It can be fun embracing the beauty of cannabis. It’s a great process for people who may have battled anxiety or depression for years and have finally found relief. For others, it may just be a great pastime, something that helps them to pass the hours and bond with friends.
Whatever your reasons for consuming cannabis, there’s a huge downside – you may look high as hell. Well, to be fair, you may actually be high as hell, but that doesn’t help you if you’re out in public and want to look – well, normal.
You don’t necessarily want to advertise to your nosy neighbors or the local soccer team, “Hello, I’ve just blazed an awesome strain!” Even as many states are legalizing the use of marijuana – both as a medicinal and recreational substance, there’s still a lot of stigma out there. To avoid the stares, whispers, and judgment of people who may not be as much in the know as most users are, you’ve got to observe a few key rules.
Keep a Low Profile
This may seem a bit obvious, but after getting a hit or two, you may want to lay low for a while. If you can stay at your home or with friends, try to do this. Going out in the middle of the day for Cheez-Whiz may cause you to run afoul of people who will know you’re high. Once you’re in public, you don’t want to choose this as a time to get into a spirited debate. Act as inconspicuous as possible.
Try to find time during the day where you won’t have obligations and then consume whatever cannabis you need. If you are with a group of people, it’s best that it is a group that you know and trust. Being around new people can be a nerve-wracking experience and can ramp up the physical effects of toking up.
The red, puffy eyes that are Exhibit A of “he/she is high as hell” can be counteracted by a little bit of hydration. Red eyes are often a consequence of lowered blood pressure, and lowered blood pressure means that the vessels and capillaries that supply your eyes with much-needed oxygen become dilated. Drinking water helps to get the red out.
It will also help to alleviate the dryness and itchiness of the eyes. Drink lots of water, and if that isn’t available, go for cranberry or even orange juice instead. The goal is to get fluids into your body to flush out some of the cannabinoids and get your high under control. If you’re still feeling as though your eyes are too red, slip on a pair of sunglasses. You’ll not only look cool, but others won’t think that you’re high.
You’ve just taken a cool, smooth slide into mellow relaxation when the doorbell rings. Still feeling pretty buzzy, you get up and realize it’s your in-laws! Now is not the time to panic. Try to stay calm and keep your heart rate from becoming elevated.
Stress can often be a trigger for a variety of physical, telltale signs. Head it off at the pass by reminding yourself that you’re calm and relaxed. If you can, try to extricate yourself from the situation as quickly as possible. But whatever you do, don’t get distressed. Think soothing thoughts and take deep breaths. People may be unaware that you’re high, and being panicky may actually bring attention to you.
Stash Your Stash
People can suspect that you’re high, but it’s a whole other thing if they know for sure. If you have unexpected guests, the last thing you’d want is to have your stash lying about. Try to prepare a quick plan in case anyone drops by and you’re blazed.
Thinking ahead will save you future headaches. Have a place you can put your stash, whether it’s a drawer, closet or inconspicuous jar or hidden corner. Having a place prepared will save you the worry of trying to buy yourself time when there’s someone at your front door. Knowing exactly where you’ll place everything will also lower the chances that you’ll leave something out and someone will get suspicious.
Make Some Scents
The same thing that we love about cannabis is the same thing that can often out you as being high. Terpenes can assist the compounds in cannabis in their activation of receptors in the brain, which may help with a variety of physical symptoms. However, they are also responsible for the aroma that is distinctive to many strains.
To keep things from being too noticeable, stock up on fragrances that have a clean scent; think candles and incense. Body sprays, lotions, and powders can also go a long way in eliminating the odors that come with cannabis. It also helps if you open the windows or doors and ventilate the area. Try to also brush your teeth, chew gum or eat a few pieces of candy. This will freshen up your breath and eliminate the smell of your weed.
Take a Bite of Pepper
If you don’t want anyone to know you’re high and you’re feeling a bit paranoid, chew on a few pieces of black peppercorn. Peppercorn has a similar chemical structure to cannabis, and when you chomp on a few pieces, you release compounds that bind to similar sites in the brain, which can ease symptoms of paranoia and the signs of you being high. It is also a great way to curb an aggressive high.
Get Some Rest
If you have someone dropping by in an hour, try to grab a cat nap. Getting some rest is the best way to combat the feeling of being high. Just remember to set an alarm. Some strains are known to have a sedative effect and you don’t want to sleep past a meeting or through an important task. Grabbing a little bit of sleep can revitalize you and bring down your high a bit.
Take a Quick, Cold Shower
This may not feel like the best idea, but a cold shower may be what you need to not feel or look as high. A short jaunt under the cold water triggers what is known as the “mammalian diving reflex.” This reflex lowers the heart rate and temperature, forcing your body to conserve its energy stores as well as its available oxygen, thus lowering the effect THC has on the body. If you can’t climb into a shower, try splashing your face with cold water. This will have a similar effect.
Get the Munchies
If you’re high and have the munchies, you may want to give yourself the go ahead. Getting food into your system can help you not look as high. Researchers and users aren’t sure why this method may work, and evidence suggests that the fats in some foods (like pizza, fries, and burgers) may bind to cannabidiol, causing a decrease in many of the symptoms that make people look high. So don’t fight the feeling: Eat something.
If you find yourself confronted with a situation while you are high, the thing to remember is that in life, things happen. Don’t beat yourself up if you think you’ve blown your cover. Most people aren’t as focused on certain cues as you think, and often things aren’t as magnified as they may seem.
However, observing and acting on a few things will make many users, especially newbies, feel more secure. After all, you may not be able to control everything that can happen after a smoking session, but you can try to alleviate any problems ahead of time.