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7 Things That Can Help Ease THC Effects (When You Consumed Too Much)

7 Things That Can Help Ease THC Effects (When You Consumed Too Much)

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Sometimes, we overestimate the amount of THC we think we need. Whether it's too many bites of an edible or puffs of a vape- we’ve all been there

Fortunately, various techniques can help tone down the effects of this uncomfortable experience. Below, we cover seven popular strategies and at-home remedies to try to help break your “high” and come back down to earth when you've... overindulged.

1. Hydrate

Closeup women face and hand holding glass of water

Hydrating is essential before, during and after every session, especially if you’re trying to help combat the effects of THC. Whether you prefer juice or water, having a cold beverage will not only ease dry mouth, but also turn your attention away from how you’re feeling and help you focus on something else.

However, avoid coffee or alcohol during your session. A study found that alcohol can increase the amount of THC that enters your bloodstream, thus boosting its effects.

2. Grab A Snack

eating food

Whether you're down bad with the munchies or just need some comfort food, grabbing a snack might provide some relief. You may want to opt for foods higher in carbohydrates, as according to various anecdotal reports, they can help ease THC effects. But bread, sugar, and other carbs tend to have a feel-good effect, so this may just be purely coincidental.

3. Go for a Walk

Healthy distractions are crucial when you're feeling overwhelmed, and there's nothing better way to keep your mind off THC's effects than changing the scenery and getting some fresh air. Call a friend, take a stroll around the block, and take in the world around you. Scientific studies have actually shown this simple activity offers a "mood boost" via increased circulation and the release of endorphins. So, after 10 minutes or so, head inside, and see how you feel.

4. Take A Shower

woman showering as she feels the water hit her hands

While showering may feel like the last thing you want to do, it has been known to help enthusiasts to gain some relief. Turn on the shower to your preferred temperature, put on some music, and stand underneath the water until you start to relax.

5. Try Some At-Home Terpene Remedies

woman squeezing lemon into tea

You're probably aware that the aromatic compounds known as terpenes lend to many of the pleasant effects and synergies that we experience after consuming cannabis. But did you know that these same compounds are found in a variety of other plants and that some can actually have THC-taming properties

According to anecdotal reports, chewing on or simply sniffing peppercorns can help ease THC effects. As weird as this may sound, the apparent efficacy of this ancient practice can be explained by scientific research, which states that black pepper is particularly rich in the terpenes beta-caryophyllene, pinene, and myrcene. Yes, these same terpenes are found in cannabis, too!

But along with its anti-inflammatory and analgesic potential, beta-Caryophyllene is "a high-potency selective CB2 agonist." If CB2 sounds familiar, that's because it's one of the receptors in your body's endocannabinoid system- importantly, the one not associated with psychoactive effects

Instead, the activation of CB2 is associated with therapeutic benefits. Black pepper, therefore, is believed to intensify the relaxing effect of THC more, and has even been shown to reduce anxiety in animal studies.

Another terpene-rich food that has been used for centuries as an easy remedy is lemon. Scientifically speaking, lemon rind is abundant in limonene, which has been shown to mitigate anxious feelings associated with taking too much THC.

Keep in mind the potential synergies of terpenes and their efficacy as antidotes to too-much-THC are not guaranteed. Although many cannabis enthusiasts have found success with these remedies, more studies are needed to make any statements confidently.

6. Cuddle Your Pet

Our pets are always here for us. So, when your experience isn’t enjoyable, grab your dog or cat, and cuddle them. They will gladly receive the extra attention, and according to a growing body of research supporting the therapeutic, mood-enhancing potential of pet interaction, you may feel some relief in a few minutes.

7. Watch Nostalgic Television

Do you have a show that you could watch on repeat without getting bored? If so, press play and get comfy. The familiar scenes and characters will keep you focused and steer your mind away from the effects. After a couple of episodes, switch to films, and spend the rest of the day curled up on the couch.

No, we don't have any studies saying this works exceptionally well against THC effects. Just take our word for it.


Cannabis is unpredictable, and different strains and consumption methods may create a more acute experience than you're accustomed to.

When this happens, just know that THC's effects are only temporary and will dissipate over time.

So hang tight, and try the techniques above to mellow the effects out. And if none of them seem to work, there’s nothing wrong with throwing in the towel and taking a well-deserving slumber until it passes. 

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