Difference Between ‘High’ & ‘Stoned’

Terms describing the ups and downs of smoking cannabis.


The terms “high” and “stoned” are progressively being used interchangeably in the cannabis community, with the rare exception for those that know their true meaning. While many articles hint that they’re the same, they in fact can describe different cerebral and physical sensations.

Being “High”

When a person is “high” after consuming cannabis, it describes an uplifting and euphoric state of being that mostly causes changes in mindset rather than the body. Sativa strains will cause a person to feel high. Typically the consumer will feel an assortment of the following:

  • Energetic
  • Elated
  • Creative
  • Talkative
  • Aroused
  • Imaginative
  • Social
  • Inspired
  • Motivated
  • Giggly

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Being “Stoned”

When feeling "stoned", the consumer will generally fall into what’s known as a “couch-lock” meaning they just want to sit and relax without moving (like a stone!). The body unwinds and racing thoughts come to a halt. Unlike being high, being stoned doesn't usually influence the mind as much, and when it does, it isn't quite in an inspirational way but the opposite. Indica strains will cause a person to feel stoned. Typically, someone who is stoned will feel a variety of the following:

  • Antisocial
  • Lethargic
  • Spacey
  • Calm
  • Relaxed
  • Lazy
  • Sleepy/Drowsy
  • Pleasurably numb
  • Buzzing sensation (throughout body)

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Whether one is high or stoned, usually pain decreases and anxiety/stress is relieved. Both conditions when referring to cannabis will cause the consumer to fall into a better mental and physical state when proper doses have been consumed. Both usually increase heart rate and blood flow, even when feeling relaxed.

Hybrid strains that produce both sativa and indica effects can create a mixture of sensations, so one can feel lazy but creative and vice-versa.

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