Why Am I Not Getting High?

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Many people who use cannabis products, whether for recreational or medicinal purposes, may have experienced the phenomenon of not feeling high despite consuming a sufficient amount of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). This can be a frustrating and confusing experience, as it may lead to questions about the quality of the product or one’s own tolerance levels.

Let’s explore some of the possible reasons why someone might not be getting high after consuming cannabis.


One of the most common reasons for not feeling high is tolerance. Tolerance occurs when the body becomes accustomed to the presence of a certain substance, in this case, THC, and requires more of it to produce the same effects. This can happen over time with regular use of cannabis and can lead to a decrease in the intensity of the high. To combat tolerance, it is recommended to take a tolerance break or to switch to a different strain with a higher THC content.


Metabolism plays a role in how quickly and efficiently THC is processed by the body. Factors such as genetics, diet, and exercise levels can affect an individual’s metabolism, which in turn can affect the intensity of the high. People with a faster metabolism may metabolize THC more quickly, leading to a shorter and less intense high.


Another reason for not feeling high may be due to not consuming enough THC. The amount of THC required to produce a high can vary greatly from person to person, and it’s important to start with a low dose and gradually increase until the desired effect is achieved. It’s also important to note that different consumption methods, such as smoking versus edibles, can affect the onset and duration of the high.

Quality of the Product

The quality of the cannabis product can also play a role in not feeling high. If the product is not properly grown or stored, it may contain mold or other contaminants that can affect the potency and quality of the high. Additionally, if the product is not properly labeled, it may contain less THC than advertised, leading to a weaker high.

Other Factors

Other factors that can affect the intensity of the high include one’s mood, environment, and mindset. Being in a stressful or negative environment can make it difficult to relax and fully enjoy the high. Additionally, if one is not in the right mindset, one may not fully experience the effects of THC.



Not feeling high after consuming cannabis can be a frustrating and confusing experience. However, by understanding the possible reasons for this phenomenon, such as tolerance, metabolism, dosage, quality of the product, and other factors, one can take steps to improve their experience. It’s important to start with a low dose, gradually increase, and pay attention to the quality of the product, and also to use it in a relaxed and positive environment. Also, it’s important to consult with a medical cannabis doctor if you are experiencing a chronic lack of getting high, as it may be a symptom of an underlying condition.

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