The most widely used “illicit” drug in the world is cannabis. The 2017 United Nation’s World Drug Report estimates that the number of users could be as high as 238 million worldwide. Cannabis has been known to have medicinal and psychoactive feelings since the ancient times when physicians cautioned against taking too much of it.
It is now known that the compound that produces the high sensation in cannabis is THC, which is consumed by smoking, vaping, ingesting or dabbing cannabis. THC stands for tetrahydrocannabinol and apart from its mind-altering effects; it is used in combination with CBD to treat chronic pain and other conditions. Those that enjoy cannabis for recreational purposes usually use cannabis products that have high THC content.
What does it feel like to get high?
Cannabis is not the only substance that makes people feel high. There are others like cocaine, opioids, amphetamines, LSD, magic mushrooms and crack among others. Getting high is a feeling of intoxication characterized by altered sensory perceptions, changes in mood and mental state and changes in creativity although the experience differs from one person to the other. In fact, the experience has less to do with the drug itself but the sensitivity of a person to the surrounding environment and the people around.
Percentage of people that gets high everyday
Cannabis has been an illicit drug for over a century now but it still remains a commonly used drug worldwide. It is hard to tell the exact number of people since most users hide it in their closets. However, it is estimated that there are as many cannabis users as cigarette smokers in the U.S.A. In fact, many surveys show that it is part of everyday life for between 33 and 55 million people. This represents a maximum of 22% which is slightly less than the number of cigarette smokers of 59 million. The popularity of cannabis in the U.S is also seen by the 49% of the people who support recreational marijuana. However, 83% of Americans support medical marijuana and are pushing for the federal government to declassify cannabis and make it legal.
The reasons for getting high
There are many reasons why people would want to get high either on cannabis or any other substance. The main one is because they enjoy the feelings to come with it. Such feelings include euphoria, relaxation, amusement, creativity, sensitivity and giggling. The problem comes when people get addicted and are forced to depend on the drug for these feelings every day. Besides, people tend to develop negative effects after long term use like anxiety, confusion, hallucinations, delusions, psychosis, paranoia, nausea and vomiting.
Looking at the history of cannabis, this drug has been used since ancient times for medicinal and recreational purposes. Perhaps this is the reason why many people continued of use it illegally even after it was categorized as a Schedule I substance. The relationship between cannabis and music is another reason why many people continue to use cannabis. Just like music, cannabis tends to lower the levels of cortisol which helps to alleviate insomnia, anxiety and depression.