By Jennifer Maniscalo
There’s a good chance that if you’re reading this blog, at one time, or another, you’ve been too high.
Maybe you ate too many edibles, or forgot they were medicated because they were so tasty. Or perhaps you just stumbled across this article and were curious about what you could do in the future if this happens to you. But before we get into it, understand one thing:
You’re going to be OK.
You might be uncomfortable, but no one has ever died from ingesting too much cannabis.
I’ve been in your shoes more times than I’d like to admit. Once, a friend offered me some of a special brownie her roommate made, leading me to make the classic rookie mistake.
I started by eating a quarter of the brownie. I waited a little while, but I didn’t feel anything, so an hour later, I nibbled another piece—didn’t feel anything.Then, a half-hour later, I ate the rest of it. Of course, 10 minutes later all of that THC kicked in and things got uncomfortable. Fast.
In other words, it happens, and unfortunately, it’s a real bummer for a lot of people, but don’t worry, we’re here to help with these time-tested tips for sobering up after having too much weed.
First thing’s first: hydrate. Grab some ice water, and concentrate on the simple and familiar action of sipping and swallowing.
If you have a lemon, squeeze in lemon juice and add a sprinkle of black pepper to make a soothing recovery beverage—it’s a lot less weird than you think. I have personally found this to be a soothing way to relieve the effects of too much THC; but you can also try a warm herbal tea, or fruity mocktail to stimulate your senses and alleviate anxious feelings.
I actually have a black pepper essential oil, so if anyone starts feeling too high they can use it for some emergency aromatherapy.
I know this sounds impossible right now, but bring your lemon pepper drink into the living room and try to do something to take your mind off how you’re feeling. Watch a fun show or favorite movie that always puts you in a good mood. Avoid entertainment that you have to concentrate on, and choose something silly, funny, or happy. Try to just chill and laugh.
Talk to a friend and let them know what’s going on. You’ll feel better having someone watching out for you. Even if it’s just texting, let a buddy know you aren’t in a great headspace and could use some friendly conversation. Pro tip: This is not the time to chat up an ex.
You can also try taking a shower, which has a nice way of resetting your nervous system and calming your mind.
Too jittery to relax? That’s OK, some people get restless and need to move around. Go for a walk, get some fresh air and change of scenery. Make sure you’re in a safe, familiar area and keep your phone on you—or better yet, go on a walk with a friend.
Working up a good sweat can also help reduce your “too high” feelings. Put on your favorite music and dance, or go ahead and Zumba away. Just let your mind focus on the activity, and really explore your body. Make sure you’re hydrating and watching your form!
Be aware of your heart rate. If your heart is already racing from being too high, stick to some gentle stretching or yoga that feels good but doesn’t amp you up too much.
For some people, CBD can dull the effects of too much THC. However, keep in mind the ratio you’re taking may have more THC in it and could end up making you feel worse. Our CBD-rich Chocolate Bites are a delicious way to counter the effects of THC. CBD vapes are also great option for seeing how you react since you can take a small hit and feel the effects more quickly than waiting for the onset of another edible.
Your best bet for feeling better when you’re too high? Go to sleep! I know this can seem impossible when your mind is racing, but get comfortable in a soft bed. Dim the lights, put on some chill music and maybe even put a couple of drops of lavender oil on your pillowcase. Treat yourself extra kind, breathe deep and close your eyes. Some people get too caught up with their thoughts, but no matter how many times you might get sidetracked from your goal of sleep, allow yourself to reset and try again.
If you really can’t sleep, this is a great opportunity to get another lemon-pepper drink or talk to a friend. But avoid staring at your phone or sit up with all the lights on, we want to prepare your mind for sleep, not keep you overstimulated
In the morning, you might feel groggy, or possibly even still stoned. But you’ll feel a lot better after a deep, relaxing rest.
Getting too stoned happens to the best of us, even seasoned cannabis connoisseurs are guilty of overindulging from time to time. But it’s a great lesson on why going low and slow is so important. Now that you know how much THC is too much, write down how many milligrams you ate so you don’t make the same mistake again in the future!