How to Sober Up From Weed – 10 Tips & Tricks to Try
Regardless of your experience with cannabis, the chances of consuming too large of a dose and suffering adverse effects remain a possibility. Whether it’s through consuming a second dose of an edible before the first dose has activated, trying a new cannabis strain or consumption method or just through plain chance, a bad experience with weed can happen to anyone, which makes learning how to sober up from weed an essential skill to have.
While it’s virtually impossible to fatally overdose on cannabis, the symptoms experienced from the overconsumption of weed or “greening out” make for a highly uncomfortable situation.
Fortunately, the experience won’t last forever; there are even some tips and tricks you could try to alleviate some of the more unpleasant effects.
These techniques won’t produce instantaneous relief from cannabis’s intoxicating effects, but they’ll help you weather the storm.
Please note that this information is for entertainment purposes only. The information below is not intended to act or replace medical advice and must not be used as such.
How to Sober Up From Weed – 10 Tips & Tricks to Try
Before going into our techniques, it’s important to note that cannabis affects everyone differently. How well an individual mediates the effects of THC depends on their body’s physiology, their endocannabinoid system, and their cannabis tolerance. Each body metabolizes THC differently, so what returns one cannabis consumer to their normal self might not work for somebody else.
Get Some Fresh Air
Taking some deep breaths outdoors can make you more alert. In fact, a type of Japanese therapy known as “Shirin-Yoku,” roughly translated as “forest bathing,” which takes patients through a walk in a forest, has been found to have some therapeutic effect and reduce stress.
Additionally, taking deep breaths also sends a message to your brain to calm down and relax. Deep breathing can help you return to normal by lowering your heart rate and blood pressure.
Cannabis is infamous for causing cottonmouth or dry mouth, especially when smoking weed. Drinking water can reduce some of the discomforts that come from having a parched mouth and keep you distracted from the effects of cannabis by forcing you to focus on sipping and swallowing. Fruit juices and other sugary beverages can also replenish your blood sugar and increase your energy levels.
Take a Shower
Whether it’s a warm shower or a cold shower, a quick rinse and lather can do wonders in making you feel more awake and alert. Similar to how splashing cold water on your face can make you feel less light-headed, a cold shower can jumpstart your senses and get your blood pumping again. A cold water shower increases blood circulation and energy, while a warm shower can help lower blood pressure and help the body relax.
Take a Nap
Too much cannabis can make some users lethargic and fall asleep. If you accidentally overdo it, try to find a quiet place to relax and rest. Forcing yourself to stay awake while under the intoxicating effects of marijuana can cause further distress and discomfort and won’t help you sober up from the effects of THC any faster. Even if you don’t fall asleep, lying down and resting your eyes can be beneficial.
Excercise might not sound like the best idea to do while you’re under the influence of THC, but some studies support the concept of cannabis fitness.
A survey conducted from the University of Colorado Boulder discovered that 82% of respondents who consumed weed before or after a workout did so because it made the exercise “more enjoyable,” with another reporting that it “increases their motivation” to workout.
Exercise and cannabis might have a synergistic relationship, so engaging in some light activity can get the blood flowing and potentially sober you up.
Rest and Relax
Marijuana use can induce paranoia and anxiety in some individuals, so if you’re feeling anxious or suffering from a bad high, take a deep breath and find a quiet place to rest and relax. Listening to a favourite album, rewatching a beloved series or meditation are great ways to calm down and reduce anxiety.
Avoid Other Substances
Mixing substances with cannabis is never effective. While it might sound like a good idea in the moment to have a glass of wine or a can of beer to calm down, the simultaneous use of alcohol and marijuana is associated with more harmful consequences than using either substance alone.
Have a Snack
Cannabis can act on your endocannabinoid system to stimulate hunger and is used in medical applications to improve appetite. If you’re feeling the onset of effects strongly, eating a small snack or having a light meal can quell some of the effects of ingesting too much THC.
If you want to take things further, ingesting foods with specific terpene profiles can also help relieve some of cannabis’s intoxicating effects.
In a 2011 review published in the British Journal of Pharmacology, scientists theorized that aromatic compounds known terpenes, present in fruits, vegetables and cannabis, can reduce marijuana’s effects by binding to the same cannabinoid receptors that THC acts on.
To be specific, the researchers argue that the terpenes found in citrus fruits and black pepper are of particular importance.
By binding to the same cannabinoid receptors that THC targets, researchers hypothesize that beta-caryophyllene could reverse the effects of using too much cannabis.
Another terpene, the citrusy terpene limonene, found in citrus fruits, has a demonstrated ability to relieve anxiety and reduce inflammation in animal trials. The pleasantly calming aroma of limonene is also present in aromatic oils, and its scent could be used to help those that feel anxious after ingesting THC.
While its effects on humans aren’t conclusive, having some black pepper, chewing on some peppercorns or sucking on a lemon might just help you sober up from weed.
Talk to a Friend or a Loved One
Your friends and loved ones won’t be able to sober you up, but engaging with them can be comforting and calming. If you’re suffering from a green out, the presence of a trusted person nearby can help keep you grounded and prevent you from making any bad decisions.
The differences between THC vs CBD are clear. Despite both being found in the cannabis plant, the two are often treated as antitheses of one another. However, their differences could be the key to helping you sober up.
A study originally published in 1982 in the journal ‘Psychopharmacology‘ found that CBD “might be involved in the antagonism of effects between the two cannabinoids.”
A more recent study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology in 2013 also came to the same conclusion. The researchers theorized that by binding to the same endocannabinoid receptors as THC, CBD could act like beta-caryophyllene and block its effects from taking hold.
While more research needs to be conducted to confirm this hypothesis, a spoon of CBD oil could hypothetically calm you down and reduce the effects of THC.
How to Sober Up From Weed – No Easy Solution
Similar to the effects of alcohol, there are no easy solutions readily available to sober up from weed. The only true remedy is time, and the amount it’ll take for an individual to return to normal completely will vary from person to person.
Fortunately, the good news is that it’s physically impossible to overdose on cannabis fatally. Some anxiety, dizziness and paranoia are likely to be the only adverse effects that most victims experience.
To ensure a positive experience with cannabis, remember to start with a low dosage and increase it in slow, measured increments.
The ways to sober up listed above are intended to act as entertainment and are not meant to serve or replace professional medicinal advice. If you’ve consumed cannabis and are experiencing particularly unpleasant or harmful effects, cease use immediately and seek immediate medical attention or call your local poison control centre.