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What can cannabis feel like?
Cannabis is a depressant, meaning it slows down your body functions. It can make you feel relaxed, giggly and hungry (having the ‘munchies’), slow down your speech and thinking or make you feel paranoid. If you smoke or vape cannabis, the effects can start very quickly (within 2–10 minutes). If you take cannabis orally in an oil or food, it can take 30–60 minutes to kick in.
Unpleasant symptoms from taking too much cannabis are often referred to as ‘greening out’. There is not a specific amount of cannabis that can cause this – it depends on your tolerance and your individual body. Remember, a low dose for one person can be a high dose for another as people’s bodies process drugs differently.
Increased sensory perception
Relaxed and calm
Reduced feelings of pain
Less stressed or anxious
Dry mouth (‘cotton mouth’)
Slurred or slowed speech
Laughing and feeling giddy
Heaviness in limbs
Increased lack of coordination
Drowsy or groggy
Making risky decisions or judgements
Feeling panicked or having panic attacks
Increased low mood
Very high dose
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Intense full-body relaxation
Feeling very hot or very cold
Difficulty moving your body
Severe panic attacks
A woman reflects on how cannabis makes her feel:
"It makes me feel relaxed and at peace with the world. If I take too much and am in the wrong social situation I can get a bit paranoid, especially as it gets hard to tell whether I am thinking something or if I have said it out loud."
It can be a bit weird adjusting back to life outside your bubble, so we’ve pulled togther a few key tips to help you out if you choose to use drugs.