Try these tips if you have a bad experience after taking too much THC.
You feel as if you’re sinking into the couch. You think everyone else in the room hates you. You keep checking your watch to find only a minute has passed. You think every police siren you hear is a cop car on the way to arrest you.
You’re too high.
We’ve all been there. It happens to even the most experienced cannabis users. As common as it is, there’s no denying that it can be a very uncomfortable experience.
Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to calm down and sober up.
7 Tips for What to Do if You Get Too High
Below are seven of our best tips for what you should do if you feel too high.
First, try to avoid panicking by reminding yourself that the effects of cannabis are temporary; they will eventually wear off. If possible, get to a safe environment or ask a friend to keep you company and help you calm down until you feel better.
Call a friend on the phone or invite them over to keep you company. Turn on your favorite show, or play a video game you enjoy. Distracting yourself can be a great way to ride out the effects until they ease up. Having company can also help you feel safer and less anxious overall.
Drinking alcohol can worsen the effects of being too high by making you feel even more anxious, sedated, or paranoid. Stay away from alcohol and drink lots of water instead.
Drink plenty of fluids, especially water, to help flush the THC out of your system. Although doing so won’t make the psychoactive effects disappear immediately, it can help them recede faster. Consider adding lemon to your water, since the terpenes in lemon may also reduce the effects of THC.
Sniff black pepper.
Even though it seems strange, try sniffing some black pepper. Caryophyllene is a compound in peppercorn that can help you calm down. A few deep inhales can help make the high more manageable. Just be careful not to get any of the pepper in your nose. Ouch.
CBD gummies or CBD Drops can help you calm down, reducing some of THC’s psychoactive effects, because CBD has properties that block and diminish the intoxicating effects of THC. CBD is also very calming, so it may help reduce your stress.
Sleep it off.
One of the best ways to get through an uncomfortable psychoactive experience is to fall asleep. Luckily, THC has sedative effects, so you may feel more sleepy than usual. Whether you go to sleep for the night or just take a nap, you’ll feel much better when you wake up.
Of course, it would be best to avoid getting too high on THC to begin with, and there are a few things you can do to prevent it.
How much THC should I take?
Taking the right amount of THC will make you feel euphoric. However, taking too much can make you feel overwhelmed. But how do you know how much THC to take?
The intensity of your experience is influenced by several factors.
- The type of product you use (gummy, beverage, flower).
- Your tolerance for THC.
- The strain of cannabis.
- Your composition and metabolism.
- What you’ve eaten recently.
- Your environment — whether you are feeling safe or uncomfortable.
The potency of edibles can vary dramatically. Some gummies have a low dose of THC, others a potent 25 mg of THC per gummy. You can’t just pop any edible in your mouth and hope for the best.
Also, don’t feel like you need to eat the whole edible. Figure out how much THC is in each one, and eat a portion of it if you need a lower dose.
Edibles take longer to kick in than other THC products. It may take 30 minutes to two hours before you start to feel effects, and they may not peak for another two to three hours. So give yourself time to feel the impact before consuming another edible.
When you drink cannabis beverages or smoke cannabis, you feel the effects in 10 or 15 minutes. Because THC beverages hit quickly, their effect can feel more potent so be extra careful if you’re consuming a high-potency THC drink.
Everyone has a different tolerance level. The dose that your friend is comfortable with may be way too much for you. Take time to experiment and see what works best for you.
How long does THC last?
How long THC lasts in your system depends upon how you ingest it. Edibles last much longer than smoking flower or drinking a THC beverage.
- Edibles: 6 to 8 hours
- Beverages: 1 to 2 hours
- Vaping: 1 to 3 hours
THC gummies take longer to kick in, but their effects last longer. That’s why it’s so important to take the dose that is right for you. If you take too much, you’re stuck with the effects for much longer than if you had smoked or vaped.
Beverages like a THC drink have fast-acting effects and last for a couple of hours. So if you happen to overindulge, THC seltzers give you a more soothing experience.
How to Avoid Getting Too High
Here are a few other things you can do before consuming THC that can help you avoid getting overwhelmed:
- Start with a low dose and slowly increase from there.
- Use THC with trusted friends in a comfortable setting.
- Stay hydrated.
- Take CBD with your THC.
Determining what works best for you is largely a matter of trial and error. For the best experience, test the dosage, starting with a low one, and make sure that you’re in a safe and comfortable environment.
Discover the Best THC Dose for You
Ultimately, the dose of THC you take is one of the most important factors for dictating the enjoyability of your cannabis experience. If you’re new to cannabis, start with a low amount and slowly increase it after seeing how THC affects you.
At the end of the day, getting too high is a possibility for any cannabis user. You have to remember that it’s temporary, and you will feel like yourself again soon.
WARNING: Keep THC products out of the reach of children and animals. THC products are for purchase and use only by persons 21 or older. Do not use THC products if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Consuming THC products will impair your ability to drive and operate machinery. THC products may cause anxiety, confusion, headaches, and other adverse effects. Do not use THC products if you are taking medication or if you have a health condition before first consulting with a doctor.