Marijuana Light: How to Stay Lifted Without Losing Reality

Marijuana Light: How to Stay Lifted Without Losing Reality

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It's perfectly appropriate to want to get high. (It is legal, after all, and nothing legal can be all bad.) It's also acceptable—nay, responsible—to want to get only a little bit high.

Like the easy, bubbly buzz of a single mimosa (or two) rather than 20 on a Sunday afternoon, cannabis' benefits are best felt when you can still feel them—when you can still feel anything at all, rather than struggling in a dab-haze to rediscover reality and if you still have a place in it. You want to alter reality just so, to feel warmer colors and hear fuller sounds, rather than blow it apart.


Finding that happy place—the tickle in your brain-pan gently pulling your mouth into a grin—can be tricky. Microdosing is all the rage in Silicon Valley, sure, but that's not getting high. Gobbling super-strength edibles and the race to pack as much THC in single hit is the cannabis equivalent of a fraternity hazing ritual. But rejoice! We, too, appreciate a mellower high, and we have a few favorite methods of getting there.

First! Keep in mind that generally, "one dose" of cannabis has roughly 10 milligrams of THC. But! The actual effect on the body and brain hinges on factors including personal tolerance, method of ingestion (Edible? Flower? Smoke? Vape?), and what (if any) terpenes and other cannabinoids or present.

A buzzy appetite

Cookies don't keep well after you've bitten into them. This is why a single cookie is (or at least should be) a single serving. We appreciate the need for seriously ill patients to receive 1,000 milligrams of THC to soothe their pain, but for the rest of us, the notion of a 20-dose brownie is a foreign concept (and a surefire path towards a lost weekend). Sure, you can mix loaded products like Auntie Dolores's chili-lime peanuts(50mg THC) with their sober siblings, but it's probably a better idea to find something that requires no effort on your part. We find the mini chocolates from KIVA(15mg THC, available at dispensaries Bay Area–wide) are a simple and easy way to consume just enough without having to rely on your self-control. Otherwise, it's a battle of will to prevent yourself from eating the entire bag of medicated popcorn.

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