Weed First Aid: What You Can Do If You Get Too High

With marijuana easily available on many pot shops and online, depending on your location, it is easy to fall prey to the misconception that you can have as much as you want. Pictured: A man smokes a marijuana cigarette during a legalization party at Trinity Bellwoods Park in Toronto

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The first time you smoke weed or eat cannabis infused products, it’s easy to get too high instantly because you don’t know how marijuana affects your body just yet.

The body’s response to weed differs per person and the amount of THC in joints and similar products can also range from low to high. With that said, if you find yourself or somebody else getting too high on weed, here’s what you can do to control it.

1. Don’t freak out.

The most important piece of advice when you feel like you’re going over the edge is to not panic. There are cases when people think that they are going to die and call 911. According to Herb.co, while it might feel like so especially if it’s your first time, nobody has kicked the bucket because they got high. Weed effects falter within a few hours, so just sit back, calm down, and let it run its course.

2. Try drinking lots of water and eating light snacks.

The general rule with marijuana consumption is to drink plenty of water before, during and after. Weed contains compounds that will make your mouth feel really dry, so it will help if you have a cold drink on hand (preferably one that’s not caffeinated). Water is your ally when you’re feeling extra high. Some people also find that light snacks such as cheese, nuts or fruits help keep them grounded.

3. Black pepper can help.

Many marijuana users swear | black pepper in helping control the effects of weed. Just chew on some black peppercorns or smell them to get almost instant relief, though you will still be high. 

4. Keep yourself distracted.

Try keeping yourself preoccupied while waiting to come back to earth. You can try playing a video game, watching cartoons or your favorite show, listening to music, chatting with friends, or snuggling with your partner. Some also say that adult coloring books can help keep you focused and calm. Just make that whatever you choose to do, it is  an activity that’s familiar so you don’t freak out even more.

5. Try taking a shower.

If you’re at home, a cold shower can be a good way to relax and keep calm until the high runs its course and leaves your body.

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The general rule for consuming weed is to know as much as you can about what you’re consuming before taking it. While this advice might not help if you’re already feeling high, keep this in mind for the next time you might want to give it a try again. Edibles, in particular, can get you higher than smokes can because you tend to forget how much to eat. Most importantly, consume it ONLY with people that you know and trust.

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