How to Avoid Acting High

By Last updated on July 16, 2021Last updated on July 16, 2021No Comments

With cannabis becoming increasingly accepted all over the world, smokers do not have to worry as much about appearing stoned. As the taboo fades, the general public is a lot less fazed at red eyes and the smell of weed in the streets.

However, we still have a ways to go. Showing up to an event, lecture, or work baked can lead to some unpleasant consequences. Most experienced cannabis users have figured out a routine to conceal their psychotropic state. From chewing gum and deodorant to eye drops, there are many steps you can take to hide your high.

How to Avoid Acting High

How long does weed take to kick in?

How quickly you can begin to feel the effects of cannabis mostly depends on your method of use:

  • Smoking or vaping flower: You can begin to feel the effects of cannabis within 2 to 10 minutes. It kicks in quickly because it enters your bloodstream via your lungs within minutes of inhaling it.
  • Edibles: THC is metabolized in the liver into a compound called 11-hydroxy-THC. This compound is more potent than THC, has a longer half-life, and can be very sedating. It is this mechanism in the liver that causes edibles to have different effects on most people. This entire process can take between 30 minutes and 2 hours to kick in.
  • Concentrates: One of the leading benefits of concentrates is the rapid onset time and the ability to yield a high that is more potent than consuming cannabis flower. Concentrates have a high bioavailability, meaning the effects you feel and the rate of absorption into your body, happen almost immediately.

How long does a high last

One of the most common questions surrounding cannabis consumption is the debate over how long a high actually lasts. Unfortunately, there is no right answer.

The effects of weed vary from person to person and can depend on a variety of factors including the product type consumed, the potency of the product, the amount consumed, the tolerance of the user, and the user’s individual metabolism.

However, there is a general guideline for how long users can expect to be high:

  • Smoking or vaping flower: The effects peak around 10 minutes after consumption and typically last 1 to 3 hours, though they can linger for up to 8 hours.
  • Edibles: The effects of edibles usually peak around 1-2 hours after consumption and can last up to 24 hours.
  • Concentrates: Similar to smoking flower, the effects of dabbing usually last 1 to 3 hours and potentially up to 8 hours. If using a high THC concentrate, you could feel the effects for an entire day.

Can you just stop being high?

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.

Going over your limit can make you feel anxious, paranoid, nauseous, and just plain awful. So, what can you do when you need to stop being high from cannabis? There are several ways you can counteract the effects of cannabis.

Problem is, many of these ways to diminish a high are not easy to do when you are already out in public. Instead of unbecoming high you may have to just do your best to not act high. Luckily, this is not difficult to do and it mostly comes down to mind over matter and not reeking of weed.

Take a deep breath

Take a deep breath or two to relax your body, lower your stress levels, and reduce your blood pressure. You cannot completely skip over the effects of THC-rich weed, but you can minimize your level of impairment, to an extent.

A simple deep breathing exercise can settle your mind and body nearly instantly. Just follow these steps:

  1. Find a comfortable sitting, standing, or lying position.
  2. Relax your shoulders.
  3. Put a hand on your stomach and another on your chest.
  4. Breathe in through your nose and notice your abdomen expand.
  5. Purse your lips as if drinking through a straw and slowly exhale while pressing gently on your stomach.
  6. Repeat until you feel your desired effects.

Just act normal

To act normally after a cannabis high, refrain from speaking about how high you feel because that is a dead giveaway. Yes, you can be social, but not overly talkative about your experience.

If you are new at this, you probably need to keep the chatter down as well as the interaction. Keep your conversations short until you get down from the cannabis high. Stay around people with a greater tolerance for weed consumption. They can help you make sure you are keeping your cool.

Do not start an emotional conversation or heated argument. Try not to fidget or act as if you are guilty about something. In most cases, people will not even notice that you are high. So do not give them any idea by tipping them off with excessive or abnormal behavior.

If you want to stay away from everyone during your cannabis high, make sure you have a place in your home or away from home that you can go and be alone. By doing so, you can wait until you are sober enough to be around others.

Wear sunglasses

Some people tend to get the infamous red eyes when they smoke. Whenever possible, wear sunglasses so no one can see your bloodshot eyes. It is maybe the simplest way to hide being stoned.

If you are indoors, then refrain from wearing them, as this could make you look even more suspicious than when having red eyes. Of course, if you just act normal while wearing sunglasses indoors then you should seem less suspicious.

Cover up the smell

One of the main giveaways of having consumed weed is the smell. If you are smoking your product, start by opening all the windows and doors to let the air flow through your home. Fresh air will help keep you from stinking like weed but it is not perfect.

Lighting incense is another way to mask the smell of weed. If incense is not available, add some essential oils into your home diffuser to cover your skunky smell with anything you have on hand. Using a fabric spray over furniture near the smoking area and vacuuming your carpet can eliminate odors, but not completely.

Weed smell seeps into nearly every area of your home including your hair and body. Cover up your weed breath with a stick of flavored gum, preferably mint. If you have the opportunity, brush your teeth and use mouthwash to get rid of any lingering odors.

Take a cold shower

A cold shower might be just what you need to sober up quickly. Many cannabis users claim to feel a significant reduction of effects after taking a cold shower or splashing cold water over their face.

It is not clear why this happens, but it is believed that showering with cold water for between 30 and 90 seconds can stimulate deep breathing, improve oxygen levels, lower blood pressure, and improve circulation. Taking a shower will also clean out any lingering weed smell on your body and in your hair.

Take a nap

If you have some time before you have to act sober, try taking a nap to relax. Sleeping the high off is definitely a thing. The more sleep the better. You can wake up feeling renewed and focused to attend to your responsibilities.

Even if you do not have the time or cannot fall asleep, lying down and closing your eyes for a few minutes may help reset your mind and get you ready for the rest of your day.


It is no secret that weed consumption causes a variety of side effects including dry mouth, also known as “cotton mouth.” A dry mouth can make it harder for you to speak clearly and, thus, expose you to being high.

In order to avoid this problem, keep a glass of water or a water bottle nearby. Remember to take sips during natural pauses in the conversation to stave off mouth dryness. Just do not look overly thirsty as that may also give you away. Sugar-free candy and gum can also help stimulate saliva production in your mouth.

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