Ask Old Hippie: What’s a Body High?

Old Hippie Kenobi

Dear Old Hippie: Can you clarify what people mean by a “body high”? I’ve been high a bunch of times, but I’ve only experienced an intense “body high” that one time I smoked White Widow, and have yet to match it. Every time I’d do an action like swing my arm or touch something, I would see it before I felt it. It was like a two second delay from what I was seeing myself do to the actual feeling of it. It was a neat experience.

A: This had me confused for a few minutes until I realized what you were actually describing. White Widow has a lot of THC and is very sativa-like in operation. Those factors give it very mind-oriented effects. Even though it seemed to be centered around your body, if you think about it what you were experiencing was heavy mind effects — classic time dilation — not a “body high” per se.

A body high, generally, is anything that you feel in the physical realm. For instance: couch lock (physical lassitude), awkwardness walking/standing, tingling head or skin, physical sensitivity (whether more or less), and heightened sexual awareness all would qualify as actual body-based sensations and therefore a “body high”. It’s usually associated with indica strains or indica hybrids, but this is a plant and effects will always vary.

A body high, if you get high enough, is often accompanied by a noticeable slowdown of mental processes or a mental “fog”. This is the opposite of sativa effects and a bit like feeling drunk. I will sometimes use indicas for pain relief or reduction of anxiety. But then I generally feel too stoned to do my usual mental activities like writing or even web surfing, and just end up listening to music or watching a movie, both of which are passive mentally.

And that, my friend, is where the stoner stereotype comes from.

Got a question for Old Hippie? Send in your questions to him here or post a comment below.

Old Hippie is a father of two boys and thankfully living in California where all this kind of thing is legal. He started smoking marijuana in 1967 in high school, experimented with mind-expanding drugs of all kinds, and then straightened out 15 or so years later to become an airplane pilot. After being diagnosed with depression in 2000, he lost his job and most of the following decade to prescription medications (such as antidepressants) which sapped his energy and will. Finally, a chance conversation with a friend led to a doctor’s recommendation for medical marijuana (MMJ). This changed his entire life, health, and outlook for the better. is his continuing story. It’s also his way to provide experienced advice on using medical marijuana effectively and responsibly, as well as advocacy, activism, and support for others. Old Hippie teaches about safe use of cannabis edibles, Canna Caps, vaporizers, dosing, and even microdosing.


“Body high” is an uneducated pot smokers term for a depressant. Just because he’s old, doesn’t mean he knows jack.

Leave a Reply