It’s happened to a lot of people when trying new cannabis products; you find that you’ve gotten yourself too high, meaning that the psychoactive components of cannabis known as THC (or tetrahydrocannabinol) have taken effect, and there is too much in your system for a pleasant experience.
It’s important to preface an article about feeling “too high” on cannabis with the most important fact: it’s impossible to die from a cannabis overdose unless it was from carbon monoxide poisoning, which would be achieved only by sitting down to smoke 800 (yes, eight hundred) joints in one sitting. Even Snoop Dogg wouldn’t try that.
If you’re feeling the effects of too much THC, or simply feeling a little uneasy with the psychoactive effects of cannabis, it’s imperative to just RELAX, and know that you’ll soon be feeling back to your normal self.
If you’re itching to curb the high and lessen the effects, there are various ways that you can bring yourself back to earth a little quicker, or at least to a place where you can comfortably enjoy your cannabis experience.
Here are 7 of the best techniques to curb a powerful THC effect.
While it seems counterintuitive to use more cannabis to curb the effects of cannabis, this is actually the most effective way to lower THC. The key is using a CBD rich strain with zero THC content.
THC and CBD have an interesting way of working together. When used medicinally, THC can help enhance the effects of CBD, while CBD can counteract the effects of THC. You can get quick effects by taking CBD oil sublingually (under your tongue), ingesting it (swallowing drops), or vaping it for a fast-acting effect.
Like with any substance we put into our bodies, hydrating is an important part of cleansing and ensuring your kidneys are helping detoxify your system. While you may be tempted to over-hydrate by chugging water, be sure you’re not washing your body of important electrolytes and salts.
Sweat it out.
It’s not recommended you operate gym or lifting equipment while you’re feeling the effects of THC. But you can go for a walk, jog, or run to help sweat out the high. Getting some fresh air may just help you bring yourself back down while practicing some intentional breathing.
Chew Black Pepper
While it may seem like a funny remedy, chewing black pepper has been used for centuries as a way to decrease paranoia and anxiety. Chew a small black peppercorn to see if it will help you mentally relieve yourself of unpleasant sensations.
Enjoy a Long Shower or Bath
For any state of mind or body, taking a shower or a bath is a perfect way to mentally press the reset button on your day.
Draw a hot bubble bath and let yourself relax and soak, or take a long hot shower and feel the water on your face. Mentally feel cleansed as your body is physically cleansed, and you will likely get yourself back to your equilibrium.
Focus on Something
Read, watch Netflix, play Solitaire, put on a podcast, knit, paint, play music, write, or do anything that allows you to put all your focus into one thing.
It can be as deep or as superficial as you need it to be but use the practice of mindfulness to help you concentrate your focus elsewhere and get a sense of quiet in your racing mind.
If all else fails, let your bed or couch swallow you up and fall into a deep sleep, even if it’s just a nap.
With a short snooze, you may wake up a bit groggy, but able to move on with your day with some coffee if that’s your thing. After a full night’s sleep, you will likely wake up, feel refreshed, and be able to get back into your normal routine.
If you want to avoid the feeling of being “too high,” it’s important you understand the THC content of your vaporizer, edibles, and cannabis strains, as well as responsible dosing, to ensure you’re getting the intended effect from cannabis.
Getting to know the various strains, consumption methods, ratios, and dosing techniques will help you become the most responsible and effective cannabis consumer. Note what works for you and what doesn’t as you find the best cannabis products, methods of ingestion, and dosing techniques for your optimal lifestyle.