These Warning Signs Could Mean You’ve Overdosed on Marijuana
Since many states have now legalized recreational marijuana use, many more people are now comfortable lighting up (or at least, they’re admitting it more often). And while smoking or ingesting pot is considered safer than alcohol consumption, that doesn’t mean it is without potentially harmful side effects.
While the common belief is that it’s impossible to overdose on marijuana, as it turns out, that may not be true. While no one has ever died from too much marijuana, it’s definitely possible to have too much. Here’s how to tell when it’s time to put down the pipe (or the brownies).
You feel dizzy
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According to Leaf Science, dizziness is a common symptom of heavy marijuana use. If you start to feel dizzy or disoriented, sit down, sip some water, and wait it out. The weed will leave your system eventually, but the dizziness can last quite awhile.
Next: Marijuana is sometimes used to ease anxiety, but sometimes it backfires.
You have anxiety and paranoia
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For some people, any amount of marijuana causes anxiety — but for others, it can actually help alleviate it. But one sure sign that you’ve smoked too much pot is suddenly feeling very anxious. Unfortunately, much like dizziness, all you can is wait it out.
Next: If your heart is racing, it’s time to stop smoking.
A pounding heart or chest pain
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Marijuana can increase your heart rate, and a racing heart is a definite sign you should slow down. TCH makes your blood vessels expand, which can lower your blood pressure and cause your heart to speed up to compensate. If you have a history of heart troubles, you may want to stay away from cannabis entirely.
Next: This side effect is rare, but it happens.
Uncontrollable shaking or seizures
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The good news is, you’ll have to ingest a lot of marijuana for this to happen. The bad news is that too much can, in fact, cause uncontrollable shaking and even seizures. If this happens, someone should call 911 immediately.
Next: This is a terrifying sign you’ve overindulged.
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Too much marijuana can make you hallucinate. This is terrifying, and it happens most often when the potency is stronger than the smoker expected. Legalization has helped this become less common since the strains are more regulated and labeled.
Next: Cannabis is used to treat nausea, but sometimes it can cause it.
Nausea and vomiting
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While marijuana is often used medically to combat nausea, if you have too much of it, it can actually lead to nausea and vomiting. Fortunately, these effects are typically short-lived and will leave your system as the THC does.
Next: Here’s what to do if you’ve smoked too much.
What happens when you’ve overdosed?
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Whether you’re a regular stoner or a first time smoker, ingesting too much is possible, even though marijuana has better labels now. Since smoking too much is not a life or death emergency (unless, as mentioned above, you’re having heart palpitations and sweating), treating marijuana intoxication is typically a waiting game. Get to a comfortable environment, preferably with someone who is capable of taking care of you. You’ll return to your sober state soon.
When it comes to marijuana consumption, too much of a good thing is certainly possible. Here's how to tell when to put down the pipe.
Why Does Marijuana Make Me Dizzy?
Monday September 28, 2015
A nyone who’s ever experienced a bout of dizziness shortly after consuming marijuana knows how uncomfortable it can be. And, though the symptoms of marijuana-induced vertigo usually subside in just a few seconds, the experience can be scary enough to prompt someone to avoid cannabis in the future.
Perhaps a better approach would be to protect against another dizzy spell or at least reduce the likeliness that it will happen again. To do this, we have to understand what’s happening with marijuana-induced vertigo.
Why does marijuana make me dizzy?
Vertigo, or the sensation of dizziness or a loss of balance, can be caused by a number of different things – inner ear problems, sensory nerve disturbances, migraines or anxiety, for example – but finding an accurate correlation between marijuana and vertigo has yet to be discovered.
Nevertheless, we know that THC causes dizziness for many users, with around 1/3 reporting severe symptoms. Some speculate the cause is related to a drop in blood pressure which slows the body’s ability to recover after an abrupt position change. Typically, blood pressure rises briefly after standing to compensate for gravity. When THC causes a drop in blood pressure, gravity can get the better of us, causing the dizzy sensation that so many have come to know.
Another theory is based on THC’s ability to modify sensory perception (our ability to perceive different sounds, sights, scents and other sensations). Typically, sensory nerves allow our brain to perceive our surroundings and modify our behavior accordingly in order to maintain balance. When these sensations are modified, our brains can have difficulty compensating quickly thus causing us to lose our balance or otherwise become disoriented.
Finally, extreme cases of anxiety can cause feelings of dizziness or disorientation. Though anxiety itself is psychological in nature (it occurs in the mind), it can have very real physical consequences such as increased heart rate, erratic breathing, fatigue and insomnia. Combined, these symptoms can cause disorientation as a lack of oxygen combines with weakened neurological processes. The results: a dizzy head and a confused mind, which can unfortunately be exacerbated by too much THC.
So how can I protect myself from marijuana-induced dizziness?
Though there is no sure-fire way to protect against marijuana-induced vertigo, there are some steps you can take to help reduce your chances of getting it. To start, remember to consume marijuana slowly, paying close attention to the dosage and potency of your product. This will help avoid over-consumption which can lead to marijuana-induced anxiety and potentially vertigo as well.
You should also try to remember to move slowly, especially when switching from a reclined to upright position. Remember that your body may take a few extra seconds to make up for the gravity pulling you back down so pace yourself by sitting up slowly.
Finally, remember that the sensations you’re feeling while high are only temporary. Colors may be brighter, sounds more vivid and edges more crisp, but such will only be the case for a few hours. Should dizzy sensations persist for more than a few days, it is important to consult your doctor as more serious issues may be at play. Though THC can remain in the body for multiple days, severe dizziness should not be the result.
Marijuana can cause the body to do some crazy things. Though many of the marijuana’s side effects are considered pleasant, others (like vertigo) are not. Protect yourself from marijuana-induced dizziness by understanding just what’s causing it.
Anyone who’s ever experienced a bout of dizziness after consuming weed knows how uncomfortable it is. Today, find out why you experience marijuana-induced vertigo.