Now that we’ve got this asterix out of the way, what are the general categories of highs as we understand them today? Yours truly decided to summarize the many kinds of getting stoned vs being high into archetypes: Emotional and Functional.
Emotional highs are exactly that – linked to the intense emotions we feel/experience during our stoned-states. Happy, giggly, sad, angry, stoic or philosophical highs are just a handful of examples of these kinds of emotional cannabis experiences. You might assume that every time you get high you’re going to go through a wave of emotions – and the majority of the time you’d be right.
Here’s some examples of the most notable emotional highs that many of us cannabis aficionados have experienced:
Happy Stoned: Gleeful, cheerful, blissful cannabis highs are some of the best times of our lives. Simply put, when you get stoned and feel happy, life is awesome.
Funny Stoned: The giggles can overwhelm you, laughter comes easy and everything & anything seems hilarious. Sure, it can cause problems with your parents, bosses or law enforcement, but we could all use more laughter in our lives, right?
Sad Stoned: Nobody enjoys the depressing realizations, the long sighs and the downright dumps we find ourselves in sometimes when we get stoned. Nevertheless, through sadness we sometimes discover something new about ourselves or the world around us.
Rage Stoned: This kind of high isn’t enjoyable, especially for the people around you when it hits, but anger is sometimes what’s needed to help us channel our emotions when we’re dealing with stress.
Loving Stoned: Do you ever get high and instantly become the most cuddly, loving and friendly version of yourself? Like the ‘Happy High’, we think this version of getting stoned is tops.
On the flip side, certain psychoactive episodes serve more of a purpose than simply heightening your emotional state. These Functional stoned experiences occur when you become energized, your brain is bursting with creativity, or you become so relaxed to the point of drifting into an uninterruptible sleep. This archetype of getting stoned is characterized by engaging your mind or body into some kind of functional action (creating) or deriving a particular benefit (sleeping).
We put together a list of the most consistent/common types of functional highs that many of you stoners will be familiar with: