We have all heard it before: Someone refers to Indica as "In-da-couch". What does it mean? It is referring to couchlock. But what is couchlock? What causes it? How do you fight against it? Do you want to fight against it? For the answers to these questions and a definition of them, read on:
What is couch-lock?
Couch-lock is a term used by stoners to describe a strong feeling of physical sedation brought on by smoking cannabis. It used to be thought that the Indica strain of weed was the culprit. It is believed that terpenes cause the sedative effects of certain weed strains. Some strains of Sativa have been reported as causing Couch-lock also. Having ingested a higher quantity of terpenes causes the user to feel like their bodies have turned into a lump of heavy clay. The thought of moving at all is beyond comprehension. You feel as though you are locked to whatever surface you happen to find yourself on – hence couchlock.
3 Strains that will give you couch-lock
Some people do not like the feeling of Couch-lock. It can be disorientating. Other people may be looking for the feeling, as it is a full-body relaxation. If you are looking for it, certain strains will give it to you. The following three strains will induce couchlock if you use enough.
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If you have even dabbled in the use of marijuana, then you have most likely heard of the Northern Lights. If you like to indulge, then Northern Lights will get you into Couch-lock. Northern Light is a hybrid of two Indicas – Thai and Afghani. It can get you very high at 21% THC levels and relatively high terpenes.
Sometimes called the tranquilizer, Night Nurse has THC levels that can knock you out. It is also high in terpenes. Night Nurse will most likely give you a Couch-lock. It is well known to have a sedative effect. Having a stressful day? Light up, chill out, and melt into that couch.
Master Kish is another Indica marijuana strain. Master Kush has won Cannabis Cup Awards (2005 and 2006). It has high terpene levels and THC, coming in at an average of 16% and reaching 20%. Master Kush will lock you to the couch. Just ask Snoop Dogg, a purported supporter of the strain. This strain is not for the beginner smoker.
The 7 ways to prevent couch-lock
O.K., so maybe you aren't looking to become a blob stuck onto your couch. Maybe you need to make dinner. Maybe you need to walk around a bit and cannot be immobilized for a long period. Follow these seven steps to help you prevent Couch-lock.
1. Know your limits
If you are new to the world of cannabis, keep your doses low until you get used to the effects of cannabis. Couch-lock can be prevented if you maintain your limits. Like anything else, too much of a good thing can be bad. So start slow and work your way up to where you are comfortable. If you are a veteran and are feeling the effects of too much marijuana, try scaling it back a bit.
2. Use an appropriate delivery method
Smoking and vaping deliver THC quickly to the blood vessels under your tongue and your lungs. This gets it into your system quickly. Edibles or oils can release the compounds in marijuana more slowly. If you combine a slow-release method with the appropriate dosage, then you should be able to avoid couchlock altogether. I know no one wants to hear it, but moderation and balance are two keys to having a good experience.
3. Avoid strains that are known to cause couch-lock
If you are trying to avoid Couch-lock, avoid the strains that cause Couch-lock in the first place. I have listed three examples above, but many strains can cause Couch-lock. Your search engine is your friend here. Type in "What strains of weed will produce Couch-lock". I just typed it into a famous six-letter search engine and got back About 7,280,000 results. The information is out there. Just look for strains with high THC, CBD, and terpenes.
4. Take a moderate dose
This ties in with knowing your limits but taking a moderate dose. If you want to run a marathon, you don't just wake up one day and run it (not if you want to finish and remain healthy). You take it slow. You practice. You build up to it. The same is true with marijuana. If you want to avoid couchlock, start with a lower dosage. As time goes on and your tolerance builds, you can take up your dose.
5. Take your marijuana in a comfortable environment with people you know around
One of the better ways to avoid couchlock is to take marijuana in a place where you are engaging with people. If you are surrounded by people you know and are talking to, it is harder to fall into the sedative stupor that leads to Couch-lock. Also, if you are engaged with other people and are involved in an activity, then you may not smoke as much either – which will control your dosage for you.
6. Have someone there to look after you
If you love trying new types of weed, never smoke alone. If you are at a party or attending an event, be with someone who can care for you. If you want to avoid couchlock, have someone there to watch you. This goes along with the previous entry, but it is more personalized. This person is more like your smoking buddy than a group of people you are comfortable with. This person will be on the lookout for you, as you should be for them. Together you can monitor each other and prevent one another from taking too much and getting too high.
7. Eat food before you get high
It's the same as smoking, edibles, or drinking alcohol. Drinking on an empty stomach will get you higher/drunker than if you eat beforehand. Eat some food before you get high to help stave off the effects of Couch-lock. Eating before you consume an intoxicant helps the body process it and absorb some of its chemicals. It's the same reason behind edibles in general. The THC, CBD, and terpenes are mixed in with the food and are released into your bloodstream at a slower, more spread-out rate. This can help to stave off the sedative qualities of cannabis.
Frequently asked questions
- Smoke a high THC strain
- Eat mangoes before you smoke your weed
- Opt for smoking or vaping cannabis. Fast diffusion can get you easier in a couchlock
- Drink a sugary soft drink such as coke, but ensure that it has glucose in it
- Consume a CBD-rich product such as CBD gummies. CBD helps to subdue a psychotropic high
- Drink an energy drink that is rich in caffeine. It will boost your energy and make you more productive