This may seem like a strange topic to cover because if you’re smoking weed the point is to not be sober. However, suppose you get too high or there is an emergency that really needs sober eyes on it? There are a few reasons why you might want to bring yourself back to planet earth as fast as possible. The most common being you just smoked too much. No matter how experienced you are there will always be times where you accidentally go overboard or your body just refuses to have its usual tolerance. Here are a few ways to sober up when things get out of hand, and a little info on knowing your limits.
How To Tell You’re Too High
Sometimes if you notice these signs quickly enough you can catch yourself and take a break before things get too bad. If you start to feel nauseous, are finding seeing or understanding things genuinely difficult or feel completely drained then it’s likely time to stop smoking. Of course, everyone is different when it comes to the symptoms of being way too stoned, but these are the very basics. Usually, if you stop smoking right as these symptoms come on you should hopefully come back down relatively quickly on your own. However, if you need to sober up fast or have realised you’re too high too late these are the fastest options.
This should be obvious but I’m going to state it anyway, drink so much damn water. Hydrating will reduce cotton mouth, nausea and the general anxiety that comes with overdoing it. It is also good to have something to focus your brain on, so sipping intermittently on a bottle of water can be a great focal point. Alongside hydration sugar and vitamin C are excellent ways to bring you back to reality. So a lot of people find eating fruit or drinking fruit juice to be a good way to sober up. Alongside this you can always pop a couple of vitamin C gummies if you have them to hand.
Chew A Black Peppercorn
This is actually a form of grounding technique and can often be used for panic attacks or other mental health issues. Not only does it bring you sharply back into focus but pepper actually contains a chemical that reduces the THC high. There is a terpene in black peppercorns called beta-caryophyllene which has been proven to negate the high caused by THC. This all has to do with the cannabinoid receptors in our brain that cause THC to work. THC will get in there and essentially start altering reality for us, this terpene stops that from happening. Many people have said that this is the fastest way to get out of a cannabis fueled funk.
Again this might seem obvious but lying down and doing some yogic breathing can be a great way to calm your brain. This approach is perfect if you are having a bit of a freakout and just want it to stop. By putting yourself into a calm space and having a little rest you will hopefully convince your brain that it should be chilling rather than setting off alarm bells. If you have someone nearby that can stroke your head and tell you that it’s all going to be fine so much the better.
Take A Bath
Again maybe do this one if you have someone you like to sit by the bath and hold your hand. The warm water will act as another form of grounding, anchoring your body to reality. Even if it doesn’t fully bring you back it should relax you out of having a bad time. Altering a bad high into a good one can be the first step to sobering up.
CBD is THCs less insane sibling, and can often counteract the effects of too much smoking. You can purchase CBD oil in most pharmacies or online and just a few drops can massively reduce the symptoms of anxiety or paranoia that come from overindulging in THC. Think of it like Alice with the two pieces of mushroom. If you get too big just take a nibble from the opposite side until you’re at the right height again. You can also get CBD gummies or put a few drops of oil into a juice or water. This can help your brain focus on chewing or drinking something while the CBD gets to work.
Sniff A Lemon
I know this one sounds a bit mad but some studies show the scent of lemon can be extremely calming during panic attacks. Again this all has to do with terpenes and in this case, it is called limonene. This is both found in lemons and some strains of cannabis. For a while now we have been using this terpene to treat cannabis created anxiety. So if you have a lemon to hand cut it open, squeeze it and give it a good sniff. Hopefully, this will go some way towards sobering you up.
This one is usually best if you have a garden as going for a walk, especially alone, can be taxing if you’re too high. Getting outside into the sun and breathing in deeply is usually a surefire way to reduce anxiety and generally to sober up from most things. If you think you can handle it a walk is a good idea because the changing scenery can act as a distraction. Maybe just a walk to your local shop to pick up some tasty snacks. If you have a reward at the end it may not seem as daunting. Again if you have someone that can go with you that is all the better. Fresh air will brighten up your brain but honestly, the blood circulation from actually walking somewhere will work wonders. You can also try doing some basic yoga stretches or exercise to increase blood flow and release some much-needed endorphins.
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