If You’re Getting Too High, You’re Not Using Cannabis Right

How Much Weed Is Too Much?

Most people who use cannabis will have experienced the unpleasant effects of being too high. ‘Greening out,’ as it is affectionately known, can lead to feelings of anxiety and paranoia, dizziness, and nausea. These effects can be especially pronounced when marijuana is used in combination with alcohol or other substances.

These effects are mainly due to THC, the compound that gives weed its intoxicating properties. Over the past few decades, the THC content of cannabis has gradually risen. These days it is not uncommon to find strains containing over 20% THC, enough to affect even a seasoned user.

Potent products such as wax and shatter make it easier to overdose on cannabis than ever before, especially if you’re new to the scene.

It is also possible to buy concentrates such as wax and shatter with a THC content of over 90%. These potent products make it easier to overdose on cannabis than ever before, especially if you’re new to the scene.

When it comes to getting too high, another common culprit is marijuana edibles. When you smoke cannabis, your high is likely to peak within 30 minutes. However, when you eat the substance, it has to make its way through your digestive system, which takes time.

Because of this, edibles can take as long as 2–4 hours to reach their full effect. It is a common rookie mistake for people to become impatient after eating edibles and think they are not getting high. So, they eat more.

It may take a little while, but when the combined effects of these edibles eventually kick in, the high can be too much to handle. Sometimes the only thing to do in this situation is lie down and sleep it off.

What Is a Potentially Lethal Cannabis Dose?

The effects of being too high are by no means enjoyable. However, you are highly unlikely to die from a marijuana overdose due to the ridiculous amount it would take. For the record, scientists use a measure called the ‘median lethal dose’ for the chemicals we use. They call it the LD50 rating. It outlines how much of something we’d need to ingest to die at least 50% of the time.

There have not been any human studies on the letha

There have not been any human studies on the lethal dosage of THC for obvious reasons, but there have been studies on various animals, including dogs. One such study found that when taken orally, a total of 3g of THC per kilogram of body weight constituted a lethal dose.

To put this figure into perspective, let’s imagine that the dose was the same in humans. A person weighing 140 pounds (63.5kg) would need to consume 190.5g of THC for the dose to be fatal. Therefore, if you had a strain that contained 20% THC, you would need 952.5g of marijuana to overdose fatally. That’s over 33 ounces!

Even if you happened to have this much marijuana hanging around, how could you possibly get through it all in one go?

In 1988, a DEA administrative law judge named Francis Young ruled that it was practically impossible to overdose on cannabis. He stated that a smoker would have to theoretically consume almost 1,500 pounds of cannabis in 15 minutes to induce a lethal response.

Overall, estimates on cannabis’ LD50 vary from 1,260mg of THC per kilogram of body weight to 666mg/kg. The lower estimate means a 175-pound man would need to consume 53 grams of THC at once. For reference, nicotine’s LD50 is 60mg/kg!


#5 Tip for How to Stop Being High

Depending on how your body reacts to cannabis, a quick shower or a short nap can allow the body to reset naturally. The quick change in temperature will jolt the brain and body, allowing you to “snap out of it”. A nap will let you “sleep it off” and is often easier after you’ve stuffed your belly full of munchies (see Eat More Food).

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Symptoms of Marijuana Overdose

The symptoms of marijuana overdose occur as a result of THC overacting on the body’s endocannabinoid system. This system comprises receptors designed to bind with our body’s endogenous cannabinoids, such as anandamide. THC has a similar molecular structure to these chemicals allowing it to bind with these receptors and cause profound effects on our bodies and minds.

Because of the way it affects the endocannabinoid system, THC can have some potentially dangerous side effects. These include respiratory depression, increased heart rate, and a higher-than-average risk of heart attacks.

It is estimated that the risk of heart attacks is as much as 4.8 times higher than usual within an hour of consuming cannabis. This is something to bear in mind if you have a pre-existing cardiovascular disease or other risk factors.

Symptoms of cannabis overdose in children include drowsiness, agitation, vomiting, seizures, and coma.

The number of children admitted to hospital following accidental marijuana consumption has also risen in recent years. Reported symptoms of cannabis overdose in children include drowsiness, agitation, vomiting, seizures, and coma. These side effects are not necessarily fatal, but early treatment is a must.

So, although cannabis is unlikely to kill you directly, it does have some potentially dangerous side effects. In some cases, these could be fatal if left untreated. Therefore, if you experience severe chest pain after smoking or eating marijuana or your child consumes some, getting to the emergency room is a worthwhile precaution.

Another serious side effect of excessive usage is cannabis-induced psychosis. This can lead to extreme paranoia, delusions, and hallucinations and could increase the risk of suicide or accidental death. The sad case of Levy Thamba is one such example.

What to Do if You’re Feeling Too High

Even the most seasoned medical marijuana patient has had an experience of feeling more intoxicated than they’d like. The main thing to remember is that no one has ever fatally overdosed from cannabis, and any feelings that you’re about to leave this mortal coil is your mind playing tricks on you. 

However, if you’re new to medical cannabis and have some concerns, here are some steps for how to come down from a high that’s too intense.

1. Don’t Panic!

While getting too high is no one’s idea of a picnic, panicking about it certainly won’t help. Just remember that like everything in life, this too will pass, although with cannabis that could take about six hours.

2. Remember Your CBD 

If you’re feeling really high, it can feel like taking a few drops of CBD is shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted. But if you choose a CBD product with quick absorption such as a water soluble CBD oil or tincture, its effects can be fairly immediate. Just make sure your CBD oil doesn’t contain any THC or you’ll be adding more fuel to the fire.

3. Distract Yourself

Our senses generally tend to become heightened after consuming cannabis. So, things like listening to music or watching a funny movie become much more of an immersive experience and provide the perfect distraction if you’re feeling too high.

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Listening to music or watching a funny movie are the perfect distraction if you’re feeling too high. (Shutterstock)

4. Breathe/Relax

Deep breathing is an amazing tool to calm anxiety. Deep abdominal breathing — focusing your attention on the in and out breath — might be all you need to cut the anxious, circular thinking. 

5. Sleep It Off

Once you’ve managed to relax a little, it’s quite possible that you’ll start to feel sleepy. Allow yourself to drift off to sleep knowing that when you wake up, you’ll feel much, much better. 

6. Have A Sugary Drink On Hand

One way to quickly combat the unpleasant symptoms experienced during a “whitey” is to get some kind of sugar into you. So why not have some kind of sugary drink close by in order to  bring you back from the sweaty-browed brink. Keeping hydrated is generally a good idea and combats the “mouth full of cotton balls” sensation that often accompanies cannabis consumption.

7. Call A Friend

Speaking to a trusted friend may be just the reassurance you need to take the panic out of feeling too high. So make sure you have a number of someone who has some experience of cannabis side effects (i.e. isn’t going to judge or slip into blind panic).

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