So you got too high. Now what?
by Corey, a Rob Rodney News Contributor
“Hey, can you hand me that glass of water?”
The question sounded like it had come from miles away.
“Hello? Can you hand me that water?”
I blinked and turned to my friend, who wasn’t miles away. He was, in fact, sitting right next to me. The 90’s sci-fi great Event Horizon was flickering away on the TV in front of us. It felt like an eternity had passed.
“Dude, can you hand me the water?” my friend asked again, tapping my shoulder and pointing at the glass.
I could see the glass, looming on the table beside me. But the couch, which had somehow turned into a giant cloud, had me far too sucked in to reach the it. I simply couldn’t move. And keeping my voice at a whisper (so the neighbors couldn’t hear me, of course), I finally answered, “I…can’t.”
I was as high as a kite, stuck in a chamber of my own thoughts. Because, as I now know, too much marijuana can cause confusion, emotional distress and increased heart rate. And, apparently, turn couches into clouds.
If you find yourself too high, and feel you need help, please get it. But if that piece of oatmeal cookie was just a bit too low in sugar and high in cannabis, here are a few tips to wait out the storm.
- Ride it out
The best medicine for getting too high, is time. As your mind tries to tell you otherwise, bring this reminder in over and over. Knowing there’s a light at the end of the tunnel will help ease the voices, and bring you saner, sooner.
- Stimulate and distract
Do what you can to get your mind off, well, your mind. Play a game, watch tv, listen to music. Recruiting a kind friend to talk you through it can help, especially one who’s been there. Do what it takes to pass the time.
- Go to sleep
Rest has a way of healing a high. Even if it takes a while, and even you don’t end up sleeping at all, cozy into your bed and relax. Try not to worry about where you should be. Instead, keep your thoughts positive until you’re ready to face the world again.
- Try CBD
CBD has elements that can be good for fighting anxiety. Ask your local budtender which ones he or she recommends, and keep some on hand. While it may seem counterintuitive, CBD may be the only time you can fight fire with fire.
- Be easy on yourself.
Learn your limits. Layer on the experiences. Take a hit as a therapeutic dose, to get a feeling of euphoria, before treading forward. And be careful with edibles. The onset of effects from ingested cannabis is much longer (30 minutes to two hours) so don’t rush to take more if you don’t feel anything immediately.
At Rob Rodney, we want you to have a good time. But do it responsibly.