Bored in Quarantine? What to do While High
With everything going on at the moment, daily life can feel overwhelming — even when bored. Even the act of consuming cannabis can feel different and can prompt some to ask themselves: How can I enjoy being high?
To be bored and get high with a good weed product is a luxury in today’s society, so if you find yourself with a handful of time and nothing to do and no one to hang with, it’s really up to you to take full advantage of the situation. And with shelter-in-place restrictions currently happening across the United States and most of the world, easing boredom can be the best way to quell day-to-day monotony when it comes to deciding what to do when high.
Copping a little buzz in of itself is a fantastic way to stave off boredom, and whether you’re consuming a low-dose edible or taking a massive dab to the face, you will feel it. But what you do with this good time is up to you, though we do have a few recommendations for things to do while high if you need a little boost and a good time.
Get out in nature or workout
Looking for an active experience? Avoid indica-leaning cultivars, as well as sedating terpenes like beta-caryophyllene and linalool. Instead, check your favorite dispensary menus for the strains that are known as mega-energizers like Sour Diesel or Jack Herer. With proper social-distancing etiquette, do something outdoorsy, like going for a hike, a climb or even just a brisk walk around your neighborhood. Whether you’re urban or in the backwoods — no matter the season — even just five minutes outside can enhance your sesh.
Some people enjoy consuming cannabis before exercise, and with a multitude of at-home workout videos across YouTube and other video-sharing websites, completing a routine without breaking quarantine protocol has never been easier. The best strains before breaking a sweat may be a sativa-heavy hybrid like Maui Wowie or anything you personally find perky — the boost helps you log extra minutes, miles, reps and more while you zone out of your head and zoom into your body.
Additionally, being in nature in of itself is relaxing. Many find it helpful when feeling too high or coming down with a case of couch-lock. If you feel like you’re uncomfortable with those “being high symptoms,” some find it helpful to take a walk.
Tune out the noise and tune in with cannabis
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to tune out everything happening in the world right now, but cannabis can help you tune in without the nagging restlessness that some people get when trying to relax. Sometimes following current events can feel like being on an emotional roller coaster and the world has us working ourselves into pretzels, but some of the best things may be engaging in some Netflix, hits and chill or diving into board games or a book can be a way to celebrate the creative arts and enrich your own happiness without sacrificing the bigger picture.
Recommending a particular variety of cannabis is tricky here — one size does not fit all — but you can decide just how zonked you want to get. For some, consuming heavier strains will keep them parked on the sectional, while others will need controlled doses of specific terpenes to keep from panicking. Strains with classically cerebral effects, like Pineapple Express, LSD, or Tangerine Kush may be good options to drift into daydreams.
It’s cliché to recommend that you clean while stoned, but it’s a great way to focus the superpowers that cannabinoids give some people. And if you have it in you, now’s the perfect time to sanitize your cannabis gear.
But it’s not all about focus and cleanliness to get you out of your head, for some, we recommend the opposite: make a mess. Getting high and getting in the kitchen, starting an art project, changing your oil or something that feels a bit too disorganized for a regular day is precisely the way to enjoy the effects of cannabis.
A slightly lowered inhibition can also help you tap into your creative side, risk getting smeared with something that stains, or open you up to new tastes and techniques. Strains like Laughing Buddha, which tend to have mind-opening qualities, may be your perfect companion to messy tasks.
No matter how you choose to spend your high time, remember that it belongs to you—and you should make the most of it no matter what you’re into.
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What you do with this good time is up to you, but here are a few things to do while high if you need a little boost and a good time.
Why marijuana can be really boring
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Many people seem to think marijuana is thrilling — especially now that it’s been legalized in Washington State. When The Vancouver Sun runs stories on marijuana, we receive lots of web hits. The Sun even has a marijuana blogger, Dana Larsen, who seems to be wildly popular.
Washington State, just 25 kilometres from Vancouver, has officially legalized marijuana and the Sun ran a story a week or so ago by Mike Hager headlined, “Inside the first legalized pot shops in Washington.”With video.
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This is not a commentary on the legalization of marijuana, even though it generally seems like a better idea than the so-called war on drugs, which is expensive and evidently worse than useless. It has also annoyed me for a long time to see smug criminals throughout Cascadia benefit from the marijuana trade. And in Washington state it’s good to see taxes will come in from marijuana sales, like from the sale of beer and wine and liquor.
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My somewhat small point in this posting is that, despite the enthusiasm of many, marijuana actually seems to many to be a pretty boring drug.
I was reflecting on that possibility while reading the excellent new novel, I Was There the Night He Died (National Post review). It’s by Ray Robertson, whom I had the pleasure to hear reading from it at this year’s Ottawa Book Festival.
Robertson seems to know quite a bit about drugs, from heavy-duty things like amphetamines, to alcohol. (Or at least the protaganist in the book, Sam Sampson, a novelist himself, seems to know a lot about drugs.) Anyways, someone in this book seems an expert on drugs.
Here’s what the fictional character, Sam, has to say about marijuana, red wine and drugs in general:
* In the time it takes a jigsaw-piece cloud to make the frozen moon disappear, I’m high, or at any rate, as high as marijuana can get you. They should call smoking pot getting low. But at least I’m not normal, at least I’m below see-yourself level….
* People who quit using drugs rarely talk about the real reason they became addicts. It wasn’t your troubled childhood or the pressures of modern society or the depraved, enabling company you kept — it’s because feeling high finally feels like being alive. Unfortunately, being alive too much or for too long will kill you. Or make you wish that you were dead….
* When you can hear yourself talking, you’re not really communicating. Pot may be the ideal fuel for contentedly puttering around in your own consciousness, but booze, it seems, is still the drug of choice when tongues need to be loosened and the race for the right word is preferable to slouching on the sidelines….
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* Its apparent uselessness as a conversation starter and sustainer aside, weed is no different from any other drug, whether it’s the government-taxed, over-the-counter variety or the kind you can only get from a guy named Bubba who lives in his mother’s basement….
* Red wine isn’t just an excellent means of stripping the obfuscating veil of familiarity from everyday objects and events – it also does a swell job of helping you forget stuff….
I appreciated the book’s vivid descriptions of the often dulling, self-absorbing effects of marijuana. And I also like that Robertson doesn’t let other drugs off the hook. In excess, they all dumb us down while giving the illusion of elevating us. (I start to worry when dinner table conversation about wine quality goes on longer than five minutes.)
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Many people seem to think marijuana is thrilling — especially now that it’s been legalized in Washington State. When The Vancouver Sun runs stories on…