How to Not Look High: 11 Discreet and Practical Tips

by Kat Austin January 15, 2024 5 min read

How to Not Look High: 11 Discreet and Practical Tips - Vida Optima™

Whether for personal reasons or professional obligations, there are times when appearing sober and composed is essential, even if you've indulged in a little recreational activity. While feeling relaxed is fantastic, it's equally important to know how to maintain a composed demeanor when needed. 

Here, we’ll cover 11 discreet and practical tips to help you not look high in various situations. Let’s go:

Key Takeaways

  • Staying hydrated, exercising, or taking a shower are some ways that you can sober up. 
  • Breath mints and eye drops do a lot for disguising your high. 
  • Knowing your limits helps you get that THC buzz without getting too-high-to-function. 

What does “high” look like?

THC interacts with CB1 receptors beyond the blood-brain barrier and bam–the high sets in! Its onset varies by consumption method: rapid with concentrates, minutes with smoke, or even hours with edibles. Either way, you’ll soon notice the tell-tale sign of feeling (and looking) high.

Physical signs like red eyes and dry mouth often accompany the high. Bloodshot eyes and dry lips indicate recent cannabis use, possibly leading to oral dryness as per the American Dental Association.

Aside from physical cues, behaviors like increased appetite, laughter, or forgetfulness can hint at someone being high. THC may also trigger anxiety or tension in some individuals. 

In other words, it’s not hard to spot when someone’s a little recreationally lifted–especially if they exhibit all of the signs above. So, what can you do? How do you appear less high? Here you go:

11 Ways to Look Less High

A woman sitting cross legged with a glass of water in her hands

1. Hydration Is Key

Consuming plenty of water can help mitigate the physical effects of being high. It helps in keeping your eyes clear and can aid in restoring some clarity to your overall appearance.

2. Eye Drops

Red or bloodshot eyes are often a giveaway. Use over-the-counter eye drops to alleviate any redness and to keep your eyes looking clear and bright. Look specifically for eye drops used to treat redness–not all eye drops will work the same. 

If you can and the setting is appropriate, wear sunglasses! 

3. Stay Present and Aware of Your Surroundings

Be mindful of your surroundings. If you're in a professional or formal setting, try to maintain your composure by staying relaxed but alert. 

Keeping a slight, relaxed smile is a great way to ensure that you aren't coming off as dissociative or paranoid.

4. Engage...or Don't! Just Be You. 

You'll have to take a look at yourself for this one. Think about how you normally act in situations–are you outgoing and talkative or reserved and quiet? 

Often, the best idea is to remain in the background and avoid drawing attention to yourself while high. Of course, if you're the type of person who thrives in social settings, people who know you may be put off by your sudden silence. 

If that's the case, engage in conversations and maintain eye contact to divert attention from any potential giveaways. 

5. Practice Self-Control

It's natural for some people to exhibit certain behaviors when they're high. Focus on controlling any nervous twitches or movements that could draw attention to your state of mind.

6. Dress Appropriately

Well-groomed and smart attire can distract from any subtle signs that might give away your altered state. Dressing sharp can redirect attention from other aspects.

7. Carry Breath Mints/Gum and Fragrance

Often, the scent can be a dead giveaway. Keep breath mints or gum handy to maintain fresh breath and mask any lingering smells. Perfume or cologne can be used to mask any lingering smells in your hair or on your clothes–but don't over do it! 

An even better idea (if possible) is to change your clothes and brush your teeth!

8. Eat Sensibly

Munchies are a common side effect of being high. Avoid eating too much or too conspicuously, as it might attract attention.

9. Plan Your Exit Strategy

If you feel like you're losing control of your appearance or behavior, it might be wise to excuse yourself gracefully from the situation until you feel more composed.

10. Time Your High

Understand the duration and intensity of the substance you've consumed. If possible, plan your activities or commitments around the peak effects to ensure you're better equipped to manage your appearance.

11. Know Your Limits

Moderation is key. Understand your tolerance level and the effects substances have on your body. Overindulging can make it challenging to maintain a composed demeanor.

Remember, the best way to not look high is to prioritize your responsibilities and commitments over recreational indulgence. However, if you find yourself in a situation where you need to appear sober, these tips can assist in managing your appearance and behavior discreetly. Always prioritize your safety and well-being above all else.

How to Actually BE Less High

If you’re enjoying your high and just want to be discreet, by all means, take it away! The tips above are everything you need to discreetly enjoy your THC wave in any situation. 

But, there may be rare cases where you’ve over-indulged or found yourself in a situation where the cannabis high is less than comfortable. In that case, you may actually want to take some steps to help you sober up and become less high.  

Some ways to do that include:

  • Hydrate: Drink plenty of water to help flush out THC from your system.
  • Take a cold shower:Cold water can help you feel more alert and reduce the intensity of the high.
  • Exercise: Engage in physical activity to help burn off excess energy and clear your mind.
  • Eat black pepper: Some believe that chewing on black peppercorns can help alleviate anxiety and reduce the effects of being high.
  • Take CBD: Cannabidiol (CBD) may counteract the effects of THC and help you feel more balanced.
  • Practice deep breathing exercises:Controlled breathing techniques can help reduce anxiety and promote relaxation, potentially easing the intensity of the high.
  • Get some rest:Sometimes the best way to sober up is to simply rest and allow your body time to naturally metabolize the THC. A nap or a good night's sleep can often help in feeling less high.

Remember, these methods may help mitigate the effects, but time is the ultimate factor in sobering up from weed.

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Delta-8 consumers often report feeling clear-headed and less overwhelmed compared to Delta-9 THC, making it a popular choice for those seeking a more balanced and moderate cannabis experience.

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