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Too High? How to Sober Up from Cannabis Overconsumption

Almost every cannabis consumer has experienced being too high at some point in their lives. While weed can be wonderful when consumed in the right dosage, accidentally consuming too much can amplify anxiety, invoke nausea and create a truly uneasy headspace. Whether you’ve mistakenly eaten an edible with too much THC, smoked too much weed or if you’re just a low-tolerance consumer, don’t worry. You are not alone and will be just fine!

Even the most experienced cannabis connoisseurs have terrible realizations of “I’m too high.” And while this can be a scary place to be, the good news is just that- it’s all in your head. In fact, the National Cancer Institute states that, “cannabinoid receptors, unlike opioid receptors, are not located in the brainstem areas controlling respiration, [so] lethal overdoses from cannabis and cannabinoids do not occur.” And it’s true, no one has ever died of a fatal overconsumption of cannabis alone.

So what can you do to lessen your high? When trying to come down from weed it’s important to remember that time is on your side. For now, sit back and relax with these helpful tips on how to sober up from weed.

Consumption Best Practices: Flower Vs. Edibles

Weed can be consumed in a variety of different ways, so it’s important to understand how different methods of consumption influence your high. The process of metabolizing THC varies greatly between ingesting and smoking. When smoking (i.e. combusting) weed, THC is absorbed by the lungs and carried directly into the brain, resulting in an immediate peak of effects, then a rapid decline over the course of approximately 1-3 hours.

In contrast, when consuming edibles, absorption is a relatively slow process. The THC is metabolized by the liver and converted into 11-hydroxy-THC, which is particularly effective at crossing the blood-brain barrier. This process takes anywhere between 30 minutes and 2 hours, which makes dosing quite hard to get right. The standard edible dosage is 10 milligrams of THC, which delivers mild effects over the course of several hours. Just remember, the golden rule of edibles is always to start with a small amount and be patient. If you don’t feel anything after 45 minutes to an hour, try taking another small dose.

Utilizing CBD to Counteract Being Too High

Recent studies have helped the cannabis community better understand how CBD could temper the adverse effects many people experience when consuming large doses of THC. Interestingly enough, CBD is currently being used by many as a treatment for psychosis and could be just what you need to come down from an intense high. Although keeping CBD nearby for inevitable bad highs might work, there is a lot more to learn between the relationship amongst all cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. As always, try a few different CBD products to figure out what works best for your specific needs. If you don’t have CBD readily available, there are plenty of other remedies to follow in this article.

Fix Yourself a Nice Meal with Water

If you fell victim to a particularly strong edible, eating something may be your best friend. Following assimilation via the bloodstream, THC seeks to rapidly bind and penetrate fatty tissue. Consuming food rich in fats will cause cannabinoids to bind and metabolize faster, leaving you with a less intense high- and a happy belly. This is also why it’s never a good idea to consume edibles on an empty stomach.

Since we know being high almost always leaves one with the munchies afterwards, treat yourself to a nice meal followed by a glass of water. Bonus if you add black pepper to your meal or a lemon to your water. It’s been speculated that the terpenes in both of these ingredients offer a calming aroma that can mitigate the effects.

Take Your Pick: Exercise or a Nap

Sure, physical exercise might seem tortuous right now (or always), but trust us when we say that it is the best way to come down from a weed high. Don’t let your brain talk you out of this- hit the gym, yoga mat or sidewalk and you will feel better in no time.

Also don’t be alarmed by a fast-beating heart, as it’s completely normal and a sign that you are getting stronger. Your body will begin to release endorphins that remove feelings of stress, anxiety and pain, while the increased blood circulation will shorten the duration and intensity of your high. But don’t get down on yourself if you can’t work out.

Taking a nap is another great cure if you’re too high. Power naps have proven to be very effective because your body releases hormones that seek to repair and replenish your organs. Plus while you’re asleep, you won’t have to deal with a bad high! Try to limit your nap to thirty minutes as we wouldn’t want you waking up extremely groggy.

Be Creative & Express Yourself

The truth is that our brains are pretty terrible at multitasking. The brain is a single unit processor, so try allocating your efforts toward activities that require more creativity, talking and writing so your brain can’t dwell on the negatives. You, in this moment, are your own harshest critic. Don’t worry about what other people think, or even if you are alone. Let those creative high thoughts flow freely outside the grip of paranoia and you’ll thank us later.

If you haven’t experienced this already, paranoia is quite good at latching on and controlling the way you feel and think, but it typically has nothing interesting or even true to say. In fact, paranoia and symptoms of being too high are quite similar in nature. Who’s to say that your particular sensation of being too high isn’t just paranoia in disguise?

Remember Time is on Your Side

Now that you’ve truly experienced how high is too high, go ahead and find solace in the fact that all of this will be over in time. Your internal organs will recover just fine with no lasting harm. Do your best to learn your limits with cannabis and remember, you are not alone just ask Maureen Dowd!

Have you experienced being too high from overconsumption of cannabis? How did you handle the situation. Tell us your own suggestions in the comments below!

Almost every cannabis consumer has experienced being too high at some point in their lives. While weed can be wonderful when consumed in the right dosage, accidentally consuming too much can amplify anxiety, invoke nausea and create a truly uneasy headspace. Whether you’ve mistakenly eaten an edible with too much THC, smoked too much weed or if you

Smoking Weed In Sobriety

I remember the first time I heard it. I was at an AA meeting listening to a middle-aged man share. He spoke about honesty and the importance of working the steps. He talked a good talk. I was still thinking about what he’d said when the person sitting next to me, nudged my leg. I turned to her and she rolled her eyes.

Clearly, she’d seen something that I hadn’t.

I looked again, but the man had already sat down.

I turned to the woman beside me and shrugged. She mouthed, “Pot head.”

Rather judgmental, I thought to myself.

In the meetings half time, she explained that the man who was speaking, was on the ‘marijuana maintenance’ program. There was a marijuana maintenance program? I was confused. How could that be? I’d never heard such a thing before.

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Weren’t you supposed to be clean and sober, if you were claiming sobriety?

The meeting ended with the serenity prayer. As I was stacking chairs, I noticed that the man who spoke had slipped out the back door. It was smoker’s corner, and every meeting had one.

I finished stacking chairs and walked out after him. I’d just quit smoking cigarettes, so it was a dangerous place for me to be. I stood outside with the smokers feeling embarrassed. I didn’t want the others to notice that I was checking up on this guy.

Through the gray haze I scanned his face, searching for the tell-tale signs. His eyes were red, but it was smoky. He didn’t engage with any of the other smokers, instead he inhaled his cigarette at warp speed. I’m not sure why I felt the need to be doing this. It was important to me for no other reason, then this was an honest program, and if he was stoned, he wasn’t being honest.

In fact, in my mind, he was dangerous.

If I could make smoking dope okay in sobriety, I could make doing anything else okay, too.

I watched longingly as he inhaled his cigarette, the tip burning cherry-red. The suspect sober/stoned guy – butted his cigarette out against his boot heel and then flicked the butt into the can, which was being used as an ashtray. He sauntered back in the door and disappeared.

An old timer noticed my confused look and crooked a finger at me.

As we walked back into the church, I talked to him about my confusion. He let me run on. When I’d finished, he spoke. He reminded me of the third tradition.

The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.

Third tradition didn’t state anything about smoking weed with marijuana vaporizer we find now at Higher Grounds, or popping pills, or any of the other many ways we can over stimulate the pleasure pathway, inside our brain.

Third tradition only requires a desire to stop drinking. You don’t even have to be stopped. You just have to desire it.

When you take away the alcohol, you have a lot of recovering alcoholics running around looking for their next sugar fix. Third tradition doesn’t say anything about sugar, either.

However, there is a big difference – at least in my mind – between eating too many donuts and smoking pot. Although I imagine smoking pot leads too eating more donuts, it also leads to something far more dangerous.

Dishonest thinking, which is also known as stinking thinking.

Stinking thinking is what gets you into this mess in the first place.

Since then, I’ve seen very few successfully recovered, stoned, AA members. Almost all of them go back out.

But we’re dealing with alcoholics here, and some like to play the odds. While a minor percent of pot smokers in recovery might be living successfully, the majority of them, aren’t.

Why play Russian roulette with a loaded gun?

I don’t define my sobriety by what I don’t drink, or use, although that’s a part of it. But the majority of sobriety is about changing unhealthy behaviors and dealing with your ISM.

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ISM’s are all those sneaky little buggers like: lying, cheating, stealing, manipulating, procrastinating, blaming, avoiding, denying, exaggerating, gossiping, self-centeredness, excuses, self-pity, grandiosity, abusing, and any of the other unhealthy behaviors, that go hand in hand with addiction.

It’s alcohol-ISM – not wasim, folks.

The ISM is what takes you back to using, every single time.

If you’re sober, you already have the prize. For this gal, life doesn’t get any better than this. There are days I wake up and want to pinch myself. I am living the dream.

I don’t need to be stoned. Not even, a little.

The high I found in recovery is better than any chemically induced high, I’ve ever been on. And it doesn’t come with a hangover, or broken hearts.

Personally I think if you’re smoking pot in recovery, you haven’t done the work. Your ISM’s are still running the show.

Half measures availed us nothing. We stood at the turning point. Take another toke, and you’ll see the old familiar curve of that turning point – The one that leads to all roads, ‘back out.’

Truth is, you’re already there. Sobriety is precious.

If you’re smoking pot, I have a news flash for you. You’re not sober, you’re stoned! You still have a long, long way, to go.

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Best wishes,
Lorelie Rozzano.

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Lorelie Rozzano talks about her time at an AA meeting, and observing individuals who were trying to achieve sobriety, but yet also smoking weed. ]]>