If there is one feeling that no cannabis consumer appreciates, it is the moment when you realize, “I’m too high,” as every cannabis consumer will tell you. It’s possible that the edible kicked in three hours late. Is it possible that you sought to impress a bunch of friends by inhaling a little too deeply? Possibly, you’ve just experimented with concentrates for the first time and were taken aback by how potent they were. Alternatively, you may simply be a consumer with a low cannabis tolerance.
The experience can be unpleasant and enough to turn away even the most devoted cannabis enthusiast. There is a plethora of ways in which it might occur, but once it does, the consequences can be severe.
How long does it take to recover?
The length of time you will be high after smoking or vaping pot is determined by a multitude of factors, including the intake method, the dosage, and unique individual variables that can differ from person to person. Generally speaking, the higher the potency of a cannabis product, the longer the duration of the high. Concentrates (they contain more THC) are the most potent type of cannabis, with flower and edibles coming in second and third place, respectively.
This could suggest that it would take longer to recover after a dabbing session than it vaping or smoking pot. Nonetheless, the dosage and your body’s chemistry would still be the deciding factors in this situation. It’s also vital to remember that the everyday user with a greater pot tolerance will sober up faster than the occasional consumer who only smokes a few joints or vapes just at a party or social gathering.
The average cannabis high can last anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours at its height, with some lingering effects being felt for a length of time afterward. Some highs have been known to endure significantly longer than others. Fortunately, there are methods for calming down and regaining sobriety when you become too high.
1. Experiment with water and light snacks.
Drink lots of water, remember to hydrate! Whether you prefer water or juice, keep a refreshing beverage on hand (preferably non-caffeinated). This will assist you in overcoming dry mouth and refocusing your attention.
Bear in mind that we do not mean “drink a few alcoholic beverages.” Avoid alcohol, as it might raise THC blood concentrations.
Some folks find that a light snack helps them re-center themselves. Consider nibbling on some fruits, nuts, or cheese to see if it helps you connect your mind and body more easily.
2. Avoid Panic
Do not freak out. You are perfect and everything is perfect.
The majority of symptoms associated with consuming too much cannabis will subside between minutes to hours, leaving only a slight grogginess behind. Give it some time and these emotions will pass.
Additionally, contrary to popular belief, there have been no confirmed cannabis overdose deaths in recorded history, so regardless of how freaked out you feel or how hot you become, you will not die from excessive intake.
3. Before ingesting, be aware of your boundaries.
If possible, plan your cannabis session in accordance with your tolerance level. While this advice will not help you once you’ve over the line, it will help you avoid an awkward scenario in the future.
Consume with friends with whom you are familiar and at ease and avoid feeling compelled to consume more than you can handle. While making new acquaintances is admirable, being surrounded by strangers while unable to feel your face is unpleasant at best and anxiety-inducing at worst.
4. Maintain your composure and rest
Locate a calm, quiet space where you may rest and fully breathe. Bear in mind that the acute discomfort you are experiencing will pass. Inhale deeply through your nose and exhale through your mouth. Concentrate on the sound of your breath and take a moment to rest.
Sometimes sleeping it off is the greatest way to end a strong high but turning your brain off is not always easy. Once you’ve located a peaceful location, lie down, and let yourself to rest.
5. Keep a supply of black pepper on hand.
If you’re struggling with paranoia or anxiety, a common home ingredient found in kitchens and restaurants worldwide can help: black pepper. Simply sniff or chew on a few black peppercorns for near-instant relief.
6. Shower or bathe
While this may not always be possible while out and about or at a friend’s place, if you’re at home, a nice shower or bath can help you relax while you wait for the effects of smoking too much pot to subside.
7. Consider taking a walk.
If you’re unable to switch off your thoughts, a change of scenery and some fresh air to get your blood flowing will assist re-energize you. Simply remember to stay inside your immediate surroundings—we don’t want you to walk off and become disoriented while you’re nervous and suspicious!
8. Divert your attention!
All of the activities that look so fascinating and enjoyable when high are also excellent ways to divert your attention while you attempt to return to Earth.
Whichever distractions you want, make sure they are familiar and elicit warm, fuzzy feelings. Hopefully, your brain will focus on the pleasant feelings and serve as a gentle reminder that you are secure and fine.