Maybe you got a little too high on 420 last year. It’s okay, it happens to even the most experienced cannabis consumers. Still, being overly intoxicated is uncomfortable and annoying. If you find yourself in a bind again this year, here are 5 ways to sort yourself out if you get too high on 420.
1. Move to a calm, quiet space
When taking any mind-altering substance, your environment is critical. If you are uncomfortable in your environment, you are significantly more likely to have a negative experience.
If you are feeling a little bit too high and you begin to get dizzy or paranoid, one of the first things you should do is move to a calm and quiet place. If you are feeling super out of it, call an Uber or a taxi home.
Otherwise, take a visit to the bathroom or another private place where you can sit down and relax for a moment. Many people also find going for a leisurely walk to be helpful. Others find that they are more comfortable moving to a comfy chair and wrapping themselves in a blanket.
Bottom line? If you’re feeling too high, do whatever is in your power to make yourself as physically comfortable as possible.
2. Try some breathing exercises
This trick is especially useful for combatting dizziness and cannabis-induced anxiety. One quick way to change your mental state is to change your physical one. If you make it to a calm and quiet place and still need help adjusting, some simple breathing exercises may be helpful.
Here are a three breathing exercises to try if you’re feeling too high on 420:
- 4-7-8 breathing: Inhale for 4 seconds. Hold for 7 seconds. Exhale for 8 seconds. Repeat 4 times.
- Box breathing: Inhale for 5 seconds. Hold for 5 seconds. Exhale for 5 seconds. Hold empty for 5 seconds. Repeat 3 times.
- Breath visualization: Visualize your torso as a 3-chamber canister. Inhale deep into the belly, paying attention to the sensation of the breath in the stomach. Then focus on the sensation of inhalation at the ribcage. Then focus on the sensation of inhalation at the chest. Repeat for 2 to 5 minutes.
3. Try some CBD
Research shows that cannabidiol (CBD), a cannabis compound that does not produce a “high”, can mitigate some of the psychoactive effects of THC. If you’re concerned about getting too high on 420, stock up on a high-CBD, low-THC strain or product ahead of time.
When you’re in need, break it out and inhale. The CBD should be helpful in mellowing you out. If your product contains more THC, however, that may only worsen the problem. For best results, shoot for a product that is either pure CBD or contains at least a 2:1 ratio of CBD to THC.
4. Hop in a shower
If possible, one way to quickly perk up and calm down after too much cannabis is to hop in the shower. Not only do showers feel amazing while under the influence of cannabis, but they are a great way to shift your attention from obsessing over how high you are to something pleasurable and physical.
Showers also tend to comfort those who experience nausea after excessive cannabis consumption.
No shower? Try splashing hot or cool water on your face in a bathroom. While not nearly as relaxing, it may be a jarring enough sensation to perk you up a bit.
5. Try some coffee, black pepper, or pregnenolone
There are a few things you can take to counteract some of the sedative intoxication associated with cannabis consumption. Feeling a little too tired and mind-warped? Sip on some black coffee, caffeinated tea, or take a whiff of some black peppercorns.
The black coffee or tea will give you back some energy and cut through the haze. The sharp aroma of black pepper is also stimulating, providing a sharp kick to your senses.
Another more experimental option is to pop a pregnenolone capsule, though try at your own risk. Pregnenolone is a naturally occurring hormone. In rodent tests, researchers have found that this hormone is released to help protect the brain from cannabis intoxication. It is readily available for purchase in vitamin shops and online.
Keep in mind, however, that every individual reacts differently to hormones. This option is something that would need careful consideration.