Contact High: What It is and Why It is Real

If you’re regularly around people that smoke marijuana or you smoke marijuana long enough it’s likely that you’re going to experience the chance of a contact high. When there’s smoke in the air, there’s a chance that you could experience the same psychoactive effects that people around you directly smoking marijuana are experiencing.

A contact high works just like secondhand smoke. Just as you would receive a puff of smoke off of the cigarette when somebody who smokes sits next to you, you can also ingest some of the secondhand smoke that comes from a water pipe or off of a joint.

Achieving a secondhand high is definitely something that can happen but it often needs to occur in specific situations. Most of the time when you are experiencing a contact high it comes down to a placebo effect especially if you’re in a well-ventilated room.

If you’re in a smaller room and people around you are regularly smoking and exhaling the smoke, it’s possible that a portion of the smoke will dock with the CB one and Cb two receptors in your brain after it enters through your bloodstream. In studies that involve non-smokers and smokers going into a non-ventilated room for an hour, non-smokers did report that they were physiologically high and THC was detected in their system from the secondhand smoke in the air

When ventilation was added to the room, no detectable levels of THC were found in the urine or blood tests of the nonsmokers in the room.

A contact high can certainly occur more often needs to be done in said conditions were somebody is exposing you to exhaled smoke directly or when you are in a room that is not ventilated whatsoever. Reducing your risk for a contact high if you do not want to experience the psychoactive effects of cannabis just means being with people who are smoking in a well-ventilated space.

This post was written by Flo Sugyatno, operations manager of LOCAL’d and cannabis expert. LOCAL’d is a helping hand to the companies that strengthen your community in the Washington, DC area. Helping them to grow through financial and promotional support, LOCAL’d is one of the best services for weed delivery in DC!