13 Ways to sober up from being too high

Are you feeling uncomfortably high? The very first things to do are to STOP consuming cannabis and NOT TO PANIC. Everything is really okay, all the feelings are temporary. Besides, here is a guide on how you can unhigh quickly. So, let’s elaborate on the easy ways to reduce the side effects and to sober up from weed.

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13 Easy Ways to sober up from cannabis overconsumption

Overdose of cannabis can make you feel anxious, freaked out, paranoid, cause panic attacks, make you sweaty, and on and on. Certainly, that is not what you expected to get after cannabis consumption. It's unpleasant but it won't hurt you. Besides, here we are to rescue you with easy and effective tips and tricks to sober up from your marijuana.

1. Try CBD (Cannabidiol) Oil

Consuming CBD oil is probably the fastest and best way to come down and alleviate a bad high. The cannabidiol has therapeutic properties and is effective for counteracting the side effects of THC and ultimately reducing your bad high. The great news is that you can purchase CBD oil in all  cannabis clubs in Barcelona in case you’re a member.

2. Drink water

It’s crucial to hydrate enough not only if you’re way too high but when consuming cannabis at all. Certainly, a lot of refrigerated water is the best choice when you need to sober up and reduce your marijuana. In such a way you will get the best of both worlds:

  • Focus on the simple process like sipping and swallowing;
  • Combat the dry mouth (cottonmouth/xerostomia).

It’s highly recommended to avoid some caffeine-containing drinks as well as acidic beverages. Besides that, don’t drink alcohol. Yeah, cold beer is a bad idea in this case. Any alcohol can increase THC concentration and you’ll get worse only. So, it’s better to have some refrigerated water before, during, and after the consumption.

3. Eat snacks

Too high? How to sober up weed? Treat yourself to a meal rich in fats. In such a way THC will bind and metabolize faster helping you to come down. So, that is why eating edibles on an empty stomach is always a bad idea. It would be even better in case you add some black pepper to the food and drink water with lemon or orange rind added to it. That will help you to maximize the effect and get unhigh faster.

4. Go for a walk

Fresh air is a good idea when you’re feeling too high. Just remember that you shouldn’t go away far from your house or the place of cannabis consumption. While walking, you make your blood pumping up and hasten the process of coming down. Yet, in case you’re light-headed or too woozy, it’s better for you to opt for the tips 6 or 7.

5. Exercise

It seems like nonsense or a mistake but this is one of the fastest ways to get back on track and unhigh. So, when you're way too high you should try to do some light exercises to get a flow of endorphins and neurotransmitters, and just distract yourself. When you’re training, your blood is pumping and that, in its turn, helps to metabolize THC faster. However, it’s better to avoid some high-intensity activities and opt for lower intensity exercises like yoga, for example. Feeling a light-headed, stop and take a rest until the effects melt away.

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6. Try a deep breathing

Take deep breaths of air. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. It’s an easy but so effective way to sober up your marijuana and get back on track. Deep breathing increases the flow of oxygen to your brain, decreases the blood pressure and heart rate, calms you down, relaxes, and on and on. All that is bound to improve your physical and emotional states.

7. Take a rest or long nap

When feeling uncomfortably high, it’ll be great to find a quiet and cozy place to take a rest or even snooze. It’ll help you to change your mindset and relax. It will be enough to nap about 30 minutes to reduce the side effects of being too high.

8. Take a shower or bath

If you need to relax and come down then take a hot long shower or bath, when the cold shower is a great option to get back to reality fast. This tip has a great drawback — it’s impossible in case you’re not at home. However, in case you’re at your friend’s place, you can splash cold water on your face to take your attention from a bad high.

9. Distract yourself

There are a lot of ways to distract yourself like training and walking that are on the list. Yet, you can also watch your favorite TV-series, films, shows, cartoons, or listen to music, painting, and so on. Doing what you like will help you to concentrate. Just choose the activity that is familiar and gives you fuzzy and warm emotions so that you feel safe and comfortable.

10. Take a dose of Ibuprofen

It was found that ibuprofen as well as other anti-inflammatory medications can counteract the THC negative cognitive effects. So, if you’ve consumed too much cannabis and have a dose of ibuprofen then take it to sober up from weed more quickly.

11. Try black peppercorns

According to the latest studies, it was revealed that black peppercorns contain compounds that can reduce the effects of THC and stop your bad high. The matter is that the black pepper contains the following components:

  • Alpha-pinene that improves your memory retention and increases mental clarity;
  • Myrcene is known for its sedative effect;
  • Beta-caryophyllene is thought to possess anxiety-reducing benefits.

So, just start sniffing or chewing a handful of black peppercorns, or sprinkling a hefty amount over the food/snack you’re going to eat. Also, you can try pistachios or pine nuts that contain pinene as well.

12. Load up on limonene

You should bear in mind that when we say limonene we mean the rinds of citrus fruits, not juice. Yes, it’s the lemon or orange rinds that are rich in the citrusy terpene limonene. This is what can help you to calm down and that’s what you need in case you feel anxious. Certainly, eating a rind of lemon or orange won’t be tasty, yet, you can add zest into water or tea, for instance, to make it much more pleasant. Don’t expect immediate relief, it’ll take some time, but hasten the process.

13. Sugar

It’s probably one of the easiest ways to unhigh and sober up weed. It’s believed that sugar can reduce the effects of a bad high or kill your high at all. So, if you’re way too high then just treat yourself and try some sweeties or take a spoonful of sugar. That’s all in the name of science.

Bonus tip: how to avoid a bad high?

Nobody's insured against taking too much cannabis and getting too high. Yet, you can control the outside factors to prevent the next bad high. So, here is a quick guide on how to avoid side-effects of overdosing cannabis.

  1. Know your limits and just stay at your tolerance level (what is cannabis tolerance?)
  2. It’s better to have a weed session with your friends, whom you trust and feel comfortable.
  3. When you eat some marijuana edibles, do it slowly to control the situation. It’s better to start with a low dose of 5-10 mg and make some pauses before continuing the weed session.
  4. When it comes to smoking or vaping cannabis, it’s also recommended to begin with low and standard doses.

Even if you consumed too much cannabis, remember that the uncomfortable feelings will pass eventually. The above-mentioned pieces of advice can help you sober up from weed overdose faster and get back on track.

Carla Gallego


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Cannabis enthusiast, researcher and editor of Cannabis Guide Barcelona