How to come down from your high
Every weed lover has been there. You got too ambitious, and now you’re way higher than you ever wanted to be. Maybe you were trying to impress your friends with that extra big toke, or perhaps you ate that second brownie before the first one kicked in. Now you’re feeling anxious and paranoid, and you want to sober up – quickly. While there isn’t a way to completely stop being high, there are many steps you can take to reduce the feeling of being anxious or overwhelmed. Below is a comprehensive list of some tried and true methods to help you come down from your high as quickly as possible.
Chew on Some Black Pepper
This trick was bestowed upon stoners around the world by the famous musician Neil Young in an interview he had with Howard Stern. When the subject of marijuana-induced anxiety came up, Young said, “Try black pepper balls if you get paranoid. Just chew two or three pieces.”
Since then, many people have tried this method with great success. In fact, some people have noted that the relief from chewing the pepper hits instantly. According to a scientific review in the British Journal of Pharmacology, this may be because pepper has cannabinoids that act on the brain – just like marijuana does. So when the cannabinoids from pepper and marijuana meet, the effect is a calm feeling that reduces anxiety. Try chewing on some black pepper yourself the next time you’re feeling overwhelmed.
Take a Shower
Taking a shower makes you feel clean and refreshed, which will aid in combating feelings of anxiety. Plus, few things are as relaxing as a nice warm shower.
You may also want to try finishing up with cold water. The sensation of the cold on your skin will help to ‘jolt’ you into a more sober state of mind. Instead of being lost in your own thoughts, you’ll be focused on the sensation of the water on your skin.
If you don’t have access to a shower, even a splash of cold water on your face from the sink will help accomplish the same goal.
Go For a Walk
Taking a stroll is useful in a couple of ways. For one, it contributes to a change in scenery. Many times, feelings of anxiety or paranoia come from feeling cooped-up or ‘trapped’ in an individual room. Getting out of that area will assuage those feelings immediately.
Also, the light exercise will release endorphins into your body that are natural mood enhancers. These endorphins will help get you back to a positive state of mind if you’re feeling overwhelmed.
Drink Plenty of Water
Having dry mouth as a result of getting way too stoned will only compound your feelings of uneasiness. Keeping some cold refreshing water handy will keep cotton mouth at bay. In reducing any uncomfortable side effects of being too high, you’ll contribute to getting yourself back to feeling calm and assured.
Drinking water will also allow you to focus on a simple and familiar task: sipping and swallowing. In doing an activity that you do well, you’ll feel more ‘in control,’ and less anxious.
Surround Yourself With Familiar People and Places
You’ll feel way higher, and way more uncomfortable, if you’re in an unfamiliar place or with unfamiliar people. That means that taking bong rips in a house you’ve never been to with some people you met last week might give you an anxiety-filled high rather than a pleasant one.
The best thing to do in these types of situations is to simply excuse yourself. Being in a familiar and comfortable setting is crucial to avoiding any panic or paranoia. Return home or to the house of one of your close friends.
Whether you feel like being alone or hanging with your best buddies, going back to a familiar place will quickly get you feeling great again.
The anxiety from being too high comes from getting lost in your own thoughts. Being inside your head is exactly what you want to avoid. So the next time you’re feeling anxious, try to distract yourself.
The best way to do that is to do whatever sounded like fun before you got high. Playing that video game? Listening to that album? Watching a movie?
The reason those things sounded so fun to get high and do is that they are. Trust yourself, and let yourself become distracted by doing what you planned on doing. Soon, you’ll lose yourself in a thing you chose to do, and all those uncomfortable feelings will fade away.
Sleep it Off
This one’s the most tried and true for a reason: it works. If you’re able, just lie in bed and sleep it off. Weed is known for its ability to induce restful, recuperative sleep, so take advantage.
Sleeping will not only have you feeling rejuvenated when you wake up, but it’ll also allow your body plenty of time to sober up. By the time you’re awake, you’ll probably feel like your old self again.
The Final Hit
Getting too high can be uncomfortable, but it’s ultimately a feeling that isn’t dangerous and will fade away in just a couple hours at the most. Make sure to surround yourself with close friends, stay in a familiar location, and know your limits the next time you spark up. That way, you can avoid getting too high altogether.