If you’ve never heard of greening out, consider yourself lucky. For most people, using marijuana is a good time, whether they’re enjoying some to relax after a long day or hitting that sativa vape to help them get some work done around the house. Unfortunately, some people often go a little too far and end up higher than they want to be.
In this guide, we’ll cover everything that you need to know about how to get less high, including the things you can do to help you sober up quickly and get the THC through your system sooner than later.
Several different things can happen when you get too high. For some people, it can be overwhelming, anxiety-inducing, and downright unpleasant. Those who go way too far or have a bad reaction could experience what’s known as “greening out” and have symptoms that are similar to someone who’s belligerently drunk.
In order to understand “too high,” let’s get back to basics—what does being high feel like? Although it’s different for everyone, a “good” high is one that induces feelings of relaxation, euphoria, creativity, calmness, or any of the related feelings and moods. If you’re using cannabis medically, being high might simply mean reaching the point where your symptoms are alleviated and you’re most comfortable.
So, when you get too high and your body has too much THC to process, what happens?
The good news is that it’s usually nothing serious and it just takes time to wear off. However, there are also some things that you can do to speed the process up.
If someone is too high or on the verge of greening out, they may experience symptoms like:
• Slowed reaction times • Lacking or struggling with hand-eye coordination • Distorted perception of time, distance, etc. • Trouble speaking, thinking, and remembering things• Anxiety and panic • Increased heart rate and blood pressure• Hallucinations and psychosis (at extremely high levels of THC)
If the marijuana is smoked or vaped, the effects will usually subside within two to four hours. For those who consume edibles, the effects could last as long as 10 hours. This depends on the exact product used, its strength, the individual, and other factors.
Those who have used way too much weed and may need medical attention will have symptoms like:
• Extreme confusion or anxiety • Extreme paranoia and panic • Delusions and hallucinations• Severe nausea • Vomiting• Increased blood pressure and heart rate
Some people find themselves going to the emergency room after consuming marijuana products either because they are first-timers, didn’t know they were eating THC-laced products (edibles), or didn’t understand the dosing instructions and consumed too much in an attempt to speed up the effects.
The good news is that in addition to the tips below, anyone who is worried about being too high can contact the poison control hotline for free expert assistance and advice. Anyone experiencing severe or long-lasting symptoms should go to the ER or call 911.
If you’re just a little too high for your liking, let’s talk about some ways that you can sober up on your own.
For all the bad feelings that come from being too high, there’s good news to be had: you can help yourself sober up. What is most effective will depend on several factors, including the type of marijuana used. For example, while the first tip is to eat and drink, that could actually increase the effects if you took an edible because it gets your metabolism moving even more.
Be mindful of that as you consider the following tips. And feel free to try a few things to see what works best for you.
As mentioned, as long as you haven’t consumed edibles, drinking water and eating snacks is a great way to wear off the high. As your body consumes food and water, it metabolizes the THC out of your bloodstream. This doesn’t work as effectively with edibles because they work better when your metabolism is already working at normal speed.
Water is always good when you feel like you’re too high. Sports drinks and electrolyte drinks (in small portions) can also be helpful to replenish the body and combat symptoms like dry mouth.
One of the best-known tricks for bringing things back down when you get a little too high is to chew or sniff black peppercorns. That’s because black pepper contains beta-caryophyllene, which helps boost the sedating effects of the THC, reducing the anxiety and paranoia in people who are experiencing those symptoms.
This may or may not be effective for everyone, but it’s worth a try. If you’ve got a peppercorn grinder at home, grab a few out (don’t grind them) and give them a chew. You could try sniffing ground pepper or eating a little, but that might not be enough for everyone.
This is one of the easiest, and yet most difficult, things to do if you feel like you’re too high. Before you get to that stage of no return, you may feel anxious, paranoid, and like you’re going to explode if you just sit still. Don’t listen to your body or your brain. At this point, relaxing and calming down is the best thing that you can do.
If you’re dizzy or having trouble moving, lie down on the couch or sit back in a comfortable chair and try to focus on your breathing. You can even lie down in bed and turn something relaxing on the TV or play a relaxing game on your phone.
If you’re too anxious to sit still and not feeling like your motor skills are compromised, take a brisk walk. If it’s cool or cold outside, even better, as that will help perk you up. Walking can help clear your head and boost your body’s operations, which means the THC will process faster and the high will wear off sooner.
If you can’t get out for a walk, try walking around your house or taking a stroll up and down your driveway. Got stairs? Take a few laps up and down them and see how you feel.
A nice warm (or cool) shower or bath could be a great way to get rid of that “too high” feeling, too. Showering while high can help you clear your head and refresh your body. Using a startling temperature (hot or cold) can also jolt your body back to reality, to an extent, and help the wearing-off process start a little sooner, or at least feel like it does.
Even when you think you know your tolerance level, it’s always best to proceed with caution when using new or different marijuana products. If you’re consuming in excess, make sure that you’re also drinking plenty of water so that you don’t green out or make yourself sick otherwise. Like all good things, cannabis is best enjoyed in moderation.
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