Too high — seven little letters and a space. Doesn’t seem so bad on the surface, right? There are plenty of four-letter words that might seem worse. But for new and experienced cannaseurs alike, this is a situation for which it is best to be in the know.
Let’s cut to the chase. So what should you do? The cannabis experts at Olive Tree Wellness Center give you 10 remedies to help you down fast:
1) Stop Smoking
This may seem like an obvious first step, but you’d be surprised how many people think that more of the same will make it all better.
2) Battle It With CBD
Here’s a cool fact: cannabidiol (CBD) actually counteracts the psychedelic effects of THC. Add to that, the wonderful news that CBD doesn’t have any major side effects of its own, and you’ve got a potent remedy for a bad trip.
Sleep is an excellent remedy when you feel way too high. While you snooze, your body releases hormones that work to clean out your system and repair any problems.
Exerciseis one of the best ways to sober. Sure, you might not feel like getting physical when you’re suffering through a “too high” situation, but trust us, it works.
Exercise is an effective remedy for two reasons:
- It gets your blood flowing, which helps move the THC out of your system.
- It releases endorphins that reduce pain, stress, and anxiety.
Counteract one psychoactive substance by drink plenty of water.
At the most basic, water helps flush the cannabinoids and terpenes from your body. It can also help prevent the fuzzy-headedness (think massive hangover) that develops as you return to your sober state.
After a heavy dose of THC that takes you too high, a good strategy for coming back down quickly and easily is to eat.
Filling your belly with food helps reduce your high in two ways:
- The fats in the food bind with the cannabinoids, causing them to metabolize faster.
- The presence of food in your stomach pulls blood away from your brain, which reduces THC’s psychoactive effects.
You can reduce the effects of being too high by taking a shower. Cool, right? A hot shower will increase blood flow in your body (which helps remove the cannabinoids).
Better yet, alternate hot and cold water to decrease your heart rate, drop your body temperature, conserve energy, and preserve oxygen.
If a shower isn’t available, splash cold water on your face instead. Stay away from baths (pools of water and psychedelic substances don’t mix).
8) Distract Yourself
Sometimes, all it takes to come down from being too high is distracting yourself. Play a video game, read a book, watch TV. Whatever it takes to get your mind off the feeling that your body’s going to fly apart into a billion pieces.
9) Focus On Your Breathing
If there’s just no way you can perform the other tips on this list, the very least you can do is focus on your breathing. Focus on breathing as deeply as possible into your belly for a count of four.
Hold the breath for a count of seven, and then release it slowly for a count of eight. Repeat until you feel yourself coming down off the ledge.
10) Wait It Out
All the suggestions on this list will help you deal with the effects of a bad trip. In reality, though, the only thing that will really bring you down off the ledge is time. And sometimes, just waiting it out is the best strategy for dealing with being too high.