What Do I Do If I Get Too High?

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Could A Few Puffs Get You Too High?

“What do I do if I get too high”, is a feeling almost every marijuana user has experienced at one point. According to experts, it’s pretty much impossible to overdose on cannabis. However, you still can take too much and have adverse effects. 

But what do you do if you get too high and want to become sober? 

Thankfully, there are a few steps you can take to help you calm down and sober up, so don’t panic and keep reading!

Symptoms of Being Too High

First, make sure that you have the symptoms of being too high. In most cases, if you’re too high, you’ll definitely know. But if you feel like you’re right on the border, there are some signs you can look for.

For example, you might experience some anxiety, dizziness, increased heart rate, nausea, panic, confusion, sweating, or paranoia. 

Don’t Panic

Even if you are feeling anxious, one of the most important things to remember is not to panic. Most of the feelings with cannabis will disappear within a few hours, even if you did take too much. 

It’s natural to panic when you get high, but keep in mind that you likely aren’t in danger of dying. If you’re still very worried, you can call a friend to come over and monitor you just in case.

Keep calm, and find a quiet place where you can feel comfortable and take deep breaths. If you can, sleeping it off will help you sober up.

Drink Water

While many people like to party and mix cannabis with alcohol, if you get too high, then you should drink water or other nonalcoholic drinks. 

In general, you should always try to drink water before, during, and after any drug use. It can be helpful especially when you smoke marijuana because it can leave you with a dry mouth. It’s also another activity that can help you focus on something other than being too high. 

Eat Something

Everyone has their own advice on what to eat after taking too much cannabis, and black pepper is one of them. There is no official research, but some people have said that black pepper can help you come off of a major high. 

You can sniff it first, but just make sure that you don’t inhale it. Then eat two or three peppercorns, but just make sure that you chew on them. 

You can also try lemon. Limonene is a compound in lemon, and some people have said that they’ve noticed it’s a calming effect. You can eat a lemon or just put some lemon juice in your water.

Pine nuts are also a great food to eat because pinene is a compound in nuts. Some people have said that it also helps provide a calming effect which could counteract your high. 

However, if you have a tree nut allergy, avoid pine nuts.

Eating a small snack can help you feel more grounded and will take your focus off of being too high.

Distract Yourself

Distractions can really help you feel instantly better. This could be something as simple as watching your favorite TV show or listening to your favorite band. You could even try coloring; anything that will get your mind off of being too high is a great idea. 

You should focus on something enjoyable to help ground you and focus less on the bad side effects. Doing this won’t sober you any quicker, but it can make it more tolerable. 

You can also try to massage yourself to calm yourself down. You can even try stretching, but just make sure that whatever you do doesn’t overstimulate you.

Go For a Walk

If your mind won’t stop racing, go for a walk. Sometimes getting some fresh air and having new scenery can help you feel better. However, just make sure that if you go for a walk you stay close to your house or take a friend or family member with you to make sure that you don’t wander off.

If you’re feeling too light-headed to stand, then try laying down for a while instead of going for a walk.

Take a Shower or Bath

If you happen to be at home or in another situation where you can bathe, taking a shower or bath can help you get less high. Although there is no scientific evidence, showers have been shown to mellow your high and a cold shower can increase your alertness.

Cuddle With a Pet

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Snuggling With A Pet

If you have a pet, this would be a great time to cuddle with them. They can provide a lot of comfort and help ground you when you’re freaking out. 

There are also many health benefits of cuddling with your pet, including stress or anxiety relief, which is important when you get too high. Hanging out with your pet can also relax you, make you happier, and decrease your blood pressure. 

If you don’t have any pets, try watching some cute pet videos!

Understand Your Limits

In the future, you can use this session to understand your tolerance and comfort levels so that you don’t end up in that situation again.

In case you aren’t aware of your limits, make sure that you use them with friends that you trust. Being paranoid around strangers can make the situation even worse.

If you’re a beginner, you might want to start out slow and don’t push yourself past your limits especially if you’re not in a comfortable situation.

With edibles, it’s especially recommended to use caution to avoid getting too high. Its recommended you start with the standard dose of 10 mg or even less. This way, you can easily control the dose to better understand your limits. You should also wait for an hour or two between dosages because it can take a minute to hit you. 

It’s important to keep in mind that the everyday smoker will have a higher marijuana tolerance and will sober up faster than someone who does not use marijuana as often. The average high can last anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours at its peak. You may still feel lingering effects for a period of time after, anywhere from 3-10 hours.

When in doubt, make sure that you ask your doctor any important questions you might have before you use marijuana.

Learn More About What to Do If You Get Too High

These are only a few steps to keep in mind on what to do if you get too high, but there are many other things you can try.

However, speaking with a licensed cannabis physician may be useful in avoiding an adverse reaction to medical cannabis. Licensed Cannabis Physicians like the ones on PrestoDoctor’s platform can suggest dosing and product recommendations based on your condition and current medications to avoid an adverse reaction to the wrong products.

Check out our website to find out more about how to speak with one of our physicians and get a medical marijuana card. 

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