8 effective tips to come down from an extreme cannabis high

Anyone who regularly enjoys weed can attest to the fact that realizing you’re too high is definitely not an enjoyable

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Anyone who regularly enjoys weed can attest to the fact that realizing you’re too high is definitely not an enjoyable experience. There are several ways that could lead you to find yourself in this situation. It could be because the edible kicked in a few hours late or maybe you tried to impress your friends by inhaling too much and too deeply. Perhaps you tried concentrates for the first time and were caught off-guard by their potency. You could just be a low tolerance consumer. Whatever the reason, the resulting experience can be so uncomfortable that even the most seasoned weed user can get turned off by the overwhelming effects of excessive marijuana consumption.

While being too high can be terrifying, there’s no need to fear. There are ways to manage the experience. Here are some of our suggestions on how to get unhigh:

1. Know your limits

Prevention is better than cure so if you can, plan to stay within your tolerance level limits. Granted, this tip won’t help you once you’re already over the edge, but it can help you avoid a distressing situation next time. To avoid regrets, consume with friends you trust and resist the pressure to take more than your body can handle. Being surrounded by people you are unfamiliar with when you can’t feel your face will only increase your anxiety.

Take it slow, particularly when you are using edibles Our advice is to start with a standard dose of 10 mg, or even 5 mg to slowly ease into the experience. Wait at least an hour or two

before increasing your edibles dosage. The same applies for inhalation. If you’re used to occasionally taking one hit off your vaporizer, we don’t recommend sitting in a smoking circle puffing and passing for an hour.

2. Don’t panic

Most symptoms of “greening out” (taking in too much cannabis) will fade away within minutes to hours, leaving no lasting effects beyond a little wobbliness, take our word for it.

It’s important to remember that, in the history of human existence no one has ever been reported to have died from a cannabis overdose. While this is not a challenge to test your limits, no matter how freaked out you may feel, you will not die.

3. Drink water and eat light snacks

Water is key, make sure you will need to keep hydrated. Drinking cold water or juice will help with dry mouth and allow you to focus on the simple and familiar action of sipping and swallowing. It’s important that you stay away from alcohol as it can increase THC blood concentrations.

A light snack can help you feel a little more grounded. Consider indulging the munchies with some fruits, nuts, or cheese, give it some time and see if it’s a little easier to connect mind and body.

4. Try some black pepper

To counteract any paranoia and anxiety, try this trusted home remedy. The trick is to sniff or chew on a few black peppercorns and you should experience relief in no time. Many swear by the black pepper trick, including Neil Young!

5. Calm down and relax

In a quiet place where you can rest and take some deep breaths. Keep in mind that the intense discomfort you’re feeling is only temporary. Get into a comfortable position and take deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth. Take in as much oxygen as you can while focusing on the sound of your breath.

Lay down and let yourself relax. If drowsiness and sleep come easily, don’t resist the urge to take a little nap to refresh your mind and body. If you find it too difficult to turn your brain off in this state, just get comfortable until you feel strong enough to get back up.

6. Try going for a walk

Sometimes it simply takes a change of scenery and some fresh air to get your blood pumping. Stay close to your immediate surroundings to avoid wandering off and getting lost while when anxiety and paranoia kick in. Do not take a walk if you’re feeling too light-headed to stand. Instead, try going back to tip #5.

7. Enjoy a shower or bath

If you’re at home, try taking a nice shower or bath as a great option to help you calm down.

8. Focus on something else

Try doing some of the activities that seem so entertaining and fun while high is as a way to distract yourself while you try to get unhigh. Our suggestions include:

  • Watch something funny (think Youtube videos and cartoons)
  • Listen and dance to your favourite album
  • Try a new video game
  • Have a deep conversation with your friends
  • Cuddle with your significant other
  • Grab a trendy adult colouring book, try colouring as a calming activity
  • Eat something tasty (avoid fatty foods as they enhance THC)

Explore whatever distractions work best for you, as long as it’s a familiar activity that makes you feel warm fuzzy emotions. The hope is that your brain will zone in on the positive feelings and give you a gentle reminder that you are safe and everything will be fine.