Perhaps you tried to impress a group of friends by breathing in a little bit too deeply. You might have just tried concentrates for the first time and were caught off-guard by their potency. There are a thousand ways it can happen, but once it does, the resulting experience can be enough and uncomfortable to turn off even the most seasoned cannabis lover.
Fear not! The majority of us have experienced the unpleasantness that can come along with overwhelming cannabis effects. Thankfully, there are ways to help come back down when you feel too high, overwhelmed, or uncomfortable from excessive cannabis consumption.
Tips on Ways To Stop Being So High
Let us start with the infinite wisdom of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy:
Contrary to what you may have heard, there have been zero reported cannabis overdose deaths in the history of ever, so despite how freaked out you may feel or how sweaty you get, you won’t expire from excess consumption. (Don’t take that on as a challenge, just remember that if you accidentally overdo it, you’ll be okay in a while.).
Water, water, water– remember to hydrate! Whether you prefer water or juice, ensure that you have a nice, cold beverage on hand (preferably non-caffeinated). This will help you combat dry mouth and allow you to focus on a familiar and simple act– swallowing and sipping.
Shower or Bathe.
If you end up combating paranoia and anxiety, a simple household ingredient found in restaurants and kitchens everywhere can arrive at your rescue: black pepper. Many believe in the black pepper trick, even Neil Young! Just chew or sniff on a few black peppercorns and it should provide almost instantaneous relief.
DON’T PANIC. YOU ARE FINE AND EVERYTHING IS OKAY.
Sometimes a change of scenery and some fresh air to get your blood pumping will help invigorate you if you can’t turn your brain off. Just remember to stay near your immediate surroundings– we don’t want you straying and getting lost while you’re feeling paranoid and anxious! And stop yourself from going on a walk if you’re feeling light-headed or too woozy to stand; instead, we recommend reverting to Option # 5 and laying down awhile.
Some people find that a light snack assists them to feel a little more grounded. Consider grazing on some fruits, nuts, or cheese, and see if it’s a little easier to connect mind and body.
Consume with friends you know and are comfortable with, and don’t feel pressured to consume more than you can handle. It’s all well and good making new friends, but being surrounded by strangers when you can’t feel your face is unpleasant at best and anxiety-ridden at worst.
Try to prepare for your cannabis session according to your tolerance level if you can. Okay, this tip won’t help you once you’re already over the edge, but it can help you avoid an uncomfortable situation next time.
Know Your Limits Before Consuming.
Remember, the intense discomfort you’re feeling will pass. Focus on the sound of your breath and just rest a while.
While it’s not always feasible if you’re out and about or at a friend’s house, if you’re at home, try taking a nice shower or bath as a really pleasant option to help you relax.
Most symptoms of “greening out” (consuming an excessive amount cannabis) will dissipate within minutes to hours, without any lasting effects beyond a little grogginess. Give it time and these feelings will eventually pass, trust us.
Try Water and Light Snacks.
Take it slow, especially when consuming edibles. We recommend trying a standard dose of 10 mg (and even 5 mg if you really prefer to ease into the experience) and waiting at the very least an hour, or even two, before increasing your edibles dosage. The same goes for inhalation methods– if you’re used to occasionally taking one hit off your personal vaporizer, we don’t advise partaking a smoking circle puffing and passing for an hour.
Stay Calm and Rest.
If drowsiness and sleep are quick to onset, take a little nap to rejuvenate yourself. Should you be unable to fall asleep, just get comfortable until you feel strong enough to spring back up.
By “hydrate,” we don’t mean “knock back a few alcoholic beverages.” Stay away from alcohol as it can increase THC blood concentrations if you’re feeling the effects of your strain a little too aggressively.
Keep Some Black Pepper Handy.
Try Taking a Walk.
All the activities that seem so entertaining and fun while high are also a great way to distract yourself while you attempt to return down to Earth. Some suggestions include:.
Watch a funny cartoon.
Enjoy your favorite album.
Play a fun game.
Speak with your friends (who are hopefully right by your side, reassuring you).
Snuggle with your better half.
Try coloring as a calming activity (seriously, adult coloring books are becoming popular lately).
Eat something delicious.
Whatever distractions you prefer, ensure it’s a familiar activity that gives you positive emotions. Your brain will hopefully zone in on the positive feelings and give you a gentle reminder that you are safe and just fine.
We recommend trying a standard dose of 10 mg (or even 5 mg if you really want to ease into the experience) and waiting at least an hour, if not two, before increasing your edibles dosage. Should you be unable to fall asleep, just get comfortable until you feel strong enough to spring back up.
Perhaps you tried to impress a group of friends by breathing in a little bit too deeply. You might have just tried concentrates for the first time and were caught off-guard by their potency. Thankfully, there are ways to help come back down when you feel too high, overwhelmed, or uncomfortable from excessive cannabis consumption.