We’ve all been there. You took too much of a THC edible or took one too many hits of your vape pen. Maybe you got impatient with a gummy that took 2 hours to kick in, or maybe you accidentally ate an infused edible. Whatever the case is, too much THC can leave many users feeling anxious, paranoid, dizzy and uncomfortable. It’s also referred to as “greening out”. In extreme cases, you may feel like you need to go to the ER for help.
THC products are meant to be relaxing, stress relieving and great for sleep. But, that all depends on the dosage and type of product you’re taking. If you take more THC than your body is used to, you may be in for an overwhelming, uncomfortable experience. But, don’t worry! We’re here to help. Here are 5 ways to help sober you up after taking too much THC.
Disclaimer About THC
THC and cannabis as a whole has no known overdose potential. So, taking too much THC as an adult will not cause users to stop breathing. However, THC products should be kept away from children and pets, as THC toxicity can affect them differently. Too much THC can also cause increased heart rate and blood pressure. So, those with heart conditions or high blood pressure should be extra cautious with dosing.
If you take too much THC, time may seem to pass slower. Thankfully, the effects of THC only last up to 24-48 hours at the most. Most side effects only last 4-6 hours. Again, it all depends on how much THC you take and what delivery method you use.
Tip 1: Get to a Safe Space
If you start to feel anxious and uncomfortable from too much THC, it helps to be in a familiar, safe space away from other anxiety triggers. Whether it’s your bedroom, a friend or relative’s house, or a peaceful spot in nature, your environment is a really important part in bringing you down from a green out.
While in your safe space, try laying in bed or get cozy in your favorite blanket. Breathe deeply and remember that you’ll feel better in a few hours. Play some chill music or try munching on your favorite snacks.
Tip 2: Take CBD and Black Peppercorns
If you take too much THC, it may take a few hours for the effects of the THC to completely wear off, there are some things you can take to dampen the side effects of a green out. CBD (cannabidiol) can be a great way to balance your THC buzz. We always recommend keeping a bottle of CBD gummies or tincture on hand to help calm you down. CBD is the “yin” to THC’s “yang”, balancing their effects and aiding in anxiety relief.
How much CBD should you take? Honestly, the more the merrier. Since CBD is non-intoxicating, you can take as much as you need to. In fact, taking way more CBD than THC is usually best for anxiety relief. If you don’t have any CBD, try chewing or smelling whole black peppercorns. Peppercorns contain many of the same terpenes found in cannabis, which may explain some of its calming effects.
Tip 3: Find a Calming Distraction
During a green out, your headspace may not be the best. You may have some intrusive and uncomfortable thoughts or worries that can make you anxious. Until the THC effects wear off, it’s helpful to have some calming distractions on hand. Here are a few distractions:
- Yoga and breathing exercises
- Baby sensory videos or your favorite comfort show/movie
- Call a friend or relative
- Gentle organizing or cleaning
- Fresh air and nature
- Sleeping or a quick cat nap
While these distractions won’t work for everyone, they can be great ways to occupy your brain or distract you from anxiety or uncomfortable thoughts.
Tip 4: Take a Hot Shower
Too much THC? A hot shower may be one of the quickest ways to chill out. While showers won’t sober you up completely, they can help calm you and relieve some anxiety. Many cannabis users enjoy a hot shower for relaxation. Or, a cold shower can help you feel more alert and focused. For an even more relaxing experience, try a CBD-infused bath bomb for mind and body relaxation.
Vogue Magazine recently discussed the power of the shower, noting that “amid ongoing stress and uncertainty, showers are no longer just a utilitarian to-do, they’re an act of serene self-care“. “Experts agree that the ideal temperature to avoid dry, irritated skin is luke warm, which, don’t worry, falls somewhere between 98º and 105º F—meaning that it will still supply soothing warmth for a cozy bathing experience.“
Tip 5: Don’t Isolate Yourself
During a “green out” (or taking too much THC) being left alone with your thoughts can make you feel worse. Many users report racing thoughts, paranoia and increased anxiety during green outs, which can all be aided with the company of a partner, close friend or relative. Spending time with others can be a great distraction, but can also help ground you. If you feel overwhelmed and anxious, having someone there to comfort you makes a huge difference.
Preferably, spend time with someone who knows what you’re going through and won’t judge you for taking too much THC. If your friend or partner is greening out, be ready to comfort them with a cozy blanket, reassuring words and their favorite snacks or games.
Overall, taking too much THC can feel uncomfortable and overwhelming, even for seasoned cannabis users. The important thing to remember is that the effects won’t last forever and you’ll be back to normal in a few hours. Even if you have a lot of cannabis experience, go low and slow with any new product and be patient with onset times. Cannabis products can be unpredictable, especially edibles.
If you have questions about product potency or want more tips for keeping your buzz fun and relaxing, contact us today for helpful tips and tricks. We’re happy to help!