Not long ago, I got a worried Facebook message from a reader who had accidentally made a batch of marijuana infused cupcakes that were too strong. He and his friends were freaking out and worried about the effects of a marijuana overdose, especially since the media often like to fear monger these stories.
When we are talking "marijuana overdose," what we are really talking about is someone ingesting too much THC, the psychoactive cannabinoid in marijuana responsible for many of its medicinal effects, but also responsible for making you feel high. In fact, there is no easier way to ingest too much marijuana than by eating it.
A common problem is that people don’t think it’s working, as the effects can take several hours to manifest. Likewise they eat more, and by the time it all hits, they realize they took too much.
The first thing to do if you or someone you know has ingested too much marijuana is to calm down. There is no such thing as a fatal marijuana overdose. You will not stop breathing and your organs will not shut down. Cannabis simply does not work that way in the body.
Marijuana Overdose: Practical suggestions for when you have consumed too much marijuana:
CBD to the Rescue! – For almost instant relief from too much marijuana, ingest some CBDs! Cannabidiol, marijuana’s second most famous cannabinoid, can counter the effects of it most famous cannabinoid, THC. Bhang makes a CBD breath spray that, besides imparting all the medicinal benefits CBDs are known for, also can act like a rescue inhaler for those who have consumed too much marijuana. A few sprays and you will almost instantly feel yourself starting to come down from that uncomfortable high. If you don’t have CBD spray try, try a sublingual CBD tincture like those by Joy Organics, or smoking or vaping a high CBD strain of cannabis instead.
Chew Peppercorns — Believe it or not, peppercorns can counteract the effects of too much marijuana. This is due to similar terpenoid profiles and how the two plants interact with each other, but the bottom line is, it works! Try chewing on 2 or 3 peppercorns for a few minutes when feeling too high.
Drink Something – Cottonmouth, a common side effect of marijuana use, is even more pronounced with edibles. Drink lots of water to counteract it and help you feel the extreme effects less.
Eat Something – Eating marijuana edibles on an empty stomach can definitely make their effects more pronounced. Unless you are feeling sick to your stomach, try eating something non-medicated when you have had too much to help alleviate the symptoms.
Sleep It Off – The best thing you can do when you have ingested too much marijuana is to go to bed and sleep it off.
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