Top Ten Tips for Reducing the Cannabis High
Taken too much of your cannabis medication or over indulged recreationally? Relax, you are just experiencing what is colorfully known as a “whitey” or “greening out” by some users. Read our top ten tips for reducing the cannabis high effect to help you overcome any unwanted psychoactive effects.
Overdosing on cannabis
Contrary to what you may have heard, there have been zero reported cannabis overdose deaths in the thousands of years of human consumption, so despite how paranoid, anxious, freaked out or sweaty you may get, you won’t die from excess consumption!
1. Knowing your tolerance level
If you are new to cannabis consumption or are trying a new method of administration, take it slowly, especially when consuming edibles.
With edibles we recommend trying a standard dose of 5 mg and waiting at least two hours, before increasing your dosage.
Edibles can take up to two hours to have an effect, so trying a second edible before the first one takes effect can stimulate an anxious, panicked state.
If you are administering by inhalation methods the effects will be felt quite quickly so wait until you are comfortable that the effect has subsided before taking more of your medication.
Administering cannabis as suppositories will not produce a psychoactive effect as the cannabinoids enter the bloodstream without being processed in the liver. There is no high feeling associated with this method of administration and is recommended for not only reducing the cannabis high but actually being the best way to administer.
2. Understanding how long the effects last
However, when you eat cannabis or administer too much by other methods, the effect can take longer to wear off and can last as long as six hours or more. Taking smaller doses helps dramatically and has great effect in reducing the cannabis high. If you take an exceptionally high dose of cannabis the effects can last much longer.
The high comes from the THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) content in cannabis. Physical effects manifest themselves as bloodshot eyes, dilated pupils, dizziness, dry mouth, increased appetite, shallow breathing, and slower reaction time.
Psychological effects appear in feelings that are energetic, euphoric, happy, relaxed, and uplifted, but it can also generate anxiety and paranoia in some users.
3. Staying calm and resting
Remember, the psychological discomfort you’re feeling will pass. Take deep full breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth and just rest a while.
Find a warm, comfortable space to lie or sit and try to center yourself, relaxing music can help.
Most symptoms will dissipate within around ten minutes to several hours, depending on dosage – with no lasting effects beyond a little grogginess. Given time these feelings will eventually pass.
4. Hydrating helps in reducing the cannabis high
Avoid alcohol as it dehydrates the body and alcohol significantly increases THC blood concentrations.
Although the typical daiy water intake recommendation is to drink eight glasses of water, experts actually suggest that men need about thirteen cups of water a day, while women need nine.
Don’t overdo your liquid intake as you can flush important electrolytes out of your system resulting in hyponatremia, a condition caused by low sodium causing symptoms such as nausea, headaches, lethargy, confusion and irritability.
5. Eating to assist in reducing the cannabis high
Although it is still not certain why eating helps reduce a cannabis induced psychoactive effect, it has been suggested that fatty foods bind with cannabinoids, so they will be metabolized faster.
It is also possible that consuming food increases blood flow to the stomach thus decreasing THC’s psychoactivity on the brains receptors as the cannabinoids are delivered through blood flow. This will help in reducing the cannabis high.
The terpenoids in pepper are said to work in conjunction with THC to create a calming effect.
Pistachios and Pine Nuts contain pinene, another terpenoid that counteracts the effects of THC. and are shown to help n reducing the cannabis high. If you are experiencing increased sweating, eat foods high in potassium. Try potatoes with the skin on, melons, bananas, citrus fruits, and dark, leafy greens.
6. Exercise effect on reducing the cannabis high
Exercise causes a release of endorphin’s in the brain. When endorphin’s are released the stress of your excessive high will gradually subside.
These endorphin’s interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain.
Endorphin’s also trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine. For example, the feeling that follows a run or workout is often described as “euphoric. “The feeling, known as a “runner’s high,” can be accompanied by a positive and energizing new outlook on life. Endorphin’s act as analgesics, which means they diminish the perception of pain. They also act as sedatives.
Although you may not always feel like exercising, for those not impaired by any medical condition. it is worth attempting a brisk walk or for the more active and adventurous a visit to the gym for a light weight and cardiovascular workout.
7. Take a cold shower or warm bath
If you’re at home, try taking a cold shower or soak in a herbal bath.
It will also drop your body temperature, helping conserve energy and preserve excess oxygen. A warm bath with Epsom salts is a great way to reduce the cannabinoid effect as it is a great detoxifying agent and works through the skin. It can be mixed with your favourite bath soaks.
The Radox range are inexpensive and contain specific herbal ingredients known for their relaxant properties. If these are not available any bath soak with natural herbs such as rosemary, eucalyptus or chamomile are ideal.
8. Taking Ibuprofen, CBD or Citicoline
Research indicates that ibuprofen may counteract some effects of THC, especially when it comes to memory and mental acuity. If you have access to cannabidiol (CBD) capsules or tinctures, they can also balance the overdose of THC.
CBD is an excellent anxiety-fighting compound, and it can be used to counteract the psychoactive effects of THC. Check out our article about how CBD’s anti-anxiety mechanisms work by modulating the receptor signaling associated with THC.
CBD works by blocking THC from binding with the cannabinoid receptors in your brain, reducing the effects of THC.
Hemp CBD Oil can be legally purchased online and will have the same effect as CBD from full spectrum cannabis plants.
Citicoline is a natural supplement available cheaply online and has the effect of reducing the THC psychoactive effect in most, but not all users. It is worth trying as it has many other health benefits.
9. Take a ‘Power Nap’
Sometimes a 30 minute ‘power nap’ is all that’s needed to come down quickly. Only allow yourself 30 minutes to rest as any longer may cause you to feel groggy later.
Find somewhere warm and comfortable away from distractions and set an alarm to wake you or you may find yourself sleeping for far longer than intended, due to the powerful sedative properties of most cannabis medications.
10. Occupy yourself & do something distracting
Distracting yourself with something challenging or of interest to you can re-focus your thoughts and help reduce any unpleasant effects experienced as you wait for the passage of time to subdue the THC’s psychoactive effect.
If you choose to leave the house and find something absorbing to do make sure you feel confident in your ability. Never operate a vehicle or machinery if you are even remotely impaired.
Relax, the feeling will pass and you will have learned a great lesson on how not to be reckless or greedy with your medications.
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