Marijuana: No Two Highs Are The Same

marijuna effects, gateway treatment centersAn individualized experience, depending upon the user and setting, the effects and categorization of marijuana can vary from a stimulant to a depressant to a hallucinogen. The effects of marijuana can begin within a few minutes after inhaling, and can last 2 to 3 hours after initial intoxication.

Marijuana affects every user differently and those effects can depend on:

  • The person – their mood, personality, size and weight;
  • The amount taken and whether it is mixed with anything else;
  • The environment in which the drug is used.

Many users describe two phases of the marijuana high:

  • Phase 1: Initial stimulation (giddiness and euphoria)
  • Phase 2: Sedation and a pleasant tranquility

Users also report altered perceptions of distance and time along with a heightened sensitivity to sights and sounds. While some users may experience lowered inhibitions, drowsiness, and contentment, others may feel great anxiety and paranoia.

If you or someone you know has tried before to stop using marijuana before but couldn’t quit, Gateway Treatment Centers can help get life back on track. To arrange a free, confidential consultation, call 877-505-HOPE (4673).

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