We’ve all been there: a casual night with friends takes a turn and things go a little too far. You smoke a little bit more weed than you were planning on, and all of a sudden, you’re internally freaking out. Uh-oh.
Now that weed is getting legalized across much of the country, this is a situation that many more people are about to find themselves in. Marijuana can be an amazing experience in many cases, but it is true that getting way too high can be a grueling feeling.
Do you know what to do if you get too high? There are some steps you can take to calm yourself down and regain control. If you’re feeling a little freaked after your seventh bong rip, read on. We’ll walk you through everything you need to know.
Relax Your Body and Mind
It’s worth noting that in the long and storied history of marijuana, there have been no fatalities. That’s right: despite the conservative freak-out over weed and stoner culture for going on sixty years now, there’s not been one single person that has died from getting high. You’re not going to be the first.
As much as it might feel like you’re going to die if you’ve gotten too high, it’s well worth reminding yourself that this is not the situation. Calming your anxiety down is going to be key to righting the marijuana-laced ship that you’re on. So repeat that mantra in your head: you’re not going to die. You just smoked too much.
Marijuana will exit the body within, at the very most, 24 hours of consumption. In most cases, you will return to a normal sober state in much less time. So while it may feel like you’ve destroyed your brain for all eternity, you’re fine. Just stick this out and you’ll get to the other side.
The power of positive thinking can do much more for you in this situation than you might initially believe.
Getting your body to relax is a great way to help your mind do the same. Loosen your muscles and lean back into whatever surface you may be sitting or laying on. Try to let your body go kind of limp.
Now, slow your breathing. In, out. In, out. Keep them long, controlled, and steady. Breathing in this way can help to restabilize your brain and make you feel less totally out of control.
Weird Little Tricks to Help Your High
When it comes to getting high, preventive measures are the best policy. Know what your personal high is, know how quickly you get there, and quit smoking when you hit it.
That being said, there are little weird tricks you can try that have been shown to help with marijuana.
When Life Gives You Lemons
The substance limonene, found in lemons, is known to help modulate the impact of THC on the brain. So if you’re struggling with being way too high, see if you have a lemon in the house.
Squeezing some lemon juice and throwing a peel in can be a cocktail of better feelings for your brain. Not that this straight lemon juice will be that easy to knock back: but you can always add sugar or water it down to your ideal taste.
Sniff Some Pepper
A similar substance is also found in something else you might have in your kitchen: pepper. All you need to do is grab the pepper grinder from your kitchen and dole some pepper out onto your hand.
Smash it up a bit to really activate the smells, then hold it up to your nose and sniff. A big whiff should send sensations intended to calm THC straight to your brain.
Hop Into a Cold Shower
If you really feel like your body needs a hard reset, consider throwing yourself into a shower with the temperature down low. It might feel a little cruel in your already brain-addled state, but a cold shower can be very restorative.
It can shock your body and brain back to life and put you on a path towards normalization. If you’re way too high and can’t operate, this might shake off the fog and allow you to at least walk straight.
Go for a Walk
While deep breaths may help to calm your body, fresh outside air can do even more. So if you feel up to it, you might want to rise up off the couch and go outside. A quick stroll around the block and back might help you feel more like yourself.
Going outside might be the very last thing you want to do when you’re stoned past all reasonable limits. Your paranoia might be peaking and the thought of running into another person out there might scare the pants off of you.
If you really can’t convince yourself to rise and go out, at least try opening a window and sitting next to it at home. The fresh air can do a lot to calm you down and get you back on track.
What to Do If You Get Too High
Marijuana can be both a blessing and a curse. As such, it’s key to know what to do if you get too high. While being way too high can be a freaky experience, it isn’t something that can’t be fixed with a little determination. The above tips are a great way to start trying.
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