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Learn | 01.09.2023

Greening Out? Learn How To Fix It

Helpful tips for when we overestimate our tolerance to THC and want to sober up.

We’ve compiled some valuable tips for sobering up when you are too high. In case you didn’t know, it’s not possible to overdose on THC, although it’s very likely that you won’t feel very good if you take a little too much. We’ve all been there and done that.

Sometimes, we get excited and a little out of hand with cannabis consumption. Here are some tips that will help you get back to a state of tranquility.

What Is Greening Out?

Simply put, greening out means that you have gotten too high. Specifically when you’ve gone overboard with THC – or its close relatives like THC-B, THC-O, THC-P, and more. 

This means you have more THC than your cannabinoid receptors can handle, triggering a host of physical and mental side effects as a result.

Symptoms Of Being "Too High"

But how do you know when you have consumed too much cannabis? Well, first of all, because the experience stops being fun or relaxing and takes a dark turn, some of the effects can be: 

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

When I Get Too High, What Happens?

It is not possible to consume enough THC to die, nor does THC affect parts of the brain that could affect your breathing (it is normal to feel shortness of breath and anxiety).

Remember that everything or almost everything is in your mind because THC, which is responsible for the psychoactive effect, binds to the receptors of our endocannabinoid system.

In short, everything is in your mind. Remember that continuing to use cannabis even when you have reached your “limit” will not get you higher, it will only make the experience less exciting, and you will waste valuable cannabis.

Most of the symptoms pass when you give them time, and the effect of the cannabis diminishes, but if you feel like you are dying – spoiler alert: you are not.

Valuable Tips To Stop Greening Out

Take It Easy!

You are fine, and everything is going to be fine. Always remember that. Most of the symptoms of “greening out” will dissipate in a matter of minutes or hours, with no lasting effects beyond a little drowsiness and something similar to a hangover.

Remember, there have been no recorded deaths from cannabis overdose in history, so despite how scared you may feel or how sweaty you may get, you won’t die from excessive consumption. Don’t test the theory, though.

Breathe

Hand in hand with staying calm and collected is breathing. Take deep inhalations and exhalations, don’t get upset, and remember that everything is temporary.

Conscious breathing will help you to decrease your body’s state of alertness and return to a state of normalcy more quickly.

Hydrate

Drinking beverages, preferably cold, will help lessen the side effects of having consumed a little too much. This will help combat dry mouth and allow you to concentrate on a simple and familiar act: sipping and swallowing.

Consume Lemon

The taste of a lemon may be just what you need to recover after getting too high. Smelling and tasting it can be a great aid to sobering up.

This is because of the terpene limonene, which is found in citrus fruits and many strains of cannabis.

Set Limits

If you already know after what point things get dark, don’t go past that point. It’s that simple. If you know before your cannabis session how far you can go, it will be easier to be in control and not overdo it.

Remember that knowing your limits is the best way not to overdo it. Also, each type of product is metabolized differently. Taking two puffs of a joint is not the same as eating a whole gummy infused with THC.

Reading the labels of the products as well as the recommendations on them is a good idea of the starting point on how much to consume or not.

Black Pepper

Believe it or not, black pepper is the number one ally when it comes to downing a cannabis high.

Just sniffing or chewing a few black peppercorns is enough to get almost instant relief. Although unproven, many of the terpenes in black pepper also appear in numerous cannabis strains, which may contribute to its calming effects.

Sleep

It may also seem obvious, but sleep is a perfect solution to many ailments, including excessive cannabis consumption. Find a quiet place, without many stimuli, where you can rest and breathe deeply.

Remember that the intense discomfort you feel will pass. Breathe in deeply through your nose and out through your mouth. Concentrate on the sound of your breathing and rest for a while.

Distract Yourself

There is a saying that a busy mind misses no one. Well, a busy mind doesn’t feel the side effects of consuming too much weed.

Fun and entertaining activities are a great way to distract yourself while trying to get back to Earth. Try to keep activities on the friendly and warm spectrum. Your brain will focus on positive feelings and remind you that you are safe and well.

Use CBD

CBD is known to counteract the effects of smoking too much weed, plus it also serves to decrease anxiety and stress, which can be very helpful when you’re in a state of paranoia.

Also, because CBD does not bind to the CB1 receptors in the brain like THC, it can balance and reduce the intensity of the high.

Seek Professional Help

If none of these tips have helped and you feel that you are alarmingly unwell, seek help from a medical center. They are experts in health issues, and if you tell them you have a cannabis anxiety attack, they will be able to give you a hand.

As a general rule, they cannot arrest you or take legal action against you for being too high.

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