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What Do You Look Like When You Are High?

When you’re high, there are several suggestive signs most people will pick up on. The most obvious are red, droopy eyes. However, physical appearances aren’t the only factor that should be considered here. Other ways people may be able to tell you’re high include:

  • Anxiety and paranoia
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Hunger
  • Lethargy
  • Slow movements

If you display any of these characteristics, chances are that people around you will know you’re stoned. Still, there are ways to avoid such appearances.

Tips on How to Not Look High

Even though cannabis legalization and acceptance continue to sweep the country, there are still plenty of times when you may not want to appear high in a public setting. For example, even if you are in a legal state, public consumption of marijuana remains illegal.

Luckily, if you’re looking to avoid looking high, there are some ways to mitigate your stoned appearance:

Maintain a Low Profile

Our first time might seem obvious, but some people forget that keeping a low profile after a cannabis sesh can be worth it. In other words, after you smoke, you may want to chill out at home or a friend’s place for about 30 minutes.* This will give marijuana’s psychotropic properties enough time to work their way through you. Ultimately, allowing you to enter public less intoxicated and in more control of your appearance.

That said, it’s also best to consume marijuana during a time of day when you don’t have obligations. Therefore, you can ensure you won’t look high as hell when responsibilities, such as work and schooling, arise.

Of course, sometimes smoke sessions appear out of the blue. In such cases, it’s important to keep in mind that you should only consume around people you know and trust. Therefore, in situations where things may go south, you’ll be in a safe space to take care of yourself.

*The 30-minute time slot is only applicable if you consume marijuana by inhalation. The effects of edibles and other consumption methods will last longer.

Stay Hydrated

When we ensure our bodies are consuming the right amount of water, we’re helping to regulate varying functions. More specifically, water helps our bodies to:

  • Eliminate wastes through urination, bowel movements, and perspiration.
  • Lubricate and soften joints.
  • Maintain a normal temperature.
  • Preserve the spinal cord and other sensitive tissues.

However, when it comes to a cannabis high, hydration has one other perk. It mitigates the side effects of your eyes turning red and puffy. When we experience red eyes, it’s often a result of low blood pressure. More specifically, reduced blood pressure causes vessels and capillaries to become starved of much-needed oxygen. On top of this, water will help alleviate dryness and itching of the eyes.

All this said, we highly recommend always having water on you – whether you’re smoking marijuana or not. If you happen to be in a situation where you don’t have easy access to water, cranberry and orange juice are also great at promoting hydration.

Relax Yourself

If you feel stressed when you’re high, you’re likely revealing other physical symptoms indicating your recent consumption. Such symptoms may include:

  • Blurred eyesight (or sore eyes)
  • Chest pains (and high blood pressure)
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Dizziness, sickness, or fainting
  • Fatigue
  • Indigestion (or heartburn)
  • Muscle aches (and headaches)
  • Panic attacks
  • Rashy or itchy skin
  • Sleep problems
  • Sweating

That said, it’s in your interest to calm yourself down if you’re high and nervous. The most effective way to go about this is by taking deep, long breaths. Such an exercise will help to ease muscle tension and lower your heart rate.

Hide Your Stash

While many can make assumptions about whether you’re high or not, there’s no assuming if your marijuana is out in the open. Most of the time, this is only an issue when unexpected guests arrive. As such, it’s in your interest to have a quick plan in case you need to immediately hide your stash. The best way to go about this is by having a go-to place for your cannabis. In our opinion, the best places include a drawer, closet, or hidden corner.

Tips on How to Not Look High

Other Advice for How Not to Look High as Hell

The above tips are the most effective means of reducing a stoned appearance. However, there are other methods you can incorporate that may help you:

Mask the Smell

Even if you don’t appear high, you may smell high. Cannabis bud is loaded with terpenes that create the smell we often associate with the plant. The downside is terpenes create an extremely potent aroma and can be an obvious sign for those who don’t consume cannabis. To mask the smell of marijuana, we recommend having fragrances on deck.

For your environment, candles and incense are some of the best solutions. On top of this, there are brands such as Cannabolish that offer products specifically designed to mask the smell of marijuana.

For your person, bodysprays, lotions, and powders are great for removing cannabis odors from your skin. It can also help to freshen up a bit, either by showering, brushing your teeth, or chewing gum to further mask the aroma.

Bite into Peppercorn

If you’re feeling paranoid from your cannabis high, it may help to chew on a few pieces of black peppercorn. The chemical structure of peppercorn is similar to cannabinoids found in marijuana. Therefore, eating some will release compounds to similar regions of the brain. This may help to ease symptoms of paranoia and outward signs that you are stoned.

Balance Out with CBD

If black peppercorn isn’t working for you, you may have better luck with cannabidiol (CBD). Recent research has discovered that CBD helps to counteract the effects of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – the psychotropic ingredient that causes a high. As a result, if you’re struggling with paranoia or an aggressive high, CBD may be the solution you’ve been looking for.

Take a Nap

If you’re stoned out of your mind and have somewhere you need to be in an hour or so, taking a catnap may be an ideal solution. Resting your brain and body helps to curb the psychoactive effects of THC and, therefore, can be beneficial in easing stress and anxiety. However, it’s important to set an alarm. Various strains (especially Indica-dominant strains) are known for their sedative effects and may knock you out when you’re not looking for it.

Take a Quick, Cold Shower

While not an ideal solution, a cold shower may help to prevent you from feeling and looking high. A short kick of cold water will trigger what’s known as the “mammalian diving reflex.” This lowers your body’s heart rate and temperature, forcing it to naturally conserve energy and oxygen. As a result, THC metabolites will naturally reduce.

If you’re not in a position where you can take a shower, it can also help to splash cold water on your face. While not as effective, it will have an impact.

Eat Up

It’s no secret that when you’re high, you’re going to get the “munchies.” However, what isn’t as commonly known is the fact that eating may reduce your high. This is especially true with fatty foods, such as pizza, fries, and burgers. So, even if you’re on a bit of a diet, it may be beneficial to indulge in those munchies just this one time.

Final Word

Inevitably, we can’t always mitigate our stoned appearance with these few simple tricks. And under such circumstances, it’s important not to beat yourself over a minor slip-up. These things happen in life.

Yet, to take this further, it’s important to keep in mind that most people either don’t care or can’t pick up the signs of someone being high. That said, your concern may be largely due to an overactive brain (which a marijuana high certainly doesn’t help with).

Still, we hope this information has at least been able to help curb some of the physical signs of a marijuana high. Inevitably, the best piece of advice we can offer is to avoid consuming cannabis when obligations arise. And if an obligation suddenly arises immediately after smoking, just take it easy. It’s not the end of the world and we’re sure you’ll be hitting the bong again in no time.

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