Smoking weed at sea level is a lot different than doing it at 5,000 or even 10,000 feet.
I grew up in the south near the ocean, so for much of our life I was never above 100 feet over sea level outside of the few times we traveled to a nearby state to visit family.
When I took a trip through the Smoky Mountains one year, I instantly realized that it was harder for me to breathe than normal. My ears were hurting because they kept popping the higher we got into the foothills of the Appalachians. I didn’t get to see mountains again until I moved to Albuquerque after graduating from college as well as finding a job in Nob Hill. I appreciate that the window in our bedroom looks out in the direction of the Sandia Mountains. Taking the Sandia Peak Tramway is an amazing experience that you need to do at least once in your life, especially if you’re a resident of the area. However, the first time I smoked weed in the village it was different than being lower in elevation. The feeling of vertigo as well as lightheadedness got even worse when I smoked a joint at South Sandia Peak one afternoon. I had to rest for an hour before trying to descend the mountain on foot. I kept worrying that the vertigo would cause me to slip as well as fall, getting swallowed by hard rocks as well as sharp trees in the process. At least I’m used to the elevation difference nowadays when I’m smoking marijuana. I don’t run into nearly as multiple concerns as before, which is a total godsend in our mind.