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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.

Pleasant effects

Unpleasant effects


Increased sensory perception

Relaxed and calm

Socially confident

Reduced feelings of pain

Less stressed or anxious


Hunger cravings

Dry mouth (‘cotton mouth’)

Bloodshot eyes

Slurred or slowed speech

Mildly nauseous

Memory problems

Slow reflexes


Mildly anxious

Mildly paranoid

Low mood

Pleasant effects

Unpleasant effects


Laughing and feeling giddy

Increased relaxation

Increased euphoria

Heaviness in limbs

Increased lack of coordination

Drowsy or groggy

Increased nausea

Making risky decisions or judgements

Increased anxiety

Socially anxious

Increased paranoia

Feeling panicked or having panic attacks

Intense emotions

Increased low mood

 Pleasant Effects  Unpleasant Effects

Intense full-body relaxation

Intense euphoria

Feeling very hot or very cold

Difficulty moving your body

Disturbing hallucinations

Severely dizzy

Severely nauseous

Chest pain


Severe anxiety

Severe paranoia

Severe panic attacks

Losing consciousness

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."

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