Even experienced cannabis users sometimes consume too much cannabis. Whether you were trying a new product, you were not paying close attention to your dose, or your normal dose was just too much for you on a particular day, going a little overboard with your cannabis consumption can happen.
Flower vs. Edibles
First, it is important to note the distinction between a high from traditional flower and one from cannabis-infused edibles. The process of metabolizing THC varies greatly between ingesting and smoking.
When smoking 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.
Taking in too much cannabis is not pleasant. Going over your limit can make you feel anxious, paranoid, nauseous, and just plain awful. So, what can you do when you need to sober up from cannabis? There are several ways you can counteract the effects of cannabis.
Method 1: Black Peppercorn
Using black peppercorn to tone down the effects of cannabis may sound like a myth, but this method is actually backed by scientific research. According to a 2011 review from the British Journal of Pharmacology, the terpenes in black peppercorn seem to tame the effects of THC, which is the cannabinoid in the cannabis plant that causes psychoactive effects.
Both chewing on and smelling black peppercorn can be effective in providing almost instant relief. So, if you are feeling overwhelming psychoactive effects, you may want to try some black peppercorn.
Method 2: Counteract with CBD
Decades of research have shown that cannabidiol (CBD), a non-intoxicating cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant, can reduce THC-induced anxiety and paranoia. CBD works by blocking THC from binding with your brain’s cannabinoid receptors which reduce its psychoactive effects. CBD is the second most abundant cannabinoid in marijuana, and also comes from industrial hemp. 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.
CBD comes in many different forms, therefore, it’s recommended to try a few different products to figure out what works best for your specific needs.
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 effective to avoid too strong of a high.
Method 3: Eat a Heavy Meal
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. This is also why it is never a good idea to consume edibles on an empty stomach.
Method 4: Drink Water
Drinking water can help you feel calmer when you are too high. The reason is that it can help you focus your racing mind on something simple and familiar, sipping and swallowing. Drinking water will also help you hydrate. It will mitigate some of the negative side effects of taking in too much cannabis, including dry mouth.
Some people might also consider drinking juice in this scenario, however, be cautious about what kind of juice or drink flavor you choose. Mangoes contain the terpenoid myrcene, which has shown the ability to enhance and prolong the effects of THC.
Method 5: Take a Dose of Ibuprofen
Taking a dose of ibuprofen may ease the unpleasant effects of using too much cannabis. The reason is that ibuprofen appears to reduce the negative side effects of THC. Recent studies have found that some anti-inflammatory medications, including ibuprofen, appeared to counteract the negative cognitive effects of THC.
Method 6: Limonene
The rinds of citrus fruits are rich in the fresh, citrusy terpene limonene. Studies have shown that limonene can have anti-anxiety effects. That means chewing on a lemon or an orange rind could help you calm down if you are feeling anxious after using too much cannabis. Note that while some people say you should drink lemon juice or orange juice if you have used too much cannabis, there is actually very little limonene in these juices.The limonene in lemons and oranges is primarily in their rinds.
Eating a lemon or orange rind may not be particularly delicious, but it is perfectly safe. It is also healthy, since lemon and orange peels are packed with not only limonene, but also vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Alternatively, you could just eat some lemon or orange zest instead of the whole rind. You can put lemon or orange zest in water, tea, or juice, or incorporate it into a meal.
Method 7: Remember That This Feeling is Temporary
When you use too much cannabis, it is very common to start panicking and think that you will feel this way forever. But try to remind yourself that the way you are feeling is only temporary. All you need to do is calm down, relax, take a deep breath and just wait things out. You are going to start feeling like your normal self again soon.
Method 8: Engage In Light Exercise
If your mind is racing, doing some light exercise can be very helpful. Exercise releases endorphins, which should relax your body, boost your mood, and help calm your racing thoughts.
While doing some light exercise is a great option for many people who have over consumed and want to sober up from weed. Remember to listen to your body before you try this technique. If you are feeling too woozy or unwell, laying down and doing something less intense would be the better option for you.
Method 9: Distract Yourself
Distracting yourself by doing something you enjoy is the best way to pass the time until your high begins to wear off. Consider doing an activity that will take your mind off of how you are feeling, an activity that is easy, engaging, and relaxing. Some ideas of activities you can try include watching your favorite TV show, listening to your favorite album, playing video games, drawing, playing an instrument, or chatting with a trusted friend.
Method 10: Take a Shower or a Bath
If you are at home, take a warm shower or bath. Being surrounded by the sensation of warm water is extremely relaxing, which can really help you calm down if you are feeling anxious or stressed.
Alternatively, you can try taking a brief cold shower, which can be particularly beneficial if you are very anxious or on the edge of having a panic attack. Research has shown that taking a cold shower (with a temperature of around 40 degrees) for 30 to 90 seconds triggers deep breathing. Deep breathing increases oxygen levels and cardiac function, which improves circulation and lowers blood pressure, helping you feel more calm in your body.
Method 11: Sleep
Sleep is a great remedy when you have gone overboard with cannabis, since your body essentially works like a clean up crew when you sleep, repairing things and clearing things out. Also, sleep is a great way to basically skip through time until you are no longer high.
If sleeping is not coming easily to you, try focusing on just resting at first while taking deep breaths. Then, if your body wants to fall asleep, let yourself drift off and take a nap. If you can’t seem to fall asleep, you can just rest if it feels relieving.