Top 7 life enhancements of a cannabis high

Being “high” makes every activity better: walking, talking, eating, sleeping (and dreaming), reading, writing, watching, viewing, listening, playing, painting . . . Virtually every field of activity can be a pot user’s paradise of sensory stimulus.

It is almost as If the color, hue, and volume of perception were subtly increased with a few puffs of smoke. Tactile sensations are also intensified, leading some people to a more enthusiastic participation in many facets of life.

Cannabis, after all, isn’t just about getting high. This plant can really help us to find new ideas and accept alternate possibilities to what we previously thought.

Find out here the top 7 life enhancements of a cannabis high:

# 1. Cannabis intensifies sensations

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The “hyperfocus” effect on attention presumably plays a major role in the often reported subjective intensification of sensory experiences during a high. Being high you also better discriminate your sensations – be it the flavor of a mango, the smell of a pine tree, or the tactile sensation of a kiss.

"The best effect of marijuana is how it improves my hearing, specifically when listening to music. It's not that music is more satisfying, I'm hearing things I never noticed before, like the subtle melodies and textures in the background of My Bloody Valentine's Loveless."

# 2. Cannabis enhances introspective abilities

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Many cannabis users described that a cannabis high helped them to better introspect bodily sensations; they reported how they feel cold water going down their throat, or better felt how the heat of a sauna or stretching helps them to relax their muscles.

Others have reported deep insights into their own character, their moods or emotions. An enhanced pattern recognition seems to be a crucial element in this introspective enhancement.

# 3. Cannabis enhances episodic memory

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The often reported enhancement of episodic memory is one of the most stunning effects of a cannabis high. While you can use a high to come to the actual “here-and-now” of existence (when you concentrate on your sensory experience and on your bodily awareness), you can also redirect your attention to past episodes to bring yourself back to the “here-and-now” of the past.

Cannabis users often remember long gone episodes of their lives with incredible detail and vividness. Interestingly, users have often reported re-living even childhood experiences as if the high had transported them back to their former selves.

# 4. Cannabis enhances imagination

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Another incredibly useful effect of the cannabis high is the intensification of your imaginative abilities. We tend to underestimate the magnificent potential of this enhancement.

First, we tend to think of imagination only as the ability to visualize images. But our ability to imagine also includes our ability to imagine how flavors of rosemary and potatoes combine, the tactile feeling of jumping in a cold lake, or the sound of a melody in the composition process.

Second, we use our imagination not only to dream up situations. As neuroscientists have reminded us, we crucially need our imagination to make decisions on an every-day basis. When you decide to marry your girl friend you go through imagining situations, how it would be to live with her for the rest of your life, how your girl friend would be as a mother, etc..

# 5. Cannabis enhances creativity and insights

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However being creative takes a lot of really hard work and practice, it certainly has a magnificent potential to do so.

Part of creativity is the way that you can think in new ways, ways in which other people don’t think. Cannabis can boost the mind’s ability to make connections between things that are not linked. This process is also known as the “Aha!” moment.

In addition, marijuana also ups the production of dopamine in the brain, which gives stoners the calm euphoric feeling they love so much. With this calm feeling comes the absence of the “inner filter”, or the small voice inside your head that critiques you while you’re painting, writing, or performing.

The big truth is that marijuana only enhances what’s already there.

# 6. Cannabis enhances athletic performance

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A recent research paper conducted by the Department of Neuroscience and Behavior at the University of São Paulo’s Ribeirão Preto Medical School, in conjunction with the National Institute for Translational Medicine, has found that cannabis can improve performance in sports (whether mild or extreme).

“Cannabis smoking can be helpful for some activities such as extreme sports, as it improves muscle relaxation, reduces anxiety, and extincts fear memories (e.g., negative experiences) leading to enhanced performance. It is also worthwhile to note that cannabis smoking improves sleep time and recovery, which may favor performance when an athlete is facing multiple competitions in a short period of time. In light of these positive effects, one can assume cannabis is a doping substance that relaxes the mind and improves recovery.”

Getting high and working out is, indeed, one of the least talked about and least appreciated pleasures of fitness. Lifting weights is fun when you're under the spell, cardio is cool too, but nothing compares to getting really high and hitting the heavy bag

Its well-known marijuana decreases perceptions of pain, which is why it is used medicinally. As a result, its pain-reducing benefits - whether during or after training - may be enticing for combatants in grueling, highly-physical sports such as boxing and MMA.

However marijuana doesn't enhance a fighter's endurance, speed or strength, it may help some with concentration, relaxation, confidence (via a false sense of security) and the ability to endure greater pain while under the influence.

# 7. Cannabis enhances sex

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Looking at the enhancements above it should now be easy to see why high lovers are more in the here-and-now of existence, concentrate on their partners and understand them better.

But that's not all: their tactile sensations become more intense and richer in depth; they can explore the trip of an orgasm better, they break with habitual patterns, listen to their partners, and try out new things.

Some parts of marijuana, CBN specifically interacts with the serotonin system in the brain to further enhance the euphoric feeling, which can cause one to feel emotionally closer to their chosen partner of the evening or life.

It has been known for centuries that marijuana can be used as an aphrodisiac. In many eastern cultures there are man products that claim to increase sex drive, and help both men and women get in the mood emotionally and physically. In Hindu Tantra of Northern India, for example, marijuana is ingested during ritualistic sexual yoga as a means to increase perception of prana, the “breath of life” that underlies human form.

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