Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is a crystalline compound that is the main active ingredient of marijuana. THC is the chemical primarily responsible for marijuana’s psychological effects. Whenever you consume marijuana, THC, along with the other cannabinoids, enter your bloodstream then reach your internal organs and some will be stored in your fats where it can remain for up to 30-60 days.
A typical marijuana high will wear off in about 3 hours with the main kick happening about 30 minutes after you smoked. But what if you need to sober up fast after intake of THC? Well, it is technically impossible to remove THC in your system instantly. But yes, you can try these few things that can help bring down your high faster.
Because a marijuana high can be too long, just doze it off! Sleep is a natural remedy when you feel “too high” as your body will release hormones that will “clean” up your system. Do it somewhere comfortable, safe, and away from distractions.
Just a short 30-minute nap is recommended because anything longer than that can make you feel groggier in the next few hours or you might feel worse when you wake up. So be sure to set your alarm!
Another way to sober up quickly is simply to eat! A burger, pizza, and fries will not hurt if you’re
too high. The fats in the food you will eat will bind to the THC making it easier to metabolize.
The presence of food in your stomach will also draw most of your blood to it for digestion.
Hence, less will go to your brain reducing the psychoactive effects of THC.
Take a shower
When you had too much of recreational weed, reduce its effects by taking a shower. Warm
water increases blood flow in your body which helps to remove THC and other cannabinoids.
Coldwater, on the other hand, can decrease your body temperature so you will have lower
heart rate and you can conserve more oxygen and energy.
Knowing that both warm and cold showers may do good for you, try alternating them, or better
yet, do a warm shower first then finish it off with a cold one.
Try other medications
If you have a panic attack or you became paranoid after a marijuana dose, take the anti-anxiety medication. Only one dose is necessary to get you back on track so don’t overdose.
However, take note that this is a prescription medication so better ask your doctor for it first and always ask if the drug is safe to mix with the ingredients of recreational weed.
A drop of CBD
Surprisingly, taking another form of cannabis, the CBD or cannabidiol may help! CBD counteracts the psychoactive effects of THC by blocking THC from binding with the cannabinoid receptors in your brain.
A plus factor is that CBD has no major side effect on its own. So, you may want to have a CBD oil in your stash just in case. One drop on your tongue is all that you need for you to mellow down.
When you think you had too much, drink plenty of water. This will help flush the cannabinoids
from your body and prevent their unwanted effects. But if you’re not into drinking water, you
can try cranberry juice or sports drinks which has the additional benefit of preserving the
electrolytes in your body.
You may also want to try a lemonade to detox. Lemon contains the terpene limonene, a natural
antidote! It must be freshly-squeezed, and you can try adding some of its peel for it to be more
Sure, you don’t want to move while you are feeling too high but yes, it works! Exercise makes
your body release endorphins, the happy hormone, that decreases anxiety, stress or even pain.
It also eases blood flow in your body which will help in flushing out the THC in your system.
So, engage in a heart-pumping exercise for 30-60 minutes and you’re good to go!
The next time you are way too high, try these recommendations to sober up. Additionally, the best way to minimize the unwanted effects of THC is to start low and test your dosage limits.