Counteracting Too Much Cannabis

Depending on whether you are new to medical cannabis or are an experienced patient, “too much” can mean a lot of different things. The best way to avoid this type of experience is knowing your own limits and understanding dosing guidelines before consuming medical cannabis products.

The rule of thumb with all cannabis products is to start with a low dose and go slowly.

What are the symptoms of too much cannabis? 

The symptoms of taking too much cannabis are: rapid heartbeat, mental confusion, and panic attacks. In rare cases, hallucinations and extreme paranoia can occur. 

It’s important to remember that a cannabis overdose will pass. It will go away. Any experienced cannabis user has at least one story of human error and consuming too much of a good thing! 

Is there a such thing as too much cannabis?

The short answer is yes, but you can not consume enough to harm yourself. It would take around 1500 pounds of cannabis consumed at the same time to cause lasting harm. So unless you are in some very special circumstances, it is fair to say that you can take a deep breath. You are just having a highly uncomfortable experience. It’s going to be okay! 

What can I do to change a bad experience to a good one?

Typically, it’s pretty simple to turn a bad experience into a tolerable one. 

First, do not panic! You control your own experience and you can change this outcome yourself. 

Next, get hydrated! Water is best, but if you prefer you can drink tea, juice, or even a smoothie! Just remember to avoid anything with a high fat content.

It’s ideal to hydrate, but that doesn’t mean a glass of wine or anything else with alcohol. Drinking alcohol could increase the THC blood concentration, which would make you feel worse. Try having a snack as well. 

Pro Tip: Avoid mango juice or eating mangos. Mangos can intensify THC effects due to the terpenes that exist within mangos. 

It’s also helpful to have CBD products on hand. CBD helps with anxiety, so adding it to the mix can help turn the experience back into a good one. 

If none of these suggestions help, try grabbing some black pepper and chewing on it. The pepper you have on your table is fine! This is a super helpful trick because some of the terpenes in black pepper also help relieve anxiety and pain. 

Stay calm and know that you will be okay. Go for a walk if you are able. This will you focus you mind on other things. Focus on being present on your walk.

If you’re the type of person who needs to sit back and relax to forget how you feel, try taking a shower or bath and putting on some relaxing music. Watching a movie or favorite program can be a good distraction and help you relax. If you’re the type of person who enjoys cleaning, now might be the time to put on your favorite music and give the house a once-over. You are in control and this will pass!

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