Body Highs are usually always associated with the indica dominant strains such as Purple Kush or Hindu Kush. Indica strains tend to be heavier in sedation largely due to the higher amount of CBD in comparison to sativa strains. CBD has been proven to provide a relaxing sedative feeling which adds to the effects of the body high. A body high is essentially a sensation you get after consuming cannabis where your mind doesn’t feel very foggy but your body has fallen into a lethargic state of deep and heavy sedation. The sensation usually starts with a tingling feeling throughout the body which is followed shortly by a heavy pinned down effect on the muscles and limbs, but don’t worry these feelings are not overwhelming. Once your body is fully immersed, a great sense of relaxation and laziness will occur, making body highs perfect for resting and recharging your energy levels. Many who experience a strong body high tend to feel almost locked to the seat they are sitting in, hence where the term couchlock comes in when reading cannabis strain product descriptions. This is mostly due to the fact that the both the body and mind are not interested in doing much else but resting, not necessary that you body is going through some sort of paralysis. This can be especially true when taking a strongly dosed edible, most edibles provide a strong body high due to how it breaks down within the body, instead of an instant high like you get when smoking. Edibles take anywhere between one to two hours for the effects to kick in due to the fact that the body is able to absorb more of the THC. When an edible enters the body is begins to break down instantly releasing an abundance of Delta 9 THC, compared to smoking which only releases a small amount. When the edible reaches the liver that Delta 9 THC gets turned into 11 hydroxy THC which is more water soluble , because the digestive system is programed to convert one type of THC into another it’s comparable to getting high twice when eating an edible, hence why the reaction to edibles is always a much stronger effect then that to smoking.
Another element of having a strong body high is the urge to eat everything in sight, this is largely due to the fact you have the time to eat and the munchies effect cannabis causes, read more about it here.
The science behind the body high is just as interesting and important to know. When we consume THC it interacts with what is known as our endocannabinoid system, slowing down the receptors between cells and our nervous system. When this occurs an intense relaxation occurs, with a wave of euphoria and a change in our perceptions such as time and space, hence why we begin to feel weightless and uninhibited.