When it comes to cannabis there is no surprise that some people can “ get too high ” for their own liking. What can a person do to help decrease their high? First it is important that users know what is in cannabis and how it affects the mind and body.
See the beauty of medicinal cannabis and vaping as users have real control over their treatment. Cannabis is made up of about 80 molecules the main two you’re most likely to hear about are THC and CBD.
THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) is the psychotropic part of cannabis. Psychotropic is a substance that is capable of affecting the mind, emotions or behavior, this is mainly seen in drugs to treat mental illness.
This psychotropic characteristic in cannabis is the part that makes a user feel high. Cannabis that has high amounts of THC will usually smell very strong (skunky, coffee scent) with a powerful taste and after taste. THC aids in pain relief, appetite stimulation, suppresses muscles spasms, reduces vomit and nausea.
CBD (Cannabidiol) is one of the many non-psychotropic components of cannabis meaning it will not get you high, at all. CBD is rich in medicinal properties and is the main component for cannabis miraculous versatility and powerful effects among multiple medical issues usually referred to as cannabinoids.
Strains with high amounts of CBD will have a mild musky, pine, or floral scent/taste as oppose to the traditional skunky, coffee scent that cannabis high in THC is known for.
What do these counts mean when choosing a strain?
With a medical cannabis card users can select different strains depending on their unique medical and personal needs.
Strains have their own THC and CBD levels that a user can view or ask about beforehand.
For instance a strain high in THC like Hawaiian Snow 23.7% THC and 1% CBD would make any user very high whereas the strain Charlotte’s Web the highest strain in CBD at 20% CBD and only 0.3% THC is so safe it’s designed for children who suffer from seizures.
Charlotte’s Web is deemed safe for child consumption as it would never allow the user the ability to get high as the THC count is far too low. Charlotte’s Web strain is so low in THC that it has a pine floral scent with floral taste.
What if I still end up too High?
It is not uncommon for some users to get too high, especially when you’re first trying it out, and this can be a very uncomfortable feeling.
Getting too high depends on various factors such as,
- strand potency
- quantity inhaled and/or ingested
- personal tolerance, and so on
You may be too if high if you experience any of the following:
- unexplained anxiety
- fluctuating emotions
There are, however, a 10 simple tricks that have been known to help bring end a user’s high completely or decrease their buzz to a more comfortable level.
How to Come Down if You Are TOO HIGH
1. Shift Environments
If you feel that you may be too high try changing your environment. Something as small as a room change can greatly affect your feelings, look for a room that has things that are soothing to you. You can even try going outside.
If you’re outside either change to a new outside setting or see if going inside for a bit helps to calm you down.
2. Treat Your Tastebuds
Eating is an excellent way to help bring down any high, cannabis is known to stimulate appetite so it makes perfect sense that food would help to naturally mellow your buzz. Staying hydrated is another key way to help keep your high balanced.
3. Counter Temperature
The temperature of where you get high might affect your experience, for example if you smoke outside in the winter and then go inside when done you may find that you become higher once you warm up. This can help you control your overall buzz. If you’re hot try making yourself colder and vice versa.
4. Breathing techniques
Just like when experiencing a panic attack, hyperventilation, or anxiety a simple change in breathing can help set you back on the right track. There are numerous approaches and styles to breathing that work for a variety of people such as visualized breathing, equal breathing, abdominal breathing, or runners breathing.
5. Call For Comfort
Conversation and distraction has been known to be a very helpful tool for people who suffer from panic attacks. This same tactic applies to the side effects of being too high. Call, text, or visit, a friend or loved one, who you know will be supportively understanding while helping to calm and divert you.
6. Nap it Off
Sleeping is a guaranteed way to decrease your cannabis high. Just try to catch a few zzz’s and you’ll wake up feeling either completely sober or perfectly levelled.
7. Not Able To Sleep
Whether it’s because you can’t relax enough to sleep or you’re simply not in the setting for a nap you can always go the opposite route and try a herbal tea or caffeinated pop but avoid coffee as studies have shown it can increase the high of cannabis.
8. Healing Touches
When you engage in human contact especially hugging the body releases oxytocin known as the love/cuddle hormone which makes you feel relaxed, comforted, and secure reducing stress levels.
9. Magic of the Mind
Meditation is another great tool to help you destress, relax, and come down from an intense high. Meditation helps connect the mind to the body and is practiced hand-and-hand with cannabis around the world for centuries. Using sound such as binaural beats or custom instrumental/nature playlist can help those who are new to meditation.
10. Roll Into The Skid
If none of these tips help you may find attempting to enjoy your high may be the best thing for you. There are number of ways you can try to turn your buzz into a more pleasant and upbeat experience. Such as relaxing via watching television, reading a book, or creating a music playlist ranging from natural sounds, instrumental, or lyrical music.