Okay, so you have just taken a big hit of cannabis and are already feeling super relaxed and of course, high. Great, however, what happens when you have to attend a meeting or have a serious commitment that you cannot postpone, cancel, or delay? You will be shocked to learn that even the most experienced stoners can struggle to hide their high.
While smoking weed can make you feel high and super relaxed within your space, the high can make you uncomfortable, especially when you have to indulge in more serious activities. Therefore, it is important to have strategies or solutions that can help to mask your high during those crucial moments. Below are 21 quick and easy tips on how to not look high.
- 1 1. Embrace sunglasses when outside during the day
- 2 2. Eye drops can come in handy
- 3 3. Consider changing outfits
- 4 4. Hit the shower but do not overstay
- 5 5. Consider brushing your teeth after a session
- 6 6. Avoid unplanned or unnecessary interactions
- 7 7. Do not shut your eyes at all costs
- 8 8. Silence can help maintain your cover
- 9 9. Avoid indulging in deep thoughts when high
- 10 10. Stop fidgeting or making unnecessary movements
- 11 11. Check on your portions when addressing the munchies
- 12 12. Get off the couch to kill the lazy vibes
- 13 13. Avoid falling prey to short term memory loss
- 14 14. Have a sober friend you can trust on standby
- 15 15. Avoid excessive laughs and random giggles
- 16 16. A little splash of your Cologne or perfume can come in handy
- 17 17. Ease your nerves and calm down
- 18 18. Keep the evidence out of sight and out of reach
- 19 19. Open the windows to aerate the room
- 20 20. Convince your mind to rise to the occasion
- 21 21. Act confident even when your not
- 22 Conclusion
1. Embrace sunglasses when outside during the day
Any experienced stoner will agree that sunglasses are effective when it comes to hiding high. Of course, it goes without saying that marijuana consumption makes the eyes bloodshot. Cannabis use usually lowers the pressure of the inner eye, leading to an expansion of vessels and finally the reddening of the eyes. Therefore, whenever you are stoned and want to hide your eyes from colleagues, friends, or family, it is always advisable to wear sunglasses.
However, the use of sunglasses comes with a caveat. That is, you should never put on your sunglasses when at home or indoors. Wearing sunglasses in class, at home, or at the office will only serve to raise suspicions that you might be baked. Therefore, for sunglasses to work, you should consider wearing them only when outside.
2. Eye drops can come in handy
Eye drops can come in really handy when looking to reduce your eyes` bloodshot appearance. A single drop of eye-whitening drops can return your red eyes to normal within minutes. Eye drops are efficient in hiding high, especially due to their ability to make the eyes white again despite being baked. However, when using eye drops, it is important to practice caution, more so when selecting the brands to use since some products are meant for people with severe eye complications.
Ensure that you check well before settling for a particular brand as some eye drops have highly reactive compounds that can backfire, especially when used for the wrong reasons. Using mild eye drops; however, will reduce the expansion of the vessels and leave your eyes appearing normal. To achieve the best results, using eye drops after smoking or munching edibles is recommended.
3. Consider changing outfits
Regardless of whether you smoke heavy or light, smoke particles are always bound to remain on your clothes. As such, if you want to hide your high, then you should consider changing your clothes after a smoke. While most scents are usually hard to detect, a change of clothes will completely nullify the risk of detection through smell.
Luckily, you will not need to change all clothes to hide the scent. All you have to do is take off your sweater or shirt and you will be good to go. However, in case you still detect the scent of marijuana after changing partially, then you should consider changing your entire outfit just to be on the safe side.
4. Hit the shower but do not overstay
Nothing beats taking a shower when it comes to hiding high. Unfortunately, most first-timers avoid taking showers in fear of reducing the high. Worry not, though, since showering does little to reduce your high. In fact, as you will realize upon leaving the shower, you will be extra fresh while still remaining high. Avoid spending too much time in the shower as that can make your family members or roommates suspicious.
When taking a shower to hide your cannabis scent, it is always advisable to place extra focus on areas such as your fingers, hair, and hands. Also, if you have scented shower gels or soaps, do not hesitate to put them to good use as they will help neutralize the scent of cannabis, and leave you smelling fresh. To give you extra confidence when dressing up, consider applying scented oils and lotions once you leave the shower.
5. Consider brushing your teeth after a session
If you are a regular smoker and want to hide your high, then you need to brush your teeth more times than you already do. The simple rule when it comes to brushing is to focus on the lips and your fingers. To remove the scent from the fingers, apply a little bit of toothpaste to the tip of the fingers you use to hold the joint. Afterwards, rub your fingers and rinse with water as this will help eliminate the scent of marijuana from your fingertips.
When brushing your teeth, place extra focus on your lips and tongue. Failing to brush your teeth can leave you exposed, especially when you interact with people familiar with the scent of marijuana. Therefore, to avoid being detected or suspected, it is vital to take some time and brush your teeth before leaving the house. Brushing will give you extra confidence, especially during one on one or close-up conversations.
6. Avoid unplanned or unnecessary interactions
Once you are stoned, blowing your cover can be easy, especially when interacting with several people. As such, if you truly want to stay under the radar, then you need to reduce your interactions until your high reduces. This means avoiding meeting up with colleagues, going outside for a walk or even basking outside a busy neighborhood.
Although it is normal to want to do abnormal stuff when high, it is vital to keep it simple and isolated. To put it in perspective, you will need to avoid places or areas where you are likely to bump into judgmental friends or nosy family members. Luckily, you won't have to limit your interactions for long as you will be free to leave once the high subsides.
7. Do not shut your eyes at all costs
Any experienced stoner will admit how hard it is to keep the eyes open after a smooth, high quality hit. Well, as mentioned earlier, the expansion of blood vessels usually leaves a stoner`s eyes red if not bloodshot. Once high, your eyes attempt to shut themselves naturally; while this might be completely okay when at home or around fellow stoners, it can leave you exposed in a public or unfamiliar setting.
For you to appear sober, you will need to keep your eyes wide open. Unsurprisingly, most marijuana users tend to fall asleep after their respective sessions. However, you can avoid appearing sleepy or even falling asleep by actively raising your eyebrows, at least until the high subsides. Keeping eyes open when high is not easy; as such, you will need to train severally for you to master the art of maintaining eyes wide open after an intense session.
8. Silence can help maintain your cover
The best way to keep your high on the down low is to avoid engaging in unnecessary conversations. Of course, talking to your stoner buddies is acceptable; however, being vocal around people who know little about your sessions will only serve to blow your cover. Due to this, it is advisable to hold your horses and avoid talking until your high subsides.
It is not unusual for baked people to engage in conversations that don’t make sense to others. To avoid repeating or explaining yourself severally, you should consider keeping quiet before participating in a conversation. Examining your surroundings when high will help you in determining when to talk and when to keep quiet. However, if find yourself high in an unfamiliar location, then the best solution is to avoid engaging in any conversation, at least until you are no longer high.
9. Avoid indulging in deep thoughts when high
When high, it is very easy to switch off from reality and fly off to wonderland. In fact, it is easy to detect a high individual simply by observing behavior. As revealed in a University of Maryland study, marijuana is a depressant, hallucinogen and a stimulant; this implies that marijuana can have different effects on people. However, it is not abnormal for stoned individuals to be caught up in unending thoughts. In case you have been in such a situation before, then you will agree that ‘stoner thoughts’ can last for hours. Thus, to avoid appearing high even when you are clearly high, it is crucial to interrupt your profound thoughts every now and then.
The best way to avoid overthinking is to indulge in other activities. For instance, you can watch the news, engage in small talk, or even pretend to be busy browsing on your phone. Staring at the ceiling for too long can be suspicious, especially if you appear to be engaged in deep thought. The last thing you want is your parent or boss walking up to you to inquire what is wrong while you are clearly too stoned to function.
10. Stop fidgeting or making unnecessary movements
First-timers usually respond differently to marijuana. For some, the experience might be wonderful while for others it can be scary due to anxiety. However, one thing all marijuana users have in common regardless of experience is the need to do something while in the high state. To explain further, some people tend to play with objects while others move their feet or hands severally to fight off the anxiety.
Experienced users usually know how to deal with marijuana-induced anxiety, and can stone for hours without even fidgeting. First-time smokers, on the other hand, need to learn how to contain nerves and appear confident even when high. To appear normal, you will need to avoid moving your fingers, hands, legs, heads, or even playing with objects while in public places.
11. Check on your portions when addressing the munchies
It doesn’t take a smoker to know that munchies actually exist. As such, you should be careful about how you handle your munchies. Overfeeding after a session can leave your parents, guardians, or roommates baffled, especially if you are not much of a feeder. Ensure that you have a plan in mind of how to address the munchies when they arise.
Consider eating outside if you know your portions will be outrageous. While parents or roommates might not realize that you are high the first time you raid the fridge, they are likely to be suspicious when you fail to maintain the portions. To keep a low profile, it is advisable to eat elsewhere, especially if you know your parents or roommates are keen on your feeding habits.
12. Get off the couch to kill the lazy vibes
Powerful indica strains are known to have a massive effect on the human body. When high, the idea of physical activities or even performing basic chores can be daunting. However, to convince people that you are not high, you will need to think outside the box and get active. Idling on a couch for hours can create the impression that you are either high or unwell. Therefore, you will need to keep active to prevent friends or family from inquiring why you have been inactive for hours.
Fortunately, you do not have to head straight to the gym to prove that you are not high; instead, you can get up and take a simple walk around the house. By doing so, you will appear normal as if nothing ever happened. All you have to do is avoid sleeping or slacking around for several hours without any good excuse.
13. Avoid falling prey to short term memory loss
Normally, the use of cannabis usually interferes with the brain's memory retention capabilities. Almost everyone who has used marijuana has suffered from short term memory loss at some point. Therefore, if you want to appear normal despite being several levels high, then you will need to work on your short term memory.
Dealing with forgetfulness can be hard, especially for first timers who can forget an entire conversation. However, by practicing memory retention through playing memory games, you can improve your short term memory and remember things that you would otherwise forget when high. The golden rule of dealing with forgetfulness when high is to avoid asking questions. All you have to do is nod in agreement, at least until you are sober enough to ask questions.
14. Have a sober friend you can trust on standby
Walking or talking to a sober friend who understands your situation can come in handy, especially when having to deal with inquisitive people. Your friend can help answer questions that you would find difficult to address when high. Even better, your friend's confidence and aura will help you to appear sober and unsuspicious.
Although having a friend on standby is not compulsory for you to hide your high, such friends can come in handy when you have overindulged and need to avoid being the center of attention. However, for the strategy to work, you will need to reach out to a friend that is not under the influence of marijuana.
15. Avoid excessive laughs and random giggles
It goes without saying that marijuana use can lead to excessive if not unnecessary laughter. While laughing is totally normal and understandable, exaggerating laughter is not, and can make you appear weird, high or insane. To avoid giving off high vibes, you will need to be extra cautious of your reception of jokes and how you handle conversations.
Random giggles or unrealistic laughs will only serve to increase the levels of suspicion. As such, you must be careful to laugh only when necessary. You don’t have to laugh to be an active part of a conversation; a simple nod is enough to convince others that you are listening. Therefore, not unless you are hanging out with your stoner friends, you should avoid excessive laughter as it might make you appear even higher than you might actually be.
16. A little splash of your Cologne or perfume can come in handy
Finding time to shower after hitting a blunt can be a hard task, especially if you have to leave the house in a hurry. Moreover, it is unrealistic to shower after every session; as such, it is crucial to have a cologne or perfume on standby after taking a hit. The fresh fragrance will help mask the scent of marijuana and leave you feeling confident throughout the day.
When using fragrance during the day, it is advisable to use it sparingly as you wouldn’t want to appear as though you want to mask something. Mild fragrances are usually preferred as they easily overpower the smell of marijuana without causing too much attention.
17. Ease your nerves and calm down
The importance of calming down after using edibles or smoking weed cannot be overstated. Put simply, the best way to hide your high is to calm down and stop with the endless worries. Since anxiety is a well-known effect of weed, most users tend to be overwhelmed by their high, consequently drowning deep into a pool of thoughts, tension, and anxiousness.
Therefore, if you want to truly hide your high and appear normal, then you will need to calm down and avoid thinking about your current situation. Consider counting to ten or reassuring yourself that everything will be okay. Once you calm down, you will realize how easy it is to act normal despite being high. Calming down will also allow you to enjoy your high as you will overcome the anxiety and tension associated with marijuana.
18. Keep the evidence out of sight and out of reach
The above point is self-explanatory since, to hide your high, you will need to literally hide everything that can sell you out. Ensure that everything from bongs to roaches are well out of sight. Hiding your high cannot be successful if you leave evidence lying all around the house. Unfortunately, most people forget to clean up after a session which, on most occasions, ends up leaving little to the imagination.
To successfully hide your weed related evidence, it is advisable to plan well in advance. That is, you should consider making a list of some of the items that you must dispose or hide after smoking. The best way to do this is to note every single item you plan on using during your session and tick it off the list once you store or remove it after smoking.
19. Open the windows to aerate the room
It goes without saying that, to remove smoke and weed related odor, you will need to open up windows and doors. Changing clothes and taking a quick shower can have little effect if you fail to aerate your room. The smell of weed is easily detectable which implies that you must take extra measures to leave the house smelling fresher than before.
The best way to approach the situation is by opening all the windows to allow for the circulation of fresh air. However, to achieve the desired results, you should allow enough time for the air to circulate to all corners. If you live in a safe neighborhood, you can leave the window open for several hours as this will ensure that your house smells fresh and clean by the time you get back. Avoid smoking in areas with little aeration as such areas are usually difficult to clean up after sessions.
20. Convince your mind to rise to the occasion
No matter how good or experienced you might be in covering your tracks, you have to be prepared enough to improvise when unexpected situations occur. For instance, if an emergency arises immediately you are done getting high, you will need to step up and deal with the situation. You have to convince your mind that it can manage the high, and believe that you can actually get through the tricky phase without being discovered.
You will be shocked at how good your mind is at improvising provided you believe you can actually do it. When unexpected situations arise, it is important to have several excuses on standby to explain your sluggishness, bloodshot eyes, or impaired short term memory. All in all, you should be well prepared to snap out of your high, at least temporarily when unexpected yet important issues arise.
21. Act confident even when your not
If you have ever been in a situation where you want to hide your high, then you will agree that a little bit of confidence can go a long way in making you appear normal. Using eye drops, taking a shower and even changing clothes can do little to hide your high if you are not confident enough in your ability to behave normally.
Building confidence is not automatic, and as you will soon come to realize, it takes a bit of time to master the art of acting normal despite being high. However, with a bit of practice in front of your stoner buddies, you will be well placed to improve your overall confidence, especially when it comes to post-joint interactions.
Although hiding high is not as easy as most people perceive, observing the above tips will surely improve your chances of appearing normal after a hit. Taking a shower, brushing your teeth and changing into fresh, well-perfumed clothes can go a long way in hiding your high. However, in case you lack the time to take a quick shower or even change outfits, you can use several other techniques to act normal when super high.
No matter how high you might be, never forget to clean up and hide your stash after use. It is advisable to have a private place to store your bong, pipes or joints as it will eliminate the chances of someone ‘accidentally’ stumbling over your stuff. Remember, unless you act high or admit to being high, no one can truly assert that you are stoned; this implies that by following the right strategies, you can successfully manage to conceal your high and act completely normal.
Now that you are aware of the 21 tips to act normal when high, you should no longer worry about being discovered. All you have to do is practice caution by hiding your stuff, clean up well and ensure that you observe all the tips discussed above.