Being alifelong member of the cannabis community means inevitably overdoing it onoccasion.
Asksome and they’ll tell you there’s no such thing as being too high.Others arguing the exact opposite. Inany case, there comes the time in the life of every seasoned stoner when youneed to get un-high as quickly as possible.
It couldbe that you’ve overdone it before an important engagement of some kind. Orperhaps you could do with having all of your five senses firing on allcylinders for a planned activity or excursion. In any case, you’re acutelyaware of the fact that you’re completely wasted and have limited time to getyour feet back on the ground.
Atroubling scenario to find yourself in, but one that presents a fair fewavenues to explore.
Getting Un-High with More Cannabis…?
One ofwhich being to do the opposite of what seems sensible at the time – consumeeven more cannabis. Hardly the firstlogical solution that comes to mind, but one that can nonetheless make a bigdifference.
In thiscase, we’re talking about cannabis with a high CBDcontent and as little THC as possible. Or perhaps,a pure and/or concentrated CBD product that contains next to no THC whatsoever.If you know your cannabis, you’ll know that CBD is the second most abundantcannabinoid it contains. You’ll probably also know that CBD isn’t psychoactive,meaning it isn’t going to get you high regardless of how much you consume.
Butwhat you might not know is that the way CBD gets to work on the brain canactually counteract the effects of an OTT or unwanted high. Activating the CB1receptor in the brain (and a whole bunch of otherreceptors), can help you get grounded when time is a factor. Studies have shownthat not only does CBD block the THC activation of the CB1 receptor, but it canalso reduce the elevated heart rate associated with a THC high.
On thedownside, human testing found that CBD isn’t quite as powerful in combating theeffects of THC in people as it appeared to be in initial laboratory tests. Nevertheless,there’s a ton of evidence to suggest that CBD can support the process ofgetting rid of an excessive or unwanted high faster than would otherwise bepossible.
Expertssuggest that in order to combat a high as quickly as possible, it’s worthreaching for a fast-acting tincture or CBD concentrate. Just as long as itcontains little to no THC, you should be feeling significantly less impairmenta short while later.
Alternative Ways to Get Un-High
It’seasy to get high, so you’d be forgiven for thinking it would be just as easy toget un-high. Unfortunately, it’s not quite as straightforward as it couldbe. Time really is the only effectiveweapon against the effects of THC – just as is the case with alcohol. Your bodyneeds as much time as it needs to process the THC and get it out of yoursystem, which is difficult to hurry along by conventional means.
Still,there are plenty of options available for at least minimising the impact andeffects of the THC as it makes its way through and ultimately out of yourbody. None of the following are going toimmediately bring you back to reality, but could make it far easier to copewith whatever you have to deal with:
1 – Don’t Panic
Easiersaid than done, but the most important rule in the book nonetheless. The reasonbeing that the more anxious you become about the high you want to get rid of,the more likely you are to succumb to an outright attack of overwhelminganxiety and/or paranoia. After which, getting your feet back on the groundanytime soon is pretty much out of the question.
Acceptyour lot for what it is and at least try to think logically about what’shappening. Take a deep breath, give yourself a pep talk and try to convinceyourself that you’re probably not nearly as high (or as doomed) as you thinkyou are.
2 – Drink Plenty of Water
It’s amyth to suggest that you can ‘flush’ cannabis out of your system, simply bydrinking a ton of water. But it’s not to say that drinking plenty of watercannot help get you back on your feet when things take a turn for theworse. This is because nothing is moreimportant for the human body’s detoxification processes than hydration.
Themore dehydrated you are, the longer it’s going to take for the THC to stopdoing its business. Hence, you need to avoid dehydration at all costs.
3 – Take a Cold Shower
Ifyou’re expecting this to be a pleasant experience, you can forget aboutit. Cold showers are awful at the bestof times – doubly so when attempting to combat an excessive or prolonged high.But awful as it may be, it’s a great way of bringing you and your senses backdown to earth.
It’sessentially a case of assaulting your senses and exposing yourself to somethingthat takes your mind off what’s happening for a few minutes at least. If you can bear just 5 minutes under a coldshower, you’re almost guaranteed to feel more grounded afterwards.
4 – Avoid Stimulants
Astrong cup of coffee and a can of Red Bull to counter the effects of THC? Pretty much the worst idea in the book. Caffeine,stimulants and excessive quantities of sugar only stand to push you more in thedirection of anxiety and paranoia.
Instead,focus on basic hydration and eat a healthy meal. Rather than reaching for theusual junk food, stick with fresh fruits, cheese and nuts – all of which areknown to help speed up the body’s detoxification processes.
5 – Take a Nap
Lastbut not least, one of the best things you can do (time permitting) is to treatyourself to a nap. Not the easiest thing to do if you’re in a state of blindpanic, but even 15 minutes of shut-eye can make all the difference in theworld.
Even ifyou don’t fall asleep, half an hour or so relaxing and unwinding in a dark andquiet room could be just the ticket.