It’s no secret that we love marijuana and are fully backing the recent and ongoing pro-cannabis movement that is sweeping the world. However, we realize that getting high isn’t for everyone, all of the time, and sometimes it’s nice to have a break!
Whether you’re pregnant, have dependents to look after, a busy work schedule, or simply don’t fancy spending money on cannabis to get high, there are plenty of scenarios where smoking a joint doesn’t have a place in your day.
So what can you do on those days where cannabis doesn’t fit? If you are looking for alternative weed-free ways of getting high, then have we got a treat for you! Today we are taking a look at three drug-free ways you can get high, and trust us – these are easy, affordable, and fun in their own rights!
What Do We Mean By Getting ‘High’?
Hang on a minute; how can you get high without weed?! We get it, we sound a bit crazy – but science has our backs on this one, and you really can get the feeling of being high without any drugs at all.
It turns out our bodies were made to feel pleasure and get high, which is why cannabinoids such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are so well received by the body’s BUILT-IN cannabinoid receptors.
But what about other ways of getting high that don’t include mind-altering psychoactive compounds? It turns out there are many everyday things you can do to release those same chemicals within the brain that lead to those feelings of being high.
For example, when we smoke weed, THC, which resembles the natural transmitter known as anandamide, affects the levels of dopamine (the brain’s reward system) in the brain leading to those familiar feelings of happiness, reward and pleasure. And as it turns out, there are other more natural ways of getting those same chemical releases!
Three Ways You Can Get High Without Weed!
Ever heard the saying ‘love is a drug’? Yes, as it turns out there is some scientific weight behind those hapless lovesick fools, more than we may have given credit for! Being in love has very little to do with the heart, and everything to do with the chemicals in our brain.
Have you ever eye-rolled at an individual for being clumsy, forgetful and unreliable all in the name of love? Well, it may be time to re-evaluate your approach to such individuals, because studies show that falling in love can have the same effects on the brain as getting high from marijuana!
Call it what you like, but falling in love is one of the many ways you can get high without a psychoactive substance in sight! There have been numerous studies done into the mental impact love has on us, and the results are pretty mind-blowing! According to Dr. Fisher, there are three main stages of love all of which can be categorized by a particular set of chemicals:
Step 1: Lust – driven by testosterone and estrogen, leaving us with an ultra high libido.
Step 2: Attraction – More than just a sexual driver, attraction can lead to those famous sleepless nights, as well as the less pleasant obsessive, anxious phase. Chemicals to blame here are Norepinephrine (PEA) (thank this for those sweaty palms and racing hearts), and then there is dopamine.
Step 3: Attachment – There is no going back from here, commitment, monogamy and a strong feeling of connection are at play, and it is all thanks to Oxytocin AKA the cuddle chemical!
When it comes down to it, a fool in love is awash with chemicals including everything from dopamine to adrenaline, and so it’s no wonder that feeling of sick, excited and downright goofiness is akin to the feeling of being high!
It is no secret that exercise is good for both the body as well as the mind. Health professionals have been encouraging an increase in exercise for decades after all, but what if we told you that you could get high from working out?
Yes, working out can improve physical strength, encourage weight loss, boost energy levels and even reduce the risk of getting type 2 diabetes. So with such a plethora of pros, it is no huge surprise that we can add getting high onto the list, too!
Let us be clear, exercise won’t lead to intoxication, but the chemicals released when performing exercise are the same as those chemicals responsible for causing us to be high when we smoke pot! Have you ever heard of the runner’s high? Well, this phenomenon is what keeps those marathon addicts going come rain or shine, and here is why…
A study done on ten athletes looked at the effects of exercise on their brain activity. The subjects had two PET scans at to separate times, one at rest and another following 2 hours of endurance running. The results revealed that the number of opioids in the brain had a direct correlation to the athletes feeling of euphoria. Both of which has significantly increased after exercise.
This particular study concluded that those who are subject to large amounts of exercise are exposed to larger quantities of drug-like opioids creating an intense high and making it more likely in turn that they would keep coming back to exercise.
While it is rarely a bad thing to over-indulge in exercise, the addictive nature of the ‘runner’s high’ in some cases can lead to excessive exercise and potential risk of eating disorder or injury. We would always recommend consulting a medical professional if you have any concerns. Otherwise, ride the wave of fitness high!
We’re no strangers to discussing being high during sex here, but did you know you could get high from sex without the weed? It turns out that having sex releases a wave of endogenous drugs, hormones, and neurotransmitters that make cannabis almost redundant in the bedroom!
In fact, the high from sex is so strong that in one study it has been compared to the high one would get from heroin! In the Science of Orgasm, researchers revealed that during male ejaculation, the ventral tegmental area was activated, and in women, during orgasm, the nucleus accumbens area was activated. Both of these areas of the brain are also activated by opiate drugs, as well as by orgasm, which accounts for those addictive cravings and feelings of intense pleasure.
So, if you don’t fancy getting high from marijuana, you could always treat your significant other to a different type of high!
Round-Up: Where is Your Next High Coming From?
Okay, so for many of our readers the idea of passing up on cannabis is a silly one, however sometimes life gets in the way and getting high for a few hours isn’t feasible. Whether you want a romantic night in, or fancy kicking off your running career, these three methods of getting naturally high are backed, proven and free of charge!
Let us know in the comments what your thoughts are on getting high ‘naturally’!