7 Tips for Shortening Your Cannabis Experience
By Ben Owens
As the trend of legalization continues, more people than ever before will have the opportunity to try cannabis for the first time, legally. With this surge of new and curious consumers comes the inevitable side effect that many may consume more than they intend. This might be because it’s your first time, as a result a peer pressure, or even – less often – as a result of inconsistent servings in infused products.
If you’ve ever gotten just a little too high then you’ll know what I’m talking about. It’s an uncomfortable high. While over-consumption looks different for everyone, symptoms of overdoing it include:
- High anxiety, panic, confusion, and runaway thoughts
- Decreased coordination, judgment, and perception
- Increased heart rate, headache, and high blood pressure
It’s important to know your limits, and it’s also important to know how to stop being high because 911 isn’t going to do much for you when you’re too stoned to move.
How to Stop Being High When It’s Hitting Too Hard
Step One: stop consuming cannabis in any form. This should be obvious, but in order to come down, you’ll have to stop getting high, which means turning down another gummy or that pre-rolled joint that’s going around.
If you consumed edibles, you can’t stop your body from digesting what’s already been eaten, but you can dilute the contents of your stomach by eating and drinking more so that that digestion takes longer and releases cannabinoids in smaller amounts.
#1 Tip for How to Stop Being High
Eat more food
As mentioned, food gives your body fuel to continue to digest whatever has been consumed. If it’s an edible, this will dilute the amount of cannabinoids digested at one time. Food is also a comfort that can allow us to relax when a high becomes too much.
#2 Tip for How to Stop Being High
Drink more water
Staying hydrated can make a big difference in your cannabis experience. Your uncomfortable high could be a result of lack of water, and the side effects that come with it. Make sure to continue to stay hydrated, allowing your body to consistently flush itself.
#3 Tip for How to Stop Being High
Cannabis shares terpene profiles with many other plants and fruits that are commonly enjoyed. By applying counteracting terpenes, you can reverse the process. “Lemon Juice and Peppercorns work if you take too much, they reverse the terpenes in the cannabis,” explains Warren Bobrow, author and cannabis infusion alchemist. Options like Lavender, Lemon Juice and/or Black Pepper/Peppercorns help relax the body and potentially minimize the effects of cannabis terpenes on the body.
#4 Tip for How to Stop Being High
While won’t stop your high, it can help you refocus and direct your attention away from your discomfort. It can also help the brain with clarity and ward off the sense of fogginess or lethargy that comes with getting too high.
#5 Tip for How to Stop Being High
Shower and Nap
Depending on how your body reacts to cannabis, a quick shower or a short nap can allow the body to reset naturally. The quick change in temperature will jolt the brain and body, allowing you to “snap out of it”. A nap will let you “sleep it off” and is often easier after you’ve stuffed your belly full of munchies (see Eat More Food).
#6 Tip for How to Stop Being High
Try a Dose of CBD
Also derived from the cannabis plant, CBD is THC’s non-psychoactive cannabinoid cousin. CBD has been proven to naturally reduce anxiety and bring our minds & bodies back to homeostasis. When someone has a negative experience with cannabis and gets “too high” CBD can be consumed and the person will actually start to mellow out and come back down.
CBD is extracted from the plant and consumed in many forms — the most popular being tinctures, gel tabs, gummies, topicals, patches, vape-ready oil cartridges, and distillate powder. Start with 10mg as a recommended therapeutic dose.
#7 Tip for How to Stop Being High
Cannabis affects our ability to focus. One of the greatest shortcomings of cannabis is also a major benefits if you’ve spent the last half hour Googling “how to stop being high”. Find something else and try to think about it for a few minutes. Whether that new focus is making a playlist, going for a walk, coloring, cleaning, or simply changing rooms, a deliberate refocus can make it easier to minimize your discomfort.
Can the hospital do anything to stop my high?
So what happens if you do end up calling the paramedics or checking yourself into a hospital for overconsumption? According to Jordan Person, a nurse of more than 17 years, there’s currently no accepted “treatment” or “stop” to cannabis consumption or overconsumption. “They will likely just make you sit there and wait it out. If the patient continues to insist that the medical staff must do something, then a saline IV might be administered, and then they’ll just let the patient ride it out.” That’s right, even the hospitals know that cannabis has to run its course. And, no, they won’t sedate you to make it any easier.
The Final Hit: How to Stop Being High
All of these tricks will help mitigate a high, but when it comes to how to stop being high, you’re likely going to have to simply sit it out. The best trick for stopping an uncomfortable high is never starting one; know your limits how long a high lasts for you, and consume responsibly, and you’ll never have to figure out how to stop being high.
Quick Hit: Top 7 Ways to Stop Being High
- Eat a healthy meal
- Drink plenty of water
- Use terpene-based aromatherapy
- Try a serving of caffeine
- Take a shower and a nap
- Try a dose of CBD
- Distract yourself