What The Hell Is An Adderall High?

Flickr / McLevn
Flickr / McLevn

“Oh my God, yeah I heard that she took Adderall for the SATs and she was like high,” I hear one of my classmates say as I pretended to focus on my schoolwork. As a daily, prescribed user of Adderall, I couldn’t help but think to myself, what the hell does that even mean? You’d think someone who takes Adderall everyday, like myself, would maybe have at least some sort of idea of what an Adderall high is like. Nope. Not a clue.

This was definitely not the first time I’ve heard things about this so-called “Adderall high”, but this is the first time I’ve ever thought about it. Word goes around about kids taking Adderall not for exams, but for the sole purpose of getting high. Talking with one of my friends once, I had mentioned my prescription of the drug and he asked me, “Do you ever feel the high?” I’m sorry, feel what? He then explained to me that people can only feel the high if they don’t have ADHD. Now, I’m not sure about you, but that sounds like a load of crap.

If I even knew what an Adderall high felt like, I’m not sure I would want one. Even having grown tolerance, I still get too “juiced up” sometimes. Nothing out of the ordinary, just the typical sweating, clenching of the jaw, rapid heartbeat, irritability, and the need to do all of my homework so I can clean my room and go run a marathon later. The usual stuff. Granted that drugs are not a one-size-fits-all-deal (duh), it could just be that it affects those who get high differently than it does to me. But quite frankly, I don’t really enjoy it when my moderate dosage takes total control like that, so I can’t imagine what this so-called “high” must feel like. But if that is along the lines of what an Adderall high feels like, people enjoy that?

I don’t really have a great yearning to experience this apparently glorious and revolutionary “Adderall high,” but I wonder if it’s how I imagine one. So, you’re not going to see me pop three 25mg XRs anytime soon. However, it’s intriguing that people value so highly (punny) a pill I casually take every morning. I mean, how else do you think I could have gotten this article done? As I’m tying loose ends, I feel a bit unsatisfied. I just can’t help but think to myself, what the hell is an Adderall high? TC mark

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