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.

The spliff option

Do you still smoke cigarettes? How foul of you. But oh, the sweet, stimulating pleasure of nicotine! There's a reason why most Europeans consume cannabis with tobacco—for those of us who can handle the risk of tobacco use, it can be a most pleasant balance of fuzzy and sharp.

We have it on good authority that spliffs are how master hash-maker Frenchy Cannoli consumes his cannabis, and if you were to mix some of the highest-end pressed hash with some whole leaf tobacco (none of that reconstituted stuff), it wouldn't be the worst of your life choices. You'd be in a good mood, anyway. The full cannoli ($88, various varieties) is available at Medithrive (1933 Mission St., medithrive.com).

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