Why Do Humans Like to Get High?

  • Published: 24 October 2019
  • We’ve told you before that there really isn’t any evidence that animals consume mind-altering substances because they feel good to them. This makes it appear that the fondness for psychoactive drugs is, pretty...human. What is it about our species that makes us so attracted to these substances?

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  • SciShow
    SciShow   2 months back

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    • Your weed Nurse
      Your weed Nurse  2 days back

      SciShow weed like a medical for the brain

    • KHALIIL01
      KHALIIL01  2 weeks back

      SciShow - Teach chimpanzees sign language, then get them high, then when they are sober they can explain why they got high.

    • aaa aii
      aaa aii  1 months back

      Brilliant is not free but youtube is

    • Iforgotmypen
      Iforgotmypen  1 months back

      maybe do a show on the endocannabinoid system

    • Celina K
      Celina K  2 months back

      Adverse Childhood Experiences ( ACEs ) ???

    DXREYS0  1 hours back

    bc it feels cool

    • Anthony Fulton
      Anthony Fulton  1 hours back

      Every so-called Human should watch this!

      • Ganglezz
        Ganglezz  7 hours back

        Everyone in this comment section trippin I get high cuz i just love how it feels I’m happy asf

        • ZeusAlmighty
          ZeusAlmighty  7 hours back

          I watch these vids all the time and I’m from St. Kitts!!

          • Kiorae Garrott
            Kiorae Garrott  12 hours back

            the want for higher knowledge, muscle relaxation, focus, release, just because..

            • Downtown_skater_boi /
              Downtown_skater_boi /  12 hours back

              ok cool

              • Ronald Gideon
                Ronald Gideon  16 hours back

                No it's not there is several cases in which the animal chose feeling good over eating. In one case went as far as death due to choosing feeling good instead of eating.

                • Insurgency Sandstorm
                  Insurgency Sandstorm  16 hours back

                  In other words, people that get high have no life. Simply because they're bored and have nothing to do.

                  • Insurgency Sandstorm
                    Insurgency Sandstorm  16 hours back

                    I like to stay sober, no drugs and no alcohol.

                    • Frogmin
                      Frogmin  1 days back

                      because its fun

                      • Keven Mercado
                        Keven Mercado  1 days back

                        stfu and pass the blunt

                        • Brandon Hodges
                          Brandon Hodges  2 days back

                          It seems pretty simple to me life is boring for the average person

                          • AmbitionZ
                            AmbitionZ  2 days back

                            Honestly I don’t like getting high, it sucks not being in control of my own body and mind. It’s not as fun as you think

                            • Kai Pride
                              Kai Pride  2 days back

                              We need natural psychoactive drugs like mushrooms or peyote or auyowasca to help us get more in tune with ourselves and the world. And to help with diseases and sicknesses and it also Unites the masses which they dont want and why they made every natural good drug illegal and why they created fake drugs to take there place which does the exact opposite of what they are susposed to be

                              • Manny Vicioso
                                Manny Vicioso  2 days back

                                because cannabis is good for you that's why you should get high lmao jk not for everyone but suggest you should try it only if your of age shiii

                                • SwifTBuddY
                                  SwifTBuddY  2 days back

                                  To save you 13 minutes, because it feels good

                                  • Vegan Will
                                    Vegan Will  2 days back

                                    We get high because this life is stressful💨💨💨💨💨
                                    Who else is smoking 💨💨while watching this?
                                    Hit that(LIKE)

                                    • perky
                                      perky  2 days back

                                      I like getting high because it relaxes me in a energetic way

                                      • Robbie Richard
                                        Robbie Richard  2 days back

                                        My friends dog is an alcoholic. Once he lapped up someone’s spilled over beer and now every time he sees someone drinking, his mouth waters a lot and he sits there begging for their bottle.

                                        • Danny Le
                                          Danny Le  2 days back

                                          Opening statement...what about catnip?

                                          • Kaleb
                                            Kaleb  3 days back

                                            Cuz its fun

                                            • david dubs
                                              david dubs  3 days back

                                              Lsd was my favourite

                                              • david dubs
                                                david dubs  3 days back

                                                Chiefs wax pen watches video hits wax pen

                                                • Anthony Mayberry
                                                  Anthony Mayberry  3 days back

                                                  Summary of the video, "Animals don't seek to get high, except for humans." But obviously he doesn't mention cats and catnip because it doesn't support his theory.

                                                  • kaspianwalton
                                                    kaspianwalton  3 days back

                                                    solid information, however I found this video to be a bit clickbaity, because cannabis was never mentioned once even though there is very visibly a pot leaf in the thumbnail

                                                    • iNoahRatchet
                                                      iNoahRatchet  3 days back

                                                      why? because what else is there to do

                                                      • RED CLOUD ALPHA
                                                        RED CLOUD ALPHA  3 days back

                                                        Meh my DOC which I'm on now is for sure LSD. Nothing better in my opinion.

                                                        • Not Applicable
                                                          Not Applicable  3 days back

                                                          Get educated and FACT CHECK. 🙏🔑✌️

                                                          • AnimeHair
                                                            AnimeHair  3 days back

                                                            Mostly boredom, definitely feel goods.

                                                            • Apple Taters
                                                              Apple Taters  3 days back

                                                              I saw a video of a squirell going around a backyard and drinking a little alcohol from each fermented magnolia leaf and getting drunk. Its not just humans.

                                                              • Limited Infinity
                                                                Limited Infinity  3 days back

                                                                Same reason why humans have liked anything ever...Escapism

                                                                • TangoSucka
                                                                  TangoSucka  3 days back

                                                                  Why humans get high: To numb our minds from the consumer-driven lives we have been given, where we are indoctrinated to spend money and work like zombies. The end.

                                                                  • Luke Lawrance
                                                                    Luke Lawrance  3 days back

                                                                    Weed makes you telepathic

                                                                    • Alexandru
                                                                      Alexandru  3 days back

                                                                      Drugs are bad

                                                                      Just smoke the herb

                                                                    • BigTimeHEARTLESS 207
                                                                      BigTimeHEARTLESS 207  3 days back

                                                                      Who else high asf watching this

                                                                      • Worldpiece Gfx
                                                                        Worldpiece Gfx  4 days back

                                                                        Watchin this...............

                                                                        While getting high 🤯

                                                                        • jukijunk
                                                                          jukijunk  4 days back

                                                                          Marijuana Is all Good Ya'll!! Peace and love my brothers! ✌️❤️

                                                                          • Giulliano Rupena
                                                                            Giulliano Rupena  4 days back

                                                                            Why do we get high? Because my friends sucks and wanna be something always.

                                                                            • steve gaines
                                                                              steve gaines  4 days back

                                                                              simple.....it feels good....420....

                                                                              • Star Pinkston
                                                                                Star Pinkston  4 days back

                                                                                Its funny to me that for the past 50years they been putting African Americans in prison for weed now they allow Caucasian Americans now making million off of the thing they was and still is taking away our lifes

                                                                                • Tony Barker
                                                                                  Tony Barker  4 days back


                                                                                  • Shakeem Fowler
                                                                                    Shakeem Fowler  5 days back

                                                                                    This guy help me in my Human Anatomy class

                                                                                    • awesomesauce666
                                                                                      awesomesauce666  5 days back

                                                                                      because life sucks and heart break sucks worse

                                                                                      • Mohammed Zaid
                                                                                        Mohammed Zaid  5 days back

                                                                                        Who else is watching this at 3am?

                                                                                        • Carl Zombie
                                                                                          Carl Zombie  6 days back

                                                                                          You should've talked about PSYCHDELIC DRUGS. They benefit our minds and lives very positively and expand our consciousness.

                                                                                          • Shealdsky
                                                                                            Shealdsky  6 days back

                                                                                            "why do humans like to get high"
                                                                                            me- bEcAuSe wE sMoke WeEd

                                                                                            • Don Dellz Prod.
                                                                                              Don Dellz Prod.  6 days back

                                                                                              Humans Get High because Of The Feeling Affect it can make calmer and relaxer etc