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What to Do If You Get Too High

Everyone has their own story about a weird experience with cannabis. Mine involves eating way too much of a weed brownie. Someone told me to just have half, and, like the idiot novice I was, I stuffed the entire thing in my mouth. It kicked in an hour or so later, or so I realized when I found myself running through a Brooklyn park thinking I was being chased by evil fairies. Then, I went home, considered calling 911, made my roommate babysit me instead, spilled water in my bed and spent the whole night dreaming I was on a boat. I was fine in the morning.

Weed is wonderful in the right doses, but too much can amplify your anxiety, make you feel paranoid, and all-around freak you out. The good news is, it’s mostly in your head: no one’s ever died of a cannabis overdose, and medically, you can’t. As the National Cancer Institute points out , “Because cannabinoid receptors, unlike opioid receptors, are not located in the brainstem areas controlling respiration, lethal overdoses from cannabis and cannabinoids do not occur.” Cannabis won’t permanently damage your liver, kidneys, or even your brain, and though taking too much can temporarily kick up your heart rate, the most that’ll do to you is make you feel extra nervous.

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That being said, your head can be a scary place. And the bad news is, once THC gets into your system, there’s not much you can do but ride it out, which often makes for an uncomfortable experience. So what do you do when you’ve accidentally smoked or ingested too much? And how do you steel yourself from making the same mistake in the future? Here are some tips.

Preparation is the best policy

Obviously, the best way to deal with being too high is to avoid getting there in the first place. If you’ve got a low tolerance level or are new to edibles, for instance, try a small dose (Leafly recommends 10 mg, though if you’re really new, you’ll probably want to ingest even less, something closer to 5mg or 2.5mg). If you don’t know how much weed is in what you’re eating, either skip the edible or take a small piece (half a gummy bear, a quarter of a brownie, half a firecracker, etc.) and wait an hour or two before taking more, if you think it’s not enough. Don’t be Maureen Dowd .

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It’s also a good idea to set up a safe, comfortable space for yourself before getting high. Be with people you like and trust, and maybe avoid big crowds if you think they’ll stress you out. “By being stimulated or in an active environment, if you’re someone with the tendency to feel paranoid or anxious, those feelings will worsen,” Dr. James Lathrop, a doctor of nursing practice who runs Seattle pot shop Cannabis City , tells Lifehacker. He suggests making sure you have a quiet place to rest in case the high is too much for you. “The best thing to do if it gets too intense is to lay down, and hopefully to lay down in a familiar situation,” he says. “If you’re going to take high doses of marijuana, don’t plan to be at a club or a movie or out.”

And the best thing to have on hand before experimenting with edibles is cannabidiol, or CBD. “The best reversal for the unpleasant side effects of too much THC is CBD,” Dr. Joe Cohen, a holistic doctor of cannabis medicine who runs Holos Health in Denver, Colorado, tells us in an email. Of course, everyone reacts to CBD differently, so as Leafly points out, it’s not a surefire cure-all for your too-much-weed woes.

Everyone has their own story about a weird experience with cannabis. Mine involves eating way too much of a weed brownie. Someone told me to just have half, and, like the idiot novice I was, I stuffed the entire thing in my mouth. It kicked in an hour or so later, or so I realized when I found myself running through a Brooklyn park thinking I was being chased by evil fairies. Then, I went home, considered calling 911, made my roommate babysit me instead, spilled water in my bed and spent the whole night dreaming I was on a boat. I was fine in the morning.

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.