Article by Lauren Wilson, Lift News
Whether you are new to cannabis or an experienced consumer, there is always the potential risk for consuming too much.
Over consumption can be pretty unpleasant. Depending on how much you’ve consumed, and your own physiology, effects might range from mild anxiety, to paranoia, to full-blown panic and fear. You might feel nauseous, light-headed or dizzy. Your heart might race, and you might feel completely overwhelmed.
But the first thing to know is that you cannot overdose with cannabis! And the second thing to know is that there are some ways that you can take care of yourself to make the experience a little more tolerable.
What To Do When You Consume Too Much Cannabis
When you’re over-intoxicated, the mind might be racing, but it is important to remember that you are going to be OK. To calm the nervous system if you are feeling really distressed, take some deep breaths. Then try to get to a safe and comfortable place if you can. Actively remind yourself that you are safe and that you are going to be fine.
Dr. Jordan Tishler, a Harvard-trained physician and cannabis expert at inhaleMD, recommends having a buddy with you if possible. “If you have a partner or friend, having them sit with you or perhaps hold your hand can be remarkably grounding.”
He also recommends gentle external stimulus and activity to get you out of your head and distracted from your internal state: relaxing music or watching a funny movie, for example. “Most importantly, over intoxication tends to make people feel like it will never end. Actively remind yourself that it will end,” says Tishler.
Many patients and consumers anecdotally report that consuming CBD helps when you have consumed too much THC. While initial animal studies have suggested that CBD might counter the intoxicating effects of THC, these results have not been translated into human subjects.