Enjoying cannabis can be and often is a wonderful experience.  Whether you are using it for pain relief, anti-anxiety, or simply to just get high, there are a lot of perks that come with using it.  However, if you are new to cannabis or are unsure about what your limits are you can run into a situation where you are saying to yourself, “I’m so high and I don’t like it.”

If those words come out of your mouth or you want to be prepared in case they do, here are 10 tips in case you are too damn high.  

Tip #1: Relax and don’t panic

  • First off, just know that nobody has died from being too high.  Best thing to do is take deep breaths and be patient.  This unpleasant but not dangerous high will end, it’s just a matter of weathering the storm.

Tip #2: Squeeze a Lemon

  • Yes, if available, squeeze a lemon.  With the terpene limonene found in lemons (which helps regulate THC effects on the brain)  it’s best to take a fresh lemon, squeeze the juice into a glass, zest a little of the peel and throw it down the hatch.  This should help balance things out.  

Tip #3: Know Your Limits

  • This should be a no-brainer for newcomers or veterans but often times people don’t think about it.  Before consuming cannabis in any form (flower, edibles, concentrates, etc) know what you can handle.  If you have been doing it for a while you probably have a good idea of your limits but if you are still learning how your body reacts be careful.  Start with micro-dosing until you know what you can handle.  

Tip #4: Keep Hydrated

  •  Make sure to have a cold beverage available (water or some type of non-caffeinated drink) really anytime you are enjoying cannabis.  It will help with dry mouth and gives you something to focus on.  Avoid alcoholic beverages because it can make the effects even more intense and that is an experience you want to avoid.  

Tip #5: Find Some Black Pepper

  • Another odd but scientific tip for someone who is too high.  Black pepper has what is known as a “phytocannabinoid-terpenoid effect,” which helps with a variety of things including anxiety.  Many people swear by this method and it works quickly in most cases.  So if you are wanting the high to end, find some black peppercorns and either chew on them or sniff them, then let science do the rest.

Tip #6: Be Nice To Yourself and Rest

  • Just remember that you are in no danger and this will pass.  Go to a place (wherever you are at) where you feel comfortable and if possible, surround yourself with things that make you feel comfortable (a pet, a blanket, whatever it may be as long as you feel secure).  Also, if it is possible, take a nap and sleep it off (my personal favorite).   

Tip #7: Trying Going for a Walk

  • If you can’t seem to turn your brain off sometimes switching the scenery can help.  Don’t wander too far off but sometimes getting outside into the fresh air and getting the blood pumping can help alleviate the, “I’m too high symptoms.”

Tip#8: Take a Shower or Bath

  • If this is possible, taking a shower or bath can be relaxing and help calm you down.  The biggest recommendation with this method is making sure you have someone around if you are going to choose this as an option for safety reasons.

Tip #9: Talk to a Friend

  • If you have someone you can reach out to (that is also a user of cannabis) they will likely be able to help talk you through your current dilemma.  Having a calming voice that understands what you are going through or just knows you need somebody can go a long way.  Plus, you will both will be able to laugh about it someday so there is always that.

Tip #10: Try a Strain or Product That’s High in CBD

  • With CBD being an awesome anti-anxiety compound, it can oftentimes be used to combat an overabundance of THC consumption.  Be cautious of how much you ingest because you don’t want to increase the effects.  If you are smoking flower take a few puffs and wait a few minutes to see what happens.  If it helps continue utilizing that product when you see fit and if it does not try one of the other tips that are listed.  

Hopefully, this gives you a game plan in case this happens to you and trust me, these are good things to know. I wish I had known this when I had my first “I’m too high and I don’t like it,” experience.  Please keep in mind too, if you are ever in this scenario avoid operating any vehicles, heavy machinery, or things you know you could get hurt doing or harming others.  Safety is the most important factor, so keep that in mind whenever you are enjoying cannabis.    

Author: Kylie Holub