There’s a cannabis cultivar or product out there for any experience, whether to relax, focus, or simply feel great. How you feel after consuming cannabis is determined by so many factors, chief among them being how the phytocannabinoids and terpenes in cannabis interact with your body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). And that experience is shaped by what you’re consuming.

If you’re looking for an overall good time and general feeling of well-being, then you’re going to want to find a cannabis product powered by Cryo Cure known for delivering a euphoric high. Here, we’ll break down how a euphoric high feels and what products are best for this kind of experience.

What is a euphoric high?

Experiencing a euphoric high means feeling a great sense of elation, where bouts of laughter and a heightened appreciation for things like music and food are commonplace. A euphoric high may make you feel more creative, or you may feel like your pain and worries have been lifted from your shoulders. A euphoric high can set you up for a great day or night.

While the end goal may be to experience a euphoric high, it should be noted that your experience with cannabis is extremely variable. Your body composition, your mental state, the receptors in your brain that interact with THC, and so many other factors affect how you react to cannabis. And that’s all without going into the specifics of each cultivar out there, each with their own unique compositions that change how they interact with your body. So it’s best to go slow and keep a close watch on how you’re feeling as you go for that euphoric high.

How can your high be euphoric?

While a euphoric high is simply a feeling you get after consuming certain cannabis cultivars and products, it’s more than a basic change in your mood. To get to that point, multiple things needed to take place to get your mind and body in that state, thanks in large part to the chemical composition of the cultivar you enjoyed. To help better understand what impacts your high, and how that high may be a euphoric one, we’ve broken it down below.

THC and the “bliss molecule”

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are the two most studied phytocannabinoids in cannabis. They influence your body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), which plays a role in regulating multiple systems and organs. They do so by fitting into (in THC’s case) or affecting the shape of (in CBD’s case) receptors in this system. With more than 100 phytocannabinoids known so far in cannabis, this is a bit of a simplified explanation, but it’s enough to help you visualize what’s happening when cannabis enters your system.

Dr. Raphael Mechoulam discovered in the early 1990s that THC mirrors an endocannabinoid produced by the body called anandamide. This molecule is produced by your body, interacts with your ECS when needed, and are recycled and called into action once again when needed. Dubbed the “bliss molecule” at discovery, anandamide is associated with a heightened sense of happiness and with other feelings like dulling pain. Thus, it makes sense to closely link THC to the effects the “bliss molecule” has on your brain and body.

The right ratio of THC and CBD

THC and CBD complement one another. Consume too much THC, and you may feel too high. Consume high CBD, and you may not feel high at all. That’s because CBD balances out the effects of THC. Finding the right balance for you, based on your experience with cannabis and your own body composition, can support a euphoric high.

Terpenes add to your “entourage”

Along with the plant’s phytocannabinoids, the flower’s terpene content plays a significant role in shaping your session. Terpenes affect the flower’s taste and smell profiles. Around 200 terpenes have been found in cannabis plants, many of which evaporate and disappear before the flower makes it home with you. Terpenes like myrcene, pinene, and beta-carophyllene are among the most prevalent, each of which has its own purported benefits and effects when consumed. And while that’s all well and good, scientists also theorize that terpenes can work in tandem with phytocannabinoids like THC to create what’s called the “entourage effect.”

The absence of CBN

Cannabinol (CBN) is a minor phytocannabinoid that comes from the degradation of THC. As cannabis flower ages or otherwise destabilizes, its fragile THC content turns into CBN. This change can be observed visually: the milky-white trichomes that coat the outside of the flower turn into an amber brown once THC begins to degrade.

CBN is most associated with relaxation and sleep, so much so that CBN is often cited as a go-to phytocannabinoid for helping you fall asleep and stay asleep. A cultivar high in CBN or older flower that’s had time to degrade won’t support a euphoric experience. In fact, it may cause quite the opposite.

Euphoric high vs. couch lock: What’s the difference?

“Couch lock” is the term used to describe a heavy body high that keeps you planted in your seat. If you’re experiencing couch lock, you may find it difficult to be active, preferring to relax at home over going out. That’s the precise opposite effect of a euphoric high, and one that’s a likely result of THC’s degradation into CBN.

Cryo Cure supports a euphoric high

If a euphoric high is something you want to experience, or something your customers are interested in trying, you need to start with flower with low to no CBN content. That’s where Cryo Cure comes into play.

Our patent-pending process stabilizes THCA content, using the right combination of time, temperature, and pressure to maximize the preservation of all the compounds found in cannabis. The plant’s fragile trichomes, where most phytocannabinoid and terpene content can be found, aren’t lost during the Cryo Cure process. Unlike other freeze-dried flower that brings moisture content too low and makes for fragile trichomes, our flower is perfectly preserved for a flavorful, rich, and yes – euphoric – experience.