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Here’s the Truth About Getting Tattooed While You’re High

Circa Suicide shares her experience inking under the influence of cannabis

While getting tattooed under the influence of alcohol is a huge no-no, many tattoo collectors enjoy getting high before and during their appointments. One of those people is Circa Suicide, an established tattoo model, ink collector of 10+ years, and cannabis influencer who grows her own plants in Oregon. Circa knows the cannabis plant from seed to flower, and has personally used its medicinal properties to aid in relieving pain across the board. Beginning her official journey with cannabis as a way to relieve menstrual cramps, Circa now uses weed to aid in the tattoo process. Find out what it’s really like getting tattooed high from one of our favorite stoners around, then let us know your experience inking under the influence of THC in the comment section.

Learn the Facts From the Professional

“Man oh man, I started getting tattooed when I was 14 years old and I definitely didn’t smoke weed at the time. Back story of that night if you’re interested—My first 3 tattoos all happened in one night, in my friends kitchen of course. The guy who did it used to work at a tattoo shop but was now like 7, “retired” and missing two fingers. I should have stopped there but I didn’t. This wasn’t a first for my friends, they’ve had people come over to tattoo all the time. It didn’t help that I wanted to get tattooed so badly for what felt like my whole life, so I was way to Gung ho about it. I got an awful New Jersey outline tattooed on my ribs. that came out looking like King Tut when it was done. Oh, it was so bad, but in the same night I still got my foot tattooed and a tramp stamp, of course. Why make one expensive, bad, ugly decision in a night when I can make three? My foot tattoo was pretty cool, just simple vines and flowers, but it really bled out and the colors were weird. It looked like a child drew it on and SURPRISE it said “believe” in the vines, and you guessed it, it was spelled wrong. “Beleive” is what it read. You can go right ahead and add that to the list of tattoo coverups too.
I’ve since had two of them covered, but the tramp stamp is still there.”

“I’ve been smoking weed since I was about 16, but didn’t smoke much at all in high school. I really didn’t like it or how it made me feel. When I was 18 or 19, I started dating a girl who would smoke to help ease her awful period pains and sickness— she really turned me on to it. I suffer from bad periods too and I was looking for any relief possible. It was the only thing that helped ease my terrible cramps and take away my nausea, whereas most pain killers make me feel more sick.
After that I become obsessed. I felt like I had found the cure to everything after suffering for so long (the docs always had me on and off a ton of meds to help with my gastric and feminine issues, but I never liked any of them much or found much help).
Now I strictly medicate with cannabis and other herbs. “

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“Absolutely! I get tattooed high about 80% of the time. I usually always medicate with an edible before hand, a bowl pack, and I’ll smoke a joint or blunt halfway through. One session we kept stopping to take dabs and I was falling asleep by the end of the tattoo.”

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“Its really nice and relaxing to get tattooed high. I find that I’m more calm and relaxed instead of all tense and excited. It helps me control my muscle functions more and helps me stay more still. I can tell when its wearing off because I start getting more antsy. So without kush its really difficult for me to sit during long pieces.”

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“Being high usually makes it less painful for me and really helps get me to sit still and relax. I get excited and tense up a lot when I am getting tattooed, so without being able to smoke I feel like it would hurt waaaay more.”

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“If I were to just smoke, definitely not long enough. That’s where the small edible really comes in handy. It depends on what I’m getting at the time and how big it is, but I really like to split up the sitting with a smoke break, so it ends up being perfect. I don’t like being stupid high through the tattoo though, just enough to relax and ease up. I really enjoy the tattoo experience as a whole and don’t like getting so high that I can’t fully enjoy that.”

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“I haven’t had any weird experiences getting tattooed high that i can really remember.
One time I was too high to get tattooed, in my opinion.

We had already started the tattoo and took a break to smoke and when we came back I was just out of this world stoned. Which I usually wouldn’t mind, but I felt like it made me hyper focus on the needles stabbing me. Like I said, I love the feeling of getting tattooed and I don’t like inanely hindering that or doing something that makes it more intense either. So that sucked. I just breathed through it and closed my eyes till it was over.”

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“I recommend Indica for sure! I think the heavier body effects/high is way better than the more sativa head high. If I were to smoke a sativa before I went to get tattooed, I’d probably shake out of my seat. Sativas are way more of a head high, get you thinking more, and doesn’t help relax my body as well as a nice indica. It can actually make me more anxious sometimes, so I definitely prefer an indica leaning hybrid or just indica when getting tattooed.”

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“It is the healing process. There is so many beneficial components in a cannabis plant, including anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, and its stocked with healing antioxidants. Smoking it isn’t the best way to get the most of those benefits, but of course, it goes amazing hand-in-hand with a medicated cookie. When you cook with cannabis it really helps you get the most out of your plant, and that goes the same for eating it. I feel like continually medicating through the healing process helps me greatly. I also use medicated salves during healing to speed up the process and help with the annoying healing pains. “

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“Hahaha, make sure that’s what you want. I think everyone who enjoys the effects of cannabis would enjoy getting tattooed high. Make sure you’re comfortable and confident with the person who’s tattooing you and don’t get so high that you’re not aware of your surroundings. Be smart, but also enjoy and relax yourself! Getting tattooed is a beautiful, special, meditative experience and to enhance that with cannabis is just fucking awesome.”

Circa Suicide shares her experience inking under the influence of cannabis

Can You Give Blood If You Smoke?

According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), nearly 5 million Americans receive blood transfusions each year.

There are many reasons why someone could need a blood transfusion, such as:

  • a severe accident or injury
  • surgery
  • diseases or conditions such as anemia and hemophilia

The blood that’s used for this important procedure is collected through the process of blood donation. Donating blood is a great way to help someone who’s in need of a blood transfusion.

When you donate blood, you’ll need to answer some questions about your health, lifestyle, and travel history to determine your eligibility.

Does smoking disqualify you from donating blood? Read on to learn more.

Smoking cannabis doesn’t disqualify you from giving blood. However, the clinic is likely to turn you away if you show up to your appointment visibly high.

In a statement to Healthline, the American Red Cross said: “While the Red Cross does not encourage the use of controlled substances, marijuana, cigarettes or alcohol use does not necessarily disqualify a person from giving blood. Potential donors cannot give while under the influence of licit or illicit drugs or alcohol. Legal or illegal use of marijuana is not otherwise a cause of deferral.”

Smoking cigarettes in and of itself doesn’t disqualify you from donating blood.

If you smoke and you want to donate blood, plan to refrain from smoking on the day of your appointment — both before your appointment and for three hours afterward.

Smoking before your appointment can lead to an increase in blood pressure. This may disqualify you from donating. Smoking afterward may lead to dizziness.

In the United States, possible disqualifiers can include, but aren’t limited to:

  • using illicit injection drugs
  • using injection drugs not prescribed by your doctor, such as steroids
  • feeling sick or having an acute infection on or before the day of your appointment
  • being pregnant or having given birth within the past six weeks
  • receiving a tattoo or piercing within the past year
  • getting a blood transfusion or an organ transplant in the past year
  • having HIV or testing positive for hepatitis B or C
  • having had leukemia, lymphoma, or other cancers of the blood
  • having had the Ebola virus
  • having an inherited blood clotting disorder
  • being a man who’s had sexual contact with other men within the past year

It’s important to discuss these things when you arrive at the clinic to determine if any of them apply to you.

Medications

Using certain medications may temporarily disqualify you from donating blood. They include:

  • acitretin, a drug used for severe psoriasis
  • blood thinners, such as warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven) and heparin
  • dutasteride (Avodart, Jalyn), which is used for enlarged prostate
  • isotretinoin (Amnesteem, Claravis), an acne drug
  • teriflunomide (Aubagio), which is used to treat multiple sclerosis (MS)

Depending on the medication, you may have to wait anywhere from two days to three years after your last dose until you’re eligible to donate blood again.

In rare cases, having used certain medications will permanently disqualify you from donating blood. This includes human pituitary-derived growth hormone and the psoriasis drug etretinate (Tegison), both of which are now banned in the United States.

Travel history

Your travel history can also determine whether you’re eligible to donate blood. You may be subject to a waiting period if you’ve recently traveled to a country with a high risk of malaria, such as Brazil, India, or parts of sub-Saharan Africa.

You may not be eligible to donate if you’ve spent an extended amount of time in places where variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) is found, such as many countries in Europe. vCJD is a rare condition more commonly known as “mad cow disease.”

Having previously received a blood transfusion in France or the United Kingdom, both areas where vCJD is found, would also make you ineligible to donate.

Even though smoking doesn’t disqualify you from donating blood, it can eventually lead to conditions that can be disqualifiers for blood donation. These can include:

  • Cancers. You can’t donate if you’re currently being treated for cancer or if you’ve had leukemia or lymphoma. People who’ve had other types of cancer may need to wait one year after successful treatment.
  • High blood pressure. If your blood pressure is too high at the time of donation, you may not be able to donate.
  • Heart and lung disease. If you’re actively having symptoms of a heart or lung condition, you’re not eligible for donation. Additionally, if you’ve had a heart attack or stroke, you may need to wait up to six months before donating.

There are certain stimulants and drugs that can disqualify you from giving blood, but can you donate blood if you smoke? In many cases, the answer is yes. Learn more about the factors that determine whether you’re eligible to give blood. We'll tell you what you can do and how you can be a donor, even if you do smoke.