That’s right. The same kitchen ingredient used to spice up your food also can simmer down your high. Black peppercorn has demonstrated the ability to provide near-instant relief for those overcome by cannabis-induced paranoia or anxiety. Chew a few whole black peppercorns, grind peppercorn on food, or, very carefully, smell ground pepper.
And just to make sure your marijuana high doesn’t go overboard in the future, make note of what and how much you consumed, and next time, practice moderation.
Here’s an easy one that you should remember no matter how stoned you are: Drink water . Staying hydrated can calm you down after consuming a bit too much herb. Not only will a glass of water help douse cottonmouth, but it also will allow your overly concerned mind to focus on the simple procedure of sipping and swallowing.
Go for a walk, put on your favorite music or television show, have a conversation with a stoned companion, anything that will help distract you from the sudden bout with cannabis-induced anxiety. By shifting your attention from how high you are to an enjoyable activity, you’ll probably be able to shed that uncomfortable marijuana high in no time.
By shifting your attention from how high you are to an enjoyable activity, you’ll probably be able to shed that uncomfortable marijuana high in no time. (Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps)
The soothing, refreshing action of water on your body can calm a too-high high quickly. Think of it as a form of mental hydration, a hygienic way to wash away the ills of too much THC. Even splashing cold water onto your face should help restore your calm, decrease your heart rate, and ease your mind.
Terpenes are the aromatic oils that give each cannabis plant its own distinct smell, flavor, and effects. The same way that CBD and THC combine to create an “entourage effect,” the variety of terpenoids found in cannabis and other plants seem to have a synergistic relationship with the other cannabis compounds. A citrusy terpene called limonene, which is found in the rinds of citrus fruits and in certain strains of cannabis, has demonstrated the ability to reduce anxiety. A 2012 study into this terpene found that it produced anxiety-reducing or “anxiolytic-like effects,” which could translate positively into a treatment for cannabis-induced anxiety.
Unfortunately, smoking yourself sober is not an option. Instead, the first and perhaps not-so-obvious step is to stop smoking if you feel uncomfortable after consuming cannabis. It’s also crucial to be overly cautious when ingesting edibles, as the full effects can take several hours to kick in and tend to pack a powerful punch. If you’re wondering what to do when too high on flower, edibles, or concentrate, here are some quick tips to show you how to come down from a high that gets too intense.
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Drinking water before, during and after consuming cannabis can help flush the body of cannabinoids, including THC. “As with exercise, sleep and simply waiting for the body to degrade the THC naturally, drinking water is a convenient, and reasonably effective option,” says Dr. Caplan.
Learning how to adjust one’s cannabis consumption can go a long way. But if caught in the downward spin of an unpleasant high, experts share tips on how to sober up.
Black pepper contains caryophyllene, a compound that has anxiety-relieving properties, and can help with cannabis-induced paranoia.
“CBD interacts with THC in complex ways, diminishing certain effects (the munchies, sleepiness or the high, for example) while augmenting others. CBD balances the buzz and softens the euphoria — or, in some cases, the dysphoria — induced by THC, which, in concentrated form, can make people feel very loopy and weird,” notes a 2016 news article by Leafly.
With the effects of cannabis being so individual, varying person to person, accidentally getting a bit too high on cannabis can happen to anyone. That said, “the euphoria of cannabis is a feature that anyone can learn to control,” Dr. Benjamin Caplan, chief medical officer at CED Foundation and Solo Sciences Inc., points out.
Additionally, Dr. Caplan recommends other foods that can help include those with fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K) and those high in vitamin C.
“Both times when it happened to me, it was completely unplanned,” admits Jacqui Childs, a Hamilton, Ont.-based cannabis advocate and social media influencer. Childs had a “greening out” (an act of overindulging in cannabis) experience while filming a cannabis segment.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the cannabis compound that gets people high, can affect a person’s ability to prioritize or perform complex tasks. “For instance, if you are walking down the road and see a bird up in the sky and a car coming towards you, your brain on THC sometimes doesn’t know what to prioritize,” says Cole Siddons, a cannabis cultivation technician from Ontario.
Beyond “diluting the cannabinoids and helping the body to rinse the body of excess discomfort, the act of drinking and filling one’s stomach can also help someone relax from an unpleasant experience,” he adds.
Learning how to adjust one’s cannabis consumption can go a long way