Overdosing on Marijuana: Survival Tips For “Greening Out”

Photo Credit: Medical Jane

Photo Credit: Medical Jane

CannaBest Medical strives to provide medical marijuana patients symptom relief without unwanted side effects interfering with daily life. We aim to do so not only by allowing patients to journal their dose so they can discover and keep track of their ideal dose, but also by providing helpful graphs that simplify the anonymous and successful dosing regimens of other patients. That being said, sometimes encountering side effects along the way towards your premium dose is inevitable. In order to overcome a negative psychoactive experience, it is important to understand what causes it. THC, one of the more prominent and well known cannabinoids in cannabis, activates CB1 and CB2 receptors in the body. When it binds to CB1 receptors in the nervous system, a psychoactive effect is produced. Consuming too much cannabis in a small amount of time can intensify these effects and produce an unpleasant experience. Although it is nearly impossible for these overdoses to be fatal or harmful, it is still an uncomfortable experience that lasts anywhere from thirty minutes to many hours. 

To overcome this experience, stay calm, relax, breathe deeply, think of a happy place, and sleep it off. That advice seems common-sense, but some lesser-known tips can be helpful for easing symptoms as well. Cannabis has been associated with lower blood sugar, so if you're naturally prone to swings in blood sugar levels, overdose symptoms could be related thereto. Try boosting your blood sugar by consuming natural sugars, like in honey and fruit. Paranoia and anxiety is often caused by too much THC, so increasing other cannabinoids like CBD can balance out THC's psychoactive effect. Many suggest chewing on black pepper to overcome paranoia, and the "black pepper myth" is not scientifically baseless. One study found the beta-caryophyllene in black pepper and various plants helped to treat anxiety and depression in mice, and it also induced drowsiness. That being said, those affected by blood sugar should use caution as black pepper is known to further lower blood sugar levels.

CannaBest Medical reminds you to stay informed about your cannabis dosing regimen and to use marijuana responsibly in order to prevent this experience. This information has been provided by Medical Jane and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.