Overindulged in cannabis and now you have to head back home and face your mom? Smoked a strain of weed that was far more strong than you anticipated? Maybe the pot took a while to kick in, and you've got a lot on your plate. The highs that people get from smoking marijuana differ. One person may be at ease and content, while another may be nervous, paranoid, and nauseated. Some folks may like to get ‘unhigh' as soon as possible. Before we get to how to get off your high, we need to know why marijuana makes us high in the first place.
What causes the high from consuming cannabis?
THC, the element that has the main psychoactive effect, stimulates the pleasure center of the brain, which includes eating and sex. This releases dopamine, a neurotransmitter that makes you feel joyful and relaxed after using recreational or medical marijuana.
If you vape or smoke marijuana, the THC can enter your bloodstream fast, giving you a high in seconds or minutes.
When a person smokes marijuana, the chemical tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which creates the "high," travels from the lungs to the bloodstream, then through the body to the brain. The effects are immediate and potency varies.
THC levels normally peak in around 30 minutes, and the effects can last anywhere from one to three hours. It may take several hours to properly sober up if you drink or eat marijuana. You may not always be aware of the potency of your recreational marijuana.
What determines your high?
Marijuana has varied effects on different people. Some people are extremely sensitive to the effects of marijuana, while others may not perceive them at all.
A variety of factors influence how you react to marijuana, including:
- Dose, strain, and potency are all factors to consider.
- Smoking, vaping, or eating it will make a difference
- Your age, gender, and physiology, as well as how often you consume marijuana
- whether you are under the influence of alcohol or other substances at the same time
What does it feel like to be high?
While high on marijuana, you may experience the following symptoms:
- more sensitive to light, color, sound, touch, taste, and smell
Marijuana use, on the other hand, might lead to unpleasant feelings or experiences. These are a few examples:
- delusions and hallucinations
- high blood pressure
- nausea and vomiting
- racing heartbeat
How to get ‘unhigh’?
If a person becomes fixated on how high they are, it can lead to more extreme panic and a sense of being "out of control." Doing something to occupy their minds can help them feel less euphoric. When you're on a weed high, it's easier said than done. The buzz will eventually fade away, leaving you with a feeling of calm or possibly tiredness. Allow yourself to relax and fall asleep. Try these to start off with:
- playing some of your favorite music
- enjoying a movie or watching some comical videos on the internet
- doing some yoga or breathing exercises
- Being productive in a simple way, such as by arranging a closet or cleaning.
Staying hydrated after consuming a bit too much weed may help you relax down, which is excellent for your health and good for your too-stoned self. Drinking enough water, tea, or other soft beverages to stay hydrated can also help to alleviate the discomfort that comes with being dehydrated. Dry mouth (xerostomia) caused by marijuana use can make a person feel worse, and the American Dental Association has found a correlation between marijuana use and oral dryness.
3. Get a snack
Some people find relief by eating a snack and drinking orange juice or other fruit juices if they are feeling light-headed. However, mangoes contain terpenoid myrcene, which has been found to amplify and extend the effects of THC, so be cautious about what kind of juice or drink flavor you choose. A simple snack can help you feel more grounded, according to some people. Try munching on some fruits, nuts, or cheese to see if it helps you link your mind and body.
4. Try some lemon
For generations, people have used lemon as an antidote to a weed "high." To avoid the "harms" of swallowing cannabis seeds or hashish, the Persian doctor Al-Razi advised in the 10th century, "one should drink fresh water and ice or eat any acid fruits."
The terpene limonene is found in lemons, and it is this terpene that gives the fruits their lemony aroma. The effects of limonene on neurotransmitters in the brain might theoretically assist lessen a high while also reducing some negative reactions like depression and anxiety.
5. Keep a pinch of black pepper on hand.
If you're suffering from paranoia or anxiety, black pepper, a common home item found in kitchens and restaurants all over the world, can help. Many people, including Neil Young, swear by the black pepper trick. A few black peppercorns sniffed or chewed, should bring practically immediate relief.
It may appear to be too good to be true, but there is some science behind it. Peppercorn component caryophyllene is a powerful selective CB2 antagonist. It boasts THC's sedative effects, which may help you relax.
6. Pine nuts
According to some research, pine nuts may help to offset the effects of THC. Pinene, a chemical found in pine nuts, is said to have a relaxing and clarifying impact.
Pinene is one of the terpenes contained in cannabis that gives marijuana smoke a pine-like fragrance.
A variety of commonly used anti-inflammatory medicines, such as ibuprofen, have been demonstrated to reduce the psychoactive effects of marijuana. Taking some ibuprofen to help you wake up can be a good over-the-counter remedy.
Researchers from Louisiana State University's School of Medicine discovered in a 2013 animal study that some types of anti-inflammatory medication appeared to offset the stoned effect of cannabis and lessen detrimental cognitive effects.
8. Consider going for a walk.
If you can't turn off your brain, a change of scenery and some fresh air to get your blood pumping will help you feel more energized. Just keep in mind that you should stay close to your immediate surroundings cause you definitely don't want to get lost while being high!
9. Shower or take a bath.
While it may not always be possible if you're out and about or at a friend's place, if you're at home, a good shower or bath is a great way to unwind while you wait for the effects of too much marijuana to wear off. This is very underrated will most definitely help you feel better! A cold shower can be a great way of relief.
Sleeping is the quickest way to come down from a high. Sleeping, whether it's a short nap or a longer sleep, will allow time to pass, allowing the THC's effects to wear off.
However, falling asleep may be difficult if a person is agitated after smoking pot or taking edibles. Before attempting to sleep, a person could try one or more of the strategies listed above.