Too High? Here are Some Tips – and How CBD Can Help!
The primary intoxicating compound of cannabis, THC, binds to the CB1 receptors in your central nervous system when smoked, vaped, or ingested orally. Once stimulated, these receptors produce intoxicating and mind-altering effects that are relaxing and pleasurable.
But when THC is consumed at a very high concentration, or when those who aren’t familiar with cannabis take too big of a hit, the receptors can become overstimulated. This can potentially result in negative effects like dizziness, impaired reflexes, paranoia, fast heartbeat, nausea, and/or lethargy.
This experience can be quite scary, especially for those new to cannabis consumption, but it can be overcome by following some simple tips. Let’s discuss some tips that will help you get out of this situation quickly!
When you get that initial hit of anxiety, the most important first step is to try and calm your breathing and soothe your mind. It’s often helpful to remember that, even if you feel overwhelmed in the moment, most cannabis “overdoses” fade within just 1-10 minutes. Once your racing thoughts have calmed down, you should try and distract yourself by doing things that will shift your focus. This may include activities like watching a movie, playing video games, or even doing some light household chores. For some, physical movement can be incredibly beneficial – but it’s crucial to focus on whatever helps to give you positive feelings.
Take a Shower
If you are at home, it can be good to take a hot bath or shower. This kind of self care can work to quickly soothe your mind and body and make you less overwhelmed.
If you’re somewhere that taking a shower is not possible, try splashing your face with cold water, as this can also help to slow down your racing thoughts and bring you back to center.
Go for a Walk
Sometimes, just breathing in the fresh air close to nature can help you to stay calm. But if you’re experiencing mild to moderate paranoia, it may be better to take a friend along with you. If going out for a walk is not possible, moving around indoors can be just as helpful.
Drink a Lot of Water
Overstimulated receptors can lead to dry mouth. Fortunately, this is one of the easiest negative effects to overcome! Simply making sure you have a glass or bottle of water nearby when you’re smoking can help to curb the cotton mouth before it even starts. Staying well-hydrated can also help in slowing down any racing thoughts and help your mind to refocus. However, be careful not to go for caffeinated beverages as the interaction of caffeine and cannabis just might do more harm than good.
Munch on Black Peppercorn
While this probably sounds like the craziest suggestion on the list, munching on some whole black peppercorns is likely to give you instant relief. Sometimes, even smelling the spice is enough to alleviate any overwhelming effects of THC. The presence of the terpene caryophyllene in this spice is responsible for giving relief as it has proven anti-anxiety properties.
Counteract THC With Some CBD
The anxiety caused by overconsuming THC can be reduced to a great extent by using CBD. CBD instantly blocks the CB1 receptors and keeps the THC from binding to CB1 receptors. CBD also reduces the intoxicating effects induced by THC.
You can try taking a few drops of a CBD tincture if you get too high. This can help to calm you down and help you overcome paranoia or anxiety caused by THC. The effects of CBD tinctures are often felt within just a few minutes!
It is better to avoid this appalling situation in the first place by taking THC at the right concentration and starting slowly if you’re not yet familiar with how much THC is right for you. Even if you do over-consume THC, try to stay calm and keep away any negative thoughts. We really think the most important thing to remember is that even the most severe bad highs will pass with time!
Thanks for reading,