If you’re new to cannabis, or if it’s been a while since you last consumed, it’s a good idea to start low and go slow. We know, you’ve heard this adage from us on multiple occasions – but as your mother would tell you, it’s for your own good! Oils and edibles tend to react differently than smoking or vaporizing cannabis, meaning you may be more likely to overdo it or “green out”. If that ever happens, either to yourself or to someone you’re with, we’ve prepared 5 tips to help get you through it.
Tip #1: Deep breaths.
One of the first clues that you’ve greened out is an elevated sense of anxiety. Don’t worry, there’s no reason to panic. Start by paying attention to your breath, like in a yoga class. Breathe deeply and slowly, in through your nose and out through the mouth.
Tip #2: Drink up.
If you’re experiencing dry mouth and feeling lightheaded, drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated. Keep in mind it doesn’t have to be water: juice and herbal teas will also help if you’re greening out (just avoid alcohol or excessive amounts of caffeine.)
Tip #3: Nap time.
One of the most effective ways to level your high is to sleep it off. Find a quiet place away from too much stimulation and get some shut eye until it passes. If you’re too anxious to sleep, try lying down and listening to some relaxing music (in fact, that might be just what you need to doze off.)
Tip #4: CBD is your (and THC’s) friend.
It may not surprise you to hear that THC and CBD go hand in hand. CBD blocks the THC receptors in your brain, which can be useful should you consume too much of the cannabinoid. If you don’t usually take CBD, consider having some on hand just in case you green out.
Tip #5: It’ll pass.
It might not be an enjoyable experience, but greening out isn’t dangerous or permanent. If you’ve consumed too much cannabis too quickly, just remind yourself that you’re going to be okay. Give it some time, and you’ll slowly start to feel like your normal self again.