How to Come Down from a Marijuana High Quickly

7 Tips for Shortening Your Cannabis Experience

By Ben Owens

As the trend of legalization continues, more people than ever before will have the opportunity to try cannabis for the first time, legally. With this surge of new and curious consumers comes the inevitable side effect that many may consume more than they intend. This might be because it’s your first time, as a result a peer pressure, or even – less often – as a result of inconsistent servings in infused products.

If you’ve ever gotten just a little too high then you’ll know what I’m talking about. It’s an uncomfortable high. While over-consumption looks different for everyone, symptoms of overdoing it include:

  • High anxiety, panic, confusion, and runaway thoughts
  • Decreased coordination, judgment, and perception
  • Increased heart rate, headache, and high blood pressure

It’s important to know your limits, and it’s also important to know how to stop being high because 911 isn’t going to do much for you when you’re too stoned to move.

4) How to Come Down from an Edible High

Again, we speak from experience when we say that we have been here before ourselves, but if you underestimate an edible cannabis culinary creation, a marijuana edible, it can come back to haunt you in the form of dizziness, nausea, paranoia, vomiting, loss of consciousness and a generally unfun trip down the rabbit hole. You will be convinced you are dying as a medical technician patiently explains to you that your vitals are fine and that statistics overwhelmingly indicate that you will live through the throes of your terrible trip.

Now, you might say that this section is miscategorized because talking about coming down from an edible cannabis experience high is not a cure in and of itself for being super-high, but there’s a method to our madness, so to speak. You can use an edible to help you come down from an edible high – maybe it seems contradictory, but here’s how: if you ate something weedy made with a sativa strain and are feeling all jittery, then eating something baked with an indica can help you to get opposite side effects and calm down; and conversely, if an indica-laced edible has you near-comatose then eating something with a sativa will help you perk back up. Or, for faster results, smoke a sativa-heavy weed joint or bowl to counteract an indica edible, or dab some predominantly indica pot to chill from an edible sativa buzz.


6) Working Out While High

Wait a minute, you might say, wasn’t working out while high a way to get super-high? Yes, true, true words – but going for a walk while high, probably best accompanied by a friend or loved one to make sure you don’t wander into traffic, can also speed up your metabolism and get your body to burn some of the THC up and process the high faster – but make sure you also institute the water weed cure at the same time – in other words, stay hydrated! If you dehydrate while going for a long walk to stop being high, then you could compound any dizziness and nausea you might be feeling.

Exercise also releases endorphins and they can help mitigate some of the  intoxication effects of being high; not to mention that while walking and talking with a friend, you might actually focus less on how you are feeling and more on your surroundings and conversation. If alone, you need to self care. Walk around the block a few times can still ramp up your metabolism and distract you, so just make sure your are being careful not to stumble and fall or elsewise hurt yourself – if you have an exercise bike or treadmill at home, that might be a safer way to go; but if you do go outside, choose a safe, familiar route with little traffic.

Two: Hydrate

Water has a way of undoing plenty of life’s mishaps. Chugging a big glass of water is not a silver bullet, but generally helps take the edge off any type of excess. Being dehydrated can also make you feel lightheaded to start, and mixing that with any substance is pretty much not ideal. Being hydrated before you even smoke is a great way to prevent drama.

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Photo by TapisRouge via Pixabay

Approach 2: Quitting Weed Cold Turkey

You may not want to quit smoking weed on a gradual basis because:

You may need to quit immediately for many reasons (work, relationships, school, legal issues etc).

You may be the type of person who does things ‘all or nothing’ and it may work best for you to cut it out completely.

The approach of going cold turkey has a history of being associated with drug addiction. It simply means you completely cut out marijuana consumption.

It certainly has the clear advantage of a quick impact. You’ll see results straight away. However, it’s much more complicated than it appears. You have to have a strategy to deal with the withdrawal symptoms that you’ll inevitably experience.

You can’t simply put don’t your spliff and say goodbye to weed forever without looking back. This is because even if you are mentally prepared for the challenge of giving up weed. Your body probably isn’t ready.

After all, your body has developed a tolerance for marijuana. While the body stores THC for up to a month at a time, this simply won’t be enough to prevent you from craving cannabis.

Although going cold turkey might be worth a try, it’s rarely successful on its own without a solid strategy. It’s difficult to fight against your own biology.

In this part of our guide, we will talk about useful strategies for quitting cold turkey.

Prepare Yourself

Look at what ‘function’ marijuana currently fills.

Ask yourself what are other ways you could fill that function?

Example #1: If weed helps you fall asleep…

Look into different ways of how you can help yourself sleep.

Instead of smoking pot, you may:

  • eat less before bedtime so the full stomach doesn’t disturb you
  • staying away from the blue light of mobile phones, tablets and TV before bedtime
  • relaxing before going to bed with a warm shower and light stretching
  • listening to soothing music or white noises
  • creating a pitch dark sleep environment with blackout curtains
  • ventilating the room and keeping a temperature between 60-67 °F (16-20 °C)
  • exercise 10-30 minutes (ideally no later than 5pm) every day to improve your sleep quality

You can look up other ‘sleep hygiene’ tactics and start practicing these right away.

Example #2: If weed helps you deal with work stress and anxiety…

Instead of running to your smoking and weed paraphernalia, try to manage your work stress and anxiety with these long-term tactics:

  • Control your breath. Try to breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth.
  • Take regular breaks. Stay away from your computer and take a short walk.
  • Do some stretching in front of the computer to help your body relax.
  • Communicate more with someone you trust (family member, friend, coworker, doctor, religious leader). Sometimes socializing and confiding your anxiety in trusted persons may be helpful and make you feel less lonely.
  • Keep work/life balance. Try not to bring work home and spend your leisure time with family, friends and hobbies.

Give some time for these things to become habitual before judging their effectiveness.

Remove The Substance, Don’t Buy Cannabis

This is the most simple and obvious first step to quitting your dependency on weed. After all, if you don’t buy it, you won’t smoke it. If you don’t buy yourself anyway, make sure you just don’t get it at all anyway.

The extent of the challenge of not buying weed partly depends on your circumstances. For instance, whether you’re living in a place that has legalized marijuana or not. Or, whether your friends and the social group also smoke weed.

Either way, this step certainly involves bucket loads of willpower to get through it. You are almost certainly going to experience strong temptations to go back to your old ways. The best way to counter these urges is to distract yourself by calling a friend for a chat or going out with non-smoking friends for coffee, and to remind yourself the reasons for wanting to quit.

Let us emphasize once again:

Delete your weed dealer’s phone number (and block it if possible).

Change your daily route if there is a cannabis store on your way.

Get Rid of All The Gear (Smoking Accessories etc.)

This suggestion is crucial.

Most users of marijuana accumulate a wide array of different instruments and accessories. These include anything from pipes and bongs to paper and grinders.

It’s important that you immediately remove all of these items as a statement that this is the start of your non-smoking marijuana-free lifestyle.

Besides, not only do these items have no purpose in your weed-free life, there serve as triggers for relapse.

Many of these accessories could set you back quite a bit. So there’s an extra incentive for you to make a bit of cash on the back of giving up your dependency on smoking weed.

Get rid of all weed and weed paraphernalia you own.

When you have them handy, it is always easy to postpone your goals and get into the vicious circle of “I will do it tomorrow”, a typical procrastination sentence.

Remove the ‘option’ for yourself as much as possible.

Let People Know, Make Yourself Accountable

While you might think that you can handle this on your own, it’s much better to involve other people in your struggle against cannabis dependency.

Make use of your support network, whether it’s family, friends, partners or colleagues. The people that you surround yourself with this time can play a significant role in helping you overcome your dependency and progress towards your goals.

You may want to ‘just stop smoking’ and tell everyone later – but this is often hard.

By telling people, it will keep you accountable.

It will let people know not to offer you a joint or a reefer and you can get social support with your goal.

If you feel intimidated to tell everyone before you are successful, there is another option.

Find a reliable and trusted accountability buddy. This friend, family member or partner can check in on you and help you stay on track when you seem to be forgetful of your goals.

It’s vital to realize that ultimately, giving up your drug disorder is down to you. Nobody else can achieve this for you.

Distract Yourself

Most weed smokers spend many hours in the day getting high. Therefore, it can be difficult removing this from your lifestyle when quitting cold turkey.

That’s why you have to fill the void left. The best thing to replace your marijuana habit with is a healthy hobby. This can be anything from starting a new sport or learning how to bake cakes. It may help to stay busy, to avoid boredom (major trigger for many people) and to keep yourself from focusing on weed.


If you’re trying to come down from a bad high, you have many options. Simply relaxing your mind, distracting yourself with other things, and taking a walk can help you get through a bad high. Taking a bath, eating food, and drinking water can also help the high wear off quicker. Sleeping is the best approach as you’ll likely wake up feeling refreshed and sober.

Fortunately, experiencing a bad high isn’t too common as long as you use marijuana responsibly. Make sure you check how potent your products are before you use them and don’t use more than you need to. Whether you prefer marijuana strains, concentrates, edibles, tinctures, or other products, you can find what you need at GanjaExpress.


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