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How to tell if you are getting too high on weed

How Do You Know When You’ve Had Too Much Weed?

It might sound silly to those who have experienced cannabis in high doses before, but for the newbies who are more likely to suffer from a too intense high, it may be difficult to recognize precisely what is going on.

The key to controlling your symptoms is having the ability to know that what you’re feeling is just the result of a little too much cannabis, and that it isn’t going to last. So, how do you know when you’ve had too much?

Classic symptoms of being “too high” include:

These are the most likely side effects you will experience from going overboard with weed, and even though we can’t stress enough that these symptoms will eventually go away, we do fully appreciate how horrendous it can feel at the time.

Without further ado, here are our Top 6 Tips for what to do when you get too high!


5) Using CBD to Calm Down When High

We just discussed using edibles or opposing types of weed (sativa for an indica, indica for a sativa) to counteract cannabis crashes, but using cannabidiol to stop a weed high is a reliably fast-acting buzz-balancing possibility. CBD is a known cure for anxiety  and nausea, two common components of being overly high, and can be used to counteract too much THC. Although both CBD and THC are cannabinoids, CBD enhances THC’s own painkilling properties yet doesn’t have the psychoactivity and tendency to produce jitters and anxiety plateau like tetrahydrocannabinol. So, when too much THC awakens the dark side of the Force, and your cannabis high goes all Darth Vader on you, you can use a little CBD to bring balance!

CBD essential oil drops taken sublingually – in your mouth, under your tongue, seeping directly into your bloodstream through your oral tissues – can start to work within minutes, much faster than water cures for weed, and about as fast as toking to counterbalance a bad buzz of a particular type of weed. And being that CBD pure distillate has no THC and CBD from hemp has very little THC – like, less than .03%, legally – then there’s no chance that it’s going to compound the problem by throwing more THC fuel on your raging-high fire. Hybrid weed strains are popular with some people precisely because CBD does such a good job of mitigating the more extreme effects that excessive THC can have.


Having this “Dnish flavored CBD tincture” set will make sure that you feel safe in case you’re falling in a rookie syndrome and you get some strong and bad marijuana high.

These essential oils will help you in a very short period to reduce the intoxication effects from an undesirable bad cannabis experience.

Many people would love to try all the flavours of these essential oils!  

10) How to Stop Smoking Marijuana

This last one is a bit extreme, and more of a long-term cure than a short-term – unless by quitting weed you mean that as you start to feel too high in your cannabis experience you stop puffing pot or eating a marijuana medible, then by all means stop toking or munching before the intoxication effects get worse (unless, as we noted above you’re using an indica strain to negate a sativa high or vice versa). But after a long strange trip (or several) through the weedy looking glass you decide pot smoking is not for you, then maybe quitting long-term is the right thing for you to do. Those who smoke cannabis for medical reasons can still get some very good health benefits from CBD alone, which does not have the psychoactive effects of THC in marijuana.

CBD and THC both interact with your body’s endocannabinoid system receptors thus releasing neurotransmitters in your brain that can affect pain, immune function, stress, and sleep patterns. THC binds with CB1 receptors in the brain, producing the popular euphoric high long associated with pot. CBD has little interaction with CB1 receptors, in fact it can inhibit the binding of THC to the CB1 receptors, drastically reducing the psychoactive effects – that’s why we recommended it as a buzz kill above.

CBD alone or CBD from hemp (which may contain other cannabinoids, but has less than .03% THC) can help with many of the same conditions as THC such as seizures, inflammation, pain, depression, stress or anxiety, IBS (inflammatory bowel syndrome), nausea, and migraines; and many people who don’t do pot at all find medical management with cannabidiol to be preferable.

If you want to quit cannabis forever, then things you need to do include going cold turkey and not weaning yourself (there’s too much of a tendency to lapse back if you go slowly), get rid of all your weed – leaf, concentrates, all of it; and ditch your paraphernalia, too – no more pipes, bong rig, grinders, joint papers, all of it goes. You may experience some feelings of withdrawal, but that’s where CBD can help keep you de-stressed and handle any pain or discomfort issues you may have been using weed for. If you need extra help bucking your bud habit, there are addiction counseling services and medical professionals that can help.

Here is a somewhat lighthearted video take on how to stop being high – including some of the methods that we discussed above: 

Juicing Is Best

For many people interested in the health benefits

For many people interested in the health benefits of raw cannabis, juicing is the best option. This approach allows you to get all the cannabinoids and other vitamins and minerals contained in the plant without having to process the fibrous plant matter, which can be difficult to digest.

Many people say it also tastes much better, especially when you mix your cannabis juice with other juice or add it to a smoothie.

Additionally, if you mix your cannabis juice with other healthy, vitamin-rich fruits or vegetables, you can give yourself a super-charged health drink.

To juice raw cannabis, you’ll obviously need a juicer and raw, un-decarboxylated weed. Fortunately, you can juice every part of the cannabis plant, buds, leaves, and all.

Roughly chop your plant matter and add it in batches to the juicer. From there, add whatever other fruits, vegetables, and leafy greens you’d like and enjoy.

2. You are Not Inhaling the Smoke Properly

If you are consuming cannabis through smoking, inhaling the smoke properly is a “must” for you to get any effects. It may be a bit uncomfortable for new users, but they will start feeling better after some time. Just keep your hits very small in the beginning. It’s better to inhale a small hit properly than to have a big hit that you just can’t manage.

Remember, you need to take the smoke into your lungs, and not your stomach. If you feel your stomach hurting or burping up smoke, you probably swallowed the smoke into your stomach rather than inhaling it into your lungs.

Also, many people believe that you need to hold the smoke in for some time to get better effects. However, this is completely wrong. Once you’ve got the smoke into your lungs, you’re good to exhale it. Holding it for some extra seconds isn’t gonna have any different effects on your experience.

4. Not Smoking Enough

This is always a possibility, but honestly, it’s not normally the cause of contention in these cases. Of course, if you only take a few small hits and don’t get high then there’s your problem, but this tends to be an obvious solution for people.

It’s usually a quality problem in these cases. If you have low-quality weed to start with then you’re going to need to smoke more of it. If you’re starting with good weed and you don’t smoke regularly then you should be feeling high off of 3-4 hits.

7. You have a Very High Tolerance

If you are a new cannabis consumer, this probably isn’t for you. But if you have been consuming it for a long time, you may have built a very high tolerance toward it

See, the more you consume cannabis the higher will be your tolerance. And with time, you may develop so much tolerance that it may become very difficult for you to get high. If this is the case for you, you probably need to lower your tolerance. And the perfect way to do it is by taking a tolerance break.

Another thing you should know about, here, is a strain tolerance. This usually happens when you keep consuming the same strain for a very long time. In this case, you may try switching to some other strains.

So, these were the most common reasons one may not be getting high on their weed. However, if you don’t find yourself in any of this category, we recommend you talk to a qualified cannabis doctor.

6. Medical Condition

I’m not going to go too deep into this section because I’m not a doctor. If you have a medical condition then you should really be consulting a physician on these matters and not some random blog you found through a google search. With that said, some people with severe medical conditions claim to not feel high after smoking, but rather they feel normal.

This goes along with the notion that feeling high can be very different things to different people. Just because your high doesn’t manifest itself in the same way as someone else doesn’t mean you’re broken.

Before we move on I do want to take a moment to talk about the pregnenolone hormone, which is kinda fascinating. A study published in 2014 showed the hormone pregnenolone acted as a blocker for THC in lab rats. This mean, if your body produces high levels of pregnenolone it could possibly be naturally blocking the THC from interacting with your body.

What Does a Marijuana High Feel Like?

Ok, so symptoms are well and good, but they are also a little medical, aren’t they? How does weed affect you?

Most people report a sensation of euphoria while they are under the influence of cannabis. The general experience is one of relaxation, coupled, perhaps, with an undercurrent of mild to severe confusion or lightheadedness (similar, though not identical to the sensory impairment brought on by alcohol consumption).

But while this is a general explanation of cannabis and its effects, it is also important to note that the type of marijuana you are dealing with will have an impact on the outcome.

Indicia High

Indica is designed to be a more relaxing form of cannabis. Many take indica as part of a nighttime routine to help them fall asleep. It’s a body buzz that usually contributes to a sense of calm that will highly benefit restless minds trying to go to bed.

Of course, indica can be taken at any time of the day, and will ultimately produce results comparable to that of other forms of marijuana.

Sativa High

Sativa is known more for its head high and euphoria. Sativa can be a little more energizing and is often associated with the creative process. Many use sativa for reducing anxiety and functioning throughout the day. Indeed, to better understand the two types of cannabis, you might be well-served to think of indica as a night time weed, and sativa as a day time weed.

CBD High

And then there is CBD. It’s important to note that there is no such thing as a CBD high—at least not one that compares to a THC high. CBD is a non-psychoactive ingredient of the cannabis plant that is usually extracted from hemp—the marijuana plant’s brother.

However, it can produce a more mild sense of ease without actually producing the euphoria that THC is known for.

How long does the effects of CBD oil last?

The general rule of thumb is between 2-6 hours, though this can be impacted by many factors like how much you take, how you take it, and the overall quality of the CBD.

Low-Grade Weed

Starting at the bottom of the barrel is low-grade

Starting at the bottom of the barrel is low-grade weed. Known by names such as schwag, reggie weed and shake, bad weed is, quite simply, really bad. Yet some people buy it – typically either because it’s cheap or the only option available. It can be recognized in several ways, both before and after consumption.

The Look Of Bad Weed

Bad weed is often darker (sometimes you even see brown weed) and more brittle than better products due to improper drying and curing methods. It may also have been harvested too early, resulting in extremely light and airy buds that have lower cannabinoid content than flowers left to fully mature.

The whole bag, or some parts of it, could have a p

The whole bag, or some parts of it, could have a poor ratio of plant matter to seed and stem, resulting in less consumable product overall. If you look at low-quality weed under a microscope or simply zoom in with your phone’s camera, you’ll usually see small, fragile trichomes that have been damaged during packaging or transportation.

Low-grade weed:

  • Dark in color
  • Airy and light
  • Poor plant to seed/stem ratio

The Taste And Aroma Of Schwag – It’s No Good

When something is fresh, clean and beautiful, it comes through in the smell. When something is none of those things, you can also usually tell by giving it a good sniff.

Bad weed usually carries a musky smell from higher moisture content, an overly grassy stink from too much chlorophyll left over from drying and curing, or a dead foliage smell from being exposed to too much heat and sunlight. All of these factors negatively affect terpenes and flavonoids of marijuana. In all cases, you’ll usually miss the onslaught of fruity, flowery, gassy or earthy smells that erupt from a freshly opened bag of good weed. You can imagine that weed that smells bad won’t have much to its taste either – both of the qualities are dependent on terpenes that are usually destroyed or poorly pronounced in bad weed.

Low-grade weed:

  • Musky or grassy smell
  • Dead foliage scent
  • Weak taste

The Effect Of Reggie Weed

Depending on how much marijuana you usually consume, the effects of bad weed will vary. If you only consume occasionally, you’ll still notice a physiological effect after the consumption of low-quality marijuana. However, if you’re a regular consumer, the effects of smoking bad weed might not register at all, as the cannabinoid content of the product could be simply too low.

However, what will happen to everyone, whether novice or veteran, is that consuming too much will quickly bring about negative effects – not from getting too high, but from consuming too much of any contaminant in the weed, whether this is residual chemicals used in the growing phase, or molds and other pathogenic bacteria picked up along the way.

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Cannabinoid Content Of Low-Grade Weed

While numbers aren’t everything, they also don’t l

While numbers aren’t everything, they also don’t lie, and knowing the exact cannabinoid (natural chemicals found in cannabis) content of the product is a great way to know what you’re smoking. Generally, low-quality weed corresponds with low quantities of active cannabinoids such as THC and CBD – usually below 10% and 1% respectively – which means you’ll feel less of an effect from smoking it.

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High-Grade Weed

Sometimes, nothing but the best will do. When such

Sometimes, nothing but the best will do. When such times come around, you can always turn to high-grade weed to get the job done. Known as top-shelf, primo, skunk, dank and many other names, high-grade weed is known for its Instagram-perfect looks, potent aroma and other-worldly effects.

The Feel Of High-Grade Weed

The first thing you can usually notice when looking at high-grade marijuana is the crystalline sheen of trichomes that coat the flower both inside and out. When you pick up the bud, it should be perfectly manicured, with the vast majority of leaf and stem removed, leaving only the sparking flower behind.

As with mid-grade weed, squeezing the bud gently should demonstrate a bit of give in the bud, yet you should hear a definite crack when you break the bud apart, meaning that care has been taken when drying and curing to maintain the correct levels of humidity and temperature.

High-grade weed:

High-grade weed:

  • Covered in crystal-like trichomes
  • Well-manicured
  • Slight give when squeezed
  • Definite snap when broken apart

Bright Terpenes Of High-Grade Marijuana

If you’ve ever heard the term ‘loud’ used to describe marijuana and not quite understood, wait until you smell a bag of top-shelf weed; the aroma is enough to get you feeling all kinds of ways.

Depending on the variety, high-grade marijuana will carry strong notes of dominant terpenes and flavonoids, whether they be fruity or earthy, as well as usually having undertones of less dominant scents that require a keen nose to pick up. The terpenes of the consumed flower will also be strong and pronounced, bursting in the mouth at the first hit and lingering long after you’ve finished consuming.

High-grade weed:

High-grade weed:

  • A pronounced aroma of many notes
  • Bright, long-lasting taste
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The Effect Of Top-Shelf Weed

Again, the effects of high-grade weed, like low and mid, are subjective and based on the individual consumer’s physical and mental tolerance. It’s also highly dependent on the particular strain you happen to have, where that strain was grown, and who grew it. In saying that, high-grade weed is usually strong. Really strong.

From the first taste, you should notice strong physiological changes, ranging from the complete relaxation and almost melting sensation of your body to an intense head rush that can stay for hours or mellow out into a gentler, long-lasting high. Many thoughts will certainly come and go from your mind as you’re enjoying the effects of high-grade weed, but the idea of “I’m not high enough” probably won’t be one of them.

Cannabinoid Content Of Real Dank Weed

High-grade weed comes from genetics that have been specifically bred to produce outstanding pot. The traditional way of doing this was to jack up the THC content as high as it could go. While there are now many more parameters for breeders and growers to consider when creating a great plant, the effects of this THC arms race can still be seen in the, let’s be honest, unnaturally high cannabinoid content of high-grade weed.

THC, being the most active and also most commonly

THC, being the most active and also most commonly known cannabinoid, still reigns supreme, with high-grade weed testing at well over 20%, and some strains being cultivated coming in at over 33% THC! However, other cannabinoids are now also seeing the limelight, with CBD content of some strains rocketing up the charts to above 10%, as well as lesser-known cannabinoids such as CBN, CBG and THCV being heavily researched and sought out in high-grade weed.

Final thoughts on What to Do if You Get Too High

Consuming too much weed can be an incredibly difficult thing to avoid, particularly if you’re not an experienced marijuana user. While sometimes symptoms may be mild and short-lived, it is often the case that bad cannabis highs can be enough to put people off from ever touching the plant again!

By following our tips, however, and trying other things such as light snacking and sleeping it off – you should be able to avoid any long-lasting experience that could ruin a beautiful relationship between you and our favorite flower!

And always remember – NOBODY has ever died from consuming too much weed!

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