Too High? Helpful Ways to Sober Up

Man and woman lying on green grass in park and passing marijuana joint

We’ve all been there. You lit the perfect joint and took a perfectly-timed, perfectly-prepared hit  when, all of a sudden, the fuzzy feelings you’re getting and your laughter turns into panting. This is when you realize that you are too high.

Perhaps that edible hit you three hours too late after your visit to your local Lincoln Park dispensary. Perhaps you tried concentrates for the first time and were shocked by their potency. Maybe you’re a low tolerance consumer.

That high can sneak up on you in a million ways. But once it does, it can make you feel uncomfortable. It can sometimes turn even the most experienced cannabis enthusiast off. Cannabis is not dangerous and its effects are short-lived but being too high can be uncomfortable. Here are some ways to get back from the edge.

What is the average time it takes to get clean from marijuana?

How long you feel high after smoking/taking cannabis depends on many factors, including how much you take, your dosage and individual variables such as tolerance, metabolic rate, and age. The potency (or THC %, or milligram amounts) of cannabis products will determine how long the high lasts. However, it might not be as intense. Concentrates contain the most potent forms of cannabis with flower and edibles following.

The quality and dosage of the cannabis or wax as well as your body’s chemistry will all affect your experience.

Depending on how much is in your system, the average high from cannabis can last between 30 minutes to 2 hours at its peak. Some highs can last for shorter periods of time, while others may last much longer. There are many ways to get back under control if you feel too high, overextended, or uncomfortable due to excessive cannabis use.

Symptoms of Being Too High

If you aren’t sure where to draw the line, below are some signs to watch out for when getting into the territory of being “too high”. If you experience the below and are no longer comfortable, the first step is to pause any cannabis use for the time being. 

  • Anxiety
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Panic
  • Paranoia
  • Confusion
  • Excessive perspiration

How to get rid of the high quickly

1. Don’t panic

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is the best source of infinite wisdom.

DON’T PANIC. You are fine and everything is okay.

The majority of symptoms of “greening” (taking too much cannabis) will disappear within minutes to hours. There are no lasting effects other than a slight grogginess and an empty fridge. These feelings will pass with time, so take it easy.

Contrary to what you might have heard, there have been no marijuana overdose deaths. So, no matter how scared you feel or how sweaty your body gets, excessive cannabis consumption will not cause long term health issues.

Just remember that you will be fine if you take too much cannabis.

2. Drink water and eat light snacks

Hydration is also the key to sobering up. You can choose to drink water or juice but make sure you always have a cold, non-caffeinated beverage handy. This will allow you to combat dryness and let you focus on the simple act of sipping and swallowing.

Remember that “hydrate” does not mean “take a few alcoholic drinks.” Alcohol can increase your THC blood levels.

Is it possible to get sober by eating after you have smoked weed?

A light snack can help you feel more grounded. Try grazing on fruits, nuts, or cheese to see if you can connect your mind and body a bit easier. Some research indicates that the terpenes found in our food, as well as in cannabis, might help to reduce the user’s high.

3. Before you consume, know your limits

You should prepare for your session according to your tolerance level if you are able. Don’t take more than two puffs of a joint if you are anxious or feel like a 10mg gummy will glue you to your couch. While this won’t work if you are already on the edge, it will help you avoid uncomfortable situations next time.

Be with people you trust, who have smoked together before, and don’t feel pressured into going above your tolerance. While it’s great to meet new people, being around strangers and feeling pressured to take in more cannabis than you should is uncomfortable at best and can lead to anxiety at worst.

When you are eating edibles, take it slow. You should start with a 10mg dose (or 5mg if you are feeling extra cautious) and wait at least one hour before increasing the amount of edibles. Inhalation methods are the same. If you are used to taking one hit from your personal vaporizer, do not sit around smoking and passing for over an hour.

4. When you feel too high, take a few black peppercorns.

Black pepper is a common household ingredient that can be found in most kitchens and restaurants all over the world and can help you overcome anxiety and paranoia. It should be as easy as smelling or chewing a few black peppercorns to provide instant relief. Although it isn’t proven, many of these terpenes found in black pepper are also found in many cannabis strains. This may help to ground the effects.

5. Remain calm and take a break

You need to find a quiet, peaceful place where you can relax and take deep breaths. The intense discomfort that you feel will go away. Deep, full breaths through your nose and mouth. Relax for a few moments and focus on the sound of your breathing.

Sometimes, sleeping off the high can be a good option. However, it is not always easy to switch off your brain. Relax once you have found your zen zone. You can take a nap if you feel tired or drowsy. If you are unable to fall asleep, you can just relax until you feel good enough for you to rise again.

6. Go for a walk

Sometimes a change in scenery and fresh air can help you get more energy if you are unable to turn off your brain. Take a walk around your local Detroit dispensary while keeping in touch with your surroundings and take a friend if you can. We don’t want you to wander off feeling paranoid and anxious. If you feel too light-headed or woozy to walk, don’t go for it. Instead, opt for Option #5 and lay down for a while.

7. Take a bath or a shower

It’s possible to relax at home while waiting for the effects from smoking too much marijuana to subside.

Is it possible to get rid of my high by taking a bath?

Although scientists have not published a study about showering while high, there is some evidence that showering can mellow the high. Showers can relax the mind and body. Cold showers seem to reduce symptoms of depression. They also increase neural impulses. This will make you feel more awake and grounded.

8. Get distracted!

You can also distract yourself with all the high-energy activities, which are both entertaining and very fun. We recommend that you:

  • Enjoy a hilarious cartoon
  • Listen to your favorite album
  • Play a video game
  • Talk to your friends, who will hopefully be there for you and reassure you.
  • Enjoy a cuddle with your partner
  • Coloring is a great way to relax (really, adult coloring books have become all the rage).
  • Enjoy something tasty

No matter what distractions you choose, ensure that it is a familiar activity that brings you warmth and fuzzy emotions. Your brain will likely focus on positive emotions and remind you that you are fine and safe.

Delta-8: Get up and go

Producers and users have new options to experiment with marijuana. Delta-8 is not nearly as hard hitting per mg as delta-9, thanks to its different molecular structure.

Delta-8 has been found to be much less intense than other cannabis types and thus harder to overdo.

Another great source of information will be your local Lincoln Park dispensary. The instore staff is knowledgeable and happy to walk you through any questions or concerns you may have. 



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