It can happen. I’m talking room spinning, incredible paranoia, and nausea, not to mention freaky thoughts that your body is doing things that we all know the human body is physically incapable of doing. If you smoke too much, or over consume edibles, or even experiment with something extremely potent, you may experience a bad high. Don’t fret, a bad high does not destine you to a life wherein you must avoid THC. There are things that you can do to prevent a bad high, as well as limit the duration of the experience.
The good news is that in the history of weed, a bad high isn’t generally life-threatening. People don’t die from a cannabis overdose. It’s essentially medically impossible. That said, a bad high can send you to the emergency room, if you are experiencing an extreme panic attack. Actually, more often than not a bad high is a form of a panic attack. These can be brought on by a chemical reaction to the way your body metabolizes cannabis, over-consumption, or bad vibes during or before ingestion. The racing heart, panicked thoughts, sweat, are all part of the body’s response to stress, or anxiety. Your weird thoughts are just a bonus due to the mind-altering state brought on by THC.
The first step should you experience a bad high is to remind yourself that although you are experiencing some anxiety, nothing bad is going to happen. This reaction that you are having is going to dissipate, and your high is going to wear off. No one has died from a weed overdose. The next step is to engage in things that calm you. A quiet place with reduced stimuli, listening to calming or relaxing music, talking to a friend who can talk you down, a hug, a warm bath, a soft blanket. These are all things that can help you to relax while the sensation passes. If none of this helps, or you just can’t manage the sensations and weird thoughts, you may need to seek medical attention. If you are having trouble breathing, or are experiencing a no-holds barred, full-fledged panic attack, it is in your interest to get help from a professional.
To prevent yourself from having this experience, it may be helpful to remember the concept that “less is more.” As you embark on your marijuana journey, start small, until you build up a tolerance. it’s better to utilize too little THC than too much, and you always want to consume weed in an environment where you feel safe and comfortable and are with friends that you trust, especially if it is your first time experimenting with marijuana. Doctors who prescribe medical marijuana to patients advise them to start low and go slow.
There are some people who are more likely to feel anxious when they use cannabis. It may just be the way that their body reacts to weed. Sometimes if you are prone to anxiety in your daily life, new experiences and sensations may heighten your anxiety. However, if you are determined to experience the anxiety-reducing benefits of marijuana start with small doses to allow yourself time to adjust to the way your body interacts with weed. Also, it can be helpful to pre-plan the steps you will take should you experience a bad high.
That said, smoking weed isn’t for everyone. If weed doesn’t make you feel good, there’s no reason to force yourself to indulge in it. However, if you are interested in experiencing the wellness benefits of weed, don’t let one bad trip cause you to avoid marijuana entirely. Practice the tips mentioned above for a better marijuana experience.