Smoking marijuana offers many benefits. Marijuana can help with chronic pain, muscle spasms, epileptic seizures, anxiety, slowing the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease, and much, much more.
While the risks of smoking marijuana are quite minimal, occasionally newcomers to the drug find themselves smoking too much and getting too high.
While you won’t get sick or die from getting too high, it can still be a very scary feeling. Those who get too high often feel paranoid and like they’re not in control of their bodies.
Luckily, there are some things you can do if you get too high.
Check out this guide to learn what you should do when you get too high.
1. Try to Avoid It
First things first, you should try to avoid getting too high if possible.
When smoking weed, make sure to pace yourself. Oftentimes, people expect weed to hit them in the same way that alcohol does. In other words, they think they’re going to feel the effects immediately.
However, this often not the case. Weed can take much longer to hit you, so make sure to start slow and smoke only small amounts. After you’ve smoked a few times, you’ll start to have a better idea of what your tolerance is.
2. Don’t Run for Cover
When people get too high, they often think the best thing to do is run for cover in the darkness of their bedroom, away from other people and stimulation.
This is often because loud music, talking, and laughing can feel overstimulating to someone who is too high. However, seeking cover in the darkness is usually only going to make matters worse.
In the quiet darkness, your mind is going to try to fill the quiet void, which can lead you to think irrational and negative thoughts about yourself and leave you feeling worse.
Therefore, instead of running for cover, we suggest embracing sights, sounds, and other types of sensory stimulation that make you happy. Eat a snack you love, listen to your favorite album or fiddle with an instrument.
3. Don’t Panic
Telling someone who is too high to not panic is usually easier said than done. However, if you’re too high, you should do your best to keep your cool, as panicking is only going to make things worse.
First, it’s important to know that, contrary to what you may have heard, there has never been a death related to cannabis overdose. So, the important thing to tell yourself is that you’ll be fine and that the feeling of being too high will soon pass.
In the moment, many people feel like they’ll never be normal again and that by getting too high, they’ve screwed something up with their own blood chemistry. However, the feeling of being too high usually passes within a few hours or after a good night’s sleep.
And, the best part is, unlike alcohol, there’s no hangover with marijuana, which means that you’ll be as good as new the next morning.
4. Have a Sober Buddy
When you’re too high, one of the best things to do is to have a sober voice of reason that can talk you through the situation.
When the voice in your head is telling you that everyone is staring at you or that you’re acting crazy, it can help to have a friend present who can tell you that you’re doing fine and that the feeling will soon pass.
If you’re around people who are egging you on and trying to increase your paranoia, then you should get away from them.
5. Try to Lessen the High
With alcohol, the only thing you can do to sober up is wait. However, this is not the case with marijuana, as there are things you can do to lessen your high.
One of the most effective things to do is to take CBD oil. CBD oil can help counter the psychoactive effects of the THC, and it can lessen your anxiety and paranoia levels.
In general, you should stick to smoking marijuana that already has CBD in it if becoming too high is a big worry of yours. This way, you’ll be a lot less likely to get too high in the first place.
If you don’t have any CBD around, you can also try taking a shower, drinking sugar water, or chewing on a few black peppercorns. While there’s no solid scientific proof that any of these methods actually work, many people swear by them when they find themselves too high.
You can also check out this guide to learn more about how to counteract getting too high.
6. Hydrate and Refuel
Sometimes, the feeling of being too high is accompanied by nausea. If this is the case for you, you should focus on hydrating and refueling.
This is especially the case if you started smoking on an empty stomach, as this can lead you to feel light-headed and sick.
So, when you smoke, always have a snack and water on hand.
7. Move to a Safe Space
As we said earlier, we don’t suggest hiding out in your bedroom if you get too high. However, if you’re in public or in a large crowd, we do suggest moving to a safe space.
Being around strangers can increase the feeling of paranoia. This is when many people feel like “everyone is staring at them” and that “everyone knows they’re high”.
To prevent these feelings, go with a friend to a space where you’ll feel calm and relaxed.
Getting Too High: Now You Know
As you can see, there’s a lot that you can do if you get too high.
The main thing to remember is that the feeling will pass and that soon you’ll return to your normal self.
And, once you’ve sobered up, be sure to check back in with our blog for more articles like this one.