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Puff, Puff, Panic? Tips for Managing Cannabis Overconsumption

Updated: Jun 17

A guide for surviving

A red pawn landed on the "Bad trip! Skip 1 turn!" field of the MadKush boardgame.

Whether you're a seasoned cannabis enthusiast, a casual user, or even one of our MadKush buddies, who enjoyed the game a little bit too much - sometimes, things can take an unexpected turn and it is okay. We've all been there – you're having a chill session with your favorite herb, and suddenly, you're feeling like you're on a rocket ship to outer space. It happens to the best of us!

It can be an uncomfortable and overwhelming experience, but don't worry, we've got your back with some down-to-earth tips and tricks for when you've smoked a tad too much:

1. Keep Your Cool and don't panic:

First things first - you are not dying. no, seriously. You are not. Don't freak out. You're not alone, and this won't last forever. Remaining composed and reminding yourself that the effects will pass eventually is the first and most crucial step. Panic can make the situation feel worse. So, take a deep breath and remind yourself that you're in for a wild but temporary ride.

Are you curious about what happens after using too much cannabis? Let's clarify the air now. Even if it can seem like you're in a pickle, you're not knocking on heaven's door. Here's the lowdown: that potent high you experience from marijuana? It's all about THC, the chemical that binds to CB1 receptors in your endocannabinoid system, which are mostly located in your brain. It's a brain trip, to put it simply! THC cannot cause overdose or interfere with the brain regions that regulate respiration.

2. Find Your Happy Place

Head to a comfy, cozy spot where you can kick back and where most importantly you feel safe and protected. Dim the lights, put on some of your favorite tunes, or dive into a movie or book you love. Reduce external stimuli like loud music and bright lighting to help ease any anxiety. If you're searching for the perfect chill tunes check out our ultimate 420 playlist! Now you can enjoy the tunes on our Spotify account!

3. Hydrate and Snack Smart

To stay hydrated, grab a glass of water or your favorite juice, but don't overdo it. Sip water carefully to prevent nausea or vomiting, which can occasionally occur with excessive ingestion. Your blood sugar levels may be impacted by the drug, so eating a light, healthy snack might help stabilize them. Eat lighter food instead of meals that could make you feel sicker.

4. Spice It Up with Pepper

It might sound strange, but sniff or munch on some black peppercorns. The terpenes pinene and caryophyllene, which are both found in black pepper, are believed to reduce the euphoric effects of THC and instead produce a more relaxing, therapeutic effect. This fantastic substance can be used to reduce paranoia and anxiety.

5. Take a Relaxing Shower

Sometimes, a warm shower or bath can work wonders. The soothing water can help ground you and ease the "I'm way too high" vibes.

6. Keep Busy with Fun Stuff

Get your mind off things by doing something you enjoy – whether it's playing video games, solving a puzzle, or trying some deep breathing exercises. Another thing we can recommend is to play one of our games. MadMobz or MadKush would be an amazing choice for getting back on Earth.

7. Chat with a Buddy

If you're not flying solo, reach out to a friend you trust and tell them about how you are feeling, it would also be great if this person is sober. Just talking about your experience with someone else can be a massive relief.

8. Remember, Time Heals

Frequently, the best cure for the symptoms to fade is time. The majority of chemicals will naturally break down and leave your body in a few hours to a day. Once again, keep in mind that the effects of cannabis won't last forever. In a little while, you'll be back to feeling like your usual self!

9. Learn from the Experience

Take this as a lesson in moderation. Take some time to consider the problem and reflect on it after you've recovered. Think about why you overindulged and what you may change going forward to prevent such situations. Always put your health first and pay attention to your body's signals because everyone's tolerance and response to substances varies. The best way to prevent these uncomfortable circumstances in the long run is to practice moderation and cautious usage. You can make safer decisions by learning from your mistakes. Adjust your next session – maybe go for less or try a strain with lower THC levels.

10. Get Help if You Need It

If things get too intense or if you have health concerns such as when there is chronic vomiting, intense anxiety, panic attacks, or heart palpitations, don't hesitate to get medical assistance. If you think you are having a medical emergency, never delay a call or a trip to the emergency room. It's always better to be safe than sorry.

So, there you have it! Next time you find yourself on a cosmic journey after a smoke sesh, remember these friendly tips.

Enjoy your cannabis responsibly, and may your highs be happy and just the right amount of spacey!

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