Cannabis consumption delivers a high sensation that is essentially different for everyone. This can vary depending on the amount consumed, the method of consumption, the individual, and the potency of the cannabis strain.

Have you ever felt like you have smoked too much or over indulged in too many edibles? Many are familiar with the indescribable situation where a high creeps up on you to make you overly stoned to what can seem like the point of no return. Though effects from cannabis will always subside with time, here are 5 ways to help you sober up from an intense cannabis high.

1. Distract Yourself 

When you are feeling overly stimulated on cannabis, it tends to be the only thing you can think about. Finding ways to distract yourself can play a big part in helping ease the side effects.

Doing something easy but stimulating to take away your focus such as playing a board game, taking a nap or going to bed, talking on the phone with a friend or even directing your focus into a movie or TV show can assist.

Though side effects associated with cannabis consumption will go away with time, distracting yourself can help the time pass quicker.

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2. Stay Hydrated

One side effect that some may experience when too much cannabis is consumed is dry mouth or as people like to call it, “cotton mouth”.

Feelings of dehydration can surface with cannabis consumption, which can cause stress and decreased levels of serotonin.

Maintaining optimal hydration levels will help ease any potential stress and anxiety that can be experienced by consuming an overload of cannabis.

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3. Black Peppercorn

Though black peppercorn is probably the last thing someone would expect to be able to help settle that overly intense high, it is a typically a common household item and therefore worth trying.

Many say that the simple measure of smelling and/or chewing on a couple pieces of black peppercorn can help combat any cannabis-induced feelings of paranoia almost immediately.

Thankfully, there is some science behind it all. It turns out that the beta-caryophyllene terpenes found in black peppercorns are a compound that have been shown to effectively tone down the psychoactive effects that are felt by consuming high amounts of THC terpenes.

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4. Citrus Fruit

Citrus fruits contain the terpenes limonene that can produce calming effects and help decrease any form of anxiety some may experience from cannabis.

Although drinking the juice from the citrus fruit like orange or lemon juice could help, it does not contain as much limonene as the peels.

Rather than eating a bitter rind, zesting the peel of a citrus fruit and adding it to a drink or a meal can much make it easier and relatively enjoyable to consume limonene terpenes.

When adding to water, you’re becoming hydrated and obtaining limonene at the same time. Win-win.

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5. CBD

Cannabidiol – also known as CBD – is a chemical found in cannabis that does not contain Tetrahydrocannabinol and is thus not associated with the high sensation that THC provides. CBD intake has been found to help individuals with certain medical conditions as well as bettering their overall well-being.

CBD can also help with the feeling of being too high, CBD intake will allow your brain to respond to the serotonin receptors that contribute to the role of reducing anxiety while also boosting one’s mood.

There are many ways to consume CBD. Explore different options to see what works most effectively for you.

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Although there is nothing that can entirely halt an overly-high sensation of cannabis instantly, these are some of the many ways to help you cope with the effects when you have consumed too much.

To better prepare for future situations, it is great to know your boundaries and dosages to ensure that this unpleasant feeling is much less likely happen again.