Though using cannabis can help combat depression, anxiety, and other ailments, sometimes, you can have an adverse reaction to smoking or consuming it. Both regular or first-time users can suffer a bad trip. However, there are ways to bring you down from that uncomfortable state. Below are a few suggestions on how to calm your body down from a bad weed trip, and how to avoid them in the future.
How Do You Know You’re Having a Bad Trip?
A bad trip occurs when you’ve smoked above your normal range of tolerance. You’ll feel anxious, or perhaps paranoid. You may also feel your heart racing. Your perception of time feels warped; you won’t be able to tell whether seconds or hours have passed. Your body will feel sluggish and heavy; you may even feel unable to move.
The most important thing to remember, however, is not to panic. This can exacerbate your already heightened feelings of anxiety. Lay down, focus on your breathing, and try to push any negative thoughts out of your head.
Stay Off Google
If you choose to distract yourself by watching a movie or TV show on your computer, whatever you do, don’t Google your symptoms. This can lead you down a rabbit hole of endless research, and panic. You may stumble across a forum or two, diving into detail about how sour someone’s last trip went. Relax, and remember that it’s extremely uncommon to die from a marijuana overdose. Trust that these feelings will pass once the THC has left your system.
Avoid Certain Strains
Certain strains of marijuana are more potent than others. If you’re new to smoking/vaping cannabis, or just prone to some bad trips occasionally, you want to avoid the following strains as they’re pretty potent and may have adverse effects on you personally.
These powerful strains can leave the inexperienced user immobile. However, strains with strong psychedelic effects like Sour Diesel and OG Kush can also cause a bad trip when smoked excessively.
Pace Yourself With Edibles
Edible marijuana is one of the more potent ways of consuming THC. While it won’t hit you right away — it needs time to hit your bloodstream after it’s been ingested — it can attack with a vengeance once it does. If you’re new to consuming cannabis, make sure to pay attention to the dosage of any THC infused gummy, chocolate bar, or baked goods you bring home from your local dispensary. And always pace yourself. Try a couple, wait up to two hours, and if you’re still not feeling the effects, try a couple more after the allotted time period.
There you have it — this is how you can avoid a bad weed trip in the future. Even users with high tolerances can experience a bad trip. However, they’re most common among new users who may not know their ideal dosage just yet. If you do happen to have one of these trips, make sure to stay calm, lay down, and try your best to relax-trust that any negative feelings consuming your body will soon pass after a while.