Everyone has, at some point, experienced an uncomfortably intense high. It could be due to overindulgence on your part or by sampling a new strain whose strength you had underestimated. People who are still new to ingesting edibles are particularly susceptible since it is very difficult to gauge your tolerance while partaking. Luckily, there are numerous tried and tested techniques that you can use to bring your high down to manageable levels.
One of the effects of an intense high is increased anxiety and paranoia, usually accompanied by an increased heart rate. This can be an extremely scary experience that can be managed by calming yourself down. The best way to calm yourself is by using breathing exercises. Take slow deep breaths where you exhale slowly. Repeating this breathing exercise, while focusing on calming thoughts, can significantly reduce your anxiety levels and reduce your heart rate.
Take a long shower/bath
One of the best ways to counteract an intense high is by taking a long shower or bath. There are differing opinions on whether hot or cold showers are more effective, so you should alternate between the two. A ten-minute bath or shower will work wonders towards reducing your high.
Another effective method of reducing your high is by drinking lots of water or fruit juice. For better results, you should go for a chilled drink. Avoid alcoholic drinks as they further add to your dehydration, making the situation worse than it was. If you are a coffee drinker, having a cup of coffee will further help you cut down your high.
Eat spicy food
Hot spicy food will work wonders if you are experiencing an intense high. Black pepper is noted for being particularly effective, although any spicy food will cut down your high. If you are a regular marijuana user, it is advisable to have some spicy snacks, such as peppercorn, at hand.
Cannabinoid (CBD) oil
Cannabinoid attaches itself to the same CB1 receptors that respond to THC. By taking cannabinoid oils, you are limiting your brain’s ability to bond with more THC and therefore reducing your high. If you are in a state where cannabis based CBD oils are difficult to obtain, then you can use hemp CBD oils which have the same effects and are legal in all 50states.
Citrus fruits have an enzyme that counteracts THC effects. Oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruit are good sources of citrus. You can eat the fruit directly, enjoy a citrus fruit juice or grate a citrus fruit rind into some drinking water. As an added advantage, you will enjoy the numerous health benefits offered by citrus fruits while reducing your high.
Go for a walk
Taking a calm walk is another pleasant way to reduce your high. The change in scenery and a bit of fresh air might just be what you need to reduce the intensity of your high.
Whichever strategy works for you, prevention is always the best cure. Avoid getting uncomfortably intense highs by understanding your tolerance and being cautious when using strains which you are unfamiliar with.