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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.

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“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

Does CBD Make Tattooing Less Painful?

For many, tattoos can be a painful experience. And what’s more, they involve a lengthy healing process. If you’re looking for a speedy recovery, CBD is a natural and legal alternative you just might want in your corner to ease the pain and keep your new ink looking and feeling good as new.

People choose to express themselves in many different ways, and tattoos are one of them. Although painful, some enjoy the adrenaline rush of getting tattooed and showing of their new ink. However, for others, getting a tattoo can make one extremely anxious or fearful. With CBD on the rise, a growing number of hemp companies have been launching products aimed at the tattoo industry, from CBD patches marketed for pain relief to balms and creams—and for good reason too. When it comes to the healing process and overall tattooing experience, if you’re looking to heal your ink quicker and with less pain naturally, let us jump right in and tell you why CBD may be something to consider.


In a nutshell, a tattoo is a permanent marking placed in the skin with pigments by inserting the prick of a needle into the top layers of the skin. Typically, a tattoo artist uses a handheld device called a tattoo gun that acts almost like a body sewing machine. The tattoo artist stitches tiny ink droplets that mark the skin each time he or she punctures the skin, which can cause bleeding and slight to significant pain.


This all really depends on your own personal threshold for pain and also sometimes how prepared you are before your tattoo session. For example, sleep, diet, and water intake are just a few things to consider. Also, another significant factor are the tattoo artists themselves. There are some who apply their ink with careful finesse, while others hammer down into your skin like they’re searching for something inside. No matter what, when it’s all said and done, tattoos are going to hurt, so you must prepare yourself for some pain, period. For longer tattoo sessions, one may experience a case of the shakes, which is your body’s natural response of experiencing mild shock. Almost like a trauma victim, your body tries to deal with adrenaline, fatigue, and overworked pain sensors after multiple-hour tattoo sessions. Now that we have the hard truth out of the way, we are happy to tell you that there are a multitude of products on the CBD market that can potentially help with tattoo-related pain.

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Cannabis and tattoos are topics that seem to go hand-in-hand. However, we are discussing CBD, so if you don’t know what it is, we would like to give you a quick rundown before we head any further into this topic. Often times, the terms marijuana, CBD, and cannabis are used interchangeably, but to explain in simpler terms, CBD is the abbreviation for cannabidiol, the second most abundant cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant behind THC. The fundamental difference is, CBD is non-psychoactive, therefore it’s non-intoxicating and not considered to be addictive. CBD can be extracted using CO₂, ethanol, and other methods. These processes cause CBD to become an isolated compound that doesn’t contain psychoactive elements (such as THC) or produce psychotropic effects commonly associated with the plant. What’s left is a product claiming to boast many healing properties. Believed to have great medicinal value, CBD has and still continues to revolutionise the medical sector, gaining the attention of many researchers to scientifically investigate its potential.

There’s no doubt that CBD is an extremely large part of the legal cannabis industry, and over the years, it has been on the rise. Arguably, CBD is one of the most exciting markets in the world at present, so to say that its growth is “promising” would be a gross understatement. The truth is, its potential for growth is quite enormous. If we’re talking numbers, CBD is a 1.6 billion dollar industry and projected to grow to a whopping 2.1 billion in the years to come, according to a report by Forbes. So yeah, it’s a pretty big deal. As cannabis research continues, it’s quite possible even more uses for CBD will become apparent.


Regarding the tattoo industry, CBD has become quite useful in many ways. Stress management during a person’s tattooing experience is one. Instead of throwing back a ton of alcohol to calm one’s nerves before a session, taking a CBD-infused product just before your tattoo begins just might do the trick. This could be in the form of a sublingual application of CBD or a handful of edibles containing CBD, which can help ease the tattooing process without any intoxicating side effects—so no, you won’t get high while getting inked up. There are some tattoo shops that order people to sign documents that state you’re not under the influence of any substances before you get inked up, and for good reason. Being under the influence can make some people jittery or bouncy, which of course is never a good thing when somebody is trying to decorate your skin with ink using sharp needles. You don’t want to make it harder on your artist to get the straight lines you’re hoping for.

When it comes to tissue injury, because CBD is an anti-inflammatory, it can help tone down any inflammation during the tattooing process and also allows your body to adapt to the feeling of the tattoo. The reason being that CBD interacts with pain receptors in the brain, which can create a pleasant pain-relieving experience for those who use it. With anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, in addition to stress relief and calming effects, CBD is an all-natural, safe, and legal route to getting ready for your next tattoo appointment. Depending on the strength of the product and method of consumption, the activation time for CBD typically ranges from 20 minutes to an hour, so make sure to plan ahead of time.


Getting a tattoo can be a real journey, but with CBD’s medical benefits becoming better known, there is little doubt that the sky’s the limit. It’s good to try any new product beforehand, so test out your CBD at home, prior to your tattoo appointment. This will help you gauge its effects and ensure that you don’t have any adverse reactions during the session.

When it comes to the healing process, aftercare is of the utmost importance for new ink. CBD is the latest craze to hit the tattoo industry.