amphetamines do, in fact, trigger a flood of dopamine. Chronic or prolonged use of these substances can lead to the body’s inability to make its own dopamine, leading to addiction as well as other various mental health concerns. 

However, this is not the same at all with cannabis.

 

The Bliss Molecule

Over thirty years ago, Dr. Rephael Mechoulam discovered a neurotransmitter within the brain called anandamide. This was also the very same doctor who first identified and synthesized THC. Appearing to produce a heightened sense of joy and happiness, anandamide has often been dubbed the ‘bliss molecule’. 

Because it helps us feel pleasure, anandamide is often confused for or compared to dopamine. However, anandamide is responsible for more than just the bliss we feel in our bodies. This chemical also plays some serious roles in major bodily processes such as memory, motivation, pain, appetite, and even fertility. But because of its participation in the process of neurogenesis, which is the formation of new cells, anandamide is also an anti-anxiety and antidepressant agent. 

Since THC and anandamide share similar properties, consuming cannabis can produce similar effects. Whenever you consume or ingest cannabis by smoking or vaping, it only takes a few moments for the THC to hit your brain and begin lighting up your brain’s neurons. Fitting together like a lock and key, a neurotransmitter binds to the correct receptor and signals your body to respond. With THC, it creates a sense of bliss. Chocolate, yoga, and running also are notable influences of anandamide, although they tend to be a little less powerful. 

 

Woman relaxing and smoking weed outside
 

How does cannabis help?

Now that you know the science behind THC and cannabis, let’s take a closer look at exactly how cannabis can improve mood and mental health. 

  1. Reduced anxiety: Anxiety is something that affects millions of Americans in varying degrees, and it causes our brain’s neurotransmitters to become overactive and fire off at inappropriate and inconvenient times. Cannabis can provide some relief for anxiety, as many of the chemical compounds present in cannabis have been proven to reduce the symptoms, both mentally and physically. CBD can work with the cannabinoid receptors in our brain to slow this process and leave us feeling calm and level-headed.
     
  2. Mood stabilizer: As we learned above, cannabis can help us feel heightened states of bliss and lightheartedness. However, studies have shown that it can do more than just temporarily boost moods, it can also help minimize mood swings and bring about overall mood stability. Cannabis can aid in the regulation of our brain’s neurotransmitters that can help us get better control of our emotions.
     
  3. Fights depression: Since cannabis boosts anandamide in our brains, it can also help to combat depression. Remember, anandamide isn’t just about bliss: it also aids with memory, motivation, fighting chronic pain, and more. When some of these issues are remedied, the better we feel, allowing us to better handle new, unideal situations as they pop up.
     
  4. Improved sleep: If there is one thing that can really eat away at a person’s mental health, it’s prolonged or chronic lack of sleep. Even just one night of poor rest can negatively influence your performance the next two days of school or work. Sleep is vital to the body, and without it, even basic tasks feel nearly impossible to complete.  
     
    Luckily, cannabis is a great solution for those who have difficulties sleeping, as it contains the properties necessary to relax the brain and muscles. If your anxiety is what keeps you up at night, this can also help twofold.
     
  5. Positive outlook: With all of the above concerns being addressed, it’s easy to see why cannabis has a positive influence over a broad spectrum of mental health issues. If your anxiety is reduced, your mood is stabilized, and your sleep is better, it would be difficult not to have a sunny disposition. 

 

Here to Help

If you are an individual who struggles with some of the issues above and you want to find out more about which products can help you, be sure to pop into your local weed dispensary in Santa Ana or one of our many other locations. 

Here at From The Earth, our staff is highly trained and extremely knowledgeable. We are ready to assist all varieties of customers in finding which products will suit their needs. Don’t be afraid to ask questions – we are here to help! Our goal is to create a laid-back and judgment-free environment that anyone can feel comfortable in.

If you are someone who prefers to shop online, be sure to check out our expansive online store! We also offer curbside pick up or even fast and free delivery. You don’t have to stay anxious or feel stuck in a rut with your mood. An all-natural aid is waiting at your local weed dispensary in Santa Ana!

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