Too high? How to sober up from weed
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- Ingest black peppercorn
- Add some CBD in the mix
- Stay hydrated, eat more
- Take some ibuprofen
- When life gives you limonene .
- Take a deep breath and relax
- Seek distractions, but easy ones
- Take a shower
Even the most seasoned cannabis enthusiast has a story about that time they overdid it and scrambled to find out how to sober up from weed . Though marijuana has medical and therapeutic uses, including reducing anxiety , smoking copious amounts of potent weed can send a consumer into a tailspin fraught with anxiety and paranoia.
Though marijuana has medical and therapeutic uses, including reducing anxiety, smoking copious amounts of potent weed can send a consumer into a tailspin fraught with anxiety and paranoia. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Researchers aren’t alone in their work to understand how to mitigate any negative side effects of weed. The ever-innovative cannabis community has uncovered some valuable insights about how to come down from a high that gets too intense. While there are no known reports of someone experiencing a fatal marijuana overdose, it is possible to feel uncomfortably high , with euphoria and relaxation replaced by anxiety and paranoia. Not everyone knows how to stop being high.
Unfortunately, smoking yourself sober is not an option. Instead, the first and perhaps not-so-obvious step is to stop smoking if you feel uncomfortable after consuming cannabis. It’s also crucial to be overly cautious when ingesting edibles, as the full effects can take several hours to kick in and tend to pack a powerful punch. If you’re wondering what to do when too high on flower, edibles, or concentrate, here are some quick tips to show you how to come down from a high that gets too intense.
Ingest black peppercorn
That’s right. The same kitchen ingredient used to spice up your food also can simmer down your high. Black peppercorn has demonstrated the ability to provide near-instant relief for those overcome by cannabis-induced paranoia or anxiety. Chew a few whole black peppercorns, grind peppercorn on food, or, very carefully, smell ground pepper.
A 2011 review published in the British Journal of Pharmacology found that cannabis and black pepper have related chemical traits. Author Dr. Ethan Russo, a neurologist and psychopharmacology researcher, wrote that terpenes such as beta-caryophyllene found in peppercorn can help “tame the intoxicating effects of THC.” Beta-caryophyllene and THC form a synergistic relationship and bind to the same cannabinoid receptors, creating a calming effect.
Add some CBD in the mix
Decades of research have shown that cannabidiol (CBD), a non-intoxicating cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant, can reduce THC-induced anxiety and paranoia. In a February 1982 study published in Psychopharmacology, researchers examined whether CBD could reduce anxiety from THC. The study concluded that CBD “might be involved in the antagonism of effects between the two cannabinoids.” A more recent study , published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology on Jan. 27, 2013, also found that when CBD was consumed alongside THC, it appeared to lessen the adverse effects of anxiety and paranoia.
Decades of research have shown that CBD, a non-intoxicating cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant, can reduce THC-induced anxiety and paranoia. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
More research is needed to reaffirm the synergistic effects of CBD and THC, but integrating some CBD oil or a high-CBD strain into your next smoke session could be an effective remedy for an unwanted buzz.
Stay hydrated, eat more
Here’s an easy one that you should remember no matter how stoned you are: Drink water . Staying hydrated can calm you down after consuming a bit too much herb. Not only will a glass of water help douse cottonmouth, but it also will allow your overly concerned mind to focus on the simple procedure of sipping and swallowing.
Some people also find relief from eating a snack, drinking orange juice, or munching out on the entire contents of the refrigerator. However, be cautious about what kind of juice or drink flavor you choose, because mangoes contain the terpenoid myrcene, which has shown the ability to enhance and prolong the effects of THC.
Take some ibuprofen
A number of common anti-inflammatory drugs, such as the widely used ibuprofen, has been shown to tame marijuana’s buzz. Sobering up by mixing ibuprofen and weed can be an effective, over-the-counter solution for how to kill your high . In a 2013 animal study conducted by researchers from the University of Louisiana’s School of Medicine, the team found that certain types of anti-inflammatory medication appeared to counteract the stoned effect of cannabis and reduce negative effects on cognition.
When life gives you limonene .
Terpenes are the aromatic oils that give each cannabis plant its own distinct smell, flavor, and effects. The same way that CBD and THC combine to create an “entourage effect,” the variety of terpenoids found in cannabis and other plants seem to have a synergistic relationship with the other cannabis compounds. A citrusy terpene called limonene, which is found in the rinds of citrus fruits and in certain strains of cannabis, has demonstrated the ability to reduce anxiety. A 2012 study into this terpene found that it produced anxiety-reducing or “anxiolytic-like effects,” which could translate positively into a treatment for cannabis-induced anxiety.
Take a deep breath and relax
Sometimes all you need to remove a bad high from your headspace is a meditative approach in a comfortable (and, if possible, familiar) setting. If you happen to feel like your heart is racing or feel an anxiety attack coming on, try to relax. Chances are the discomforting feeling will pass in no time. Close your eyes and take deep breaths , remind yourself that everything is going to be fine.
Seek distractions, but easy ones
Go for a walk, put on your favorite music or television show, have a conversation with a stoned companion, anything that will help distract you from the sudden bout with cannabis-induced anxiety. By shifting your attention from how high you are to an enjoyable activity, you’ll probably be able to shed that uncomfortable marijuana high in no time.
By shifting your attention from how high you are to an enjoyable activity, you’ll probably be able to shed that uncomfortable marijuana high in no time. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Take a shower
The soothing, refreshing action of water on your body can calm a too-high high quickly. Think of it as a form of mental hydration, a hygienic way to wash away the ills of too much THC. Even splashing cold water onto your face should help restore your calm, decrease your heart rate, and ease your mind.
And just to make sure your marijuana high doesn’t go overboard in the future, make note of what and how much you consumed, and next time, practice moderation.
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Too High? How to Sober Up from Cannabis Overconsumption
Almost every cannabis consumer has experienced being too high at some point in their lives. While weed can be wonderful when consumed in the right dosage, accidentally consuming too much can amplify anxiety, invoke nausea and create a truly uneasy headspace. Whether you’ve mistakenly eaten an edible with too much THC, smoked too much weed or if you’re just a low-tolerance consumer, don’t worry. You are not alone and will be just fine!
Even the most experienced cannabis connoisseurs have terrible realizations of “I’m too high.” And while this can be a scary place to be, the good news is just that- it’s all in your head. In fact, the National Cancer Institute states that, “cannabinoid receptors, unlike opioid receptors, are not located in the brainstem areas controlling respiration, [so] lethal overdoses from cannabis and cannabinoids do not occur.” And it’s true, no one has ever died of a fatal overconsumption of cannabis alone.
So what can you do to lessen your high? When trying to come down from weed it’s important to remember that time is on your side. For now, sit back and relax with these helpful tips on how to sober up from weed.
Consumption Best Practices: Flower Vs. Edibles
Weed can be consumed in a variety of different ways, so it’s important to understand how different methods of consumption influence your high. The process of metabolizing THC varies greatly between ingesting and smoking. When smoking (i.e. combusting) weed, THC is absorbed by the lungs and carried directly into the brain, resulting in an immediate peak of effects, then a rapid decline over the course of approximately 1-3 hours.
In contrast, when consuming edibles, absorption is a relatively slow process. The THC is metabolized by the liver and converted into 11-hydroxy-THC, which is particularly effective at crossing the blood-brain barrier. This process takes anywhere between 30 minutes and 2 hours, which makes dosing quite hard to get right. The standard edible dosage is 10 milligrams of THC, which delivers mild effects over the course of several hours. Just remember, the golden rule of edibles is always to start with a small amount and be patient. If you don’t feel anything after 45 minutes to an hour, try taking another small dose.
Utilizing CBD to Counteract Being Too High
Recent studies have helped the cannabis community better understand how CBD could temper the adverse effects many people experience when consuming large doses of THC. Interestingly enough, CBD is currently being used by many as a treatment for psychosis and could be just what you need to come down from an intense high. Although keeping CBD nearby for inevitable bad highs might work, there is a lot more to learn between the relationship amongst all cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. As always, try a few different CBD products to figure out what works best for your specific needs. If you don’t have CBD readily available, there are plenty of other remedies to follow in this article.
Fix Yourself a Nice Meal with Water
If you fell victim to a particularly strong edible, eating something may be your best friend. Following assimilation via the bloodstream, THC seeks to rapidly bind and penetrate fatty tissue. Consuming food rich in fats will cause cannabinoids to bind and metabolize faster, leaving you with a less intense high- and a happy belly. This is also why it’s never a good idea to consume edibles on an empty stomach.
Since we know being high almost always leaves one with the munchies afterwards, treat yourself to a nice meal followed by a glass of water. Bonus if you add black pepper to your meal or a lemon to your water. It’s been speculated that the terpenes in both of these ingredients offer a calming aroma that can mitigate the effects.
Take Your Pick: Exercise or a Nap
Sure, physical exercise might seem tortuous right now (or always), but trust us when we say that it is the best way to come down from a weed high. Don’t let your brain talk you out of this- hit the gym, yoga mat or sidewalk and you will feel better in no time.
Also don’t be alarmed by a fast-beating heart, as it’s completely normal and a sign that you are getting stronger. Your body will begin to release endorphins that remove feelings of stress, anxiety and pain, while the increased blood circulation will shorten the duration and intensity of your high. But don’t get down on yourself if you can’t work out.
Taking a nap is another great cure if you’re too high. Power naps have proven to be very effective because your body releases hormones that seek to repair and replenish your organs. Plus while you’re asleep, you won’t have to deal with a bad high! Try to limit your nap to thirty minutes as we wouldn’t want you waking up extremely groggy.
Be Creative & Express Yourself
The truth is that our brains are pretty terrible at multitasking. The brain is a single unit processor, so try allocating your efforts toward activities that require more creativity, talking and writing so your brain can’t dwell on the negatives. You, in this moment, are your own harshest critic. Don’t worry about what other people think, or even if you are alone. Let those creative high thoughts flow freely outside the grip of paranoia and you’ll thank us later.
If you haven’t experienced this already, paranoia is quite good at latching on and controlling the way you feel and think, but it typically has nothing interesting or even true to say. In fact, paranoia and symptoms of being too high are quite similar in nature. Who’s to say that your particular sensation of being too high isn’t just paranoia in disguise?
Remember Time is on Your Side
Now that you’ve truly experienced how high is too high, go ahead and find solace in the fact that all of this will be over in time. Your internal organs will recover just fine with no lasting harm. Do your best to learn your limits with cannabis and remember, you are not alone just ask Maureen Dowd!
Have you experienced being too high from overconsumption of cannabis? How did you handle the situation. Tell us your own suggestions in the comments below!
Almost every cannabis consumer has experienced being too high at some point in their lives. While weed can be wonderful when consumed in the right dosage, accidentally consuming too much can amplify anxiety, invoke nausea and create a truly uneasy headspace. Whether you’ve mistakenly eaten an edible with too much THC, smoked too much weed or if you