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How to Enhance a Cannabis High?

Added 10 May 2022

You want an intense, longer high — you are not alone. 

However, the high diminishes over time. And, you're smoking a lot more than you're used to, chasing that old high you remember. 

So, why does the intensity of the high fade over time?

Well, smoking cannabis often can increase your tolerance, or you may have purchased cannabis that is not as potent as you expected. There are many reasons why you may feel underwhelmed by your cannabis high.

But there are just as many ways to combat that and enhance your high. It includes various techniques like eating chocolates, working out, or adding an ice cube to your bong. 

If you want to feel like your old self again, who used to enjoy cannabis, you have come to the right place. Read on to know more about how to enhance your cannabis high.

Buy the Right Kind of Cannabis

cannabis buds

No method can help you enhance your high if you have the wrong kind of cannabis. Good cannabis is usually moist, has loads of trichomes, and smells wonderful.

Wrong kinda cannabis? Here are a few ways to determine that: 

  • Low THC levels
  • Dried out terpenes and cannabinoids
  • Low-quality flowers
  • Too old and poorly stored flowers

So, if you want the best cannabis experience, you should choose cannabis from the right vendor. The buds must be slightly moist, fresh, and aromatic — the aroma signifies the presence of terpenes.

Additionally, the buds must contain high amounts of THC. Or CBD if you've purchased medical cannabis. Most reputable sellers state the THC and CBD content on the product itself. So choose carefully. You can even switch to concentrates or hash oil. They are rich in THC, so smoking a tiny amount of it can give you a quick, intense high.

But THC isn't all you need for an excellent high, thanks to the entourage effect. The entourage effect is a synergy between the plant compounds, cannabinoids, and phytonutrients with terpenes that ensure a more pronounced high.

For the best high, ensure the cannabis you are buying also has a balanced terpene and cannabinoid profile and high THC. An added advantage of this is that the buds would be full of flavor and more aromatic.

Lastly, what works for others may not work for you because everybody is unique. So try out different strains and narrow down the ones that give you the best high. And switch your strains regularly, so you don't develop a tolerance for them over time.

Switch to Cannabis Edibles


Edibles are more potent than joints. Therefore, switch to edibles if you're not enjoying your high anymore. The science behind this is that when you smoke cannabis, THC directly binds to CB1 receptors in the brain. 

But when you consume edibles, the THC is first converted into 11-hydroxy-THC in the body before reaching the receptors. Also, 11-hydroxy-THC is 2-3x more potent than THC, leading to a more intense high.

Remember to decarb cannabis before preparing edibles to activate the cannabinoids. 

Roll Good Joints

Roll a good joint

Rolling is fun, but don't be too hasty in rolling up your buds. Instead, take some time and put more effort into rolling it for a better high. 

Essentially, you must grind the cannabis evenly first, which will lead to a more even burn when you toke it due to increased surface area. Also, a lack of seeds and stems will improve your experience. 

On a side note, it would also help if you smoke cannabis in the right environment. So prepare your place beforehand, and have the blankets, food, and favorite TV show ready. Comfort can go a long way in enhancing your cannabis high.

Smoke Bongs the Right Way

Smoke bongs the right way

If rolling a joint is boring or you want an even more intense high, you can change your consumption method. Your best option for this is a bong, which delivers a loaded toke. 

When using bongs, ensure your bong is clean and free of debris. The debris can cut down the amount of smoke reaching your lungs. Learn how to clean your bong thoroughly. You don't need anything more than some rubbing alcohol and Epsom salt.

Sometimes, bong smoke can be harsh, which might stop you from inhaling correctly. To cut down the harshness, you can add some ice cubes to the bowl while smoking up. Ask more experienced bong smokers in your circle. Everyone has a unique way to smoothen out the toke.

Another protip when smoking a bong is to use hemp wicks. When you use lighters, you also smoke fumes coming off them, even if you use good, expensive lighters. Hemp wicks can help you avoid fumes entirely. RAW hemp wicks are pretty popular among bong smokers, which you can try out.

Combine Cannabis with Other Herbs

cannabis and herbs

Until the 1980s, scientists assumed that cannabinoids were only present in the cannabis plant. But modern research has shown that various other plants also contain cannabinoids and terpenes.

You can mix these herbs into your cannabis as the terpenes in them will help boost the effect of cannabis on your body.

The best herbs to combine with cannabis are damiana (Turnera Diffusa), Artemisia Vulgaris (species of mugwort), and lavender. 

Eat Some Ripe Mangoes

Eat mangoes

Who knew mangoes could enhance your cannabis high? But they do. They are high in myrcene, which is a terpene that is also present in abundance in cannabis. 

Myrcene is a muscle relaxant, acting as a painkiller and sedative terpene. Research shows that this terpene helps THC cross the blood-brain barrier more efficiently, resulting in a more intense, prolonged high. 

For best results, eat the mango 45 minutes before you smoke up.

Munch on Some Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate

The best way to enhance a cannabis high is by eating chocolate. This is why pot brownies and cannabis chocolate bars are so popular even today!

Chocolate is rich in anandamide, an endocannabinoid, and neurotransmitter produced naturally by your endocannabinoid system. Anandamide is the body's bliss molecule, as it gives you a sense of euphoria after binding to the receptors in the brain. 

When you eat chocolate before lighting up your joint, anandamide levels increase in your body and stimulate the CB receptors. This leads to a more intense, more extended high. 

We recommend eating dark chocolate (over 74%) for best results because anandamide comes from cocoa. So, the darker, the better. 

Munch on Foods Rich in Omega-3

Omega 3 foods

Omega-3 fatty acids are present in fish, avocados, eggs, chia seeds, and walnuts. And you can munch half an hour before smoking up to enhance your high. In addition, these fatty acids optimize cannabis synthesis in your body. 

According to David DiSalvo, who conducted a study at the University of Illinois, our body produces endocannabinoids from omega-3 fatty acids, which bind to CB1 receptors to trigger an anti-inflammatory response. 

So, omega-3 stimulates the CB1 receptors while offering a slightly sedative effect, which works together with THC to give you a more intense high. 

It's Time for Tea


Many people like to begin their day with tea since it is rich in relaxants and flavonoids (antioxidants). These combine to give you a more relaxing effect and reduce inflammation. This increases the THC effect on your body.

Additionally, they open the pathways in your brain, so THC has a more direct route to produce the high, which is intense and long-lasting.

Do Some Cardio


A study published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence shows that doing some cardio can enhance your cannabis high. The researchers studied some participants who were regular cannabis users. The participants were asked to ride a stationary bike for 35 minutes before smoking up.

The study found that when the participants smoked up after cardio, the THC levels in the brain increased by 15%. So, you can work out half an hour before smoking up, go for a short run, swim, or cycle around your block. 

Plus, cardio is good for your health. It helps you combat any unhealthy gains from eating munchies when you get high!

Consider Taking a T-Break

Tolerance break

Over time, your body will get used to cannabis and grow tolerant towards it, no matter how often you change the strain. However, you can avoid this by occasionally taking t-breaks or tolerance breaks.

You don't need to quit cannabis for a year. A simple two-week break can suffice to reset your body's tolerance to cannabis. Just figure out what works for you and stick to that, though. Some people may require shorter or longer tolerance breaks.

Summary: How to Enhance a Cannabis High?

Getting a more intense, extended high from cannabis depends on the THC content of the buds, but that's not all. Look at the bigger picture. 

Ensure you have chosen the right cannabis first, with a good terpene and cannabinoid content. Then, learn how to smoke it properly or switch to edibles or concentrates.

If you are still looking for something more, you can consider other options listed above. All are effective ways to enhance your high, whether you like eating dark chocolate, sipping on some hot tea, or eating mangoes.