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A lot of people turn to weed in moments of high stress, using it to cope with social anxiety or to relax before a stressful situation.
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Marijuana is a natural anxiolytic, which means it causes anxiety. A lot of people turn to it in moments of high stress, using it to cope with social anxiety or to relax before a stressful situation. Should a person turn to it when getting a tattoo?
According to International Highlife, smoking before getting a tattoo can get a little complicated. While marijuana may relax a user for a semi-unpleasant experience, it might also make that person more anxious and sensitive to pain. Having anxiety while someone’s jabbing a needle through the skin doesn’t sound like the wisest decision.
Levi Moodie, owner and artist with The Drifter’s Ink, says he believes clients should be careful when it comes to cannabis and tattoos. Moodie prefers to tattoo people who are sober, who are clear on their idea of the tattoo and who really want it and won’t change their minds mid-session.
“Oftentimes, people who smoke marijuana go from being cautious, as they should be, to over-thinking their tattoos, flip-flopping on ideas, or their tattoo placement, and then when the needle hits the skin, they can potentially overthink the experience and get freaked out. I’ve seen it happen a few times,” he said in an interview.
Being high can make people react in different ways, which means in a worst-case scenario, someone could have a bad experience, and also end up with an ugly tattoo.
While smoking prior to a tattoo is up to the individual, staying sober might be the best course of action. Consider getting high afterwards, using weed to treat the pain and inflammation, while helping to relax and find new awesome things to love about that new ink.
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