While most cannabis fans are careful to consume only as much as they intend, sometimes overindulgence happens by mistake. Different strains might affect you differently despite similar potencies, and if you’re used to smoking but try edibles (or vice versa), the effects can come on too strong, or last too long. And whether you’re an aficionado or brand new to cannabis, overindulging is no fun. It can include paranoia, extreme short-term memory loss, uncomfortable cotton mouth, or just makes it difficult to go about your day normally. Here are some tips for dealing — or helping a friend cope — with that feeling.
Panic is the type of emotion that can really tip an experience from borderline to bad and from bad to worse. So as difficult as it can be, try not to let yourself panic. If you find you’re spiraling with worry, take a few deep breaths and remind yourself that the experience will pass — usually within minutes or a few hours at maximum.
Sipping on water or another favorite non-caffeinated, non-alcoholic beverage can be a pleasant distraction and temporarily relieve cottonmouth. Plus, it’ll keep you hydrated, which is key for feeling well at all times.
Take a walk (but probably not a hike)
If you’re feeling fidgety, try taking a short walk. If you can do it with a friend, even better. The movement will get your blood flowing, a change of scenery can distract that racing brain, and you might find that once you’re mobile, you don’t feel too bad after all. But, remember, even if you’re feeling better, stay close to home and stay safe.
Take a bath or shower
Some people find that taking a bath or shower can help them feel better. The familiar activity can be calming and the water rejuvenating. But make sure you’ve got someone else around in case you start to feel woozy from the high. Safety is always important.
Find something to do
Sometimes overindulging means your mind is racing but you just don’t have the physical energy to take a walk or move about. That doesn’t mean you can’t distract yourself. Stream your favorite TV show, turn on some tunes, or snuggle with your significant other. The key is choosing a mellow, comforting activity that will give you some positive feelings to focus on while you wait for the high to pass.
Try to nap
Sometimes, the worst part of overindulging is being unable to concentrate or motivate enough to do anything, even those fun distractions we recommended above. If that’s the case, don’t fret. Instead, let your body rest it out. Sleep is a great way to get through it, so grab a glass of water and your favorite blanket, find a comfy spot to lie down, and try to take a nap. And if sleep just won’t come, try to enjoy the extreme relaxation.