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8 ways to get ‘unhigh’

The highs that people experience after smoking marijuana vary. One person might feel relaxed and happy, while another may feel anxious and nauseous. Some people may want to get ‘unhigh’ sooner rather than later.

When a person smokes marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the chemical that causes the ‘high,’ passes from the lungs into the bloodstream, then through the body to the brain. The effects are immediate and can vary in potency.

The effects of the THC in marijuana depend on numerous factors, such as:

  • the potency of the weed (how much THC it contains)
  • the person’s prior experience with marijuana
  • the environment the person is in
  • genetic factors (e.g., how quickly THC breaks down in the body)
  • other drugs or substances, such as alcohol

When someone consumes marijuana in food or drink (edibles) instead of inhaling it, the psychoactive effects tend to kick in much later as the THC must first pass through the digestive system.

It can take up to 3 hours before a person feels any effects of marijuana. Some people may get impatient while waiting to get high and consume more. This can lead to people feeling ‘too high’ because they are experiencing a reaction from two doses.

Consuming too much marijuana, either from smoking or eating, can result in a person wanting to come down from the ‘high.’

It is not unusual to feel anxious, paranoid, or confused after overindulging in weed. Increased heart rate, nausea, hallucinations, and panic can also be effects of consuming too much cannabis.

These effects are unpleasant but wear off gradually over a few hours. However, some people may wish to accelerate this process.

Keep reading to learn more about what people can do to reduce the ‘high.’ Note that many of these tips are anecdotal or based on animal studies, which means they lack rigorous human research.

When a person smokes THC containing marijuana, the psychoactive effects are almost immediate. Learn about how to counteract these effects here.

Weed Too Strong? 11 Ways to Stop Being High

Overindulged in some edibles? Smoked a strain that was way more potent than you expected? Maybe the pot took longer to kick in and you’ve got stuff to do.

No worries. There are things you can do to cut the buzz so you come down faster.

We’ve rounded up some of the more popular strategies for coming down. If one doesn’t seem to work, don’t hesitate to try another. These aren’t an exact science, and reactions can vary from person to person.

This is easier said than done when you’ve overindulged. But a little R&R really will help tame the buzz. And trust us: You’re not dying. Really.

Find a quiet place to sit or lie back and try to relax. Breathing exercises or listening to music can help you chill. If you do decide to go for some music, consider something you know all the words to, and sing along. This can help you stay grounded in the present moment.

Eventually, the buzz will fade to a feeling of relaxation or even drowsiness. Go with it and let yourself fall asleep. Even a quick cat nap will do you good.

It seems counterintuitive, but according to Leafly, people use CBD to counteract the effects of too much THC.

Like THC, CBD is a type of cannabinoid found in cannabis. But unlike THC, which causes the high, CBD interacts with different receptors in your brain. Researchers don’t know exactly how yet, but several animal and human studies have shown benefits of CBD for different forms of anxiety.

Bonus: CBD helps some folks fall asleep. This can come in handy if you’re greening out.

No, this doesn’t mean knocking back a few brews. Stick to water and other nonalcoholic drinks.

Drinking water before, during, and after any kind of drug use is always a good approach. It can be particularly helpful when it comes to marijuana, which tends to leave you with dry mouth. It’s also an easy activity that gives you something to focus on.

According to the internet and Neil Young, a taste or whiff or two of black pepper helps combat the paranoia and anxiety that a major high can bring on.

Just grab a container of black pepper and sniff, being sure not to inhale it. You can also pop two or three whole peppercorns in your mouth and chew on them.

It sounds too good to be true, but there’s actually some science behind it. Caryophyllene, a compound in peppercorn, is a potent selective CB2 antagonist. It increases the sedating effects of THC, which could calm you down.

Find yourself one toke over the line and frantic to stop being high? These tips can help you come back down to earth.