Diary of a Stoner: What is the Best Way to Get High?

Flower, edibles, concentrates? There are so many options for the modern marijuana coinsurer, that one might wonder – what is the best method for getting high? The truth of the matter is, it’s really down to personal preference and what you’re looking for from a marijuana high.

First, you need to determine why you’re getting high? Do you want to be creative? Do you want to listen to music/watch movies? Do you want to go adventuring? Do you want to veg out? Maybe you want to pass out and sleep for hours? This will be the determining factor in whether you want to consume Sativa or Indica. A Sativa will give you a more heady, focused, energetic high – whereas, an Indica will most often give you a drowsier, couch-locked, body high. While there are exceptions, this is a good general rule to go by when it comes to Sativa and Indica. Personally, I like to be an active pothead, and tend to favor the Sativa variety.

The most common form of marijuana consumption is smoking flower. The flower is the physical part of the cannabis plant meant for consumption and contains the most concentration of THC, the psychoactive component of marijuana that gets you high. If your aim is to get really, really high, then flower may not be your best bet. On average THC levels in flower are around 30%. However, they can be much higher, and if you enjoy the flavors and sensations of combusting plant matter and inhaling it into your lungs, then this will always be your best option.

Edibles are a good option for getting very high; however, in my experience, they’re not good for consistently medicating one’s self. One can quickly and easily build up one’s tolerance to edibles. Discovering your tolerance capped out can be quite disconcerting, too, as the only realistic and effective way to reverse it is abstinence. If you’re looking for a daily, consistent, heavy high, this would not be the path I’d recommend.

Another thing to consider with edibles is what form it takes. Liquids will digest into your system more consistently than say gummy substances your tummy has to break down.

Ultimately, my preferred form of marijuana are concentrates. Concentrates most commonly come in the form of wax or shatter. Typically concentrates have THC levels in the neighborhood of 70% – 90%, or even higher, and can be consumed by the use of a nectar collector, dab rig, or (most conveniently) an atomizer pen. An atomizer is an electric coil surrounded by a small glass globe and powered by a pen-shaped battery. The concentrate is placed onto the coil which heats it up and vaporizes it, at which point it is drawn out of the globe into the lungs.

Not only is the atomizer an effective way to consume, but it also extremely portable, discreet, and convenient. The only thing that would beat out an atomizer for consuming concentrate would be a preloaded cartridge that simply screws on the battery and is ready to go.

Again, how you get high is really down to personal preference and experience. If you are interested in trying out an atomizer, we see The Clear batteries for $20 and an Atomizer & Globe for $10. Concentrates start at $15 a gram at the 1136 Yuma Dispensary.


Kenneth Dinkins is a professional stoner and social consumption specialist at the Coffee Joint. 

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